The PlusValue Fellowship’s purpose is to establish a trusted network of partners who we know or have worked with on a personal level and whose interests align with our goals as a company. Fellows are invited to propose ideas, projects, and new contacts within the scope of our shared mission, as well as partner with us on a project-by-project basis in order to best realise our mutual goals.

Giuseppe Ambrosio

With more than 20 years of experience in the non profit and social entrepreneuship sector, Giuseppe is an independent expert. He holds a degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan. He was founder and director for 14 years of VITA Consulting, an agency specialised in profit-nonprofit partnership working for many customers, among others, Roche, Lega del Filo d’Oro, Novartis, Coopi, Intesa Sanpaolo, Nike, Telefono Azzurro, Amnesty International, UniCredit, UBI, Philip Morris. Until April 2018 he worked for UniCredit Foundation for strategy and implementation of social programme and for UniCredit Bank as Philanthropic Advisor for HNWI customers.

Michele andreaus

Michele Andreaus, PhD in Business Management, (University of Venice, Italy) is a Full Professor in Business Administration, Accounting and Social Accounting at the University of Trento. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi and in Al Ain (UAE), at St. Mary’s University in Halifax (CA) and at Ryerson University in Toronto (CA). His research interests include Social Accounting, accounting in non-profit organizations, and Corporate Social Responsibility in large companies and SMEs.

Stephen Benians

Stephen is an expert in innovation management. He has designed projects for social enterprise training, creative hubs and new business models for sustainable energy. He studied Innovation Management, Political science and Strategic Marketing.

Paola Bergamaschi

Since 2014 Paola has developed a portfolio of non executive positions. She is currently on the board of ARCA Fondi SGR in Milan (a 30bn asset management group) and a member of the Advisory Board for the internationalization of Banca Prossima, serves on the Board of NumbersforGood (a UK financial intermediary focused on social enterprises) and is a Trustee of the UK charity Fareshare. Paola is an investor in impact companies in Italy and the UK.

Guido Caldarelli

Guido Caldarelli is Full Professor in Theoretical Physics at the Italian graduate school IMT Lucca where he coordinates the Networks Uni. He received his Ph.D. from International School of Advanced studies in Trieste, after which he was a postdoc in University of Manchester and University of Cambridge. He is an expert of Complex Networks, a topic on which he published 3 books by Oxford University Press and coordinated two European Projects. Author of more than 150 scientific peer-reviewed papers he is one of the founders of the Network Science Society and he is currently vice-president of the Complex Systems Society.

Matteo Cerri

Matteo is the founder of Shield Risk Management Ltd. He’s also the co-founder of Shield & Co. Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust, a multi-family office run under the umbrella of the American bank. In 2004 he took over the advisory services business of the multi-family office and created the present The Family Officer Group as a spin-off (2006) of the advisory services of Shield Group. Presently acts as CEO of the international activities of the Group, which is now recognised among the most important family offices of Italian origin, with over 140 associates and representative offices in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Nihel Chabrak

Prof. Nihel Chabrak is the Programs Director at UAEU Science & Innovation Park. She is Professor of Accounting at the College of Business and Economics. She was Assistant then Associate Professor at Institut Mines Telecom, France (2002-2011). She was consultant in Business & IT in France. Prof. Chabrak is the GEM UAE national team leader. She is the Chair of UAEU Committee for Dubai Expo 2020.

Matteo Colombo

Matteo Colombo is the founder of i2Grow.it. He helps entrepreneurs in the development of research projects for the innovation of products, processes and services.

giulio Coppi

Giulio is the Humanitarian Innovation manager at Fordham University and CEO of Open Focus, Inc. Previously manager and consultant with the International Peace Institute, the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and OECD.

Federico Raoul Cucchi

After obtaining a BSc in Economics from University College London and an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, he started his career in the cabinet of the President of the European Parliament in 2008. In 2010 he moved to the private sector and worked for 5 years in strategy and market research for multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble and L’Oréal. He also co-founded three digital technology startups where he headed up their product development, marketing, operations and business development.

