Manuel Albaladejo is an industrial economist working for UNIDO’s policy unit. He has more than 12 years of professional experience in research and advisory work in developing countries in the fields of trade and industry policy, institutional capacity building and investment and business climate. He joined UNIDO in 2007 and has led the program on strategic industrial intelligence and governance implemented in several countries, including Vietnam.
Before joining UNIDO he worked at the World Bank in Indonesia as PSD and trade specialist leading the trade capacity building program and the rapid response facility on investment climate. Prior to the World Bank he was a research officer to late Professor Sanjaya Lall at the International Development Center (Queen Elizabeth House) of Oxford University where he published in the fields of innovation capabilities of SMEs, industrial and trade competitiveness and fragmentation. He worked as consultant to many international organizations including the IADB, ADB, the World Bank, UNCTAD,UNIDO, UNECA and USAID.
He has trained more than 200 government officials in UNIDO’s methodology for industrial competitiveness and value chain analysis. He holds a Master of Philosophy in
Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University.
Michele Clara is an Italian national who has been serving as Industrial Development Officer at the Vienne HQ of the United Nations Industrial Development organization since April 2000. He holds a Master Degree in Development Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he completed his PhD on the development of SME
clusters in March 1998 under the supervision of Dr.Ha Joon Chang.
Earlier in his career at UNIDO, he was involved in the design and implementation of value chain and cluster development initiatives in India, Pakistan, Iran and Vietnam. He is one of the authors of the UNIDO methodology on cluster development and he has acted as faculty in training programs for clusters brokers from Asia and Northern Africa in collaboration with the ILO, ADB, OECD and several UN Regional Commissions. Together with Doyle Baker from FAO, he co-chaired the working group on value chains under the framework of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development.
Since May 2010, he coordinates the work of the Research and Policy Advice Group at UNIDO. In his current function, he has been involved in the production of several research documents, including the UNIDO Industrial Report series. He is also responsible for the policy advice services that UNIDO provides to its Member States, both at the country and at the regional level. In this capacity, he has advised governments in Africa and Asia on issues of diversification and industrial policies.
Centre for Industry and Government
Eoin O’Sullivan joined the Centre for Industry and Government as a Senior Policy Fellow in 2007. He is also a Programme Director at the Cambridge-MIT Institute which he joined at the end of 2006.
Before joining CMI, Eoin was Special Advisor to the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland. At SFI, Eoin managed several university-industry initiatives including the national Centres for Science, Engineering & Technology (CSET) programme. Eoin was part of the original team that set up SFI. He was both a Senior Policy Advisor at Forfas, The Irish National Policy & Advisory Board for Enterprise, Trade, Science, Technology & Innovation and a Senior Programme Officer for Information & Communications Technologies at the Foundation.
Before moving back to Ireland, Eoin spent a couple of years as a Physics Editor at the Cambridge University Press. He has a BSc from University College Cork and a D.Phil. from the Physics Department of Oxford University.
University of Cambridge, UK
Mike Gregory is Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Following an early career in industry, he was the founder member of the team which established the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, a senior undergraduate programme covering, marketing, design, production, distribution and service with very close industrial engagement. Subsequent developments in research and collaboration with industry reflected this broad view of manufacturing and led to the establishment of the IfM in 1998. Linking science, engineering, management and economics and integrating education, research and practice the IfM now has over 230 staff and research students and a further 100 undergraduate and Masters Students.
Mike Gregory’s work continues to be closely linked with industry and government and he
has published in the areas of manufacturing strategy, technology management,
international manufacturing and manufacturing policy. He directs – with senior colleagues
the Institute’s EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre.
External activities have included membership of various government and institutional
committees. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-
2008 and was Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9. He chairs the UK
Manufacturing Professors Forum and is a member of the UK Government’s Stakeholder
Group on Manufacturing. He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tea Petrin is a Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, Head of the Entrepreneurship Academic Unit at the Faculty of Economics, and a member of the Senate at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Ms. Petrin was a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She was also a Fulbright professor at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley and at the Centre for Industrial Competitiveness in the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In Slovenia and former Yugoslavia, her papers and major works represent the very foundation of studies on small business and entrepreneurship and on proactive industrial policy, competition policy, company restructuring, networking and co-operation between the business sector, universities and government.
In various roles, Dr. Petrin has acted as an Advisor to public administration institutions and
governments, mainly in Slovenia, but as well for multilateral institutions such UNDP/UNIDO,
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the European Commission /
DG Enterprise. She worked as a professional in EUR FAO Rome (1994-1997). She has
been Slovenia’s representatives on the European Small Business Council, a member of
International Small Business Council, the European Association for Industrial Economics
Research and a member of the editorial board Review of Industrial Organization. Currently
she is involved in different international and EU research projects ( FINNOV, The Stock
Market and Innovative Enterprise, COOPCluster).
