We are researchers, innovators and communicators, but most of all we are a band of musicians: each of us knows exactly which notes to play to make nature’s harmony!

SUSANNA AJAZIThe green copywriter
Few people manage to squeeze skincare, reels, human rights, and mindfulness all into the same conversation. Through her posts and articles, Susanna is able to come up with many different ways to reach her goal: looking after the planet and inspiring others to do the same. She’s like fire: immediately warms everyone up and lights them with enthusiasm!
GIULIA AMATOThe steadfast explorer
During the day, she works enthusiastically on projects regarding the economic evaluation of ecosystem services and in the evening she becomes a perfect chorister. She is always ready to take on new challenges!
Her irony and elegant sense of humor immediately won everyone over. Cristina divides her time between general accounting and grants, with dedication, precision and a great deal of patience. She often seems to have her head in the clouds but nothing escapes her watchful eye. Padel, soccer, windsurfing and even scuba diving: she puts her heart into it, always, on and off the field.
NICOLA ANDRIGHETTOThe certified supporter
He’s the right person if you need an experienced environmental consultant and if you want to know everything about the traceability and sustainability of wood products. Or, if you are just looking for someone to go to the football stadium with.
PIERO BARALDOThe workaholic communicator
When we read in his resume that he has a degree in ‘communication for complex organisations’, the spark immediately flew! But how did it become true love? Discovering that Piero is capable of transforming a ride into a gastronomic tour, creative campaigns into measurable results and, above all, work into passion.
LINDA BARCIThe water protector
“If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain”. Tired of seeing her beloved Brenta river undervalued, Linda started looking for someone who shared her passion for sustainability. One thesis and many surveys later, love blossomed. Are you looking for someone who can discuss natural resources’ economy while playing volleyball or making a macramé bracelet? You can stop looking!
ALESSANDRO BELLIOThe able engineer
Learning the Mapuche in Chile and what it means to live in harmony with nature is not for everyone. Don’t be enchanted by his smile and gold curls: when it comes to developing mathematical models for the circular economy and reducing environmental impacts, nothing is left to chance.
ANNA BIASINThe sustainable PhD student
When she’s not dealing with ethical finance, environmental and social impact assessment you can find her walking surrounded by nature. Fascinated by the human mind, she’s the right person to talk about sustainability across the board, or to attend a music festival with!
ALESSANDRA BISANDOLAThe essential colleague
Our indispensable administrative manager. Without her all this would not be possible. The person you always wanted as a friend, not just for the payroll.
Armed with excel sheets and notebooks, she has one goal: to reorganize the tourism sector from Aosta to Syracuse. And a dream: to enhance all the local products starting from her beloved radicchio. She is the colleague you would like to be next to during a sustainable tourism meeting or a gastronomic tour in her kitchen.
LUCIO BROTTOThe fearless traveler
Co-founder of Etifor, he deals with sustainable investments, climate change and ecosystem services. From our community garden to the Congo forests, no project is too small, too big or too crazy for him.
CHIARA BRUNIThe field anti-arsonist
With the smile of a monk and the tenacity of a samurai, our forester stops at nothing, especially when it comes to preventing wildfires. Chiara is the person you want next to you as you wander the streets of Lisbon, take a tour of the Apennines, patrol a forest or try to light a campfire cooker. For her, ‘burning with passion’ is much more than an expression.
SOFIA CAIOLOThe tireless facilitator
If it were an object it would be a pinwheel: the perfect combination of simplicity and magic. If she were an animal she would be a quokka: always moving and smiling. That is why she became part of our team and now spends her time vaulting, from one participatory process to the next.
ELISA CARTURANThe artisan designer
Passionate about forests and ecological printing, she decided long ago that the only way forward was to combine her passions. Trees have thus become her loyal friends. That is why, when she designs environmental projects or creates magnificent handmade papers, plants always play the starring role.