Alberto Craici

Alberto Craici is a veteran of the private equity industry in Italy, with more than 20 years of experience and with a track record of numerous deals. Craici started his private equity career at the Merchant Banking Division of Mediocredito Lombardo, then moved on to the Private Equity Division of Intesa Sanpaolo Group. He subsequently became equity partner of the independent closed end fund Alto Partners and eventually founded Berrier Capital and Microcap Italian Holding. A graduate from Bocconi University, he has been a member of the Institutional Investors Commission of the Italian Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital (AIFI) and is an ordinary member of the Italian Association of Financial Analysts (AIAF). Craici also is a distinguished member of several renowned clubs and business circles, among which Ambrosetti Club and The Council for the USA and Italy. Together with Fiorenza Lipparini and Filippo Addarii, he is equity partner and co-founder of Impact Alliance Fund.

Chris Dadson

Chris is the Head of Business Development for Social Investment Business, and is responsible for new product and service development at SIB. Chris was previously a Senior Policy Adviser in the UK Cabinet Office, where he worked on some of the biggest impact investment infrastructure projects in the UK, including the creation of Big Society Capital and the highly successful Investment and Contract Readiness Fund. He received his MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and a Masters in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.

Lieve Fransen

Dr Lieve Fransen is a medical doctor specialized in global public health and social policies worldwide. She has a PhD in social policies. Lieve has a considerable experience with social investment and innovation, pensions, health, gender and wellbeing. She is a well-recognized policy maker at senior management level in the departments for Development, Trade and External relations, Communication and Political Reporting. She was the director for Social Policy and the European strategy for 2020. She is currently a senior policy advisor for several international organizations and member of a range of Boards and organisations.

Juliana Hoxha

Ms. Hoxha has more than 20 years of professional experience in institutional and capacity building, NGO sub granting program design and management, and NGO legal framework in transitional democracies. Ms. Hoxha has been a member of several inter-sectorial working groups in the country and experts group at Balkan and European level. For the last eight years leads the NGO sector advocacy effort to revise the fiscal regime for non-for-profits and sits in several ad-hoc groups with government. She holds the USAID International Award of Achievement for the Contribution to the Advancement of Civil Society in Albania in December of 2000.

Salvatore Iaconesi

Salvatore is an engineer, artist, hacker and interaction designer. He is a TED Fellow (2012), Eisenhower Fellow (since 2013), Yale World Fellow (2014) and teaches Interaction Design and Digital Design at Rome’s University “La Sapienza”, at ISIA Design Florence, at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, at IED, Istituto Europeo di Design. Salvatore has extensive experience in the areas of strategic design, expert and decision support systems, knowledge management and sharing systems, technological platforms for multicultural communities, ubiquitous technologies, interactive experiences and innovation processes.

Indy Johar

Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation. Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission. Indy has written for many national and international publications on the future of design, systems change and social investment.


Csaba holds a PhD in Sociology and has a vast experience in social research with a firm empirical background and familiarity with qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research methodologies. As a researcher and a consultant he has been working in both the academic / basic science field (social gerontology, transition to democracy and market economy) and in applied research (public opinion research, market research, science for policy). Csaba has worked until recently for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, earlier at the Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and as a lecturer at various universities. He earned both his MA and PhD in sociology at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

Laura Martelloni

Laura Martelloni is Head of the Project Design & Management Unit in LAMA since 2015, where she mainly develops research and innovation projects in thematic areas such as social innovation, collaborative economy, ecosystems of innovation and complex systems. She has 10 years of experience in designing and coordinating large-scale projects at regional, national and european level, working as a consultant for Consortia of social cooperatives, associations, NGOs and Universities. In 2013 she co-founded Impact HUB Florence, and she is part of the Board of Directors. She holds a Master in European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Robert Madelin

Robert Madelin is an independent strategy adviser and Director of Madelin Innovation sprl, with a long public service past. Robert studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and at the French Civil Service College (ENA). He maintains affiliations with Oxford, as Visiting Fellow, as well as at the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Councils, focussing on behavioural sciences and on health, and an adviser to the European Health Forum Gastein. Robert joined the British Civil Service from University and served in the European Commission from 1993 to 2016, the last 12 years in senior leadership roles. Robert is the author of ‘Opportunity Now: Europe’s mission to innovate’ (2016).

