Muhammad Yunus, Mentor

Muhammad Yunus, native of Bangladesh, studied at Dhaka University and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. In 1972, he became head of the economics department at the University of Chittagong. He is the founder of Grameen Bank and the father of microcredit, an economic movement that has helped bring millions of families around the world out of poverty. He is also the father of social business. Yunus and Grameen bank are winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, and Yunus won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2013.



Giuseppe Torluccio, Director *

Giuseppe Torluccio, PhD University Cattolica of Milan, MBA Olin Business School USA, is Professor of Financial Markets and Institutions at the University of Bologna, Director of the Master's Degree in Finance, Intermediaries and Markets, Vice-President of Fondazione Grameen Italia, and member of the "School of Excellence" of the University of Bologna. Visiting scholar at WashU. of St. Louis USA, College of Business Arizona State University, Bangor University UK. His main research interests include theoretical and empirical issues in banking economics, risk models, rating and Basel III, risk management, derivatives, relationship banking, microfinance and social business.


Federica Bandini, Research *

Federica Bandini is Director of the Master in Management of Social Economy at the University of Bologna and Associate Professor of Management and Accounting of Social Enterprises. She is Senior Professor at Bocconi School of Management. She holds an ITP from the London Business School and a PHD in Management for public and nonprofit organizations from the University of Parma. She has been Director of the Master in Social Enterprise and NGOs at Bocconi School of Management. Her main research interests are in change management, social impact and business administration studies.


Maria Gabriella Baldarelli, Research

PhD and associate professor of accounting, Department of Management. Visiting professor at University of Tirana (2017), University La Trobe- Melbourne (2015); Pula-Hroatia in May 2006; University of Vlora (Albania) 2009; New Bulgarian University of Sofia 2010; Sao Paulo - Brazil-2011. Research interests include: corporate social responsibility; ethical, social and environmental accounting; sustainability in tourism businesses; community business economics.


Andrea Bassi, Research

Andrea Bassi (PhD in Sociology and Social Policy) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna. He teaches:General Sociology, Social Justice and Equity Studies, Sociology of Nonprofit Organizations, and Quantitative Methods for Social Research. His research interests include: studies on nonprofit organizations in the field of social and health services, particularly with regard to their relations with the public administration; and systems for measuring organizational performance and social impact of nonprofit organizations.


Maurizio Marano

Maurio Marano

  • Unique cycle degree in "Economia e Commercio" (Business Administration) cum laude, Bologna University (academic year 1988/89, PHD in "Economia aziendale" (Business Administration), University of Pisa, 1994, Lecturer in "Economia aziendale" (Business Administration), University of Bologna (from October 1994 to December 2003), Associate Professor in "Economia aziendale" (Business Administration), University of Bologna (from January 2004), Director of the bachelor course in "Economia Aziendale" (Business Administration), University of Bologna (from 2012 to 2018), Delegate of the Rector for sports activities (from September 2018 to October 2021), Director of the master course in "Economia e Professione" (Economics and Accounting), University of Bologna (from November 2019

Leonardo Boni, Research

Leonardo Boni graduated from Bocconi University in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology (EMIT) in 2014, obtaining a specialization in Green Management and Sustainability. He worked as an analyst at the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), a consulting and research firm in San Francisco, contributing to the publication of three papers related to geothermal energy, energy savings insurance, and climate finance mobilization. In his doctoral research, he is working on hybrid organizations, exploring the context of the B Corp movement and that of impact investing organizations.


Daniela Bolzani, Research

Daniela Bolzani is Senior Assistant Professor in management at the University of Bologna since March 2020. Her main research interests concern the multilevel processes of entrepreneurship, especially in the contexts of international, academic, social and migrant entrepreneurship. After receiving her PhD in General Management in 2013, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow in European projects in the field of entrepreneurship and technology transfer. She was Assistant Professor in management at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (Italy) (2017-2020). She has been a visiting scholar at Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder - USA, and at HEC Paris - France. Before starting her PhD, Daniela worked as a professional for about five years in the field of financial audit and international development in Europe and Africa.


