Our fellows

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.

Alan Barrell

Alan promotes the vision of “A World Without Borders”. Alan’s is a champion of Open Innovation and particularly passionate about the processes of translational medicine leading to new company formation derived from medical research. He has studied, technology cluster formation and the development of innovation districts.

Alan has worked in Health Care and Medical Research, as Chairman and Chief Executive of large multi-national companies and smaller technology start-ups.

He teaches in Universities in UK, Europe, North America and Asia with Professorships in European and Chinese Universities. In China he is Distinguished Guest Professor at Universities of Liaoning and Shanghai. His Honorary Doctoral Degrees have been awarded by Anglia Ruskin University and University of Bedfordshire. He is appointed Professor of Practice by Hong Kong Management Association.  He has raised and managed a Venture Capital Fund, is a Business Angel Investor and Trustee of charities. He has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in the UK and with membership as Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for services to Education. His current work is focussed on the commercialisation of research, technology start-ups and the development of UK-China Trade and Educational Relationships. Focus remains on healthcare, bioscience and medical technology. He is a member of the Advisory Board of MedCity in London.


Mario Calderini, a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manchester, is full Professor at Politecnico di Milano where he teaches Social Innovation. He is the Director of Tiresia, the Research Centre for Impact Finance and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano.

He served several Italian Governments as senior advisor to the Minister for Education, Research, and Innovation.In this capacity, he was part of the Task Force on Impact Finance set up by the Italian Government and represented the Italian Governments in the G8 Task Force for Social Impact Investment.

His numerous publications in highly ranked international journals cover several topics in the field of innovation and social impact finance. He is a columnist for Repubblica and writes for La Stampa and il Corriere della Sera. He is also the President of the Scientific Committee of the Social Impact Agenda for Italy. He sat on the Italian Government’s Advisory Group on Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Measurement, and he contributed to promoting the social innovation agenda in Italy, launching and the sector’s first public consultation.

He sits on Unicredit’s Advisory Board, on the Director’s Board of Nesta Italy, and he is the President of Socialfare, Italy’s leading Social Accelerator and Investment Fund.

Luigi Angelini

For over 15 years Luigi Angelini has been working as a professional alongside important organizations in several sectors building and strengthening people and organizations’ reputation, brand positioning and business development. He works with a variety of actors, such as institutions, companies, non-profit sector. Among others, the Italian Banks Foundations, San Patrignano Community, Wellness Foundation (Technogym Group), Wellness Partners LTD. He also works and for major international events such as the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games, Expo2015 Milano.

He holds courses, conferences and lectures in public and private Universities such as Bologna University, “Luigi Bocconi” University in Milan, Oxford University.

He has cross-sectoral and strategic skills in the areas of Stakeholder Management and Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, Communication And Public Relations aimed at

Born in Rimini, he was raised between Italy and the United States of America. From the age of 19, he combined his studies at the University of Bologna (Degree in Political Sciences for Diplomacy and International Affairs) freelancing in local and national newspapers. The passion for journalism and writing moved him to continue the profession for a further ten years and he still practices today. He is a member of the Italian Jouirnalists Association. He completed his studies with an English-language “Extended Program” for public relations at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Paule Ansoleaga

Paule is co-Chair and Founder of a think-tank called BCCI Inclusive Finance (BCCI stands for BriKsh Chamber of Commerce for Italy). BCCI Inclusive Finance’s mission is to redesign the role of capital in society by building a future in which finance is instrumental to social and environmental progress, i.e. a future in which impact finance becomes mainstream finance. From 2014, she works in Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe as Director, Head of Wholesale Business Italy and Head of Spain.

Paule studied Industrial Engineering in Bilbao and Copenhagen. She started her career in business consulting (Accenture) in Spain and subsequently moved to Paris to study an MBA. She then moved to London where she lived and worked for 6 years (Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch “BofAML”). After London, Paule worked in Lugano for a Swiss Private Bank (Banca Zaradni). Paule serves as Counsellor and Member of the Executive Committee at the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy, where she is responsible for sustainability. She leads the Chamber’s relationship with ASVIS (Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

In addition to a Master’s degree in Industrial Organisation Engineering (Deusto University, Bilbao), Paule holds a Master in Business AdministraKon (International School of Management, Milan) and a Master in Corporate Sustainability (Il Sole24Ore Business School, Milan). She recently took the CFA ESG Analyst exam.