GIULIA CECCHINATOThe proposal chef
Don’t be fooled by her shy and reserved appearance: Giulia never backs down when there are new challenges to face. A tireless traveler, she has discovered exotic territories along with her inseparable jar of sourdough and her beloved instrument. Giulia is the right person when you need to discover all the secrets of cooking or international proposals and grants.
GIORGIO CERATOThe gourmet seller
What combines customer care, wine and nature? These are the three key ingredients of our account manager! If you are planning a meeting with him, in between reforestation projects, convince him to show off his sommelier knowledge. We are sure you won’t regret it, even after signing the contract!
SERENA CESCAThe stormy creator
One of the team’s most meteoric minds has been juggling graphic design, communication campaigns, vegetable gardens and local recipes.
Dipped among paper inventory and proofs she emerges always ready for a new battle …armed with a graphics tablet!
FEDERICO CORRÒThe young borealis
The study of forest fires has brought him from Sweden to us. He dreams of being in a cowboy film with an exciting soundtrack when he is not busy growing forests. Caught up in the excitement, he once tried to whisper to the horses… but they didn’t like it and took revenge on his camping mat.
RICCARDO DA REThe enthusiastic facilitator
Our Good Vibe Manager, expert in participatory approaches and data analysis for local development, he works on many projects dealing with governance and social innovation, but more than anything else, he’s a great facilitator and his good mood is contagious.
LORENZO DE PAOLIThe cyclist of the markets
According to physics, the bumblebee could not fly, yet it does. According to people, those who have studied economics and marketing cannot be sincere, and yet Lorenzo is. When he is not with us, we imagine him repeating the lines of his next play in front of his ‘puppy’ (40 kg of fur and sweetness) or pondering the best way to launch a new service cycling in the Valbelluna. Watch the bends, Depa!
ERICA DI GIROLAMIThe natural sportswoman
Horseback archery. Anything else to add? In the case of our Erica, yes, because when she is not playing sports – trekking, snorkeling, you name it – she invests her time in defending natural capital. Whether in Italy or the Netherlands, the main thing is to fight for better environmental policies.
From forest bathing to forest kindergartens, there are no limits to her desire to explore new ways of combining well-being and nature. Thanks to her unique point of view, she manages to balance project management and scientific research.
ALESSIA FIORENTINOThe hunter of uniqueness
Whether it’s 16 hours to hunt for the northern lights or 6 months brushing horses in Switzerland, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to find the time to realise your dreams. For Alessia, a good tourism plan includes also knowing how to make the most of what makes an area unique, allowing many people to live a daydream.
SILVIA FRANCESCHIThe botanical engineer
Topinambur, bruscandoli and rosoline. These are some of the wild plants you might pick up while talking about circular economy with Silvia. Aren’t you an expert on foraging? Don’t worry, she will find another way to feed you and explain how to reduce your environmental impact.
DIEGO GALLOThe expert guide
Director of the Local Development area. Guide of the natural environment and bicycle-lover. An atypical consultant specialized in ecotourism, territorial marketing, landscape and multifunctional agriculture: he speaks little and does much.
JACOPO GIACOMONIThe sagacious tree climber
He has made kindness his status symbol: when he is not taking inaccessible mountain shortcuts or helping his co-workers reach very high shelves, he dedicates himself to the economic, political and environmental evaluation of the forest supply chains.
MICHELA GUERRAThe couragious financial reporter
Imagine that you have a jurist, a financial reporting expert, a dog lover, a sportswoman and a volunteer of the civil defence on your team… what would you be able to accomplish? The answer is clear for us: the best reported projects ever and the pet therapy sessions most loved by colleagues!
GIACOMO LAGHETTONature’s basket-baller
When he is not playing basketball or following his watery spirit that leads him to diving in the Brenta river, he spends time between companies and administrations stipulating conventions. He is the right colleague if you need to know the value of the water resources, or simply just take a dip in them.
Managing Director and co-founder of Etifor, he deals with business development, European project management and international cooperation. He’s the perfect person if you need to give a touch of style to your projects or discover innovative approaches to finance environmental conservation.