Paola Brighi, Research

Paola Brighi is Professor of Banking and Finance in the Department of Management at the University of Bologna, Italy. She received her MA from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and her PhD from the University of Ancona. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of several articles in leading academic journals. Her research interests include banking structure, relational lending, geographical diversification of banks, efficiency, cooperative banks and SME financing.


Giulio Ecchia, Research *

Giulio Ecchia is Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna, Director of the Master in International Management (MIEX) and Professorial Lecturer in Economics, SAIS Europe, Bologna. In 1990 he received his PhD in Economics from the Catholic University of Milan, since 2002 he has been a member of the scientific committee of AICCON and since 2003 a member of the scientific committee of Impresa Sociale. His research interests include the economics of cooperative and social enterprises, corporate governance and stakeholder theory, and the economics of regulation.


Magalì Fia, Research *

Magalì is Junior Assistant Professor (RTDA) at University of Bologna and member of the Yunus Social Business Center of the University of Bologna. Her researches and publications are at the intersection between economics, law and organizational studies and cover business ethics topics and also the governance of enterprises, universities and innovation policies and include theoretical and empirical works. She also carries out research activities and follows projects on research and innovation policies, social innovation policies and public policy evaluation with a focus on social impact issues and the relationship between governance and performance. She is part of the faculty of the Bologna Business School where she teaches Social Innovation course. She is a member of the scientific committee of the EconomEtica Center on Business Ethics.


Rosa Grimaldi, Research

Rosa Grimaldi is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna, Department of Management. At the University of Bologna, she has held the position of Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship and Business Relations, since 2015. She is the director of the Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management (EMTIM) at BBS (Bologna Business School). Most of her scientific production concerns the creation of new enterprises, entrepreneurship and technology transfer. On these topics she has publications on national and international journals.


Valerio Melandri, Research

Valerio Melandri is Professor of Fundraising and Director of the Post-Graduate Master in Fundraising at the University of Bologna, Adjunct Professor of Fundraising at Columbia University, pioneer in the introduction of the discipline of "fundraising" in Italian universities (Melandri was the first professor to have taught it in a degree course) and one of the major authorities in the field of Italian fundraising. He is founder and president of the Centro Studi Filantropia. His main research interests concern nonprofit performance, social marketing and fundraising accountability.


Maurizio Mussoni, Research

Maurizio Mussoni is Assistant Professor of Economics at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Rimini Campus, Department of Management, School of Economics, Management and Statistics, where he teaches Competition and Regulation Economics, Microeconomics of Tourism and Banking Transparency and Compliance. He holds a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium). His research interests are mainly on: social capital and economic development, microcredit, ethical finance and civil economy, economics and reciprocity.


Marcello Russo, Research *

Marcello Russo is Senior Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Resource Management at the University of Bologna, and Visiting Scholar at Kedge Business School. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior since April 2018. He is co-director of the Master's in Human Resources and Organization and the HR Executive Program at Bologna Business School. He holds a PhD from Parthenope University in Naples, Italy, and has been a visiting scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, USA. His main research focuses on the analysis of factors that may influence employee behavior.


Alceste Santuari, Research *

Alceste Santuari is currently Senior Lecturer in Law & Economics, Non-Profit Law and International Law & Health at the University of Bologna and visiting lecturer at the MCI (Management Centre Innsbruck). He received his PhD in comparative corporate law in 1993. In 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Sheffield. His main research interests concern legal, organizational and comparative aspects of non-profit organizations, health and social services, and public entities.


Maurizio Sobrero, Research *

Maurizio Sobrero, PhD MIT, BS University of Bologna, is Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna. He is author of more than 30 peer reviewed articles and 5 books in Economics and Innovation Management, with a specific focus on inter-organizational collaborations, University-Industry relations, corporate governance and R&D investments. He has served as an expert on several committees of public, private and governmental institutions.


Massimo Spisni, Research *

Massimo Spisni is Professor of Corporate Finance at the University of Bologna. He received his MBA in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi Business School. From 1989 to 1990 he was a visiting scholar at the Stern School of Business of New York University. In 1994 he was Professor of International Business Management in Bologna and in 1996 Professor of International Finance in Buenos Aires. His main research interests are in International Business and Finance, International Banking, Corporate Finance and Applied Economics.


