Staff Biographies

2016-04-21 10.19.44Christian Melis – Team Leader

Christian Melis is the Team Leader / Climate Change Expert in the project EuropeAid/134454/D/SER/TR “Technical Assistance for Support to Mechanism for Monitoring Turkey’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions”. He was born in Rome in 1975 and he graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of L’Aquila. Furthermore, he took a post-graduate Master in International Cooperation in Rural Areas at the University of Padova. In 2002, he started working in a consulting company involved in Air Quality Management and Air Emissions Inventory in Italy and, in 2005, he was member of the team supporting Serbia and Montenegro in the realization of Greenhouse Gases National Inventory and the preparation of the First National Communication to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2006, he joined the Task Force for Central and Eastern Europe of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea as Resident Coordinator and Programme Manager for the bilateral cooperation in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development between Italy and different countries (Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Libya). From 2012 to 2014 he was appointed as Water and Energy Policy Adviser within the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Office in Tajikistan and he was acting Head of Economic-Environmental Department for 7 months. Thanks to his international work experience and his academic background, Christian has valuable skills in leading large teams of experts, and he acquired a strong and comprehensive knowledge of project/programme management process, particularly in the fields of Climate Change, Environment Protection and Sustainable Development.

PhotoAB jpgAlessandra Barreca – Legal Expert

Alessandra Barreca, Key Legal Expert in the EuropeAid/134454/D/SER/TR Technical Assistance for Support to Mechanism for Monitoring Turkey’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, is a lawyer and free lance consultant.

She is also researcher within the Environmental Legal Team Research Group at the University of Siena and lecturer within the Capacity Building Programme on Environmental Management set up in the framework of the Sino-Italian bilateral cooperation.

Her main consultancy and research areas cover International and EU Environmental Law and Climate Change Law.

She has been a consultant to the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea from 2004 to 2014 in the framework of bilateral projects aiming at supporting the Balkan Countries in the approximation to the EU Environment and Climate Acquis and legal expert in Environment and Climate Change related Europe Aid projects.

She has been chief legal expert in the framework of research projects funded by private and public bodies.

Michael Gillenwater – GHG Inventory ExpertMichealGillenwater

Dr. Gillenwater is a co-founder, Executive Director, and Dean of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, a non-profit organization with the unique mission to train and professionalize a global community of experts for measuring, auditing and managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Michael is a thought leader on GHG measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV), carbon offsets, and renewable energy markets. He has dedicated his career to professional development, capacity building and the creation of the infrastructure needed to produce highly credible environmental information that can serve as the basis of market and other compliance mechanisms. Beyond guiding the Institute’s strategy and programming, Michael also directs the Institute’s curriculum development and educational initiatives.

He has been a lead author for the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, and is actively engaged in the work of the UN Climate Change secretariat, including the training of compliance experts for the Kyoto Protocol and UNFCCC. He has repeatedly been a core advisor and contributing author to the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he was lead author of the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, which serves as the official report and statistics on U.S. emissions. He has also served on the U.S. negotiating team to UN conferences on climate change.

He is active in scholarly research and has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals. He also founded and serves as a co-Editor in Chief for the peer reviewed journal Carbon Management published by Tyler & Francis. Dr. Gillenwater completed his PhD at the Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Program at Princeton University, where his research was on the economics of renewable energy and emission markets and design of environmental commodities. He has three master’s degrees: in environmental engineering and public policy, both from MIT, and in Evolutionary Systems from the University of Sussex where he was a Fulbright scholar. He has bachelors in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M.


Luciano Pasi – Project Director

Luciano Pasi, Ph.D., was born in Rome in 1959. He graduated from the Agricultural Science Faculty of the University of Perugia in 1983,magna cum laude. He served his country as an officer of the Carabinieri Corp in 1984. Then he took a Master in Agricultural Economics at the University of Naples and worked as an agricultural economist in Italy and abroad until 1988. He took a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in 1992, with a thesis on the existence of equilibrium in economies with public goods.