Stefano Piccardo

Born in Genoa, Stefano Piccardo is a lawyer with specific technical and legal knowledge in the field of contract, corporate and antitrust law.

Mr. Piccardo has gained his experience working in the information technology field (IBM) and leading law firms established at national and international level in Italy and the USA (New York). Since 2000 he has been running his own law firm in Milan which operates in particular in the fields of Corporate Law, Competition Law, Civil and Commercial Law, Distribution Law, IT Law, Litigation and Arbitration.

Zoe Romano

Zoe Romano is an independent researcher, craftivist, digital strategist e lecturer focused on social innovation, women in tech, technology, open design. She graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan, worked for several years in digital communication and tech, developed her social skills as media hacktivist in various collectives (Chainworkers and Serpica Naro) on precarity, material and immaterial labor in the creative industries. She worked for Arduino for four years and in the meanwhile co-founded WeMake Makerspace in 2014 where she directed R&D, and developed training and eu-funded digital social innovation projects (DSI4EU, Opencare, Centrinno) especially around e-textiles and digital fabrication in different contexts. She recently curated the publication of Rebelling with Care and now working on KINlab – an interdisciplinary lab in the San Siro neighbourhood in Milan.

Stefano Maffei

Architect and Ph.D. in Design. Full Professor at the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, he teaches Advanced Product-Service System and Production Models and Service Design and he’s member of Board of the Design Phd School within the same institution. He’s the Director of Polifactory (https://www.polifactory.polimi.it/en/) the Fab Lab/Maker Space of Politecnico di Milano. He’s also the Director of the Service Design Master and the Service Innovation Academy, POLI.design, Politecnico di Milano. He also co-develops pilot projects with public bodies and institutions exploring the creation of innovation ecosystems based on openP2P collaboration between designers, makers/makerspaces and SMEs/Craftsmen (www.nextdesigninnovation.it; https://www.polifactory.polimi.it/en/polifactory/fabric-action/).
He is Scientific Coordinator and Executive Leader of the project MakeToCare, a research that aims to map and represent an emerging ecosystem made up of innovative patients, independent researchers, research institutions, startups and new entrepreneurs, makers and laboratories for digital manufacturing that work to develop concrete design solutions, capable of improving the daily life and health of people living in situations of disability.
His current research and work interests focus on new production-distribution models and advanced-distributed-micro manufacturing systems and service design-driven innovation. He received the ADI’s (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) XXII° Compasso D’Oro Prize for design research with Design Research Maps (2011).


Julie Wagner is president of the newly established The Global Institute on Innovation Districts (GIID), a global-reaching not for profit organization. Julie is an expert on urban innovation geographies, described as innovation districts, which sit at the intersection of economy- shaping, place-making, and network-building. At The Global Institute, she recently co- authored “The Evolution of Innovation Districts: The New Geography of Global Innovation,” expanding on the findings of the original paper on innovation districts published with The Brookings Institution. She is also president of Urban Insight, a boutique consulting practice that each year works with only select projects determined to be of particular promise in shaping cities.

Julie is a non resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program. She is also strategic advisor to Israel’s National Economic Council. She has written articles on the new geography of innovation for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, Quartz, and The Guardian.

Julie earned a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Northeastern University.


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.


Since 2010 Tony has held a number of leading positions as a social innovation delivery and partnerships expert, predominantly as a Strategic Advisor to think-tanks, governments, foundations, philanthropists and high profile individuals across the UK, Europe and the USA. Roles of note include 5 years at the Young Foundation advising on both the development of sustainable business models and the development of high profile philanthropy and social innovation partnerships; leading the social action projects for Hollywood actor Michael Sheen; delivering a new digital platform for green energy switching on behalf of Dame Vivienne Westwood and the British Fashion Council, as well as advising ten charities (universities, Royal Societies, think-tanks, funders) on their social innovation partnership and investment strategies. Tony is also Director of the Aston Villa Foundation, Birmingham Opera Company and the former Chair of Cardiff City FC Foundation and one of four founding Directors of the £17m endowment fund ‘Building Communities Trust.