Laura Toschi, Research *

Laura Toschi is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Bologna. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of Bologna. In 2008 she was a visiting scholar at Boston University in the United States, from 2011 to 2013 she was a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and in 2017 she was a visiting professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her main research interests include the role of Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital in supporting entrepreneurship and social enterprises.


Giovanni Cardillo, Research *

Giovanni is an Assistant Professor (junior) in Economics of Financial Intermediation at the University of Bologna. He is also a scientific consultant for ABIFormazione. His interests of research are related to five areas of Banking: the impact of government monitoring on banks, the impact of IFRS on European capital markets, implications of financial networks for systemic risk, the impact of monetary policies, and the evaluation of the effects of corporate governance mechanisms on bank performance and policies, and sustainability finance.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bologna. In the past, he also served as a Research Fellow at Aston University (England) and the University of Nottingham (England) and Teaching Associate at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).


 Elira Karaja, Research

Elira is an Economist (Ph.D.) with extensive experience in research, policy, and project implementation in political economy analysis and sustainable development. Working among others with the World Bank, UN, UNDP, and UNIDO she has experience in development work and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Specifically, in the areas of the renewable energy transition, the role of small and medium enterprises, gender inequality, and the blue-green economy. Affiliate at C-Rasc Center for Resilience building, George Mason University, and a former Economist at the Institute for New EconoMIC Thinking, NYC e Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University Business School and SIPA. Currently serves as Associate, Stakeholder Forum and advisor for Google Startup for SDGs and  Alliance for Global Resilience and Regeneration Network. 

Irene Sala, Research

Irene Sala is a PhD candidate in Management at the University of Bologna. She graduated at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Economic and Social Disciplines in 2007 and specialized in Economics and Management of Cooperative Enterprises and Non-Profit Organizations at the University of Bologna in 2009. She has worked as assistant project manager in Italian NGOs with focus on international cooperation and social change. She is also an administrative assistant at the University of Bologna. Her main research interest is the strategic management of multi-actor cross-sectoral partnerships addressing social issues.


Claudio Travaglini, Research

Claudio Travaglini is Full Professor of Accounting at the University of Bologna, Department of Management. Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP), Catholic University of Parana and Minais Gerais (PUCPR and PUCMG). Member of the Scientific Committee of Social Enterprise. He has developed specific modules for the financial statements of non-profit enterprises adopted by public and professional bodies in Italy. His research interest is in financial and social responsibility in nonprofit and social entities, cooperation between the third sector and public entities, social cooperation and social enterprise.


Murad Harasheh, Research

Murad Harasheh is an assistant professor of Finance at the University of Bologna-Italy. His primary research interests are related to corporate finance, firm valuation, energy and commodity finance, and sustainability economics. He is the author of the book Global Commodities: Physical, Financial, and Sustainability Aspects, and of various publications in international journals in finance, business valuation, and energy.

Francesca Regoli, Research

Francesca Regoli holds a Ph.D. in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies at UNIBO. She has almost 20 years of experience in international projects with a specialization in project management. She works as research manager at the Department of Management on projects covered by Erasmus +, and previous programmes such as Grundtvig, Tempus, Edu-Link Programme. She is in charge of the management activities related to Horizon2020 projects, as well as other international projects.

She worked for several year on rural development policies related fields, with a particular focus on South Eastern Europe: agricultural and rural areas transformation; rural tourism, enhancement of local resources.

Francesca Pallara, Research

Francesca Pallara graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Financial Markets and Institutions in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the second level specialist master's degree "Finance: Tools, Markets and Sustainability". She has worked as a consultant in financial and market risk management for insurance companies in Milan and is currently working as a consultant in sustainable finance. In her research for the University of Bologna, she focuses on impact finance and sustainable and responsible finance, analyzing the financial instruments that characterize these markets and the investment propensity of social purpose organizations.

Khatereh Ghasemzadeh, Research

Khatereh is a post-doc researcher in the Department of Management of the University of Bologna from January 2021. She holds a Ph.D. degree in the field of Innovation Management with a particular focus on Open and User Innovation. Currently, Khatereh is researching sustainability and higher education and how higher education institutions are transforming societies through sustainable development. She has also the responsibility to organize the communication activities that the University of Bologna (UNIBO) takes to embrace and convey with regard to UN SDGs which is called Almagoals. She is interested in multi-disciplinary research in particular: Sustainability Management, Sustainable Strategy in higher education institutes, Innovation strategies, Open and User Innovation, Organizational Behavior. She is also a member of the editorial team of the Journal of Innovation Economics & Management (JIEM).

