Lucia is CEO of Starter, and she deals with sustainable agriculture, environment and energy solutions. Lucia has worked extensively in the strategic design, development and implementation of programs aimed at a balanced and sustainable growth of communities and at territorial development both in Africa and Europe. Her fields of expertise include capacity building and knowledge transfer of good practices and solutions through active involvement of relevant stakeholders and end users. She chairs the Steering Committee of the Africa Biochar Partnership, the African continental platform for advancing biochar systems in Africa (ABP), and from 2019 she is member of the Board of the International Biochar Initiative. Lucia holds an MA degree in history from the University of Padua (Italy).

She is an expert in European Union policies and local development with over 15 years’ professional experience. She has been working with Starter since 2014.
Her fields of expertise cover a range of initiatives aimed at local development, innovation and SMEs. Liliana has a MA in International Relations at the University of Gorizia.


Laura has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector in consulting, project development and finance with particular emphasis on regulation, support mechanisms and development of renewable energy sources. In the recent years she has been working on technology transfer and consulting for the development and project management of small/medium scale renewable energy facilities. Before this, Laura was employed as a Manager in the Power and Utilities Group of Barclays Capital in London, in Edison Mission Energy’s Business Development Group in their European office in London and as an Economist with Italian energy consulting firm RIE. Laura has a Master’s degree in Economics from Bologna University and a Ph.D in Energetics from the University of Padova.


David has over 30 years of international experience in agricultural and natural resource management projects in South East Asia and Africa with CARE, GTZ, SIDA, SDA, and has been working with Starter in implementation of research trials assessing biochar and phosphorous effects on common bean in farmers’ fields in Burundi. David has an MS degree in Forest Sciences and Biogeochemistry from Colorado State University and a BS degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University. David is currently doing a Ph.D on Soils and Crop Sciences at Cornell University, USA.


Economist, graduated from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, he holds a Master degree in Transport economics from the University of Leeds (UK). Gilberto has been working for more than twenty years in transport demand analysis, logistic issues of companies, cost-benefit analysis of infrastructure projects, strategic public transport policies, relationship between the economic system and the transport system. He participated in several research projects, financed both by public bodies (Ministry of Transport and Navigation, CNR, Chambers, etc.) and by private companies, collaborating in the creation of IT systems for the strategic planning of the transport sector.