This webinar is part of a series "Impact Investing: dal dire al fare" (translation: ‘’Impact Investing: from saying to doing’’) hosted by the Italian EU|BIC AR-TER. This webinar series of six online sessions will present facts and figures, business models and investment strategies, and actors of the Italian impact investing ecosystem, in conversation with its protagonists and their business support actors.
During this first session, EBN and EVPA will shed light on the European dimension of the impact investment sector. We will present how Business Support Organisations (BSOs) and impact investors can contribute together to shaping a more inclusive, impact-oriented, sustainable, and environmental-friendly entrepreneurial ecosystem. The two networks specifically aim to mobilise their Italian members to join the initiative and take part in the "Reverse Pitching" sessions of the webinar series.
Introduce Chiara Davalli, EBN
- Investing for impact - Alessia Gianoncelli, EVPA
- Il valore sociale degli investimenti - Federico Mento, Ashoka Italia
- Il mercato della finanza di impatto in Italia - Mario Calderini, TIRESIA
Q&A modera Kristian Mancinone, ART-ER
Chiara Davalli is a Senior Project Leader at EBN responsible for delivering EU and non-EU projects. She is also manager of the Social Impact Special Interest Group (SIG). Chiara joined the EBN team in April 2010. At EBN, she initially assisted the Quality & Technical Assistance Department for two years before joining the EU projects team where she is now in charge of the following projects: INNO INDIGO, SCHIP, COMPASS, INCOBRA and ENRICH in Brazil.
She has a Postgraduate Degree in International Relations, a Degree in International Studies from the University of Florence (Italy) and an Executive Master in European Studies from the UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles (ULB).
With almost a decade of experience in the social investment space, Alessia is the Head of Knowledge, Community and Market Development at EVPA. As part of her role, she is responsible for research activities, content development, data collection, community engagement and market building.
Alessia co-authored publications, practical cases, and articles on topics such as venture philanthropy, impact measurement and management, impact strategies, the European impact ecosystem and tailored and hybrid finance. Thanks to her research, she prominently contributed to the EVPA narrative around investing for impact, and she has been invited to speak at international conferences and give guest lectures at European Universities and Business Schools (e.g. Nova School of Business and Economics, Luiss - Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, INSEAD Business School in Paris, Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management).
Alessia also started the EVPA initiative "Foundations Along the Spectrum of Capital" in collaboration with Philea, which she now co-leads. She cooperates with EVPA's sister organisations in Latin America, Asia and Africa (IVPC, Latimpacto, AVPN and AVPA) to strengthen the collaboration among actors active in the global impact ecosystem, by sharing learning, facilitating the exchange of experiences and contributing to scale successes across regions. Alessia was a blue book trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, specifically working on social enterprises and SMEs market assessment and on funding opportunities to support social investment.
Federico Mento, Phd in cultural anthropology, actually Director of Ashoka Italy, Board Member of Social Value International, Secretary of Social Value Italia, former director of Human Foundation.
Mario Calderini, a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manchester, is full Professor at Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, where he teaches Social Innovation. He is the Director of Tiresia, the Politecnico di Milano School of Management's Research Centre for Impact Finance and Innovation.
He has been the Director of Alta Scuola Politecnica and Executive Vice President of Fondazione Politecnico. He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Minister of University Research and Innovation and a Government's Sherpa for the G7 Italian Presidency 2017. His numerous publications in highly ranked international journals cover several topics in the field of innovation and social impact finance. He has been a member of the G8 Task Force for Social Impact Investment, he chaired the Italian Advisory Board on Social Impact Finance, he is the President of the Scientific Committee of the Social Impact Agenda for Italy Association (Italy's NAB). He sits in the Italian Government's Advisory Group on Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Measurement and he contributed to promote the social innovation agenda in Italy, launching the sector's first public consultation. He has been part of the Government's Advisory Group that drafted the new law on social entrepreneurship. He is currently a member of the Government's Task Force on Social Impact Investment. He is the President of the Advisory Board for Research and Innovation Strategy of the Lombardy Region Government. He sits in the Advisory Board of Unicredit. He is the President of Social Fare and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Nesta Italy.
Kristian Mancinone works in ART-ER to develop social innovation projects and policies within the framework of Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). Previously he was involved in activity related to education and training of students and researchers and startup development.
With a Master in Economics and Management of Social Economy Organizations, he is passionate about non profit and civic innovation dealing with technology and he is interested in applying design thinking and human-centered design involving civil society organizations. Interested in Responsible Research and Innovation, he is involved in Horizon 2020 project dealing with public engagement and impact of the research and innovation ecosystem. He worked for three years in Make a Cube, the first Italian social impact incubator, as a business developer and project manager. Previously he was a researcher for the University of Bologna, on topics related to Social Economy and cooperative movement.