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The School faculty consists of experts with a longstanding experience in designing, implementing, and reviewing CBA of infrastructure projects. Amongst the lecturers, there are experts involved in the preparation of the last edition of the Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects, including the authors, technical advisors, and academic peer reviewers. In particular, under the Scientific Direction of Professor Massimo Florio, CSIL experts have authored all the editions of the Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects implemented by the European Commission of DG REGIO since 1994, including the updated and expanded CBA Guide that has been adopted by the European Commission in 2014.


Massimo Florio

Massimo Florio. Professor of Public Economics at the University of Milan, Honorary President and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of CSIL and Board Member of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He is one of the leading European experts in regional development and evaluation of public policies with extensive knowledge of EU policies. His main research interests are in applied welfare economics, cost-benefit analysis, regional policies, infrastructure and growth, regulation, privatisation, public enterprises, and in the socio-economic impact of science. He has lead evaluation research and advisory work for the European Commission (mainly DG Regional and Urban Policy), the European Parliament, the EIB, the OECD, the World Bank and other institutions including recently the CERN for a cost-benefit analysis of future large-scale particle accelerators. Since 2011, he has been the Scientific Director of the Milan Summer School. In 2014 he authored the book on "Applied Welfare Economics. Cost-Benefit Analysis of projects and policies" (Routledge), and his new volume titled "Investing in Science: Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of research Infrastructures" will be published by the MIT Press in fall 2019.

Silvia Vignetti

Silvia Vignetti. Director of the Evaluation Unit at CSIL. She is a CBA expert with experience in training and project appraisal. She was part of the team authoring the last three editions of the Guide to Cost-benefit Analysis of Investment Projects prepared on behalf of the DG Regional and Urban Policy and advised the European Commission by reviewing the application forms of Italian major projects asking for EU co-financing in the transport and environment sector. She has broad training experience in Cost-Benefit Analysis for civil servants and practitioners in Italy and abroad (e.g. Lithuania, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, FYROM, Ghana). She is currently coordinating an ex-post evaluation - on behalf of DG Regio – assessing the long-term contribution of selected environmental major projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund during 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 programming periods, while in 2018 she led the team that completed the same evaluation on transport major projects.
Silvia is also working at the evaluation of the future socio-economic impact of establishing a pan-European digital research infrastructure for heritage science (E–RIHS), a study that integrates into a unified analytical framework a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and a socio-economic impact assessment study, using narratives, scenarios and ad-hoc Key Performance Indicators. Recently, she provided technical assistance to the University of Milan, Department of Physics developing guidelines and technical solutions for the harmonised collection of data on the cost of ESFRI Roadmap research infrastructures.

Chiara Pancotti

Chiara Pancotti. Partner and Expert at CSIL. Over the past seven years, she has been specialising in the evaluation of development projects and financial, economic and risk analyses of infrastructure investments, especially in the environmental, cultural and RDI fields. In this context, she has gained experience providing technical assistance for the preparation of the cost-benefit analyses and application forms for projects requesting EU co-financing, and more recently with a research project aimed at improving Transport Project Appraisals in the Islamic Countries (for the COMCEC working group).  She was part of the team in charge of developing the last edition of the DG REGIO Guide, as well as drafting the CBA methodological guidelines for the Government of Lithuania. She contributed to the ex-post evaluation assessing the long-term contribution of ten selected major projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund during 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 programming periods in the field of transport and is now working on the same evaluation on environmental major projects. She carries out training courses in the field of cost-benefit analysis at European level, including a recent one aimed to strengthen technical capacity for the evaluation of public investment projects on behalf of the European Commission in Malta.

