Elena JachiaDirector of the Environmental sector at Fondazione Cariplo
Elena Jachia is the Director of the Environmental sector of Fondazione Cariplo, one of the main Italian philanthropic organizations, annually awarding funds for around 150 million euro, of which 12 dedicated to environmental projects. Her educational background is environmental economics, in which she specialized attending the Bocconi University (degree in Economic and Social Disciplines – DES in 1988). Since then, she has been developing her professional skills in the area of environmental consultancy, at the beginning towards the public sector (Lombardia Risorse, 1988-1992) and afterwards towards the private sector (Environmental Resources Management, 1993-2006). After joining Fondazione Cariplo in 2007, she expanded her activities to the nonprofit sector, building a sound partnership with environmental associations, local communities and public authorities in the field of biodiversity, sustainable and short chain agriculture, soil protection, energy efficiency, mobility management and environmental education. She is also an active member of the Environmental Working Group of ACRI (Italian Association of Foundations and Saving Banks) and the Chair of the steering group of the European Environmental Funders Group developed within the European Foundation Center. Since 2016 she has been also the coordinator of the intersectoral program AttivAree dedicated to the revitalisation of rural and mountain areas in Lombardy.