ISPM Committee

ISPM Committee

coehar Director

Riccardo Polosa

Short Bio

Full Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Catania, he is the Founder and Director of the University Center of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR), where 40 researchers with different expertise are actively involved in international clinical research. He is one of the most recognized and prolific tobacco harm reduction advocate, and designed and conducted dozens of research studies, working with smoking cessation specialists, clinical psychologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, chemists, toxicologists, and biologists from all over the world.

Department Director

Francesco Purrello

Short Bio

Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the University of Catania. He is also the current President of the Italian Association of Diabetology (SID), which supports every year innovative research programs through grants and fellowships. He designed and conducted several research projects on diabetes, dyslipidemias, and chronic liver diseases. Within the CoEHAR, he is conducting a large mutinational study on smoking cessation and the reduction of cardiorespiratory risk factors in diabetic smokers.

ISPM Coordinator

Daniela Saitta

Short Bio

Graduated in Foreign Languages at the University of Catania, she completed her education with a Master in Project Management in the same University. She has been working at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine since 2013, where she acquired a great experience in the management of all the administrative, financial and communication aspects of several national and international projects on THR science. She has also experience in scientific research, especially on e-cigarettes regulation aspects. She is the coordinator of the ISPM.

Member

Rosario Faraci

Short Bio

Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Catania. President of the degree course in Business Economics, Rector Delegate for Technology Transfer, Start Up and Relations with SMEs, he is President of the University Spin Off Commission. His research interests concern the themes of entrepreneurship, corporate governance and the competitiveness of family businesses. He is co-editor of the Journal of Management and Governance. He is a journalist registered in the Order of Journalists of Sicily.

 

Member

Antonio Pacino

Short Bio

Governing Director of the University of Catania’s spin off ECLAT srl, he is also dentist and medical director of different clinics in Italy and Ireland.  Experienced Governing Director and Member of Governing Board of other entities in the medical field, he is the Past President of the Italian Antismoking League (LIAF). He manages educational programmes on orthodontics and general dentistry, and will conduct a research project on the effects of smoking on dental health, in collaboration with the CoEHAR. He also collaborates with the UCMH (Cuba) Faculty of Dentistry.

Member

Aldo Missale

Short Bio

Coordinator of the Area for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the University of Catania, he is an expert of business development and project coordination activities. Graduated in Economis, and qualified as Chartered Accountant and Auditor, he hold several professional positions in private companies as General and Marketing Manager, and in public entities as consultant for territorial development and sustainability.
He has been also the Director of the Mediterranean Consortium for the Spin Off in High Technologies.

Member

Giacomo Franco

Short Bio

Giacomo Franco has been involved in projects for over thirty years. For 27 years he worked at IBM where he followed national and international projects, covering his entire possible career as PM. After exiting IBM at the end of 2012, he took on managerial and research positions at consortia of the University of Salerno, and continued to spread the skills of project management doing training, coaching and consulting for large, medium and small organizations, helping them in their organizational development. In love with the culture of giving, he accepted teaching in high school to teach young people what little he knows and what he knows he doesn’t know. He has always been passionate about the managerial application of the right mix of project management techniques, coaching, knowledge management, complexity management theories, psychology and neuroscience applied to the organization and Artificial Intelligence.

Member

Paolo Fidelbo

Short Bio

Paolo is a Construction Manager and Safety Manager with ten years of experience gained working in the transport infrastructure sector for public agencies. In 1999, as a volunteer at an educational agency, he began to study behavioural models, emotional intelligence and cognitive biases. He believes that if you are able to manage a four hours “capture the flag” game in the wood for a group of eight-year old children, without stepping in, you can also lead an asynchronous and remote cross-functional adult team without any problems. He is a lecturer in project management for the professional chamber at Fondazione Ordine degli Ingegneri di Catania since 2018. He has also founded the professionals network reSTART that aims to provide companies with services to foster change management by creating a people-oriented culture. Paolo is the Chair of Sicily Branch of the PMI Southern Italy Chapter.

Speakers

Speakers

Edoardo Grimaldi

Short Bio

Edoardo Grimaldi, graduated in Electronic Engineering, has been working for IBM Italy for 31 years. He has managed complex IT-organizational projects for different industries, coordinating international teams. He has been a teacher on project management issues during Masters and training courses organized by Universities, Business Schools and Professional Associations, and Speaker in national and international conferences / workshops on Project Management.
He obtained the PMP certifications in 1999 and PMI-ACP in 2017 and is one of the founding members of PMI-SIC. He is currently Vice President of the PMI-SIC Board and is responsible for Professional Development.

Paolo Fidelbo

Short Bio

Paolo is a Construction Manager and Safety Manager with ten years of experience gained working in the transport infrastructure sector for public agencies. In 1999, as a volunteer at an educational agency, he began to study behavioural models, emotional intelligence and cognitive biases. He believes that if you are able to manage a four hours “capture the flag” game in the wood for a group of eight-year old children, without stepping in, you can also lead an asynchronous and remote cross-functional adult team without any problems. He is a lecturer in project management for the professional chamber at Fondazione Ordine degli Ingegneri di Catania since 2018. He has also founded the professionals network reSTART that aims to provide companies with services to foster change management by creating a people-oriented culture. Paolo is the Chair of Sicily Branch of the PMI Southern Italy Chapter.

