1. Family name: VACCA
2. First names: Vito
3. Date of birth: 11 November 1958
4. Nationality: Italian
5. Civil status: Divorced (no children)
Institution Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:
(Date from - Date to)
University of Pisa (Italy), Law School First-class Honours Degree in Law,
(11/1977 - 04/1985) with maximum vote cum laude
FORMEZ - Italian State Training and Study Master in Management Consulting
Centre, Rome and Naples (09/90 - 06/91)
Florida International University - Miami, Business English Programme
U.S.A. (07/1990 - 08/1990)
University of California at Berkeley and Orientation in American Law
Davis (07/1991 - 08/1991)
7. Language skills: Indicate competence on a scale of 5 to 1 (1 - excellent; 5 - basic):
Language Reading Speaking Writing
Italian Mother tongue
English 1 1 1
Romanian 4 4 4
Polish 5 5 5
8. Membership of professional bodies:
- Vice President (2001 - 2003) and National Council Member (1997 - 2006) of
the Italian Training Association (Associazione Italiana Formatori), Milan;
- Vice President (1993 - 1996) of the National Young Adult Consultants of
CONFINDUSTRIA (General Confederation of Italian Industries) / AICOD
(Italian Association of Management Consultants), Rome;
- Italian Lawyers Association (1989 - on going).
9. Other skills: Full Computer Literacy
10. Present position: Senior Consultant and Trainer
11. Years within the firm: 21
12. Key qualifications:
- Expert in European Union Structural Funds programmes management;
- Deep knowledge of EU SFs legislation, process and implementation;
- Expert of EU SFs management and implementation in Objective 1 regional
administrations and Expert in Institution Building;
- Deep knowledge of public structures and systems related to large investments;
- Expert on Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation of OPs also under IPA;
- Public Sector Expert of “Common Twinning Manual”, Twinning Procedures and
Twinning Fiches, including elaboration of Work Plan and Twinning Budget;
- Expert on Project finance and Innovative financing instruments;
- Expert in Project management and Project Cycle Management (PCM);
- Expert in regional development policies and territorial marketing;
- Expert in regional advantage and local economic innovation;
- Expert in business incubators and transfer of innovations;
- Strong experience in business development of micro and small enterprises;
- Experience in public administration and private enterprises support projects,
including public - private partnership (PPP);
- Business training and advisor to micro and small-medium enterprise (SMEs)
on new business creation and entrepreneurship;
- Strong experience in training and transfer of innovative knowledge;
- Leadership experience, managerial organisational skills, strong communication
and negotiation skills, extensive work team experience, developing positive
working relations, problem solving approach to find solutions and positive
13. Specific foreign experience:
England Legal Advice to Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd. Formula 1 Team
Poland Legal Advice to ANIMEX Polska S.A. - State Import / Export Co.
Joint Venture TACIS Programme, Facility 2: UAZ Avtomobilnyi
Russia (Ulyanovsk) and Martorelli (Rome) - Joint Venture Agreement about
Cars Business between Russia and Italy
Turkey Senior Expert in the Twinning Project: Support to the Turkish Republic
Prime Minister Office - Undersecretariat of State Planning Organization
Albania CEI - 9th SEF - Official Speaker on “Competitiveness through
Innovation: R&D and Risk Capital in Silicon Valley and Route 128”
Romania Key Expert 2 - Training Coordinator of the EuropeAid Project for
developing and delivering the European Social Fund (ESF) in Romania
Romania Director of Romanian activities of the “Partnership Project Sicily -
Romania”, financed by Regione Sicilia with ERDF Founds
Turkey Team Leader and Key Expert 1 on E.Aid regarding HRD OP under IPA
Romania CEI - 12th SEF - Chairman of the Session 3.3 on SMEs and Clusters
14. Professional experience:
Date Location Company Position Description
1990 - Senior SMEs and Public Sector Consulting and Training. Technical assistance for
on going Italy Studio Vacca Consulting Partner economic development and transfer of innovations, grant instruments,
project finance, risk capital, new business creation and entrepreneurship.