An entrepreneur, he is President of the cooperative of consultant that he co-founded in 1983, member of the board of PANGEA sc and of other 2 firms. He has a good working knowledge of English, French and Spanish.

He was general director of an Italian-Russian joint venture and also President of the Italian parent company afterward. In 1997 he was chief operating officer of a company that was among the first companies in Italy to leverage on the Internet for the distribution of agricultural products. His cooperative used to work in the area of the IACS since 1990, with yearly assignments to control the applications of farmers in all Italian regions. In 1999 he was the leader of a group of 110 technicians after winning a bid by the government agency AIMA to perform controls in 12 Italian regions.

For the CISA he was Director of two nine months training courses financed by the EU, and teacher in many others, mainly dealing with agricultural economics.

Since 2000, he took several assignments from different companies to perform as expert in missions abroad: in France he collaborated with CEMAGREF to an IT project to diminish the environmental impact of farming, in Equatorial Guinea for PANGEA sc he presented a project for remote sensing and a LPIS to the Ministry of Agriculture.

His cooperative co-founded in 2006 the Cooprogetti PD group with other 3 Italian cooperatives: the group is implementing the Italian LPIS and IACS related to the European Agricultural Policy since then. In 2013 and 2014 he was assigned to several missions in Pakistan by the IAO, the cooperation Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently he is executive director of the PANGEA’s branch in Ankara, where the company is implementing a project
on monitoring the greenhouse gas emissions in Turkey.

Gamze 2Gamze Çelikyılmaz – Deputy Team Leader

Mrs. Gamze Çelikyılmaz has an education from different disciplines starting from her BSc degree on Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and MSc degree on Environmental Sciences & Policy from University of Manchester.

Following her studies, she worked for Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, in Hungary as a Climate Change expert and a project manager for more than 6 years. Throughout her experience at the REC, she has been involved in several Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Related Projects and Programmes. She took part in several Climate Change policy analysis projects covering the CEE region and Turkey. She has been actively involved in policy assessments, through analysing countries’ potential for compliance with the Kyoto targets, conducted country studies and made assessments for sectoral GHG emissions in SEE Region and Turkey. Among many other international publications, she has also co-authored European Environment Agency’s “Greenhouse Gas Emission Trends and Projections in Europe 2008”, being responsible from the Chapter regarding Turkey.

After returning to Turkey, she has been also involved in Corporate Carbon management issues besides Climate Change Policy, in order to support Turkish Private sector for compliance with new Turkish Regulation on GHG emissions Monitoring and Reporting. She also took part in several EU funded projects in Turkey as Climate Change local expert, and co-authored some publications of TUBİTAK.

Throughout the years, Mrs. Aydemir gathered broad experience in Turkish Climate Change Policies and the process of Turkish Institutional and Legal development for compliance with Kyoto Protocol and approximation to EU Climate Change Acquis Communautaire including possible integration of MRV Directive in Turkey. She has been attending COP meetings since 2008.

Ober the years, she has took active part in coordinating and organizing events such as regional workshops, trainings and stakeholder consultation events for supporting the SEE governments and Turkey to shape their GHG emission policies.

Presently she is working as Deputy Team Leader in the TASK-GHG Project.

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Domenico Gaudioso

Domenico Gaudioso has a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is currently responsible in the “Climate and Atmosphere” Unit of the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA). He has been working since 1987 on the following subjects:

  • pollutant emissions in the air (methods, models, data bases);
  • characterisation of abatement technologies;
  • evaluation of the environmental effects of different energy strategies and technologies.

He has published more than 70 articles on these issues. Since 1989, he has been involved in the EU activities aimed at establishing emission inventories for each Member State and for the entire European Union (EU). He has contributed to several reports under the EU CORINAIR project and to different chapters of the EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook.

