Participants – Forum on Infrastructure


Chief Representative for Italy, Banque Misr, Egypt

Dr. Abdel-Hamid is an international banker with experience in asset management, aircraft finance, brokerage, credit, financial institutions, government liaison and private banking. He is currently Chief Representative of Banque Misr SAE in Milan as well as board Member and head of the audit committee of Misr Alexandria Fund for Financial Investments and board member of Global Telecom Holding. Prior to that, he was chairman of Misr Asset Management and served on the board of Crédit Agricole Egypt, AlexBank and Egyptian American Bank. He also held executive positions at Ahli United Bank, Barclays, Citibank and EFG Bank.


Group Director, Engineering, Development and Concessions, Salini Impregilo

Joseph Attias is Group Director, Concessions, Development and Engineering in Salini Impregilo since April 2016. He holds an Engineering Degree from “Travaux Publics, Option Etudes & Recherches”, “Centre des Hautes Etudes de la Construction”. From 2011 to April 2016 he was Director of Engineering at the Vinci Construction Holding, and a member of its Comité de Direction. From 1986 to 2011, besides being the founder, he was also Chairman of Structures Ile de France à la Defense, a French civil engineering firm specialising in structural design, with branches in Africa and in South East Asia. From 1980 to 1986 he was Managing Director of BEBA (Bureau d’Etudes Béton Armé, with locations in Paris, Nice and Marseilles) while since 1983, he was the founder and manager, until 1986, of EGEC, a company that studies Civil Engineering works. He taught Mathematics and Physics from 1979 to 1981, and Mathematical Methods until 1986 at the Institut Supérieur du Béton Armé and at the Ecole Centrale in Marseilles.


Manager Infrastructure Department - Middle East & North Africa, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Erik Becker is IFC’s Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, for the MENA and Horn of Africa region and based in Dubai. Under his leadership, IFC has become the leading financier of private infrastructure in the MENA region outside of the GCC. He spent most of his 20-year career in infrastructure finance working mostly on the MENA region. Erik has also been based in Nairobi and Hong Kong, working across regions and infrastructure sub-sectors. Erik holds a master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and an MBA from INSEAD.


Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Pirelli Turkey

Ms. Lale Cander practiced law under “L. Cander & Associates” starting from 1985. The law firm was known for being specialized in foreign investment law, corporate law and regulations and for lobbying activities on behalf of international companies for government projects in Turkey. She is currently both the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors in Prometeon Turkey and in Pirelli Turkey. She is also a member of Board of Trustees in Istanbul Bilgi Laureate University. She completed her Master’s thesis on the subject “Importance of Secularism on Cultural Development” and she is currently working on her PhD dissertation. She is also the Co-Chairwoman of Alpha-Women Association.


President, ANIMP

Antonio Careddu graduated at Politecnico di Milano University and joined Saipem as an electrical engineer. From 1991 to 1998 he was assigned various roles in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Malaysia, Republic of South Korea, Oman. In 1999 he came back to Italy to take the responsibility as Department Manager and later as Project Director. In 2010 he became Country Manager and CEO of Saipem Contracting Algérie and in 2012 Chairman and CEO of Saipem France. In 2013 he returned to Italy and was appointed Director of the Saipem’s Innovation, Systems and Corporate Marketing Unit. In August 2018 he was appointed Head of Onshore Business Development, Commercial and Tendering. He is President of ANIMP since 2018.

CREA Carlo

Head of Institutional Affairs, Terna

Carlo Crea is the Head of Institutional Affairs of the TERNA Group, the Italian TSO. In 2012, he was Head of the Office of the Undersecretary of State for the Environment. From 2005 to 2011 he served the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas as Secretary General (March 2005 to April 2011) and then Director of the International Affairs, Strategies and Planning Department (May to December 2011). From 2000 to 2005, he was Head of International Affairs at GRTN (Italian independent electricity system operator); before, he worked as executive within EDISON S.p.A. (Director of European Institutional Relations and Assistant to CEO), and within the Italian Ministry of Industry and Trade (Legal Adviser, Oil Division, and Executive for Foreign Affairs Division of General Directorate of Energy Sources). He has a first class degree in Law and holds a postgraduate diploma in Civil and business law (1984), Advanced School of Public Administration (1989), International Cooperation, S.S.P.A. (1995) and Marketing Strategies, SDA Bocconi (2000).

DENDA Robert

Head of Network Technology and Innovability, Global Infrastructure & Networks, Enel

Dr. Robert Denda is Head of Network Technology and Innovability at the Global Infrastructure and Networks business line of the Enel group, responsible for technologies developed and applied at Enel's worldwide distribution grids, serving 65 million grid customers. Previously, from 2014 to 2015 he worked within this business line function as Head of Smart Metering Solutions. Previous responsibilities include the coordination of the smart metering roll-out project of 13 million meters at Endesa in Spain, R&D department director and innovation manager in the telecommunication sector, and Manager of technology services at Endesa Ingenieria. He is also an active participant at European and international associations related to the Energy sector. He holds a diploma degree in Computer Science and Business Administration and a PhD from the University of Mannheim, Germany.


Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Manlio Di Stefano was born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1981. After graduating in Computer Engineering he worked as IT consultant for an American company. Meanwhile, he acted as volunteer for an Italian NGO operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Guatemala on projects related to the sustainable development. In 2013 he became member of the Italian Parliament and he was then chosen by his colleagues as group-leader for Five Star Movement in the Foreign Affairs Committee for the whole legislature. Since 2013 he is member of the Italian delegation to the Council of Europe where he is Chairperson of the Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People and he has successfully concluded and presented two reports on children's statelessness and unaccompanied migrant minors. Since 2014 he is the national supervisor for LEX Parlamento, one of the main tools included into the Five Star Movement’s web platform for e-democracy, called Rousseau. On March 2018 he was re-elected Member of the Italian Parliament and a few months later, on June 13th, he was appointed as Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the President Conte Government.

GALLI Maria Rita

Executive Vice President Business Development & Asset Management, Snam

Joined Eni in 1997 after a degree in Nuclear Engineering at Politecnico of Milano. In Eni covered various roles in the International Business Development Department participating to international development projects and M&A initiatives. From 2006 responsible of the International Business Development unit and from January 2010 of the International Business Development & Assets Management department. Member of the Board of Eni’s participated and controlled companies abroad (Galp, Distrigas, Eni Gas & Power Trading BV, Eni Gas & Power France, GVS GmbH, etc.) From 2012 responsible of the International Markets Coordination’s department. From 2013 in charge of the long term gas supply portfolio strategy with responsibility in the definition of the targets of renegotiations of the Eni’s portfolio of long term supply contracts with international suppliers and the coordination of the analytical activity to guide the negotiations and arbitrations with main suppliers. From 2016 in charge of International Upstream Negotiation at Eni covering Americas, Russia, Central Asia and Far East. In October 2016 joined Snam as Head of Business Development & Asset Management.


Vice President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Pierre Heilbronn is a member of the EBRD Executive Committee leading on the Bank’s economic, policy and reform agenda, coordination within country strategies and European member states and institutions, managing bilateral and multilateral donor partnerships and ensuring the inclusive engagement of the civil society. Before joining EBRD in 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. He served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister and acting General Secretary for European Affairs. He assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service and was acting head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid. He graduated from Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris and ENA, holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge and of European studies from College of Europe of Bruges.


General Manager, Herison Construction Company; International Relations Manager, Association of Construction Companies, Iran

Maryam Khansari is the General Manager at Herison Company. Working there since 2004 as a construction company with 60 years old known reputation in this industry & active in all infrastructure projects around the country. She is also the international relations manager at association of construction companies of Iran In addition to being an Instructor at Industrial Management Institute (IMI) graduate program. Maryam Khansari graduated from Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV in Doctorate of Business Administration after completing two Master degrees, one in system and productivity management and the other an MBA. She completed her undergraduate studies in engineering and still believes to be an engineer at heart. Passionate about social activities, she contributes to an organization through volunteering and collaboration with her students to launch networking management events and conferences.

LANA Cristiana

Public Affairs Office - International and European Institutional Affairs, TIM

Public Affairs Office, International and European Institutional Affairs, TIM S.p.A. Cristiana was born in Padova, Italy and has a degree in Statistics and Economics from the University of Padua. Cristiana has always worked in the telecommunications industry, she has over 19 years’ experience in wholesale telecommunications industry in both U.S. and International markets including ten years in Marketing and six years in Sales. From 2000 to mid 2012 she had worked in Telecom Italia Sparkle, based in New York, first as sales manager and then as Marketing Director of the International wholesale voice and data division of Telecom Italia Sparkle, dealing with marketing and regulatory aspects of international voice and data services in North America and Asia. In April 2012 she started a new chapter as head of Marketing Mobile and Roaming of Telecom Italia Sparkle in Rome. Since July 2019 she works TIM S.p.A Public Affairs Office, International and European Institutional Affairs.


