CLIC Startup Competition
Jury and Speakers
Luigi Fusco Girard
Emeritus Professor at the University of Naples Federico II and Scientific Coordinator of the H2020 CLIC project. Expert in evaluation methods for integrated conservation of cultural heritage, strategies and tools for urban / territorial sustainable development and regeneration of cultural heritage and landscape in the perspective of the circular economy and circular city. He is President of ISCEC International Scientific Committee on Economics of Conservation of ICOMOS.
Ugo Guarnacci works as Project Adviser at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), European Commission, managing Horizon 2020 projects on smart and sustainable cities, social and cultural innovation, nature-based solutions.
Before joining EASME, Ugo had been working for 6 years as Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission.
In 2019, during a sabbatical year from the European Commission, Ugo Guarnacci worked as Lead in Diversity and Inclusion 4.0 at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He followed the set-up and implementation of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE) and contributed to the ‘HR4.0: Shaping People Strategies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ within the New Economy and Society Platform of the Forum.
Before joining the European Commission, Ugo was Visiting Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University in New York City, focusing his research on resilience and the link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ugo is an applied economist by training and holds a PhD in Economics, from the University of Reading, with a thesis focusing on measuring resilience and subjective wellbeing in post-disaster, post-conflict Indonesia. His areas of expertise include sustainable urban development, beyond GDP indicators and environmental accounting, gender, diversity, equity & inclusion, social innovation and citizen engagement.
Since 2015 he has held the position of Regional Councillor for Innovation, Startup and Internationalization. Confirmed in the second De Luca Regional Government, with strategic mandate to promote the development and competitiveness of the territory.
Born in Brussels, Belgium. After graduating in translation and film studies Hughes Becquart started his career at the European Commission as a translator. He then worked for ten years in the film sector, mainly for the EU support programme MEDIA and the French CNC (National Film Centre). He then moved to the EC Culture and Creativity Directorate, where he developed EU-Asia cultural policy dialogues as well as the new EU strategy on international cultural relations. He is now in charge of architecture (the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the OMC experts’ group on High-quality Architecture and Built Environment for Everyone). He contributed to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and to the implementation of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage by promoting quality principles for the adaptive reuse of built heritage. As of 2020 he is also dealing with the new Creative Europe scheme to support the cross-border circulation and digital distribution of performing arts works.
Giuseppe Provenzano focuses on topics connected to research, innovation and employability at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean. He has previously published on Blue Economy, the EU external policies towards Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, on migration and on sustainability issues of the Iranian energy policies.
Keynote Speaker and Jury Member
Servaz van Berkum
Servaz van Berkum is a programme maker, moderator and community builder at Pakhuis de Zwijger, a platform for urban innovation in Amsterdam. In their programming Pakhuis de Zwijger connects open dialogue on social change, urban planning and sustainability with economic thought, science and arts & design. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic they’ve produced over 400 online broadcasts and events. Between 2011 and 2018, Servaz was an elected member of the provincial assembly of Noord-Holland – the Amsterdam region.
Silvia Manca is responsible for the social impact programmes within the Strategy Business Development team at the European Investment Fund (part of the European Investment Bank Group). She joined the EIF in 2008 as project manager, and she has been working in the design and implementation of new programmes between EIF and other institutions to support access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, with a particular focus on microfinance, social entrepreneurship and impact investing.
She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication from Bocconi University in Milano.
Jury Member and Keynote Speaker
Joke Quintens (BE/FR), founder of “Wetopia, Making Cities Together” and “Living Lab Moving Marseille”, is a social designer and facilitator of co-creation in cities, a regenerative practitioner and a field expert in participatory policymaking.
