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Team

Mario Molteni

CEO

Mario Molteni is a Full Professor of Business Administration and Corporate Strategy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. He is a Founder of ALTIS, the Graduate School Business & Society of Catholic University, an international research and education institute on impact entrepreneurship and corporate sustainability.

From 1993 to 2008, he was the Scientific Director of ISVI, Institute for Business Values, a center of research for Corporate Social Responsibility promoted by important Italian universities, businesses, banks, and associations.

In 2006 he founded the CSR Manager Network, the Italian of CSR and sustainability managers from the principal Italian businesses.

In 2015 he was named Ashoka Fellow for E4Impact (Entrepreneurship for Impact).

He is the author of numerous books and scientific articles on Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Frank Cinque

GENERAL MANAGER

Frank has served as Managing Director of ALTIS – Graduate School Business and Society of Catholic University of Milan since 2006.

In 2010 he collaborated with Mario Molteni in the launch of the E4impact initiative and, in 2015, become the General Manager of the E4Impact Foundation.

He lectures in various editions of the E4Impact MBAs in Africa.

Fabio Petroni

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Fabio started collaborating with the E4Impact initiative in 2013 in ALTIS – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and become the Director of programs of the E4Impact Foundation in 2015. He is responsible for managing the E4Impact Alliance, coordinating existing MBAs, developing E4Impact in other countries in Africa and beyond, coordinating institutional and academic capacity building. Prior to joining ALTIS, Fabio worked for the Italian oil company Eni as a CSR Expert. He advised on international partnerships and development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also contributed to devising Eni’s contribution strategy to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), including designing and adopting commitment actions to the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (UN-SEFA). He also was Eni’s account for the UN-SEFA as well as for the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and contributed to Eni’s election into the UNGC’s LEAD program.Fabio interned in the European Parliament, where he contributed to legislative & policy processes in the Culture and Education Committee and the Delegation for Interparliamentary relation with the Parliament of Azerbaijan. Fabio received the M.A. in International Cooperation and Development at the Università Cattolica, M. Phil at the Università di Pavia, Italy, and B.A. at the University of Perugia, Italy. He also attended advanced diplomas at UNDP – Central European University, Hungary, Trier University, Germany, University of Pavia.

David Cheboryot

DIRECTOR OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTERS

David started collaborating with the E4Impact initiative in 2010 as a project leader in the Kenyan MBA, in 2015 he became Manager of East Africa operations of the E4Impact Foundation and later Director of Entrepreneurship Centers. Prior to joining E4Impact, David was the managing director of CoWA, a Kenyan Local NGO focused on training SMEs in income-generating activities and employment linkages. On a regular basis, David authors tips to start-ups gleaned from engaging with E4Impact entrepreneurs from East Africa to the general public on the weekly column ‘The Startup Garage’ published in print and online by Kenyan The Standard Newspaper. He holds a degree in law from the University of Nairobi (2004) and an MBA in Management from the Università Cattolica of Milan (2006). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Entrepreneurship at Tangaza University as well as lecturing in Business Modeling, creativity & Innovation and Business Planning.

Flavien Tchamdjeu

FRANCOPHONE AFRICA MANAGER

Flavien started collaborating with E4Impact in November 2017 as Francophone Africa Manager. After obtaining his High school degree in Cameroon in 2005, he decided to travel to Europe to continue his studies. He firmly believes that if the African youth is well educated, it will bring favorable fruits in both Europe and Africa. Before arriving in E4Impact, he has worked with different organizations and has collaborated with the International Student Desk of the University of Milan. He has been a Consultant of the International Organization for Migration, coordinating the project “Migrant associations for co-development” in Milan City and has worked with the Municipality of Milan on the project “Milan an International City.” Furthermore, he has been Head of International Cooperation with an Italian NGO and still collaborates with several Italian associations and Organizations on Migration and Development projects. He holds a Postgraduate degree in Geopolitics of Organized Crime (University of Milan), an MSc in International Relations (Diplomacy and International Organizations) at the (University of Milan) and a B.A. in International Science and European Institutions (University of Milan).  Moreover, he holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations from the University of Milan.