HELENA LEONEL FERREIRAThe amazon biologist
Finding solutions to protect forests and the people who live in them. This is the dream that brought Helena from Brazil to Italy and, then, to us. Whether it’s cleaning horse stables or memorising new European regulations, nothing is too hard or complex for her. And every challenge is seasoned with the right amount of sweetness and smiles.
MARIA LIZCANOThe tropical ecologist
Ever since she showed us pictures of her helping a baby manatee, our desire to care for nature has only increased. Specialized in biodiversity and ecosystems, she has a real passion for Latin American entheogens. Don’t know what they are? Don’t worry, you are not alone!
FRANCESCO LOREGGIANThe multi-talented Phd
What will Francesco have done this week? Choose the right option: a) prepared his children for their next trip b) studied a new recreational service c) founded a social cooperative d) helped Etifor set up a tourist activity in the forest e) had a beer with the German cyclist sleeping in his garden.
Solution: all of the above.
ROBERTO LUCARDAThe imaginative developer
Our Website Manager is anything but a typical developer. Back-end and front-end have no secrets for him, and he solves every problem in the blink of an eye. And when he wants to take a break from his digital wizardry? He draws, cooks, reads and farms. Proof of such creativity? You can find it in Mickey Mouse Magazine!
FABRIZIO MALAGGIThe relentless forester
An avid forester by age 20, having studied growth stages of maples, bonsai trees, and the effects of forests on scouts! Today, he jumps between the parks of Lombardy and the green corridors of Etifor…providing advice to anyone interested in redevelopment of green areas and park management.
SOFIA MARZOLOThe young multitasker
Cats have nine lives, but Sofia at least twice as many. The last ones she lived in France, Belgium, Guatemala and Brazil until her passion – for nature and people – brought her back home. Today, always followed by her faithful cello, she helps us to contact partners, write projects and make the melody of nature resound all over the world.
MAURO MASIEROThe smart referee
Chairman and co-founder of Etifor, he’s the right person if you need an expert in international trade of forest products and services, responsible forest management, or if you need to solve thorny diplomatic issues.
ELENA MASSARENTIThe zero deforestation Roman
She is Roman by origin, but her spirit lives in the forests: Elena divides her time between zero deforestation projects, urban food forests and trips to the African continent. She is the right person to contact if you want to know everything about agroforestry, but also if you want to discover the forests on a mountain bike.
ANNALICE NICOLUSSIThe cross-cutting writer
Did you know that there are more than 3000 different species of cactus and that some of them can withstand very high temperature changes? This thornless specimen loves warm coastal summers as much as the snow of Trentino. It has a truly unique genetic make-up with traces of: international sciences, human rights, science publication, and social media marketing. We couldn’t let her get away!
COLM O'DRISCOLLThe kind specialist
An Irish forester of proven origins, his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship has made him fully qualified to join the Etifor team. Between one project and another, he sends pictures of the green Irish landscapes, and calls us out on our English level.
MARIA GIULIA PELOSIThe climate fighter
As a child, she embraced trees. As a teenager, she discovered meditation as a university student in environmental engineering. Today she uses all these experiences by coordinating climate change mitigation projects. Because, for her, sustainable development is more than a job. It is a passion.
DAVIDE PETTENELLAThe passionate professor
Co-founder and member of the Etifor Scientific Committee, he’s a full professor at the
Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (LEAF) Department of the University of Padua. He has kept the secrets of ubiquity for years which allows him to always be where he is needed.
ELENA PISANIThe wise mentor
Assistant professor at the University of Padova, she spends her time investigating the secrets of social capital and innovation in Europe’s rural areas. When she is not busy writing a new publication we like to imagine her flying to South America or working in the field.
FEDERICO PINATOThe unconventional economist
1,2,3… 10000. Calculating the environmental benefits of our projects is not easy but for him the numbers have no mysteries. He joined the team to study ecosystem services but, in the blink of an eye, he has become irreplaceable!