Anant Jani

Anant is working on the value based healthcare theme within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and is interested in understanding and implementing value based healthcare, particularly focusing on the Triple Value framework:

  • Allocative value, determined by how the assets are distributed to different sub groups in the population
  • Technical value, determined by how well resources are used for all the people in need in each sub group
  • Personal value, determined by how well the decision relates to the values of each individual

Before working in healthcare, Anant was a molecular immunologist studying gene regulation and epigenetics in B and T cells.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Brandeis University and his doctoral studies at Yale University.


Rosemary is an internationally recognised director and strategist driving innovation and investment for greater impact and sustainability.  Her unique capacity for connecting people and know-how to realise new value and deliver solutions has made her a go to leader globally across private and public sectors.

Rosemary is a trusted partner and mentor sought after by experienced leaders who want to contribute positively to sustainable development, helping them translate interest and intention to strategy and results. She has brought her expertise to SDG Impact at UNDP, the OECD Social Impact Investing Initiative and World Economic Forum Ideas to Practice initiative and collaborated in thought leadership with the Skoll Centre at Oxford University and Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard Kennedy School.  Her portfolio includes Ambassador Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, Director Indigenous Business Australia and Chair Climate Ready Initiative Griffith University and adviser to Sustainable Finance Initiative Asia.

Rosemary’s track record spans more than 30 years across sectors, disciplines and geographies including a global legal career as a partner of Allens-Linklaters and with Kirkland & Ellis NY, ranking among the world’s leading lawyers, serving as first Social Innovation Strategist for the Australian Government, member of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK Presidency of the G8 and founding Executive Chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and Impact Investing Australia (Market Builder of the Year 2018 & 2020).

Rosemary was recognised for lifetime contributions to impact (Impact Investment Awards 2020), with Member of the Order of Australia (2020), ranked among top thought leaders by Women in Finance (2017) and Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (2015).


Ussal is a leading thought leader on the nexus of innovation and government in Turkey.
He is the CEO of EDAM, one of the top-ranked think-tanks in Eastern Europe and Middle East. He also directs USSAL Consultancy, a public affairs company for disruptive startup companies.

Until July 2018, Ussal had been the founding director of GE’s Istanbul Innovation Center, one of the 8 innovation centers established by world’s digital industrial company around the world. Prior to that, he managed the Business 20 and Think 20 engagement groups when Turkey chaired the G20 in 2015. At the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) between 2011-14, he started Turkey’s first innovation policy studies program where clients included Google, Microsoft and Paypal; as well as GARAJ, the first startup accelerator in Ankara.

Ussal’s work has been featured in Foreign Affairs magazine, Forbes USA and TechCrunch. He has been invited as a speaker to U.S. Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, Business 20 China, Think 20 India, Global Entrepreneurship Summit Moscow, and the 5th Izmir National Convention of Economics, among others.
Ussal started his career as a case officer at Turkish Competition Authority (Antitrust Department of the Government of Turkey). He has been an adviser to Turkish president’s office, and to the World Bank in Washington D.C. He holds a master’s degree in international development from Harvard University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Bilkent University and METU respectively, both in economics.


Master’s Degree in Economics.Accountant, Expert in Tax Law & Tax Litigation. A highly successful ODCEC Chartered Accountant (Order of Chartered Accountants and Auditors of Milan, Section A), with invaluable experience in financial reporting and accounting covering a variety of industries from start-up business, to financial management and company closures, he is holder of two professional offices, in Sicily and in Milan. Hands on experience of providing professional advice in strategic sectors such as financial reporting, taxation, auditing, forensic accounting, corporate finance and insolvency, in companies of all types and sizes. Expert in tax litigation and a shrewd defender against the unlawful conduct of the control bodies; He holds positions in accounting control bodies and in Boards of Statutory Auditors. Co-founder of the website ilsecondoparere.com and position holder as Accountant and Expert in Business Evaluation for many institutions and for various public bodies.


Josh is an innovation consultant, systems thinker and entrepreneur with cutting-edge experience in research, consulting, project management and startups worldwide. He was a Social Impact Consultant on ​PlusValue​’s €4m Digital Innovation project for the European Commission, and a Strategy Consultant for LEK Consulting​ in London. He has also managed social impact projects for ​Restless Development​ and ​The British Council​. Josh co-founded the ​World Boutique Hotel Awards​ and is also Co-founder and Director of Innovation at ​Courage Global​. Josh has a PhD in Innovation from ​Queen Mary University London​, and a Master’s (MPhil, MA Cantab) and Bachelor’s (BA Hons) degree from ​Cambridge University​. His favourite design question is: What is it for?


