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Filippo Tessari

Head – Office of the Executive Director


Filippo Tessari (Milan, 1977) is the Head of the Office of the Executive Director at FEEM. In this capacity he:
(i) manages the coordination of internal processes and professionals involved in FEEM’s operations, in order to ensure the proper implementation of Executive Management’s guidelines;
(ii) fosters the joint collaboration among staff members and other professionals, ensuring the monitoring and achievement of fixed KPIs;
(iii) supports the Executive Management in the definition of multiannual plans and in the scouting and identification of strategic projects;
(iv) maintains relations with FEEM Scientific Advisory Board.

For all the above-mentioned tasks, he directly reports to the Executive Director.

Moreover, he manages the operations for the Eni Award project, and is responsible for FEEM’s consultancy activities in Africa. Between 2018 and 2021 he was Research Operative Coordination, Networking and Integration Manager at FEEM, overseeing the operative coordination of research activities, the managerial guidelines’ follow-up, the information and competency interactions between FEEM’s Research Programmes, as well as for the networking operations, alongside the Scientific Coordinators of the Programmes.

Between 2016 and 2018 he was Coordinator for the cross-cutting area Pathways to sustainability in Africa, aimed to realize scientific research activities, to create networks and finalize partnerships with local institutions, and to promote outreach activities in Africa.

Between 2013 and 2015 Filippo was Deputy Coordinator for “Economy and Society”, a multidisciplinary scientific research programme on the human and social dimension of economic progress and civilization at a global scale.

He also supported FEEM’s activities in Basilicata, where he collaborated for the start-up and was the Activities’ Coordinator of FEEM’s headquarter in Viggiano (PZ) between 2007 and 2008.

He served as Secretary-General of Argis, an Italian Association for the development of academic research and knowledge related to not for profit governance. Graduated in Philosophy with a thesis on Economic Anthropology achieved after a field research in Nepal, Filippo worked both in online and traditional publishing before joining FEEM in 2006 as economic and cultural anthropology researcher.

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