Hausa Lightbourne

COUNTRY MANAGER RWANDA

Country Manager E4Impact Rwanda since January 2023. She manages and oversees the implementation of E4Impact Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship in Rwanda, moreover she supports economic development projects with local partners and various value chain specific training programs to aspiring entrepreneurs.
She has more than 10 years of experience in education, training youth and women in particular, and in environmental waste mitigation services. Passionate about impact Entrepreneurship, she holds an MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship from Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan (Italy) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Moussa Faye

COUNTRY MANAGER SENEGAL

Graduated from the Executive Center of the SUPDECO Dakar Group and specialized in multi-sectors project and management. Project and program manager for seven years, Moussa is passionate about managing humanitarian and community program projects in order to help initiate and support community dynamics in favor of the most vulnerable people. Motivated, dynamic, and ready to take on new challenges, he joined E4Impact in August 2023.

Bernadette Mutinda

COUNTRY MANAGER KENYA

Bernadette started collaborating with E4Impact Foundation in January 2020 as the Deputy Manager East Africa. Prior to joining E4Impact Bernadette worked at the Management University of Africa as Director, Executive Capacity Development Programmes in charge of corporate training and consultancy services. She also worked as a Lecturer specializing in Strategic Management in the same Institution. Bernadette has previously worked with the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) as the founding Manager of the KIM Machakos Branch and later as Coordinator Graduate Programmes. She also was a champion in the Organizational Performance Index (OPI) project. Bernadette recently defended her thesis for PhD in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and is expected to graduate in November 2020. She holds an MBA from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education Degree Business studies major from Kenyatta University. She also holds a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and is a member of the Institute of Human Resources Management (IHRM) and KIM.

Saviour Agortimevor

GLOBAL MBA MANAGER

Saviour found his passion for international cooperation and development during his first internship at the Pan-African Parliament in 2010 shortly after college in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then went on to complete a double bachelor’s degrees in international relations & Diplomacy and Communications & Media Studies at the Australian University of Monash. For the past 10 years, he has collaborated with numerous grassroots and international organizations such as SAAYEE (Southern Africa Alliance for Youth Employment), GIZ, USAID, DGA (Digital Girl Africa), VIS, The Good Lobby EU, where he contributed to the development and implementation of projects both in Africa and Europe. He has also completed two master’s degrees in Italy: Law of Sustainable Development at Universita Degli studi di Milano and International Cooperation and Development at Universita Degli Studi di Pavia. Saviour joined the E4Impact Foundation in May 2022 as Global MBA Manager.

Mauro Borin

HEAD OF THE PROJECT OFFICE

After completing his studies in Law and a Master Degree in European Project Planning, and after having completed a 3-month internship in Amnesty International, Mauro worked for the International Organization for International Co-operation OVCI la Nostra Famiglia for 16 years, first as Head of Institutional Fund Raising in the HQs, and then as Country Representative and Team Leader of the Organization in South Sudan. In 2008, he returned to Italy to take on the functions of Head of Planning and Project Development in OVCI. In the exercise of his assignment, Mauro obtained the approval of more than 100 cooperation and development projects from Institutional Funders such as the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Episcopal Conference, etc. He also coordinated the entire project cycle for all the programs launched during that time in OVCI, through continuous monitoring, distance and field assessment missions, of the Expatriate and Local Coordinators. Finally, he had the opportunity to carry out, as expert, several specific training sessions to Sudanese NGOs on Project Cycle Management, as well as external evaluations of cooperation projects co-financed by the European Union to other local NGOs, which took him to Sudan, South Sudan, Ecuador, Morocco and China.

He joined E4Impact as Head of the Projects Office, since June the 1st 2020.

Stefania Meli

PROJECT DESIGNER & PROPOSAL WRITER

Collaborating with E4Impact since July 2020 as Alumni Manager and currently employed as Project Designer and Proposal Writer.
Stefania has obtained a postgraduate degree at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 in International Studies focused on Latin American economic and socio-political issues. She has been a research fellow at the Universidad de Costa Rica and in Honduras.
Since her postgraduation in 2013, she has been working in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Italy, gaining experience in managing projects funded by AICS, CEI, private donors and EU project designing.
She fluently speaks three languages beyond Italian: French, English and Spanish.
After her studies, her interest in the African continent led her to apply to the International Civil Service at the non-for-profit organization AVSI and work in Rwanda, where she was then hired as a project manager. In Sierra Leone, she continued her collaboration with AVSI as Country Representative and Project Manager, managing different projects, in particular, an emergency project to support Ebola victims funded by the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation and a CEI project focused on training secondary schools teachers and students to improve the quality of education. She has acquired experience in project designing, skills in administration and project accounting during her career. In her past jobs, she has been in charge of staff management, human resources and logistics.