Giacomo Franco

Short Bio

Giacomo Franco has been dealing with projects for over thirty years. For 27 years he has worked at IBM where he followed national and international projects, pursuing all possible PM careers. Leaving IBM at the end of 2012, he took on managerial and research positions at consortia of the University of Salerno, and continued in the dissemination of project management skills by training, coaching and consulting for large, medium and small organizations, helping them in their organizational development. In love with the culture of giving, he accepted high school teaching to teach young people. He has always been passionate about the managerial application of the right mix of project management techniques, coaching, knowledge management, complexity management theories, psychology and neuroscience applied to organization and Artificial Intelligence.

Lorenzo Vetrano

Short Bio

Lorenzo grew up mixing passion for computer technology and sport. After a Master degree in Computer Science at the University of Catania and a career as semi-professional basket player, he still educates young people to discipline and team principles. Given his mindset for team building and problem solving, no surprise that Lorenzo has become an agile coach and a project leader. He spent more than fifteen years in ICT spanning over multiple domains and companies, including a few Fortune 500 companies. Thanks to his technical background and soft skills, he covered various roles (including sales and development) before finding his place in project management being one of the major actors in the agile and DevOps transition of entire companies. Today, Lorenzo serves as Scrum Master helping development teams to achieve and communicate their goals and results.

Denise Stevens

Short Bio

PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University’s School of Medicine, For over 20 years she has taught health program evaluation, chronic disease measurement issues and chronic disease epidemiology.  She has served as President and founder of MATRIX Population Health Strategies, a health and human service focused social enterprise that has provided guidance to governments, industry, academia, NGOs and health care systems globally.  She designed programs, conducted needs assessment and evaluation studies, as well as developed strategic plans for health departments and  consortia nationally and internationally.

Axel Klein

Short Bio

Researcher, university lecturer and professional trainer, writer, activist and editor in the fields straddling international development, security and criminal justice and the culture of consumption of habit-forming substances. Social Anthropologist by training, he got into the drugs field by accident some 20 years ago. Technical Advisor for the Global Drug Policy Observatory of the University of Swansea, he has had the opportunity of working with many organizations including NGOs like ISDD, DrugScope and Hibsicus, but also international agencies like the European Commission, the EMCDDA and UNODC in various capacities. He has been Team Leader,Director of Programmes and Project Evaluator in over 30 countries including Nigeria,        Afghanistan, Cambodia, Jamaica. 

Rosario Faraci

Short Bio

Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Catania. President of the degree course in Business Economics, Rector Delegate for Technology Transfer, Start Up and Relations with SMEs, he is President of the University Spin Off Commission. His research interests concern the themes of entrepreneurship, corporate governance and the competitiveness of family businesses. He is co-editor of the Journal of Management and Governance. He is a journalist registered in the Order of Journalists of Sicily.

Daniela Saitta

Short Bio

Graduated in Foreign Languages at the University of Catania, she completed her education with a Master in Project Management in the same University. She has been working at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine since 2013, where she acquired a great experience in the management of all the administrative, financial and communication aspects of several national and international projects on THR science. She has also experience in scientific research, especially on e-cigarettes regulation aspects. She is the coordinator of the ISPM.

Toti Urso

Short Bio

After the Master’s degree in Geophysics and a Research Fellow in Vulcanology, he started  designing and managing research projects for the volcanology research team of the University of Catania. Thanks to a decennial experience as CEO of some web companies, he developed strong IT and technological skills, becoming an expert consultant in R&I and project management.  Today he’s project manager for the University of Catania’s spin off ECLAT and consultant for different Departments of the same University. 

Staff

Staff

Communication Manager

Valeria Nicolosi

Short Bio

After the Master’s Degree in Communication and in Programming and Management of Public Policies at the University of Catania,  she completed her education with a Master in Management of Political, Social and Institutional Communication at the IULM University of Milan. Journalist since 2014, and expert in social communication and event organization, she is currently in charge of planning and coordinating communication campaigns against smoking for the CoEHAR.

Class Tutor

Cecilia Spampinato

Short Bio

Master’s degree in Geological Science and PhD in Geodynamics and Seismotectonics at University of Catania. On 2016 winner of the “Female Entrepreneurship” award for Sicily Region. On 2016 she co-founded a spin-off of the University of Catania, that she actually manages as CEO. Expert in planning and management of public and private projects; analysis of the level of innovation and technological competitiveness of a company or of a business project.

Administrative Assistant

Erika Anastasi

Short Bio

Graduated in Foreign Languages at the University of Catania, she has been working as administrative assistant in different companies for 15 years. Passionate about quality and social aspects of work, she is also expert in credit intermediation and recovery. She speaks 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Maltese and Arabic.

Social Media Strategist

Chiara Nobis

Short Bio

Chiara Nobis is a copywriter, passionate about sport and communication on health issues. Former ski athlete, after studying Law and several experience abroad, including an internship at an independent newspaper based at UN headquarter in New York, she joined the communication team of the COEHAR.

web designer

Claudio Saitta

Short Bio

Educated at the Department of Informatics of the University of Catania, he has started specializing in web designing ten years ago. He is also a WordPress specialist, an App developer and a certified Google Adwords Specialist, designing hundreds of websites and web marketing campaigns, also in the field of medical science and tobacco harm reduction. He has taught web designing to the students of Fine Arts Academy and manages a blog of specialized IT information.

 

Wellness Manager

Luis Carlos Vieira

Short Bio

Graduated in Physical Education at the higher institute Amelia Rodriguez of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), he has twenty years of experience in teaching many fitness disciplines. Born as a dancer and percussionist of the Afro-Bahian School, later to become Maestro of Capoeira, he performed and taught in Latin America and North Europe, before moving to Italy where he currently teaches. He is in charge of coordinating wellness sessions of the ISPM.

You can submit your application to attend ISPM until 9 August 2020.

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