speakers details

Michel Beine

University of Luxembourg

Michel Beine has beenFull Professor in International Economics at the University of Luxembourg since September 2005.He graduated in Economics at the University of Namur, Belgium (1991) and got a PhD in Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1997After his thesis, he lectured at the University of Lille II (France) until his arrival at the University of Luxembourg. Since 2000, he has also taught at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

His research interests are about international economics, especially the economics international migration. The topics in that area include : Brain Drain-Brain Gain, Network effects in international migration, the economics of Student Migration, Climate Change and Migration, Measurement and impact of immigration policies.

He is currently teaching international economics, econometrics and the economic analysis of international migration. He is currently the head of the economic department of the University of Luxembourg.

Michel Beine made scientific visits to several places, including the University of Ottawa (Canada), the University of Munich(Germany), University of Paris X, the World bank or the European Commission.



Valentina Bosetti

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Boccony University

holds a PhD in Computational Mathematics and Operation Research from the Università Statale of Milan and a Master Degree in Environmental and Resources Economics from University College of London.

At FEEM since 2003, she works as a modeler for the Sustainable Development Programme and as Climate Change topic leader, coordinating a research group on numerical analysis of carbon mitigation options and policies. She has published several papers in the field of economics of climate change policy, including some linking forest management to the climate change policies. Valentina has been the holder of a ERC Starting Grant on innovation in energy technologies and she is currently the holder of an ERC Starting Grant on Uncertainty Perception and Climate Change policy making.

Since 2012 Valentina is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Bocconi University. In 2014-15 Valentina was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.


Cristina Cattaneo

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Sussex-Brighton (UK), a PhD in Economics from the Università degli Studi in Milan (Italy), and a MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. Cristina is a senior researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), where she coordinates an EU funded project PENNY (Psychological, social and financial barriers to energy efficiency). Previously she has collaborated on various EU funded projects, such as POCACITO, PURGE, Global I-Q, ICARUS, SUS.DIV and on a project funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment for the study of the China’s energy management system and its international comparison. Before joining FEEM, Cristina worked as an adjunct professor in Economics in various universities, both at undergraduate and at graduate level and as a tutor in statistics at the University of Sussex. Her main research interests involve applied econometrics, the economics of migration and energy economics. She published for International Migration Review (forthcoming), Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Resource and Energy Economics, World Economy, Economics of Transition, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies and the European Journal of Comparative Economics.


Christiane J. Fröhlich

Istanbul Policy Center-Sabanci University and Hamburg University

Christiane Fröhlich researches human mobility at the University of Hamburg. Her research focuses particularly on environmental drivers of migration. She has done extensive field research on the impact of a prolonged and climate change-related drought period in Syria in pre-revolutionary Syria. Moreover, she inquires into the role of the Global North for current migration movements from the Global South from a Postcolonial Perspective. During a six-month-fellowship at the Istanbul Policy Center, she also researched the impact of the EU-Turkey deal on the lived realities of refugees residing in Turkey. In the past, she has worked extensively on water conflicts on the international, national and local levels, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian core conflict and its role for Middle Eastern geopolitics. She holds a PhD from the Center for Conflict Studies at Marburg University, and a Master in Peace Research and Security Policy from Hamburg University.


Anastasios Kentarchos

DG Research and Innovation of European Commission

Anastasios Kentarchos holds a BSc in physics, and an MSc and PhD in environmental sciences. He worked as research associate in various research centres and universities in the UK, The Netherlands and Italy on issues related to climate change. He joined the European Commission in 2003. He is currently the deputy head of the 'Climate Action & Earth Observation’ Unit (DG Research & Innovation), in charge of defining, analysing and implementing initiatives, strategies and policies to structure and promote climate change research and innovation in Europe. He also represents the EU in the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Inmaculada Martinez-Zarzoso

University Jaume I

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso is currently Apl Professor of Economics and a research fellow at the Center for Statistics, the Ibero-American Institute for Economics Research, and the Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research at the University of Göttingen in Germany. She is also Professor of Economics and research fellow in the Institute of International Economics at the University Jaume I in Spain since 2012 and 1995, respectively. She has a master degree and a PhD in economics from the University of Birmingham and has advised the World Bank, the OECD, the German Ministry of Development, and the Spanish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso has published widely on a range of economic subjects, including international trade, development aid, economic integration, environmental economics, and transport economics. She is the author of numerous articles in international journals including the Journal of International Economics, Review of International Economics, World Development, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Journal of Common Market Studies, and Transportation Research. Her current research interests are in the areas of environmental provisions in trade agreements, on migration, networks and trade and on the economic effects of 3D printing.


