ABOUT US

danieleDaniele Guidi

Economics undergraduate (B.A. La Sapienza University, Rome 1989) and Fulbright graduate in Environmental Policy (M.A. at Tufts University, Boston 1993), he holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics & Policy (Siena University, 1997). In 1999, his PhD thesis on a multi-criteria model for sustainable  investments evaluation, was awarded the 1° national ENEA Sustainable Development Prize. After a period of post doctoral research and several collaborations with national, international authorities, NGOs and with the private sector, in 2000 was the founder of Ecosoluzioni, as specialized environment and energy consulting firm. As Environmental Economist, he matured expertise in cost benefit and multi-criteria evaluation, sustainable investments business planning and evaluation, renewable energy technologies and markets, climate change mitigation and adaptation, taking part of many research and consulting projects. As a development consultant and researcher, he has served to institutional donor/lenders (EC, FAO, IFAD, ILO, SIDA, REEEP, EEP, CTI-PFAN, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and to the private foundations and enterprises, mainly focusing on agriculture and rural development, clean technology transfer,  as well as on cross-cutting issues related to microfinance, renewable energy technologies, micro-enterprise support, investment promotion,  and climate change. He designed/monitored/supported rural/energy development and technology transfer projects in several countries, including Brazil, Morocco, Ghana, Syria, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic and China. Over the past decade, he has participated to several project proposals evaluation panels for the EC and other Donors (REEEP, UN IFAD) and conducted several ex post evaluations and impact assessments of programs/projects for the EC, REEEP and national authorities. During the period 2004-2009, he led the LaGuardia Foundation  European office, and supported coordination, strategic advisory, funding, and M&E of social enterprise development initiatives in Brazil, China, India. In 2010, he started collaborating with the PFAN of the Climate Technology Initiative, coaching clean tech entrepreneurs in developing their business plans and finance strategies. During the 2010-11 academic year he was a Fulbright Research Scholar and Sustainability Science Fellow at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, conducting research on policies for smallholder inclusive value chain approaches and business models in sustainable agriculture.


Stephanie Cunningham

Stephanie, holds a M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, (Cambridge USA, 1993) and has a background in social policy issues. She was responsible for training trade union leaders in leadership skills for a major Italian trade union, CISL, and assisted in founding their Intergenerational program, the first of it’s kind in Italy. After 8 years of running an Eco-Tourism business in Chianti Tuscany, she co-founded Ecosoluzioni. She is responsible for project management, as well as business development tasks for renewable energies and carbon credits. Stephanie also contributes by studying  group dynamics and engaging creative processes in visioning social-environmental change to the design of training, empowerment and capacity building programs. She is currently researching Ecopsychology, a field which connects psychology to ecology, examining why humans behave the way they do (and damage their own environment) and investigates the re-visioning of this relationship to nature. The basic assumption is that the human relationship to nature is of interdependence rather than dominance and that deep contact with the environmental challenges that we face along with meaningful immersion in and awareness of nature motivates people to act more responsibly, moving towards a more sustainable culture.


Francesco Francisci

Graduate in Natural Sciences (University of  Florence, 1979), during the first part of his career Francesco was engaged as researcher and consultant in a number of wildlife biology/conservation and natural resources management projects, including wolf biology and epidemiology, conservation of relevant habitats, conflicts with agriculture. After a period of research and campaigning for Greenpeace- (International and Italy), which focused onto application of CITES legislation (he was a 1990-93 member of the Italian Authority),  commercially exploited wildlife culling,  industrial use of ancient forest timber,  waste-to-energy,  he set-out as a consultant on sustainable energy, sustainable waste management and related circular economy aspects, initially (2000-6) working intensely for ALERR, the energy agency of the Province of Lucca. He cooperates with Ecosoluzioni since 2007 as consultant on both waste management and sustainable energy, with specific competences in policy and regulatory frameworks analysis, and market analysis. In this respect, he has accumulated experience in the following: permitting procedures for municipal waste facilities (including MBTs, landfills, incinerators) and policies, as well as for wastes/effluents of the tanning and paper industry sectors; market uptake of RES-based (biomass, solar thermal- and solar PV) energy services; market uptake of materials otherwise inserted in waste-streams; procurement and logistics of local-biomass-to-local-fuel; energy efficiency in buildings; involvement of ministerial bodies into normative updates. Competent in EC project design (IEE, Life+, Horizon2020, Erasmus) and management, Francesco has participated two sustainable energy projects under Intelligent Energy for Europe and a project in Cameroon for the integrated development of Jathropha and other RES for village electrification. In Italy he participated to the promotion of several bioenergy, solar, and waste to energy value chains, assisting in feasibility analysis, business planning and foreign investment attraction. In the field of clean technologies, he recently facilitated the industrial testing of a new process for the tissue paper industry with major stakeholders in the Lucca paper industrial district. For the Aga Khan Foundation (AKTC) he has worked on preservation of cultural heritage in Mali (restoration of Djenne’s Grand Mosque). Since 2009 he has participated in project proposals evaluations for EC programmes (Life+, Switch Asia, Energy Facility 2) and other donors(UN IFAD). He has also skills in environmental training and education and achieved preliminary instruction as Waldorf teacher.

Collaborators

Michele Faberi, senior consultant with experience in sustainable energy, health, evaluation and related policies; Mauro Gaggiotti, engineer with expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and market promotion; Annibale Osti,  senior expert in finance, with significant experience in debt origination and private equity for the SMEs, for investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and for social investments; Luiz Prado de Oliveira, senior development, finance and policy expert with over 25 years of water sector, renewable energy and rural development experience.

Partner Companies
Ecosoluzioni often works in consortia and company networks, some of our strategic partnerships include:
Agriconsulting Europe SA, Belgium  www.agriconsultingeurope.be  – Agroils Technologies SpA, Italy  www.agroils.com – Euronet Consulting EEIG, Brussels  www.euronetconsulting.com – Marge, France  www.marge.eu MegaCell Srl, Italy –  www.megacell.it  –  PPL International – www.ppl-int.com   Silfab SpA, Italy & Canada  www.silfab.eu  – SolarFields Srl., Roma  www.solarfields.it