TOMMASO PITTARELLOThe visionary marketer
Attend one of his speeches and he will lead you on a mystical journey made of ethics, marketing, possible futures, distant planets, near solutions. We have never had the chance to see him wearing the scout uniform, but the super dad and marketing expert clothes, already fit him well. If he had a motto it would be: Aim for the moon. Even if you make a mistake, you will land among the stars.
ALEX PRAThe Dolomites forester
Alex tackles every project as it was a mountaineering expedition: meticulous preparation, attention to details, patience, and determination. He is the right person when talking about sustainable investments and if you need suggestions for your next mountain trek.
Taking care of others and oneself. If our Alexander had a motto, it would be just that. Whether he does it while playing football, during a reiki session or handling phone calls and emails, it makes little difference and that is why he is one of our favorite colleagues.
LORENZO RESENTERAThe repatriated account manager
If you return from America to Italy and end up on the board of an environmental association, you are either crazy or very brave and we like to think we are a bit of both. That’s why Lorenzo has become an honorary member of our team! When he is not devoting himself to his beloved rivers, he is taking care of our partners and helping them realise a common dream: to leave the world better than we found it.
JUAN DIEGO RESTREPOThe calm explorer
Juan is an incredible combination of peace, tenacity and competence, key elements for working with nature and people. He decided to take his backpack off to devote himself to an ambitious project: improving the relationship between citizens and natural resources. We’re betting on him, especially after knowing he went all the way to the North Pole (on his own) to see the northern lights!
VALENTINA ROMANINThe rural planner
Our rural development expert is passionate about qualitative and ethnographic research tools. We don’t need to add anything else, do we?!? Kissed by the sun (and by elephants), she has lived in a thousand places but always returns to her city. And to take care of it, she designs urban gardens and spaces dedicated to biodiversity.
ARIANNA RUBERTOThe resourceful communicator
She’s the right person if you want to grow a social community or promote an event. Her total lack of sense of direction does not stop her from trying new ways of doing things. Between a social post and a press release, she spends her time explaining what it means to be “graduated in Semiotics”.
ALESSANDRA SANTINIThe food lover economist
Climate change is making life complicated for many farmers. And many food lovers are worried as a result. Alessandra knows something about this because when she is not cooking, she works on her PhD on nature-based solutions. Want to find out more about the connection between climate and agriculture? Have her cook her famous carbonara. Environmental economics will have no more secrets.
VALERIO SCARTEZZINICharismatic sales consultant
Nicknamed “The Tsar” for his charisma, he is alway on the front line when his colleagues need help with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Scornful of danger on weekends, he is seraphic and peaceful in his role as Sustainable Investments Project Officer. A little bit Dr. Jekyll, a little bit Mr. Hyde.
LAURA SECCOThe rebel scientist
Associate Professor of the University of Padua and co-founder of Etifor, Laura is an international expert in social innovation, good governance in forestry and rural development. There is no cause for which she doesn’t fight; thanks to her, we never miss an opportunity to change things.
WESLEY SNELLThe ecosystemic musician
There are 18 natural ecosystems on Earth and we’re pretty sure that Wes has seen them all: from the United States he took the scenic route, passing through Oceania and Asia, to arrive here, in Italy. Always on the lookout for new solutions to fight the climate crisis, for him nature is one great symphony, and he hopes to help others hear the good tunes.
MATTIA TERUZZIThe generous seller
When we think of him, the Italian saying ‘one done, hundred planned’ comes to our mind, which in Mattia’s case should become ‘one hundred done, thousand planned’. If in his hometown they know him as ‘the guy who helps kids to get dirty with the terrain’, for us he is the enthusiastic colleague who helps companies start the ecological transition, armed with a smile.
ENRICO VIDALEThe busy consultant
Our wild forest products expert, or wild products, as he likes to call them. His forestry experience, linked with his passion for collecting field data, enables him to transform forest management into a profitable business.
ELENA VISSAThe happy forester
Whether she is in Finland discovering moose or lost in some Canadian forest, her heart will always bring her among trees and people because it is there, at the meeting point between nature, indigenous people and forestry managers, that she can really change things (and have a great laugh).