Mathilde Maurel

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Mathilde Maurel, senior researcher at CNRS and FERDI, is specialized in transition and development economics. As regards transition economics she has published extensively in the leading journals of the field. One issue of interest is the EU enlargement, and the role played by EU policies towards candidate countries . More precisely, she analyses the complementarity versus substituability of migration and aid policies, the former allowing to become tighter when the latter are used as substitute and  do compensate.

In the area of development economics, Maurel has recently investigated the issue of migration pressures, stemming from climate shocks. In a developing context, where the agricultural sector represents the lion’s share, climate does affect agricultural productivity which in turns pushes rural people towards cities and/or abroad.

The economcis of aid consistency is another area of research, which is analysed in the framework proposed by de Macedo et ali. (2008, 2014).  Trade, migration, investment, etc. policies implemented in donors’ countries must be consistent to be efficient. The concept of donors’ policies  consistency shed a completely renewed  light to the literature about aid efficiency.


Katrin Millock

Paris School of Economics

Katrin Millock is research fellow in economics of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and associate member of Paris School of Economics. She received her PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley. A specialist in environmental economics, she has taught classes in the field in academic institutions in France, Scandinavia, and the U.S. She has worked on evidence-based policy assessments for the French Ministry of Environment and the OECD, amongst other institutions. A former Council Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2004-2007), she is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and associate editor of the Cambridge University Press journal Environment and Development Economics, for which she co-edited a special issue on climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing and transition countries in 2015. Her current research is focussed on environment and development issues, and she coordinated recently a project on climate-induced migration funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).


Benjamin Schraven

German Development Institute

Benjamin Schraven is a social scientist and a senior researcher of the Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik/ German Development Institute (DIE-GDI). He has been working on the issue of 'environmental migration' for the past six years. Besides his research work for DIE, which focuses particularly on West Africa, Benjamin has been working as a scientific advisor for the department 'Migration and forced displacement' of the German Federal Ministry For Economic Cooperation and Development. Furthermore, he also did migration related consultancy work for the World Bank, UNICEF and others.'


Massimo Tavoni

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Polytechnic University of Milan

is associate professor at the Department of Management, Politecnico di Milano, as well as deputy coordinator of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development research programme at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). In 2014-2015, he is fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioural Science of Stanford University (USA).

From 2008 to 2010 he was post doctoral research associate at Princeton University, and before then researcher at FEEM and CMCC.

His research is about energy and climate change economics, and specifically the modeling and evaluation of international climate mitigation policies. He is also interested in the interplay between energy, climate and environmental policies.

Massimo has published extensively in the peer reviewed literature, including work that was featured in 'Time' magazine's list of “The 50 Best Inventions of 2009”.

He is a lead author for the 5th assessment report of the IPCC, the co-director of the annual International Energy Workshop and deputy editor for the journal Climatic Change.

In 2013, he was awarded an European Research Council (ERC) starting grant.

Massimo holds a Laurea cum Laude in Engineering from the University of Bologna, an MSc in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Political Economics from the Catholic University of Milan.


Sabina Ratti

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

From 2015 Executive Director, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

2007 – 2014 Sustainability Senior Vice President, Eni S.p.A.

2001 – 2006 CSR-Sustainable Management Programme Coordinator, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

1998 – 2001 Responsible for the Coordination of Abroad HSE Activities, Eni E&P Division

1995 – 1998 Responsible for Technical Staff, AGIP S.p.A., Central-Southern Italy Operational District

1987 – 1995 Environmental Expert, Responsible for Environmental Accounting WG, AGIP S.p.A.

1982 – 1986 Lab and teaching activity, Biochemistry Department, Università degli Studi di Milano


Elena Verdolini

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and University of Milan

Elena Verdolini holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) from the University of Washington, Seattle a PhD in Economics and Finance of the Public Administration from Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. She is a senior researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and currently affiliated to CMCC. Her research interest is applied (econometric) analysis of innovation, adoption and transfer of energy-efficient and climate-friendly technologies.


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