Head of Unit Infrastructure and Public Sector, European Investment Bank - Rome Office

Angela Mancinelli holds an Economics and Finance degree from the “Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi” where she also pursued her post-graduate studies in Corporate Finance. She spent the first three years of her professional career working in the banking sector in New York and pursuing studies in international relations and diplomacy. She joined the EIB in 2006 as loan officer in the bank and corporate sector. In 2011, she moved to the Rome Office as responsible for the energy sector lending. She was subsequently appointed Head of Unit in charge of lending to infrastructure projects and public sector in Italy and Malta. She is effectively supported by an international team of five professionals specialized in different financial products and sectors, delivering a business volume of approx. EUR 2.5bn per year in support of key infrastructure projects for the country, including transports, climate adaptation and mitigation, education, human capital, urban regeneration and social housing. Angela is married and has two daughters. Away from the business, she enjoys reading, running and spending time with family and friends.


Global Leader Infrastructure & Capital Productivity, McKinsey & Company


President, BusinessMed; General Manager, Soralcof, Algeria

Mrs. Saida Neghza is the President of the Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises - BUSINESSMED - President of the General Confederation of Algerian Enterprises – CGEA, President of BUSINESSAFRICA, Member of the Executive Board of the International Labour Organisation. Her professional career begun in the 1990s with a coffee roasting company established in Algiers and which has experienced a great success in the following years. She focused her investments afterwards in the fields of civil engineering & construction and hydraulics. These different activities then led to the establishment of SARL SORALCOF Algeria that she has been managing since 2004. Following the acquisition of mineral deposits in 2008, the company expanded its activities to become a multinational with several branches: SORALCOF Quarries (Gravel and marble industries), SORALCOF BTPH (Civil engineering industry), SORALCOF Construction (Real estate industry), MB / Importation (Imports & Exports).


Vice President and Managing Director, Icop; President, Specializations National Council and Vice President, National Council, Italian Contractors’ Association

Born in Udine in 1962, he specialized in classical studies at the city secondary school. In Udine he also graduated cum laude in civil engineering in May 1988. In 1988 he started working in I.CO.P. SpA, the family construction company founded in 1920; he has been President of the company from 1994 to 2002 and is today Vice President and managing director. With his brother, Vittorio Petrucco, he collaborates in the management of all I.CO.P. S.p.A Group Italian and foreign companies. Some offices: since 2017 member of ANCE’s (National Association of Building Constructors) National Council and since 2019 President of ANCE’s Specializations National Council and Vice President of ANCE’s National Council.

PICCO Alexio

Chief Consultant for the European Coordinators for Motorways of the Sea, European Commission; Managing Director, Circle Group

Founding partner and Member of the Board at Circle since 2012 and Member of the Board at Info.era since 2017, Alexio Picco has a multi-annual experience working with politicians, policy makers, regulators, academics and third parties in passengers and freight transport innovation. With a Degree in Transport Enginnering at University of Genoa (2004), Picco is supporting since 2007 the European Commission in the evaluation of innovative projects. He is currently Business Development and Funding Director at Circle and leads the Connecting EU Business Unit, which supports and develops the business of public bodies and private companies through EU Branding and the search for funding opportunities.

RACHID Rachid Mohamed

Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Egypt; Chairman, Valentino Spa

Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Valentino Company in Italy, and of R2R Capital Investment Company. In 2004, HE Mr. Rachid was appointed Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry, until 2011. Just two years later his portfolio was expanded to include domestic trade and the ministry was renamed the Ministry of Trade and Industry. In 2010, it was expanded again to include the Ministry of Investments. Prior to taking up his ministerial appointment, he was well-known as an entrepreneur and business owner. He established Fine Foods, becoming Egypt’s leading food brand, before forming a joint venture with Unilever in 1991. He was later President of Unilever’s Middle East, North Africa and Turkey businesses based in London. He has attended several management programs, including the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1996. HE is holder of “Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” presented to him by the president of the Italian Republic.

ROCCA Giovanni

Senior Vice President International Business Promotion, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

Giovanni Rocca -Senior Vice President International Business Promotion of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane- with the responsibility of the development of Italian Railways Group in the extra European strategic markets. He is also member of the Italian National Council for the Development Cooperation and Chairman of the Italian Industrial Association (Confindustria). Previous work experience with Ansaldo Energia in USA and Costa Rica as Marketing Manager. Elettronica Ing. Sist. as Marketing Manager. Degree in Business Administration/Economics. He speaks fluently Italian, English, Spanish and French.


Vice Chairman, Nuovo Pignone - Baker Hughes Group

Paolo is Vice Chairman and Director of Institutional Affairs of Nuovo Pignone. He has earned a degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Pisa and an MBA at the University of Bologna. He has covered various roles in Engineering, Service, Commercial and Sales and international assignments in Spain, Latin America and Russia/CIS. From 2009 he covered as General Manager of Upgrades and Industrial Applications Business in Global Services, then becoming Turbomachinery and Process Solutions Business Director for Europe Region in 2016 until March 2019 when he started with his current assignment.