Erica Negro

IMPACT MEASUREMENT MANAGER

Erica has been collaborating with E4Impact since October 2021 in the role of Impact Measurement and social reporting manager of the foundation’s activities.
Following her bachelor’s degree in Languages at the University of Verona, she obtained her master’s degree in Intercultural Development of Tourism Systems at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, specializing in territorial development and design of sustainable tourism in the interior areas. She deepened the field of development cooperation with a thesis on the role of responsible tourism as a tool for developing sustainable rural areas in the Global South. Following field research experience in Kenya, Erica participated in the course of “International Cooperation for Development” of the ISPI School, then she specialized in social reporting and assessment of social and environmental impact with the interdisciplinary Master of second level in “Sustainability Innovation Reporting” of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Before joining the E4Impact team, Erica worked as a development contact for the innovative start-up for sustainable tourism SharryLand, and then collaborated in the sector of fair trade drafting the Sustainability Report with Altromercato Social Enterprise and with the social cooperative Canalete (of which she is currently part as a component of the Board of Directors).

Carolina Benzoni

QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER

Carolina Benzoni started collaborating with the E4Impact Foundation in March 2020 as Quality Assurance Manager. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Comparative International Relations and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Carolina decided to leave for the Middle East and later to Africa to dedicate herself to the development of international cooperation projects. In 2017, the interest in Arabic language and Middle Eastern countries led her to apply to the International Civil Service program at the non-for-profit organization AVSI (Association of Volunteers in International Service) and to work for one year in Jerusalem as a Junior Program Officer, planning and coordinating educational project activities. In October 2018, Carolina continued her collaboration with AVSI in Maputo, Mozambique, where she worked as Project Manager for a project funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation , which aimed at the growth and training of micro-enterprises, and coordinated humanitarian intervention in response to the cyclone IDAI crisis (March 2019). As she returned to Italy, Carolina joined the E4impact team to dedicate herself to the management and supervision of the MBA masters.

Jessica Vaghi

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Jessica started collaborating with the E4Impact initiative in 2014 in ALTIS – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and became Communication Manager of the E4Impact Foundation in 2015. She is passionate about digital communication, social networks, and blogging, and she manages to volunteer several FB pages. She won several writing contests and has published a novel. She has her degree in Management with Major in Marketing from the Università Cattolica di Milano and was awarded an M.A. in Corporate Digital Communication from Utenti Pubblicità Associati in 2015. She speaks Italian, English, French, German, and basic Spanish.

Antonella Porretta

ALUMNI MANAGER

Antonella Porretta started collaborating with the E4Impact Foundation in September 2022 as an Alumni Manager. Prior to that, she acquired experience in European projects consultancy and linguistic and cultural mediation, working respectively in Brussels and Granada. After obtaining a Master’s degree in European and International Studies at the University of Trento, Antonella decided to move to Milan to dedicate herself to community management. From 2016 to 2021, she worked at Bocconi University as an Alumni & Donor Relations Specialist, dealing with the management of its network of Alumni, the creation and strengthening of graduates’ interest groups and individual donor relations and stewardship. In 2021, she further specialized in community management in the role of Alumni & Community Specialist at the Graduate School of Politecnico di Milano, with the additional aim of planning and coordinating entrepreneurship and career development initiatives for its Alumni.

Jessica Panigada

ACCOUNTANT AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jessica started collaborating with the E4Impact Foundation in March 2022 as accountant and administrative assistant.
She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in European and International Politics. She studied English, French, Arabic and Russian. During her studies, Jessica traveled to Morocco and Jordan to improve her knowledge of Arabic language and culture and worked as intern for the Direction of the International Relations office at Lombardy Region. She attended ISPI training course on Cybersecurity and International Relations and Fastweb Digital Academy training courses on Personal Branding and Cybersecurity. She is currently studying for an Executive Master in Accounting and Budget of the 24ORE Business School.
After her graduation, in 2021 she started a collaboration as Junior Analyst with Analytica for Intelligence and Security Studies, a think tank that deals with intelligence studies and she has been involved in monitoring MENA area with a particular attention for the country of Tunisia by monitoring and carrying out a classification of OSINT news and reporting. During this experience she attended training course on intelligence fundamentals. In 2021 she also applied to Universal Civil Service working as Administrative Support at non for profit organization ACRA Foundation.

