Director, Development & Evaluation Studies
After a degree in Economics from Bocconi University and a traineeship at UNESCO, Silvia started her collaboration as a research fellow at CSIL. During her career of more than 14 years, she has been specializing in Structural Funds interventions and evaluation of projects and programmes, regional development and Cost-Benefit Analysis. She has gained relevant experience in this field, both at EU as well as at national level. Also, she has developed considerable skills in managing evaluation and research projects on behalf of the European and national institutions as well as in coordinating large (up to more than 20 people) and international teams. She is currently coordinating a research project for the European Investment Bank aimed at developing a methodology for the cost-benefit analysis in the research, development and innovation sector. Silvia also advices the European Commission in appraising the application forms for major projects in the framework of technical assistance to the DG REGIO on major projects. She has been in the team authoring the last two editions of the Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects adopted by the European Commission, DG REGIO. Silvia has also established a wide network of contacts with regional and local authorities, by providing technical assistance services (e.g. in Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey) and training course in Cost-Benefit Analysis for civil servants and practitioners across Europe (e.g. in Lithuania, Romania, Croatia, FYROM) and Africa (e.g. Ghana). She has also had teaching appointments at the University of Milan in Macroeconomics, Economics of European Integration and is currently a lecturer on Cost-benefit analysis.