Eleonora Grassi, Research

Eleonora Grassi is a PhD student in Management at the University of Bologna, where she conducts research on Social Innovation and Public Management. She holds a Master in Social Economics and before joining the program she worked for the Italian Forum for Sustainable Investment. Her main research interests are related to social innovation and impact measurement.

Elena Barison, Research

Elena Barison is graduated in Psychology at the University of Padova, she is currently a master student in Management for Social Economy at the University of Bologna. She has wide experience in the mentoring field. At the moment, she is carrying out research about the collaboration between Social Economy stakeholders and Higher Education Institutions, in order to improve the offer of Social Economy curricula in Europe. 

Salvatore Perdichizzi, Research *

Salvatore is an Assistant Professor (junior) in Economics of Financial Intermediation at the University of Bologna. He is also collaborating with the European Central Banks on research on green finance. His research interests are related to Fiscal and Monetary policies, Climate and Sustainable Finance, Economics of Financial Intermediation, Corporate Finance, and Financial.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Milan - Bicocca and Catholic University of Sacred Heart - Milan. He also served as a Research fellow at the University of Exeter Business School (England) and Catholic University of Sacred Heart - Milan. He was a consultant for Prometeia.


Andi Duqi, Research *

Andi Duqi is an Assistant Professor in Banking and Finance at the University of Bologna. From 2013 to 2018 he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Banking and Finance at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. His research focuses mainly on banking performance, banking efficiency, dividend policy, banking competition, microfinance and social impact finance. Andi Duqi obtained a Ph.D in Financial Markets and Intermediaries from the University of Bologna in 2012 and he was a post-doc researcher at the same University in 2012-2013. He has been a visiting research fellow at the Bangor Business School and Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom.



Matteo Vignoli, Research

Matteo Vignoli, PhD is "building the future" through research, education and business all centered on the application of Design Thinking experimenting with the world renowned Reggio Approach in higher education. Matteo teaches in several master programs and business schools, and works on innovation projects with global organizations. Assistant Professor in Management Science and Engineering at the University of Bologna. Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Ryerson University, Member of the Design Thinking ME310/SUGAR network. Founding member of the Challenge Based Innovation initiative @ CERN. Responsible for Open Innovation @ Almacube, academic Director of the Food Innovation Program, Trustee of the Future Food Institute and global leader of the Future Food Ecosystem.


Francesco Savoia, Research

Francesco is an applied economist with a background in Economics (PhD - MSc) and Politics (Degree). He holds a research fellowship at the University of Milan and is a research associate at the University of Bologna. His research interests lie in applied economics focusing on empirical applications to regional development issues at the micro and macro level, including economic inequalities, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He was a visiting research fellow at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Before joining the University of Milan, he was a research fellow at the University of Bologna, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the University of Naples Federico II. He also worked as a policy analyst at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. His recent research explored the relationship between the quality of formal and informal institutions and the employment dynamics of social entrepreneurship.


Ludovico Bullini Orlandi, Research

Ludovico Bullini Orlandi is Senior Assistant Professor in Organization and HRM at the Department of Management (DiSA) and co-scientific director of the Master in HR & Organization at the Bologna Business School. He researches in the fields of organization theory, human resource management, and organizational behavior. He graduated in Business Administration from Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna in 2010. After a period of work in various companies, he obtained the Ph.D. in Economics and Management at the University of Verona in 2017. He was a visiting scholar at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Lund and at the IISM of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Currently, his research interests are focused in particular on digital transformation and the consequences on organizations and job design.



Lorenzo Arras, Research

Lorenzo Arras is graduated in Political Science (University of Padova) and he is currently getting his master in Management for Social Economy (University of Bologna). During his degree, his research interests have been focusing on stakeholder governance, participatory mechanisms, corporate governance, B Corps and Benefit corporations. His current dissertation research project explores the implementation of employee ownership schemes in certified B Corp companies.

* Steering Committee