Keynote Speaker and Jury Member
Mieke Renders is the Managing Director of Trans Europe Halles. Mieke was born in Belgium in 1975 and is passionate about culture and languages, having lived in several countries. She is a strong believer in the independence of cultural operators, and their capacity to self-organise in networks in order to achieve greater impact. Before she moved to Sweden, she was the general manager of the Flemish Cultural Center ‘De Brakke Grond’ in Amsterdam and worked as cultural attaché for Flanders House in New York. She has studied physical anthropology and arts management, which led her to start of in the museum and cultural heritage field, where she both worked as a curator and as a project manager. Many years later, she shifted more into the living arts and made connections between heritage and performing and visual arts. Networking is a passion, which she can now develop for Trans Europe Halles.
Gianluca Gaggiotti is Research Associate at EVPA, where he is directly involved in several research activities, with a specific focus on data collection and data analysis.
Gianluca joined EVPA in 2017, where he has developed an in-depth knowledge on the impact ecosystem and all the actors involved in it. Gianluca has previously worked as a Research Assistant for several project related to development and social network economics at Bocconi University.
He holds a Master degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University with a thesis on the effect of terrorism on political outcome in the US.
Priscilla Boiardi is Policy Analyst in the Financing Sustainable Development Division at the OECD, where she leads the work on impact. Previously, Priscilla was Knowledge Centre and Policy Director at the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), Research Associate at the Vlerick Business School and a PhD candidate at the Catholic University of Leuven. Priscilla has over 10 years of research experience on social investment, private finance and innovation.
Ludovica Gerardi is technologist at CNR-Technology Transfer Office, which supports and encourages researchers in protecting and valorizing the research results, promoting their exploitation in collaboration with industrial partners or other institutions. She is in the coordination team of an European project – EEN-Enterprise Europe Network- providing specialized services to SMEs, Start Ups and researchers to innovate and grow on an international scale.
Irene Dell’Aversana holds a Master’s degree in European Studies for Community Advisor and Project Consultant. As a technologist at the CNR-TT Office, she promotes researchers’ results towards the market. She coordinates and implements several EU projects under the COSME funding scheme, supporting SMEs internationalization and their scaling up on the markets.
Entrepreneur, consultant, coach and trainer at his own venture, Metamorphosis, he combines professional activities with passion for sustainability in the broad sense. He is indeed convinced that a team, an organization, a territory will generate positive and transformative impacts only if it is based on empowering, multi-stakeholders and participatory decision-making processes and ways of working. He collaborates with large corporations, SMEs and not for profit organizations and positive impact incubators. He is also a guest teacher at the ICHEC Brussels School of Management within 4 areas : sustainable business models, participatory & agile project management, global performance of organizations and scenario thinking. Last but not least, he is a strong promoter of co-op principles and involved in several co-op projects.
I’ve been working in a bank since 2000. I am an Innovation Specialist for Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center. My job consists in scouting innovative start-ups and SMEs, putting them in contact with companies looking for innovation solutions. My ability is connecting the dots.
Jury Member and Keynote Speaker
Founder & CEO of FacilityLive and President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA); technologist and innovative entrepreneur; writer of books and articles on technology; Adjunct Professor at prestigious universities; often interviewed by global media.
Laoura Ntziourou is responsible for cultural and creative sectors and skills and education programmes within the Strategy and Business Development team at the European Investment Fund (part of the European Investment Bank Group). She joined the EIF in 2016 as project manager, and she has been working for the origination, design and management of financial instruments to support access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and key policy objectives of the EU.
She holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and she is a Chartered Accountant (ACA member) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA member).
Dr. Tracy Pickerill has been a lecturer, research supervisor and assessor at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) since 1992 specialising in real estate investment & development appraisal, cultural heritage and climate change. During this time, Tracy undertook the role of technical advisor in a range of Irish and European heritage funding policy and legislative development projects, in addition to engaging with various international collaborative academic research endeavours.
Paolo Di Bartolomei
Paolo Di Bartolomei is General Director of Fondazione COTEC, a no-profit foundation whose aim is to promote the culture of innovation in Italy. He is also Head of Digital Institutional Affairs in Telecom Italia and he has been in the Board of Directors of several National and European Associations.