He has been a lead author for the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1996, and is actively engaged in the work of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, including the review of GHG inventories, national communications and biennial reports under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. As governmental reviewer, he has reviewed the IPCC Special Report “Land-use, land-use change and forestry” and the contribution of Working Group II (Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability) to the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC. In the framework of the preparation of the Italian National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change, he has been appointed co-ordinator of the chapters concerning Energy and Transport Infrastructures. He has also served on the Italian negotiating team to the UN conferences on climate change, and  co-ordinated the preparation of the first, second and third communications of Italy to the UNFCCC.

He has been actively engaged in a number of capacity-building projects, in particular in the MENA region and in the Balkans, dealing with the establishment of national and regional emission inventories.


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Eleonora Di Cristofaro

Eleonora Di Cristofaro graduated in demography and social statistics is a researcher at the Institute for the Protection and Research of the Environment (ISPRA) in Italy from 2011. She is involved in the compilation of the of national emission inventories in the context of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe-Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE-CLRTAP), including the preparation of the official inventory reports as well as the compilation of the National Communication for the GHG inventory and related issues and participation in the in-country and centralized reviews as national expert. In particular, she is involved in the compilation of national air pollutant and GHG emission inventories, management and implementation of QA/QC and verification procedures for the Agriculture sector.


Riccardo De Lauretis

Riccardo Delauretis

Responsible of the compilation of national air pollution emission inventories officially communicated by the Ministry of the Environment to international bodies such as the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN-FCCC) and the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe – Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE-CLRTAP) in order to verify the compliance with international commitments on environmental protection and to set up effective environmental policies. Coordination of expert panels with regard to different sectors (transport, waste, energy) to improve national air emission inventory. Italian National Reference Centre for Air Emission of the European Environment Agency. Participation as national official delegate in the international activities for the development of methodologies and guidelines for the compilation of Greenhouse gases and Transboundary Air Pollution emission inventories. In the framework of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change participation as Italian delegate in the Conferences of Parties.



Daniela Romano

Daniela Romano is involved in the preparation of the GHG and air pollutant emission inventory of Italy and responsible for management and implementation of QA/QC and verification procedures, uncertainty assessment and other cross cutting issues. She is an experienced reviewer as a generalist and for the industrial processes and product use sector since 2009 and lead reviewer. She also contributes to the development of methodologies and guidelines for the compilation of greenhouse gases and transboundary air pollution  emission inventories. In the context of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change she participates, as Italian delegate, in the Conferences of Parties.




Ekran Resmi 2016-06-16 12.11.11Marina Vitullo

Marina Vitullo works at the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research in Italy. She is responsible for compilation and reporting the LULUCF sector of the national greenhouse gas inventories in the framework of UNFCCC and related Kyoto Protocol.

Lead Author of the 2013 IPCC Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol (KP Supplement)

Reviewer for the UNFCCC in the area of greenhouse gas inventories, with focus on LULUCF sector.

Contributing author to the Italian National Communications under the UNFCCC

Member of FAO–FRA (Forest Resource Assessment) expert panel.

Her research is focussed on the development of methodologies to estimate of removals and emissions of GHG in the LULUCF, collecting, analysing and elaborating data concerning different processes affecting atmospheric emission at national and local level.

Picture1Stylianos (Stelios) Pesmajoglou

Dr. Pesmajoglou is the Director of Professional Programs at the GHGMI with more than 20 years of experience on issues relating to climate change, including policy and technical aspects of climate change mitigation; evaluation of mitigation options for the reduction of GHG emissions; measurement, reporting and verification.

Between October 1999 and July 2008, he worked at the UNFCCC secretariat. He was the leader of the Analysis and Methods team that dealt with: mitigation of climate change; LULUCF (including REDD+); and emissions from international aviation and maritime transport. He coordinated GHG inventory review activities, and undertook work related to the improvement of methods for the estimation of GHG emissions from various sources. He is a contributing author to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and the WBCSD/WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Before joining the UNFCCC secretariat, he worked in Greece, where he participated in the national delegation for the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol. He established the basis of a national system in Greece for the preparation of national GHG inventories.

Stelios completed his studies at Imperial College (London, United Kingdom) and has a Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering; a Masters in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Structural Mechanics; and a Doctorate in Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines.

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