Francesca Medda

Francesca is a Professor of Applied Economics and Finance at the University College London (UCL). From 2010 she is the Director of the UCL QASER (Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economics Research) Laboratory. Since 2012 she serves as economic adviser to the UK Ministry of Environment and Agriculture (Defra) and in 2014 at the Ministry of Finance (HM Treasury). She is Vice-President of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. Her research focuses on project finance, innovative financial mechanisms and risk evaluation in different infrastructure sectors such as: transport industry, energy innovation and new technologies, urban investments (smart cities), supply chain provision and optimisation, and efficiency. She has worked and works actively with the private and public sector including The European Investment Bank, The World Bank, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, WILLIS Re, HALCROW, and UITP.

Alberto Mina

Over 10 years of college teaching and university scholarship experience, followed by over 15 years of institutional relations expertise, developed in the most senior-level positions in one of Italy‟s main Regional Government Authorities, the Regione Lombardia. I also performed a senior-level role in one of the most prestigious international events of the time, the Milan Expo 2015. Over 10 years of college teaching and university scholarship experience, followed by over 15 years of institutional relations expertise, developed in the most senior-level positions in one of Italy‟s main Regional Government Authorities, the Regione Lombardia. I also performed a senior-level role in one of the most prestigious international events of the time, the Milan Expo 2015.

Jeremy Millard

Jeremy Millard has over forty years’ experience working with governments, development agencies, and private and civil sectors in all parts of the world, whilst retaining his long established academic roles at both UK and Danish universities. His current work ranges from social, inclusive and open innovation, harnessing innovations with nature, and linking the SDGs to city development, through to public service innovations, issues around good governance, digital governance, the maker movement, the so-called fourth industrial revolution, as well as smart green cities. His on-going clients include the EC, the UN, the OECD and the World Bank.

Raffaello Morales

Raffaello Morales is Associate in the Currency and Emerging Markets Risk Management team at JP Morgan Chase where he risk manages the derivative portfolio of the market making business. He holds a BSc in Pysics from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a MSc in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London and PhD in Applied Mathematics from King’s College London. He is partner of RestArt, a start-up recently founded to enhance the outreach of the artistic heritage in the civil society and development strategist for Finance Matters, a company which aims at developing a strong community of people interested in sustainable finance.

Paolo Nardi

International Affairs Officer and Coordinator of Cometa Research at Cometa (IT). Researcher at Università Bocconi and assistant editor of the Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment Journal.

Oriana Persico

Oriana holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer. She has worked together with national governments and the European Union to the creation of best practices, standards and researches in the areas of digital rights, social and technological innovation, Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE), practices for participation and knowledge sharing. Oriana writes critical, scientific, philosophical and poetical texts that connects to technological innovation, and on its cultural, sociological, economic and political impacts.

Helinä Piik

Helinä is the founder of Better World Initiatives, having offices in London and Nairobi. Her mission is to create a kinder, more equal world through bold collaborations, sustainability and ethical value creation through business.
Joining PlusValue as a Fellow allows Helinä to join forces with like-minded professionals, working together to create innovative approaches to social change.

Miquel de Paladella

Miquel de Paladella is the founder and CEO of UpSocial, an organisation specialised in implementing and scaling innovative solutions to social problems. He also leads InnEdu, the first spin off UpSocial focused on implementing education innovations such as JUMP Math in Spain and Latin America. Miquel is a social entrepreneur and professor of innovation at the University of Barcelona and at ESADE Institute for Social Innovation. Previously, Miquel has worked for Ashoka, UNICEF, the Global Movement for Children, Plan International and the Society for International Development.

Francesco Pozzobon

Francesco Pozzobon is an impact investing strategist and social innovation influencer. Currently providing my consulting services to LendLease and TIRESIA – Technology and Innovation Research on Social ImpAct, Politecnico di Milano. He has 15 year of experience in management and business development across profit and non-profit sector and has been Manager in the first pilote of venture philanthropy foundation in Italy (Dynamo Foundation and DynamoCamp). He has been a delegate to: the G20 InnovationHub, Brisbane (AUS) during G20 Brisbane in 2014; the Global Summit on Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum & Schwab Foundation in Sao Paolo, Brasil in 2004; the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford in 2003

Ivan rubio

Currently, Ivan is the founder & general partner of openwatts ventures and is involved in other projects related to the future of entrepreneurship. With over 15 years of Global management experience, Ivan led previously the team that built Canadian Solar’s business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Canadian Solar, Ivan set up a start-up venture in Japan serving large industrial groups like JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Meidensha and MSK (currently Suntech) to access the European solar market. Before his solar photovoltaics career, Ivan was a founding member of a spin-off venture of Hewlett-Packard developing global pay-per-use technology solutions and worked both in United States and Europe.