Mediterranean Leader Transport & Infrastructure, McKinsey & Company

Nicola is a Partner in McKinsey Milan Office and leader of the Travel Transport and Logistics Practice for the Mediterranean Complex. He joined McKinsey in 2008 after a previous experience in the consulting business. He supports multiple clients, in particular major players in the transport and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on international growth, investment optimization and multi-year strategic planning.


Head, Centre on Infrastructure and Vice President, ISPI, Italy; European Coordinator for Infrastructural Priority Projects (TEN-T), European Commission

Carlo Secchi is Vice-President of ISPI since 11 July 2005. He was President of ISPI for the second semester of 2016. Currently he his Professor Emeritus of European Economic Policy at Bocconi University in Milan, where he was Rector in the period 2000-2004 and Full Professor between 1983 and 2011. He was the Chairman of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission (2003-2016) and he has been a member of the board of scientific Foundations and Institutions and an advisor to various Italian and foreign research Institutes, to Italian public Institutions and to the European Union. He has served in the board of various Italian Companies and Banks; currently he is a member of the board of Mediaset and he chairs the Supervisory Body of Pirelli. On behalf of the European Commission, in July 2009 he was appointed as European Coordinator for infrastructural Priority Projects (TEN-T) between France, Spain and Portugal and since March 2014 he his European Coordinator of the Atlantic Core Network Corridor. In 2013-2014 he was the Chairman of the High Level Group on Business Services (DG Industry and DG Internal Market). He was a member of the European Parliament in 1994-1999, where he served as Vice-President of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. He was a member of the Italian Senate in 1994-1996.


Partner and Managing Director, Center for Engineering and Planning, Palestine

Shireen is the managing partner of the Center for Engineering and Planning (CEP), a leading Palestinian engineering firm that is based in Ramallah, Palestine. Under Shireen’s leadership, CEP has grown to have operations in Canada, UAE, Iraq, Libya, and Jordan. Shireen leads technical teams of national and international experts in spatial, strategic planning, and infrastructure development for urban and rural communities. Shireen is also co-founder and CEO of Shelleh Medical and Pharmaceutical Supplies. And although company recently established in 2017 that’s also based in Palestine, yet has already become the sole regional supplier of world renowned health products and medical supplies. Shireen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA. Shireen has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of the Year 2016 (YGL).


Special Projects Unit / International Relationships, Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea

Vittorio Torbianelli (1968) is currently employed in the “Special Projects Unit” at the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, Port of Trieste, Italy, where is in charge, as economic expert, of international relations and international investment, included those related to the “Belt and Road Initiative”. After graduating in Transport Economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Trieste , he wrote his PhD thesis in Transport Economics on railways infrastructure charges. As an Associate Professor in Transport Economics at the State University of Trieste (2000-2017) he taught courses in transport economics and managements, maritime economics and industrial economics. Vittorio’s research interests centered on transport economics, transport infrastructure regulation, transport financing, social and economic impacts assessment of transport infrastructures and services. He regularly works as advisor and trainer on planning and evaluating transport infrastructure development and funding, transport management, transport investment assessment for many public and private bodies, in Italy and abroad (Spain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey). Between 2014 and 2015 he was employed in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) as economic expert at the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC) – Planning and Design Department, focusing on transport infrastructure regulation. In 2018 He supervised, as director several academic post-degree courses, in the fields of “Transport Economics” and “Transport Investment Management”. He was also lead-expert of two international projects carried on by European Union in the field of urban transport.


Vice President, Trevi Group; Chairman, Joint Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce

Cesare Trevisani was born in Cesena on July 8, 1951. After his studies, Cesare Trevisani started working in the family group. In 1983 he became CEO of Trevi-Finanziaria Industriale SpA, the holding company of the Group. In the following years, he held leading positions in the different divisions of the Group. At the beginning of 2015, he was also appointed as Vice President of Trevi-Finanziaria Industriale SpA, Chairman of Trevi SpA and President and CEO of Petreven. He has held important positions within the Confindustria Association. At the beginning of 2016 he assumed the position of President of the Jiac –Joint Italian Arab Chamber. He currently holds the position of Trevi Group’s vice president.

VETTOSI Fabrizio

Director General, Venice Shipping and Logistics

Born in Naples in 1964, he graduated in Economics & Finance at the “Università Federico II di Napoli” with the highest grade. He’s been engaged in the Shipping Industry for the last 20 years and, throughout his career, he has established excellent relationships with most Italian ship-owners and some key international shipping players. In 2009 he founded Venice Shipping and Logistics S.p.A., currently the sole Italian player active in Shipping Finance and Investment sector, engaged in most of the restructuring and reorganization plans, as well as in Terminal and Port Infrastructure projects. He is also a Board member of CONFITARMA (Italian Ship owner Association), and Vice President of the Fiscal & Financial Commission.