Karl is the co-founder of EngagedX. He works internationally across private, public and social sectors.
Currently he is part of the OECD expert group on social impact investing; Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab; and Adviser to several organisations. Previously Karl served a 12 month assignment as Head of Research and Knowledge for the UNDP SDG Impact Finance initiative (UNSIF), where he led research to improve the analytical framework for social impact investing and impact management. He was also a member of Groupe d’Experts de la Commission sur l’Entrepreneuriat Social (GECES) of the European Commission to advise on its Social Business Initiative.
He lectures at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and has guest lectured at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; advised the UK Government’s HM Treasury on EU social investment regulations; was invited to submit evidence for alternative finance to the UK’s Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards; been asked by the UK Cabinet Office to represent the UK on social investment at EU level; and was invited by US Secretary of State to be a plenary panelist at the Global Impact Economy Forum in 2012.


Mustafa joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in 1992 following his studies in international relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. As a career diplomat, he worked in Italy, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Austria, Afghanistan and Belgium. He was Director of the International Media Centre at the G20 Summit in Antalya. Now he serves as Deputy Director General for Multilateral Economic Affairs. He has a Masters degree in European politics from the College of Europe in Bruges. His passion is to bring creative people together in inspiring places and to host meaningful conversations. InnoMate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Meetup Group, which he initiated in Brussels in 2013, expanded in Luxembourg, Milan and Istanbul. In 2015 he co-founded InnoCampus, a non-profit entrepreneurship training programme. In 2017, he launched TACT Agora, a global platform for co-learning through curated expeditions.

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.

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.

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

Following a 25 years career in the City of London covering senior positions in global banking groups, Paola has developed a portfolio of non executive positions since 2014 when she retired from full time banking. Paola is currently on the board of BNY Mellon International, Wells Fargo Securities Int, ARCA Fondi SGR and Big Society Capital. Paola is also the Industrial Director of the newly launched Institute of Finance and Technology of UCL, London and a Trustee of the UK charity Fareshare. Paola is an investor in impact companies in Italy and the UK.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and designer, founder of Conceptual Devices, a Zurich-based office for resilient design, architecture & urban development. He studied architecture at Cooper Union, New York, and at IUAV, Venice, from which he holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design. He conceives design and architecture as interdisciplinary cultural tool that can address complex social, political, economic, and ecological space-related challenges. His projects take the forms of narrations that engage local communities, industries, agencies. In the past years, he has been active worldwide in the field of resilient urban strategies with a strong focus on urban agriculture. He is the author of ELIOOO (2014) an instruction manual about how to subvert the IKEA worldwide distribution infrastructure to create a product that “does not exist”, made with found IKEA parts to grow food with hydroponics.
He teaches Interdisciplinary Design at BA design and Exhibition Scenography at the Master in Art Education and Curatorial Studies of the Zurich University of the Arts. He collaborated with several Design Magazines, including Abitare, Architecture Design, Domus, WIRED, Vogue. In 2008 he received the Curry Stone Design Prize, awarding social design pioneers. In 2016 he represented Italy at the XV Venice Architecture Biennale and, in 2018, he was nominated for the Swiss Arts Awards.

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.

Samuel Doualle

International Growth Marketing Consultant

Samuel is an international growth marketing consultant, expert in scaling tech startups and online businesses with performance-based as well as organic marketing strategies. Samuel has worked with dozens of tech startups and online businesses over half a dozen industries from fintech, legal tech, publishing and fashion to gaming, sport, food & drink as well as marketplaces. Samuel is also a coach and lecturer in growth marketing topics.

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.

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 a Change Maker and Social Innovation Influencer. He believes in innovation, disruptive innovation | He believes in human beings and their powerful connections |
Francesco has more than 15 years of experience in management and business strategy across profit and non-profit sectors.
He spent years providing consulting services on innovation strategy, management, social impact and experience design at Copernico, LendLease, TIRESIA (Technology and Innovation Research on Social ImpAct – Politecnico di Milano), ItaliaCamp Group and Dynamo Camp.
Previously Country Manager Italy at Lennox International.
Founding Partner DesignWanted Srl.

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).

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.