Andrea Mezzadri

BUSINESS & FINANCE SPECIALIST

Andrea Mezzadri holds a degree in Economics at Catholic University, and he is a adjunt professor of Business Economics and of Entrepreneurship at the same University. Passionate about innovation, he is deeply convinced that new entrepreneurship can be a source of both economic and social renewed development.
Since 2010, he has been manager of the Italian phase of the Global Social Venture Competition, the main world competition for high social and environmental impact startups and, since 2014, he has been the didactic coordinator of Dr. Startupper, a training program that aims to support students of the Catholic University in the formalization of their business idea.
Finally, he is a juror in numerous contests for startups and coaches of young entrepreneurs and he tries to support them in the search for a sustainable business model. He is an expert in Small Medium and Medium Enterprises and he supports them in their path of growth and generational turnover. He is a member of the faculty of the ALTIS Executive Master in Social Entrepreneurship and of ALTIS Executive Master in Strategic Development for SMEs.
Since 2020 he joined E4Impact Foundation as diglital platform manager, in charge especially for design and development of E-learing platform and B2B platform.

Andrews Ayiku

MBA COORDINATOR WEST AFRICA

Andrews Ayiku started collaborating with the E4Impact initiative in 2013 as a Business Coach in the Ghana MBA. In 2017, he was appointed Manager of West Africa. Before joining E4Impact. Andrews has over 16 years’ experience in business model innovation, business development, microfinancing, SMEs capacity building, program design, customer service, customer experience and branding. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program for Advanced Scholars at the University of New Brunswick, Canada to research into Entrepreneurship Marketing and Business Strategy. Andrews worked at the United Bank for Africa, Innovative Microfinance Limited, Digicast Logistics, Midland Savings and Loans, and Ministry of Finance and Economic planning. He is a visiting lecturer in Business Model Design, Business Strategy since 2015 at the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship at the University of Makeni Sierra Leone, and a Facilitator in Entrepreneurship (MBA programme) at the Accra Business School in Ghana.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, and holds a Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing-UK and a Full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. (CIMG). He has been consulting for Impact Investing Ghana, German Development Cooperation, Accelerate Prosperity, Pakistan (A Global Initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Orange Corners Accelerator, Safisana Ghana Limited, Mobile Business Clinic Ghana, Vodafone Ghana SME clinic, Africa Internship Academy etc. Andrews is a Non-Executive Director of Jayset Consulting, Board Member for Lead Afrique International etc. Andrews is a Lecturer in the Marketing Department and Coordinator for the MBA Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Professional Studies Accra. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration, Masters Business Administration with specialization in Marketing, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance.

Giorgio Sartori

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA

Giorgio worked for almost 40 years in IBM, since 1991 in the Consulting and System Integration area. He played many roles as Vicepresident, in particular, he has been responsible at WorldWide Level for SMB, for WW SAP Practice and for the Middle East and Africa/Eastern Europe. After retiring, for some years he acted as General Manager of an Italian Consulting and System Integration firm and then started an activity in the Non-Profit Sector. Since October 2020 he cooperates with E4Impact.

Marco Locati

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA

Marco has a solid experience of management in multinational companies, mainly in the areas of operations and processes; since 2017 he has helped non-profit organizations. Marco has managed numerous merger and spinoff projects, working in multi-cultural contexts. He is member of the Italian Managers for International Trade (IMIT) association and he is one of the founders of the E4Impact Business Development Africa team, of which he is a member.

Maurizia Rota

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA

Maurizia started her career in large multinational companies, growing up in the areas of marketing and communication; she then moved to Italian companies of various sizes where she held roles of General Manager and CEO. In the last period, she has worked in Spain for supporting the development of start-up companies. Maurizia brings her extensive business experience to E4Impact’s Business Development Africa team, which she joined from the start.

Bradley Googins

SENIOR FELLOW

Bradley is a Visiting Professor of Strategy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, where he started collaborating in 2011 at the E4Impact initiative. He became Senior Fellow of the E4Impact Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as a strategy professor in several E4Impact MBAs in Africa. He’s also Senior Fellow at the Lewis Institute on Social Innovation Babson College. His primary focus is on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was a Professor in Organizational Studies (Ret) at the Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. From 1997-2009 he was also the Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, a research and education center that served as a leading voice in the U.S. on the role of business in society. Prior to Boston College, he was a professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston University, where he founded the Center for Work & Family. He was a National Kellogg Leadership Fellow from 1989-1992. Prof. Googins has authored dozens of books and articles on corporate issues and sits on the review board of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and several advisory boards. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from The Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, an M.S.W., and a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Boston College.