Alain Ruche

A retired senior EU official, he started with UN and WB, followed with three decades posted in Latin America, Asia and Africa for the EU. His last assignment was senior adviser to the Secretary General of the EU External Service (EEAS, Brussels). His areas of expertise include policymaking with experience in many sector/topics; complexity approach and international relations; emerging paradigms (i.e. P2P, social entrepreneurship), sensemaking; radical and disruptive developments (black swans, social innovation); collective intelligence; experimentation, in particular with the arts; holistic approach and global worldview (with focus on Asia).

Andrea Ruckstuhl

Andrea is currently Head of Italy and Continental Europe of Lendlease, with a particular focus on large-scale urban regeneration schemes.   As   part   of   this   activity   Andrea   will   be   leading   an initiative to explore innovative ways of delivering sustainable urban regeneration, including how to tackle some of the biggest challenges   cities   are   facing   such   as   the   provision   of   social infrastructure. As part of this initiative in 2017 Ospedal Grando Impact Investing, a social venture capital company was set up in conjunction with the Treviso new hospital PFI project with the objective to invest capital into initiatives with measurable social outcome alongside the expected economic return. Andrea has over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure and property industry in international markets.


Alberto Savoldelli

Prof. Alberto Savoldelli lives in Italy. He was contracting Professor of Economy and Business Management at the Managerial Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Milano and Director of Training courses in Innovation and Management at MIP, the Business School of Politecnico di Milano. Main research activities range from innovation and change management, Impact evaluation and complex systems modelling and simulation. He is now a senior consultant at Fair Dynamics Consulting.

Antonio Scarponi

Antonio Scarponi is an architect. He draws like an artist, thinks like a designer and dreams like a poet. For him, design is a form of love. He conceives design as a form of tangible love narratives which he calls devices: strategic tools that can take different shapes and scales and establish a love relationship between people and things. He is the founder of the Zurich-based practice Conceptual Devices (www.conceptualdevices.com). He studied architecture at the Cooper Union, New York, and at IUAV, Venice, from which he holds a Ph.D. in urban design. He is the recipient of the social innovation design Prize “Curry Stone” 2008.

Darren Sharpe

Dr Darren Sharpe is a Senior Consultant at the Institute of Public Care based at Oxford Brookes University and also Senior Research Fellow with the NIHR CLARHC North Thames. He is a highly experienced evaluator and has undertaken work on behalf of UK Research Councils, Central Government Departments, and NGOs/charities to assess the impact of national and locally ran public programmes. Dr Sharpe is a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and School Research Degree Sub-Committee at the University of East London and is an expert on youth affairs for the European Commission and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Lawyer specialised in European Law and Humanitarian Law. He worked for the European Commission for 37 years, beginning by serving 6 Member States and leaving the EU at 28. Positions included responsibilities with the General Secretariat of the Commission and Cabinets of Vice-Presidents Coppé and Davignon, as well as Head of Unit positions with Direction General Human Resources, Financial Control and Research.Professor of European Law and Humanitarian Law at the University of Mons-Hainaut in Belgium.

Roger Torrenti

Roger Torrenti graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris. His profile in some words : open-minded, high ethical values, innovative, entrepreneur, expert in ICT and international relations, interested in foresight analyses and societal ones.


Being convinced that education is one driver for social change, Nicole heads the ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy offering capacity building programmes for social entreprises and NPOs in the CEE region. Her strong interest in topics like social entrepreneurship and social innovation, as well as her belief in the power of collaboration motivated her to join PlusValue as one of their fellows.

Erika Widegren

Erika Widegren has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens, and a member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at European conferences on these topics including: European Innovation Summit (European Parliament – November 2016), K4I Forum Dinner Debate on “Science Communication: The Value of Evidence in the Digital Age” (European Parliament – October 2016), the 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice Conference on “Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue” (European Commission – September 2016), “Workshop on Complexity and Policy” (OECD -September 2016), ESOF 2016 (Manchester – July 2016).


Hamza is a scientist/ informatics consultant focused on analysis, design and oversight of systems and civic and professional engagement, checking for ethical and sustainable integrity and wellbeing (he’s an MD after all…) in various dimensions of society.