Francesco Giffoni. Expert at CSIL and adjoint Professor of Cost-Benefit Analysis at the University of Milan. He earned a PhD in Economics from La Sapienza University (Rome) with the dissertation "Essays on Human Capital and the Growth of Italian Cities". He has been teaching assistant at the Department of Law and Economics at University La Sapienza, and visiting researcher at the Department of Regional Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His research interests are in public and applied economics, with a specific focus on urban and regional development, industrial policies, and policy evaluation. His professional experience started in 2009 at the Bank of Italy where he contributed to the evaluation of the impact of human capital on the growth of cities. He has been involved in different evaluation, research and analytical studies on behalf of the European Commission, the EIB, CERN and other international bodies. He worked at the ex-post evaluation assessing the long term contribution of ten selected major projects co-financed by the ERDF and Cohesion Fund during 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 programming periods, and he is contributing to an H2020 project (RI-PATHS) aimed to develop a model for the socio-economic impacts assessment of research infrastructures, as well as to an evaluation of the future socio-economic impact of establishing a pan-European digital research infrastructure for heritage science (E-RIHS).

Enrico Bernardis. Director at Tplan consulting srl. Enrico has multi-sector and multi-country experience in transport infrastructure and policy appraisal. He has acted as CBA expert for the review of more than 50 Cost-Benefit Analysis for transport projects in different European Countries (France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom) and transport modes (railways, metro and urban transport systems, ports and hinterland connections, road and airports). Enrico has good knowledge of a variety of national and international guidance and tools on economic appraisal for transport, such as the 2014 CBA Guide (EU, DG Regio), Blue Book (EU, Jaspers), and EIB Railpag (EU, EIB), the Notes on the Economic Evaluation of Transport Projects, 2005 (World Bank) and Treasury’s Green Book and WebTAG / Tuba (UK). He has been appointed by INEA as an evaluator of the CBA included in the applications for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility.

Matteo Pedralli joined CSIL in 2018, after completing the bilingual post-graduate Master at the College of Europe in European Political and Governance Studies. He has previous work experience in the field of cohesion policy as a consultant for public administrations at EY - Ernst&Young, where for two years he worked for different clients providing technical assistance for two National Operational Programmes co-financed by ERDF.  At CSIL he carries out applied research in the field of EU cohesion policy, working at the ex-post evaluation of environmental major projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund between 2000 and 2013, and contributing to a study to improve Transport Project Appraisals in the Islamic Countries.

Jessica Catalano

Gelsomina Catalano. Partner and senior Economist at CSIL and adjoint Professor of Regional Economics and Policy at the University of Milan. She is specialised in financial, economic and risk analyses of infrastructural projects. She has gained training experiences in this field by holding seminars to civil servants in Italy and undergraduates students at the University of Milan. She recently provided economic and financial consultancy - including a CBA -  for a project of European interest aimed at the creation of coordination and control digital tools for light infrastructures in Northern Italy. She also contributed to the cost-benefit analysis of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in the framework of the research programme sponsored by the European Investment Bank Institute; while in the past she carried out ex-post CBA of transport projects in the framework of ex-post evaluation of investment projects co-financed by ERDF and CF in the period 1994-99. She co-authored the last edition of the EC Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis, as well a study for the REGI committee of the European Parliament on "Digital Agenda and Cohesion Policy" and another one on how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been used in the context of Cohesion Policy.  She is currently working to an H2020 project (RI-PATHS) aimed to develop a model describing the socio-economic impacts of research infrastructures, and she is the Deputy Project Manager of an "Assessment of support to the development and implementation of smart specialisation strategies provided by the European Commission from 2010 to 2017", for DG REGIO.

Alessandra Caputo holds a Master of Science Degree in Economics from Bocconi University. After an internship at the OECD, in 2017 she joined CSIL's Development and Evaluation Unit at as a junior researcher. She contributed to the ex-post evaluation of selected transport major projects co-financed by the ERDF and Cohesion Fund in the programming periods 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 and to the Cost-Benefit Analysis of national strategic projects in the field of electrical energy, funded through the Fund for Research into Electrical Systems.

