Dr. Lorenzo Mattarolo - Program Manager

Lorenzo Mattarolo graduated in mechanical engineering at Università degli Studi di Padova. He first focused his works on energy efficiency in the built environment, in an Italian consulting company and afterwards at the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, at the Technical University of Denmark. His activity included the development of models for thermal simulation  in  the  built  environment  and  the  definition of  solutions  regarding energy saving, heating and cooling design. In 2008 he started working in the R&D direction of an Italian energy utility. He dealt with energy efficiency measures in the industrial and tertiary sectors, aiming at optimizing energy consumption and offering economically and environmentally sustainable solutions. He was also in charge of development and optimization of gas storage infrastructure. Since September 2012 he has been working at Politecnico di Milano as researcher. He is program manager for UNESCO Chair, dealing with projects related to access to energy, sustainable development and international cooperation, and project manager of the GIEP project. He is also member of Engineering Without Border – Milan (ISF-MI), in the activities concerning appropriate technologies, decentralized generation and renewable energies in developing countries.


Dr. Jacopo Barbieri

Jacopo Barbieri graduated in energy engineering at Politecnico di Milano in December, 2011, with a thesis about multi-criteria methods applied to gas flaring reduction and energy recovery. The work was developed in collaboration with the chemical and energy process Division of Techint E&C. During his studies, he actively collaborated with his tutor for supporting teaching activities and developing a model for the evaluation of renewable energy technologies and best practices in urban contexts. After graduation, he worked for a first period in the air systems  Division in Techint E&C, than he moved at the Department of Energy in Politecnico di Milano as a research fellow in the sector of energy engineering and international cooperation. He mainly deals with the following topics: energy and exergy analysis and energy assessments; Integrated Renewable Energy Systems (IRES); sustainable development and sustainability; appropriate technologies for Developing Countries. He is local scientific coordinator of the Edulink ENERGISE project, and project manager of the SET4Food project. As a member of the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development, he collaborates in the development, management and scientific coordination of the main activities relating to the Chair.


Dr. Giorgio Bonamini

Giorgio Bonamini graduated in energy engineering at Politecnico di Milano in April 2014, with a thesis on exergy life cycle methods to account for non-renewable energy assets depletion. In parallel to his master studies, Giorgio worked in two research centers for nuclear fusion, first in Germany then in Spain. He started his PhD in Mathematics at Politecnico di Milano in November 2014, to study the possible application of cooperative game theory in energy development projects. Since 2012, he is an active member of ISF-Milano (Engineering Without Borders – Milan): initially involved in peer education activities both in Italy and in Africa, he is currently carrying out a rural electrification project in India. He supports the laboratory activities that aim at studying the performance of cooking devices used in developing countries, such as Improved Cook Stoves and solar cookers. He is also teaching assistant of Technical physics, bachelor degree course at Politecnico di Milano.


Dr. Fabio Riva

Fabio Riva graduated with honours in Energy Engineering – Energy for Development at Politecnico di Milano in October 2014, with a thesis on a feasibility study for reducing the load of biomass in a local hospital in Burundi. The work on the field was developed in collaboration with Vispe NGO and FLEAI labour union, and acknowledged within The Milan Charter - Expo Milan 2015. From December 2014 to November 2015 he worked at the Department of Energy - Politecnico di Milano as a research fellow, focusing on strategies and technological solutions to provide access to modern energy services in critical areas of the world. He collaborated in Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food utilization (SET4food) project for strengthening the capacity of humanitarian actors in implementation and management of efficient and sustainable energy technologies in humanitarian contexts. In parallel, he carried out laboratory activities for testing and designing Improved Cook Stoves for developing countries. From November 2015, he is PhD student within the Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology programme at Department of Energy - Politecnico di Milano. His research mainly deals with the following topics: rural energy planning; modelling energy demand dynamics for remote and rural area of the world; appropriate technologies assessment; impact evaluation of energy system in the cooperation field. From March 2015, he is teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano of the thermodynamic course Fisica Tecnica for the degree programme in energy engineering, bachelor of science. He also contributes in teaching activities of "Engineering and Cooperation for Development" course. From 2014, he collaborates with Engineering Without Border – Milan (ISF-MI), following the lab activities.


Dr. Alessandro Manzato

Alessandro Manzato has achieved his MSc at Politecnico di Milano in Italy where he is currently a Research Fellow at the Department of Energy.

During his master thesis he has set up a method that can be used for the evaluation of energy development cooperation projects through a new methodology based on the engineering discipline named EEA (Extended Exergy Accounting). This tool permits to quantify the consumption of resources that are absorbed in a project through a common denominator which is the exergy indeed.

As a research fellow he is carrying forward further studies on this methodology.

From December 2013 he is project manager of two development projects of the European Commission: a Tempus and Edulink project.

The first one aims at improving the role of universities in the Egyptian society by developing a national strategy and a university platform to promote the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and the related synergy between Research, Education and Innovation (Knowledge-Triangle).

The Edulink project aims at promoting innovative and labour driven curricula in Energy Engineering within each partner institution while enforcing their capacity to interact with the local socio-economic framework.


Dr. Francesco Romeo

Francesco Romeo has achieved the Energy Engineering MSc at Politecnico di Milano in Italy with a thesis (Gas Flaring Reduction: A Comprehensive Decision Model for Sustainable Alternatives) which addresses the gas flaring issue, by proposing a comprehensive decision model which allows to identify the most appropriate alternative technology to gas flaring practice.

In June 2012 he attended a summer course intituled "Renewable energies for decentralized systems: supporting tools and best practices for green energy and sustainable development" at the International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS) sited in Trieste, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Course's contents has been access to energy in developing countries, technology transfer, sustainable development issues and real project in developing countries.

He currently works at Department of Energy in Politecnico di Milano as Research Fellow, within the Access to Energy working group. His current main activities regard the development of multi-criteria, participative and multi-stakeholder models for the long-term impact evaluation of energy-related cooperation projects. Specifically, his work deals with the quantification of communities' livelihood assets and evaluation methodologies to measure them, the design of appropriate indicators and the implementation of suitable multi-criteria methods to evaluate project effects on target communities.


Dr. Gabriele Cassetti

Member of Unesco Chair in "Energy for Sustainable Development" at Politecnico di Milano and contract professor in the course ‘Energy for Sustainable Development' at Como Campus. PhD in "Energetic and Nuclear Science and Technology" on advanced exergy analysis and environmental impact of energy systems, with particular attention to Thermoeconomics and Risk Analysis. Collaborator of the Rector's Delegate to Cooperation and Development. He had some collaborations with the International Centre for Science and High Technology of UNIDO organization at the Training Course on "Renewable energies for decentralized systems: supporting tools and best practices for green energy and sustainable development".


Dr. Francesco Lombardi

Francesco Lombardi achieved a MSc in Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently working as a research fellow at the Department of Energy. His master thesis focused on the development of new methodologies for the evaluation of Improved Cooking Stoves performances, and included both theoretical and experimental studies performed at the laboratory of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano. As a research fellow he is carrying forward further research on the topic and he is coordinating the laboratory activities related to testing of Improved Cooking Stoves. He is supporting as well parallel researches on biomass technologies and on access to energy for domestic use in Developing Countries.