Heinz Leuenberger is Director of the Environmental Management Branch (EMB) of UNIDO. The branch is responsible for activities related to resource efficient and cleaner production, waste, chemicals and water management and the reduction of mercury use in artisanal gold mining. The branch is further active in the area of sustainable management of large marine eco-systems, the implementation of measures related to the Stockholm Convention and assists municipalities and cities in methodologies and tools to improve the environmental performance of its industries.
He coordinated the redesign and strengthening of the “Global joint UNIDO-UNEP Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” programme and is currently involved in the design, formulation and implementation of the “Green Industry Initiative” of UNIDO. Furthermore, he is lecturing a post graduate course at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Prior to joining UNIDO, Heinz Leuenberger served as Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) for the Viet Nam Cleaner Production Centre, the Cleaner Production Programme of Lao PDR, and the Kingdom of Cambodia at the Hanoi University of Technology. From 1991 to 1999, he was Head of the Environmental Technology Institute (IFU) at the University of Applied Sciences in Muttenz, Switzerland and lectured in a postgraduate course on environmental technology and management. Heinz Leuenberger holds a Master in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry, both from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Diego Masera studied in Italy and collaborated for some years with the European industry. He worked in the promotion and development of Renewable Energies and Appropriate Technologies in Africa for over ten years. He received a PhD in England, for the development of a sustainable industrial model based on the utilization of renewable energies, carbon sequestration and poverty reduction.
Diego Masera worked for five years as a Regional Coordinator for the Industry, Technology and Economics Programme of UNEP in Latin America and the Caribbean. During this time he promoted cleaner production, renewable energies, energy efficiency
and climate change mitigation in the region.
More recently, Diego Masera worked as Climate Change Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in the United Nations Development Programme, with project portfolio of Renewable Energy worth 240 million dollars. He is currently the Unit Chief of the Renewable and Rural Energy Unit in UNIDO, based in Vienna. Diego Masera is the author of several articles and books on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Rene van Berkel
Chief of the Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the specialized UN agency mandated to support industrialization in developing countries. In his present capacity, Mr Van Berkel works with a global network of cleaner production centres and other service providers to support the implementation of resource efficient and cleaner production in particular in small and medium enterprises in developing and transition countries. Prior to joining UNIDO in 2008, Mr Van Berkel held various academic positions in Japan, Australia and The Netherlands. He has over 20 years experience as consultant trainer and researcher on cleaner production, eco-efficiency, industrial symbiosis and corporate sustainability.
Mr Van Berkel is an environmental scientist by education and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University
Antonio is Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, and main investigator of the Technological, Manufacturing and Industrial Systems research strand at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy external link. He is also Adjunct Professor in Economic Development at the School of Economics, Management and Statistics at the University of Bologna.
Antonio holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics (Bologna) and a M.Phil and Ph.D. in Development Economics (Cambridge) under the lead of Ha-Joon Chang. Antonios current research aims to bridge and cross-fertilise economics and engineering in order to advance understanding of the complex structures, competences and interdependencies within modern technological, manufacturing and industrial systems. Particular emphasis is given to the implications for foresight analysis, industrial policy design, monitoring and evaluation. Antonios research has appeared in journals such as the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Revue d Economie Industrielle and Bancaria; he also contributed to international organisations flagship reports on industrial competitiveness benchmarking and industrial policy. Antonio has been international consultant for UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), OECD (as Member of the Expert Group on Industrial Policy Evaluation) and ILO (International Labour Organisation) as well as for national agencies such as the UK Government Office of Science – BIS Department and GIZ (German Development Agency). For almost ten years, Antonio has also worked on inclusive financial techniques and production-oriented financial infrastructures. He authored two books on microfinance with the Bolognas Editor Il Mulino. His research was awarded the XIX Fausto Vicarelli National Award by the Italian Economic Society (SIE), the XIV Guido Carli National Award and the National Microcredit Award by the ABI.
PhD Candidate, Centre for Industry & Government, Cambridge University
Carlos López has a first degree in Mechatronics Engineering (Hons) gained at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. After spending two and a half years working first for Denso (Japanese automotive parts manufacturer)and then for GE (engineering consultancy division), he moved to the UK where he completed an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management (ISMM) at Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). From October 2008 Carlos joined the IfM’s Centre for Industry and Government researching for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Mike Gregory. His interests include languages, politics and football. He is a member of Downing College.