Francesco Timpano

Graduated in Economics at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 1988, earned a Master Degree in Quantitative Development Economics at Warwick University (UK) in 1990 and obtained his Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from a consortium of the three universities in Milan (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Università Bocconi, Università degli Studi di Milano).

He started his academic career in 1992 and has been Full Professor in Economic Policy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza since 2005. Currently, he holds a Chair in Advanced Economic Policy and teaches Political Economy and International Competitiveness. His research interests range from social accounting and general equilibrium models to regional and growth economics. His most recent interest has focused on innovation and regional growth.

He was Head of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza between 2008 and 2012 while he has been Director of the Centre for Studies in Economic and Monetary Policy CESPEM Mario Arcelli since 2011. In 2003, he was Director of the Master in Territorial Marketing and Head of the PhD School in Political Economy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the journal Vita e Pensiero.

He is a member of the Steering Committee of the MUSP and LEAP research laboratories, was a member of the Board of Directors at the Fondazione Istituto Trasporti e Logistica and he has been a member of the Committee Steering and Monitoring Scientific and Technological Research at ASTER – Emilia Romagna Region.
He has been Councillor for Economic Development and Territorial Promotion at the Piacenza City Council since 2012.

Giulio Tagliavini

Full Professor of Banking Management at the University of Parma, Italy.

His main research topics are corporate finance, subjects and techniques of financial intermediation, and issues of ethics and finance.
Author of numerous publications in the field of banking management and ethical finance.

Giampietro Pizzo

Founding partner of Microfinanza Srl he held the position of President of the company since 2007; he is President of RITMI, the Italian Microfinance Network.

Giampietro is an economist and microfinance specialist with more than 30 years of international experience in the field. His knowledge and experience cover several areas with a specific focus on: inclusive finance, rural finance, finance for development, international programme evaluation, technical assistance to MFIs and DFIs, financial and strategic planning, SME finance.
He worked as a consultant, project manager and regional coordinator in Africa, Latin America and Europe. He has gained specific expertise in assisting MFIs both in the start-up phase and in the consolidation phase; training programs, evaluation and impact assessment and feasibility studies of specific financial tools (guarantee funds); credit lines and participative credit; migrant banking. He published: “Dizionario di Microfinanza (co-editor with Giulio Tagliavini), Carocci Editore, Roma, 2013”.

Lucia Poletti

Associate Professor in “Economics of Financial Intermediation”, Department of Economics, University of Parma (Italy). Ph.D. in Financial Markets and Intermediaries. Member of ADEIMF (Italian Association of Professors of Financial Markets and Institutions).

Co-founder of “RiCrediti”, association of social promotion in the field of ethical finance and microcredit (Parma). Her research focuses on microfinance and financial education.

Co-authored the book “Microfinanza per tornare a vivere". Etimos e Protezione Civile dopo lo tsunami” with F. Lo Re, on the Italian Government’s microfinance project in Sri Lanka. Authored the book “Investire nella microfinanza. Sostenibilità finanziaria e ritorno sociale” (Investing in Microfinance: Financial and Social Return).

Riccardo Grazioli

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Andrea Calzolari

Andrea Calzolari is a finance and micro-finance expert. He has ten years of experience in the credit assessment process for Italian PMEs.

Since 2008 he has been involved in international activities throughout Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Balkans, providing financial support and technical assistance to Microfinance Institutions and Farmer Organization.

He was Project manager of the Plasepri Program, founded by the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs and supporting SMEs in Senegal. He collaborates with various Italian and foreign universities on the themes of the impact of development policies in developing countries. He also designs and implements project of financial education for secondary school students.

Mario Veneziani

Research Assistant at the Dipartimento di Economia, University of Parma, Parma, Italy.

Previously, he was Research Assistant at the Dipartimento di Economia Agroalimentare, Facoltà di Scienze agrarie, alimentari e ambientali and Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali (DiSES), Facoltà di Economia e Giurisprudenza, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Policy from the same university in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom in 2008. His research interests focus on microeconometrics, quantitative methods, development and agricultural economics.

Federica Ielasi

Ph.D. in Financial Markets and Institutions, University of Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum. Assistant Professor of Banking at the University of Florence, Department of Economics and Management. Professor at SDA Bocconi, the School of Management of Bocconi University (Milan), Financial Institutions- Banking and Insurance Department.

Independent member of the Board of Directors of Etica Sgr (Milan), belonging to Banca Popolare Etica Group. The company operates in the promotion and management of the system of ethical investment funds “Valori Responsabili” (“Responsible Values”).

Member of the Supervisory Board and internal responsible for the function of internal audit within the same company. Co-founder of “Ricrediti”, an association of social promotion in the field of ethical finance and micro-credit (Parma). Co-founder of the “Laboratory for the research on socially responsible investments of pension funds and social securities” (“PreviEtica”) at the Department of Economics of the University of Parma and member of the Advisory Board of the same. Author of numerous publications in the field of banking management and ethical finance.

Alberto Lanzavecchia

Ph.D. Assistant professor in Banking & Finance at the University of Padova.

Faculty member of the International joint Ph.D Programme "Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance". Director of the international winter school “Microfinance in Action” in Nepal. He is chartered external auditor, volunteering in NGOs, and formerly a banker and management consultant.

Marco Mazzoli

Is associate professor in Economic Policy at the University of Genoa, where he teaches Economics of Financial Markets and Economic Policy.

He graduated from Turin University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK). He has been visiting fellow at the economic departments of Warwick University, Princeton University and has published several articles on international academic journal and a research monography with Cambridge University Press.

A new research monography (with Matteo Morini and Pietro Terna), “Rethinking Macroeconomics with endogenous market structure” is forthcoming, again with Cambridge University Press. As an hobby, he is a blues pianist and composer.

Antonella Notte

Associate Professor of Corporate finance at the eCampus University (Italy).

She carries out teaching and research activities in the fields of ethical finance, microcredit, corporate finance, risk management.

Ilaria Urbinati

Ilaria Urbinati is a motivated professional with 17 years of social finance, microfinance and international development experience, focusing primarily on enhancing social, financial and gender inclusion through advisory services, training, excellent organizational skills and good attitude to teamwork.

She began her career in 1999 as project manager for an International NGO. She was involved in the design and management of international cooperation initiatives in collaboration with public bodies, development agencies and major donors. In 2005 joined a microfinance international consortium ( Etimos) as responsible of training and research; in particular, she coordinated a MA course in Finance for development in cooperation with the University of Parma.

In 2007 she was appointed as coordinator of the group’s holding Foundation were she implemented the corporate communication and programme strategy; she specialized in design and planning of start-up business model and in interventions of corporate welfare and CSR projects with big companies. Ilaria has designed and implemented few projects on financial education for primary and secondary school children for promoting entrepreneurship and financial education. From February 2016 Ilaria became a free-lance consultant. Ilaria has good skills in the field of social research, with qualitative methodology, as Social ROI and theory of change.

Domenica Federico

Associate Professor of Economics of Financial Intermediaries at the eCampus University (Italy).

She carries out teaching and research activities in the fields of ethical finance, microfinance, corporate finance, subjects and techniques of financial intermediation.