Expert’s profile

Sara Depedri

Sara is a senior researcher at Euricse, and teaches the Evaluation of social services and Economics and management of Social services courses at the University of Trento. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Trento, and received her PhD in Law and Economics from the University of Siena. Her education was mainly focused on the institutionalist and behavioral approaches, in a view to studying social enterprises and cooperatives with an interdisciplinary approach, both from the theorical and the empirical point of view. Over the last years, thanks to a number of researches in close cooperation with cooperatives and consortia at the national level, she developed models to study the participation and motivation of stakeholders, the governance and working dynamics, the inclusion of disadvantaged workers and the evaluation of social impact, on which her scientific works are also focused.

Paolo Fontana

Paolo graduated in sociology. He coordinates the activities of the training area of Euricse. He is in charge of organizing the Master in Management of Social Enterprises, focusing on the teaching activities, the realization and supervision of traineeships and on activities to favor the placement of the Master’s students. He participated in the creation of Iris Network and in the realization of the National Workshop on social enterprise. He developed competences in planning personalized educational schemes for the managers of social and cooperative enterprises. He promoted and organized events, conferences, summer schools and educational activities for managers working in the cooperation sector. He contributes to realizing European projects. He is interested in innovation and in the competences for cooperative and social entrepreneurship.

Antonio Cancelo

Antonio Cancelo. Ex-president of the Mondragón Co-operative Group (MCC). One of the founders of Eroski, of which he was Managing Director. A leading figure in the Spanish and European co-operative movement, teaching expert and consultant to large co-operative groups at a national level.

Antonio Cancelo has led business and social innovation projects that have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs, generating wealth and local development, exemplifying leadership based on co-operative ethics and values, which shuns individualism and personal interest in order to pursue the collective good.

Francesco Garcea

Francesco Garcea is co-ordinator of training and projects at the Escuela Andaluza de Economía Social, where he supports the implementation of cooperative entrepreneurship and social economy projects and the training of professionals and managers of cooperatives and social organisations in Spain, Europe and Latin America.


Passionate about agile approaches, he works to help organisations combine business and social vision.

Alessandro Rossi

Alessandro Rossi is Associate Professor in Management at the University of Trento, Department of Economics and Management. He is a 20-year-experienced researcher in diverse fields related to innovation, business and education. Member of the research group STEIN (Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab), he got his PhD in Management and Organization from the University of Udine. He leads the Contamination Lab Trento, the coworking facility of UniTrento which promotes academic education on soft skills, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

Alessandro has extensive experience in designing educational curricula related to technology transfer, entrepreneurship, placement, orientation and internationalisation, so as designing and delivering educational programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation for secondary level schools and vocational training school and mentoring and advising startup teams and projects.

Gloria Cannone

Gloria has always been passionate about non-traditional and laboratory education. She is involved in offer the opportunity to young people, to develop their talents and discover their future as entrepreneurs, and firmly believes that entrepreneurial action designed to create an impact on others can create a better world.

Graduated in social work, she made a change into the field of business and, after a year of learning many new things about innovation and startups, she was introduced to Enactus and she was able to rekindle her passion for social impact in entrepreneurship.


She deals full-time Clab Trento (courses organization, space management, relations with students, institutions and student associations) and she usually dedicates her free time to cultural and local projects.

Iván Diego

Iván Diego is Project Manager at Valnalon.


In the last decade he has worked alongside practitioners, researchers and policymakers across Europe in the design of policies, teaching resources, teacher training, research and know-how transfer in the field of entrepreneurship education, social innovation, STEAM, graduate tracking and other education-related topics. 

Javier Vallina

Javier Vallina is an Entrepreneurship Education Program Tutor at Valnalón.  He has a Degree in Education, and Graduated in Teaching.

Since 2007 he has worked at Ciudad Tecnológica Valnalón within the department of Entrepreneurship education as responsible technician for educational projects for the promotion of the entrepreneurial mindset on the different levels of the educational system. Mainly linked to Secondary Education projects such as TMP (Entrepreneurship Workshop – Chalenge based learning project with students and entrepreneurs), EJE (European Youth Enterprise – Project for the creation of mini co-operatives) and JES (Young Social  Entrepreneurs – Social entrepreneurship), he also participates in projects for Primary Education, Upper Secondary and Vocational Training as well as in European projects.

Member of the European project ECOOPE (2017-2018).

Laura Ferri

Laura Ferri has a Law and a Human Resources Degree. She also holds a Master’s Degree in employment and labour market. Her current work is two-fold: on the one hand, she is a Vocational Guidance teacher in Valencia (Spain); on the other hand she helps future teachers achieve their goals as part of the Secondary School Master’s Degree at UOC (Open University of Catalonia). Besides, she published “Entrepreneurship studies at the Spanish educational system from a critical point of view”, which recently received an Aracoop award from the Catalan Government.


In 2018, her book in collaboration with Francisco Javier Cano “Social entrepreneurship: the challenge of social change” was published by Tirant lo Blanch publisher. Currently, she is Service Chief in the General Comission on professional training and special teaching from the Consellería de Educación de la Generalitat Valenciana.

Riccardo Bodini

Riccardo Bodini è il direttore di Euricse, dove è arrivato nel 2010 per occuparsi di progetti di sviluppo. Da allora ha assunto il ruolo di Coordinatore (2012-2015) e Coordinatore generale (2016-2018). Dal 2019 è direttore e in questo ruolo collabora con Presidente e Amministratore Delegato alla gestione delle attività dell’istituto. Oltre a ciò, lavora direttamente con agenzie pubbliche, cooperative e imprese sociali nella ricerca applicata e in progetti di consulenza che vanno dalla pianificazione strategica e dal design organizzativo all’analisi delle policy.

Laureato con Lode in Scienze della Comunicazione all’Università di Bologna, ha ottenuto un Master in Politiche Pubbliche presso l’Università di Chicago (USA). Ha poi lavorato a Chicago per sette anni per un’organizzazione specializzata nella rivitalizzazione economica di aree urbane disagiate, seguendo numerosi progetti di ricerca e consulenza per conto di imprese, enti pubblici, fondazioni e organizzazioni nonprofit.