Giovanni De Caro
Twenty years at IntesaSanpaolo in private equity and venture capital, he has managed over 70 investments in startups, scaleup and SMEs. Since December 2016 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Campania New Steel, the incubator of Città della Scienza and Federico II. From 2016 to 2018 he was responsible for the development of the strategic portfolio of Healthware International, leader in strategic consulting for digital health, and CEO of Favilla, a platform for comparison of crowdfunding equity campaigns. Today he is CEO of Volano, a boutique fund raising and M&A consulting firm.
Relationship Manager at CrowdFundMe and startup mentor. Her Management and Finance background allowed her to develop a strong solution-oriented approach with particular focus on customer’s needs. Strong interest in entrepreneurship, open innovation, start-ups and digital businesses. Innovation lover!
Born in 1975, passionate about technology but lives for human contact. Investor, Business Angel, central/southern partner of the incubator certified and listed on the stock exchange at AIM Digital Magics, founder of the Luxembourg Step Fund.
Filippo Ammirati, Engineer, Researcher at ENEA -Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development. Scientific and Project Manager of “ENEA – Enterprise Europe Network ” for valorization of research results and for supporting technology transfer and SMEs innovation processes at International and national level.
He is Co-founder of 012Factory, Italian incubator of innovative startups, which supports, develops and accompanies the growth of new enterprises with high innovative potential. He is in charge of European and international cooperation activities.
Jury Member and Speaker
Antonia Gravagnuolo is Researcher at CNR IRISS in the field of evaluation methods for integrated conservation of cultural heritage and landscape and co-coordinator of the Horizon 2020 CLIC project. She is expert in evaluation methods and tools, cultural heritage and cultural landscape regeneration – particularly referred to terraced landscapes / historic rural landscapes. Member of ICOMOS Italy and ISCEC – International / Italian Scientific Committee on Economics of Conservation, she has been invited speaker in international scientific events on the topic of innovative business, financing and governance models for cultural heritage and landscape adaptive reuse, within the circular economy and circular city-territory.
Jury Member and Speaker
Ruba Saleh is PhD Researcher at ICHEC Brussels Management School. Her education and professional experience revolves around cultural heritage management, promotion and preservation. She has been studying and analyzing the different synergies and dynamics in the city and its cultural, socio-economic and political manifestations. Responsible for programmes drafting, monitoring and evaluation in several International projects, she strongly believes in the importance of dialogue, and bottom-up participation and is an expert in designing and implementing professional training workshops and stakeholders capacity-building ad-hoc programmes.
Since 2012, she has been working at Iniziativa Cube S.r.l. and today she is responsible of the R&D and EU projects Office. She has supported more than 350 projects in complementary sectors, funded through different financial instruments. She has participated in the successful financing of many national and European research and innovation projects (over 300 million euros) thanks to the strategic ability to identify disruptive innovations and to guide key partners towards the implementation of successful projects and market launch of products and services.
Born in São Paulo, Brasil, Mundano is an artivist who has found in the art of graffiti a powerful mean to shine a light over environmental, social and political issues. In 2007, he began painting “carroças,” the wooden and metal carts used by “catadores”, the waste collectors who roam Brazilian streets day and night collecting junk and recyclable materials. Despite they play a crucial role in Keeping Sao Paulo clean, catadores have been so far largely unrecognized for the great service they offer the community: they were marginalized, ignored, lacking formal job and work security. By painting more than 320 “carrrocas”, Mundano has been able to draw attention to this silent army of workers, giving them back dignity, selfesteem and recognition. Making these unvisible superheroes visible, has become his life project, leading him to found his NGO “Pimp My Carroça” (https://pimpmycarroca.com), a global crowdfunded initiative, and to travel around the world to give catadores a voice, through his art and inspiring speeches, starting a real movement for a collective change.