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. 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, privatization, public enterprises, 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. Amongst his recent publications, there is Applied Welfare Economics. Cost-Benefit Analysis of projects and policies, Routledge (2014).
Gianni Carbonaro. Member of the Scientific Committee of CSIL. Former Head of the Municipal and Regional Unit, Advisory Services Department, European Investment Bank (EIB). Research interests and professional experience have covered urban and regional economics, transportation analysis, infrastructure policy, cost-benefit analysis, European transportation networks, housing policy and finance, and the interface between urban development and property markets. At the at the EIB, Mr. Carbonaro has worked in multi-professional teams covering the economic and financial assessment of large-scale infrastructure projects (urban transport systems, motorways, railways, toll infrastructure) and urban development, within both the European Union and the partner countries.
Silvia Vignetti. Director of the Evaluation Unit at CSIL. She is a CBA expert with experience in training as well as 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 broadl 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 – addressed to assess the long-term contribution of selected major projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund during 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 programming periods.
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 specialization in regional and local policy, and post-graduate studies on European integration.
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 is lecturer 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.
Gines de Rus. Professor of Economics, University of Las Palmas (Spain). Research director of Infrastructure and Transport, FEDEA, Madrid. He teaches Cost-Benefit Analysis for postgraduate students at the University Carlos III (Madrid). He has served as an external expert for the Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects adopted by the European Commission in 2008 and for the CBA Guidelines of the European Investment Bank. He is the director of the team in charge of the Guide to CBA of Transport Projects of the Inter-American Development Bank and external expert of the new (2017) CBA Guidelines of the Asian Development Bank.
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 in 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/or 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 regular basis, he is visiting professor at EIPA, European Institute of Public Administration (Barcelona).
Jaspers expert in Environment. JASPERS is a technical assistance partnership managed by the EIB and co-sponsored by the European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). JASPERS provides technical expertise for any stage of the project cycle from the early stages of project conception through to the final application for EU funding. JASPERS acted as technical advisor to DG REGIO for the preparation of the new Guide, with a focus on the practical issues related to the CBA of major infrastructure projects, highlighting best practice and common mistakes and developing the seven case studies included in the Guide.
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 Ph.D. 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).
Gelsomina Catalano. Partner and senior Economist at CSIL and adjoint Professor of Regional Economics and Policy at the University of Milan. She is specialized 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 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 has co-authored the last edition of the EC Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis. She 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. Recently, she authored a study for the REGI committee of the European Parliament on how Public-Private Partnerships have been used in the context of Cohesion Policy. She is currently working on the socio-economic impact of the Future Circular Collider, carried out by the University of Milan in collaboration with CERN, and she is also contributing to an H2020 project (RI-PATHS) aimed to develop a model describing the socio-economic impacts of research infrastructures.
Chiara Pancotti. Partner and Expert at CSIL. Over the past six years, she has been specializing in the evaluation of development projects and in 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 request of co-financing with ERDF under the 2007-13 Operational Programmes of a number of major projects. 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 is currently working on an 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. She carries out training courses at European level, and she contributed to Massimo Florio's publication Applied Welfare Economics by authoring the chapter on welfare weights and distributional impacts.
Francesco Giffoni. Expert at CSIL and adjoint Professor of Cost-Benefit Analysis at the University of Milan. He earned a Ph.D. 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, visiting researcher at the department of Regional Economics at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and teaching assistant at the department of Law and Economics at University La Sapienza. 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 Bank of Italy where he contributed to the evaluation of the impact of human capital on the growth of cities. Recently, 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 is currently involved in 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 leading on one of the case studies. He is also contributing to an H2020 project (RI-PATHS) aimed to develop a model for the socio-economic impacts assessment of research infrastructures.
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 evaluator of the CBA included in the applications for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility.
Marco Brambilla (Ph.D. in Public Economics) 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 projects and technical assistances funded by institutions, like DGs of the European Commission (Mobility and Transport, Regional Policy and Research and Innovation) and the European Parliament. As 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.
Luca Bisaschi holds a Master Degree in Political Science (major in European Integration) from the University of Milan. Since 2017, he is junior researcher in the Development and Evaluation Unit at CSIL. He took part in the preparation and delivery of several training courses in CBA at international level (including in FYROM and Slovenia) and as a tutor in the 2017 CSIL Summer School. In late 2017, Luca worked on 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.
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. Currently, she is involved in the ex post evaluation of selected major projects co-financed by the ERDF and Cohesion Fund in the programming periods 2000-2006 and 2007-2013. She is also contributing to the Cost-Benefit Analysis of national strategic projects in the field of electrical energy, funded through the Fund for Research into Electrical Systems.