Marco Brambilla is a senior expert of civil engineering, economics and planning of the transport sector. He gained expertise and skills with regard to the economic appraisal of transport infrastructures, regulation of infrastructures and services, urban economics with equity issues and transport safety. At TRT Trasporti e Territorio, he has been working in multidisciplinary projects in Italian and European working groups, and he has been involved in several technical assistance assignments and projects and funded by institutions, like the European Commission (DGs Mobility and Transport, Regional Policy, and Research and Innovation) and the European Parliament. As a transport economist, he has been involved in quick appraisals of major project applications for transport infrastructure investments and in the preparation of applications for co-funding initiatives under EC’s CEF programme. He also co-authored guidelines on projects evaluation and appraisal on different spatial scales and guidelines for pre-feasibility studies of transport projects. He was appointed lecturer of transport economics and planning at the Politecnico of Milano.


Witold Willak

Witold Willak. Deputy Head of Unit, Unit F.1 Competence Centre Closure and Major Projects, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, where he is responsible for coordination of major projects, including the appraisal of major projects submitted for ERDF/CF financing. He’s also in charge of JASPERS initiative, set up together with the European Investment Bank. He was responsible for coordinating all work related to the updated Cost-Benefit Analysis Guide 2014, and before he had been a programme manager responsible for operational programmes and projects in Czech Republic and Poland. Witold holds a Master of Economics with specialisation in regional and local policy, and post-graduate studies on European integration.

Davide Sartori

Davide Sartori. CBA specialist at the European Investment Bank, JASPERS – Networking and Competence Centre. He is an expert in the appraisal of development projects and financial, economic and risk analysis of infrastructure investments. As former senior Economist at CSIL, he is the lead author of the last edition of the EU Guide to Cost-benefit Analysis of Investment Projects. In the last years, he was appointed by several International Financing Institutions (European Commission, World Bank, European Investment Bank and African Development Bank) to appraise and evaluate their projects. He has also been carrying out training courses on cost-benefit analysis targeting officials of the EU, national and regional institutions (e.g. in Italy, Romania, Lithuania, FYROM, etc.), as well as graduate students. On a regular basis, he is visiting professor at EIPA, European Institute of Public Administration (Barcelona).

Julien Bollati

Julien Bollati. Financial Engineering Manager at INEA, dealing with funding issues of European transport and energy infrastructures. His responsibilities include coordinating the assessment of Cost-Benefit Analyses submitted in the context of Connecting Europe Facility call for proposals. Before that, he has been Framework Contract coordinator at PwC for the assessment of Major Projects CBAs submitted to DG REGIO from across the EU. His past experiences include working at the EIB in the European PPP Expertise Centre and with the Major Project Team of DG REGIO. Julien Bollati has contributed to the 2008 edition of the European Commission methodology for CBA and has researched empirical approaches for the estimation of shadow wages.

Lorenzo Pirelli

Lorenzo Pirelli. Auditor Team Leader of transport, energy, research and rural development performance audits at the European Court of Auditors. He has carried out several performance audits assessing ex-post the actual costs and benefits of EU co-funded projects in various fields (e.g. airports, seaports, multi-modality, energy efficiency, rural infrastructures, start-ups’ business incubators and young farmers). He is regularly providing training on performance audit methodologies to European Parliament, European Institute of Public Administration and national administrations’ officials. He holds a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Milan Polytechnic University, where he has been Assistant Professor for Economics and Business Administration’s courses and participated in several research projects on the effectiveness of EU instruments supporting start-up firms’ growth, such as venture capital, incubators and research programmes. His research has been published in the main scientific journals (e.g. Research Policy) and financial newspapers (e.g. Il Sole 24 ore).

Linas Jasiukevičius

Linas Jasiukevičius. Expert of the Public and Private Partnership Competence Centre at the Central Project Management Agency and developer of CBA methodology in Lithuania. He owns a bachelor degree in business administration and a Master degree in financial management. From 2012 he delivers lectures in finance at Kaunas University of Technology. Since 2013 he is a financial expert of PPP Unit of Lithuania also working as the developer of the CBA methodology in Lithuania. He has also experienced in evaluating investment projects in various economic sectors such as transport, environment, education, health.

This list will be updated in due course with additional Lecturers (to be confirmed).

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