Central European Session Central European Initiative (18 Countries) – 12th Summit Economic Forum -
2009 Romania Initiative and EBRD Moderator Chairman of the Session 3.3 on “SMEs and Sustainable Business
Environment: Focus on Financing, Growth and Competitiveness” (Bucharest)
European Commission Team Leader and Key Expert 1 on Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation
2008 - Technical Assistance - in EuropeAid: “Providing Technical Assistance to Increase the Administrative
2009 Turkey Team Leader Capacity of the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security for the
EuropeAid for the implementation phase of the Human Resources Development Operational
Turkish Government Programme under Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA)”.
European Commission Appointment as Public Sector / Twinning Expert in the Framework Contract
2008 Georgia Technical Assistance - Senior Expert (FWC): “Harmonization with EU norms of the Legislation and Standards of
Institutional Twinning Georgia in the field of Civil Aviation”.
Director of Director of all the activities in Romania of the “Partnership Project Sicily –
2007 - Romania Sicily Region (Italy) the Project Romania”, organizing institutional (Culture, Environment and Tourism) and
2008 in Romania entrepreneurial (Logistic, Agroindustry, Plastic and Wood) Missions in
Romania. Project of the Sicily Operational Programme co-financed by ERDF.
European Commission Key Expert 2 in the Technical Assistance EuropeAid Project:
2006 - Romania Technical Assistance - Key Expert - “Support to the Ministry of Labour, Social Solidarity and Family to prepare as
2007 Training Managing Authority for Sectoral Operational Programme for Human
EuropeAid for the Coordinator Resources Development in Romania”.
Romanian Government Training Coordinator of the TA Project for developing and delivering the
European Social Fund (ESF) in Romania.
Italian Ministry of Senior Expert in the Twinning Phare Project: “Support to the Turkish
2006 Economy and Finance - Republic Prime Minister Office - Undersecretariat of State Planning
Turkey Senior Expert Organisation (SPO)”. Reinforcing institutional and administrative capacity of
Sviluppo Italia SPO - General Directorate for Regional Development in managing national,
(Italian State Economic international, European financing instruments.
Development Agency) Transferring of methodologies concerning Regional Innovative Policies.
Specific trainings in Regional Competitiveness and Feasibility Studies.
Central European Official Central European Initiative (18 Countries) – 9th Summit Economic Forum -
2006 Albania Initiative and EBRD Speaker Official Speaker on “Competitiveness through Innovation: R&D and Risk
Capital in Silicon Valley and Route 128” (Tirana).
Date Location Company Position Description
2005 - CUOA Foundation Senior Master on Entrepreneurial Innovation – Senior Trainer and Coordinator of the
2006 Italy Vicenza Trainer Module on “Territorial Innovation and Project Finance” focusing on business
incubators, transfer of innovations, project finance and venture capital.
TRAGUARDI Project for Region Basilicata, managed by FORMEZ.
2005 - Italy FORMEZ Italian State Senior Expert Senior Consultant for the operative implementation of E.U. Structural Funds
2006 Public Sector Training in the Basilicata Region. Advice and Consulting on ESF for the General
Organisation and Director of the “Training and Labour Department” of the Basilicata Region.
Technical assistance for funds management of the European Social Fund
Basilicata Region (Italy) measures. Reprogramming of 13 ESF Measures of the Basilicata
ESF Management Programming Documents. Definition of instruments and procedures to
Authority (Objective 1) implement ESF Measures in the regional territory. Technical Assistance to
the preparation of Public Tenders regarding ESF Measures.
Basilicata Region (Italy) President of President of the Assessment Commission of Projects regarding the Training
2006 Italy Training and Labour Assessment of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Local Tourist Systems of the
Department Commission Basilicata Region.
Italian Ministry of Two Feasibility Studies on Regional Competitiveness and Local Innovation of
2005 Italy Economy and Finance - Senior Expert the mountain area of “Pollino Lucano” in the Basilicata Region.
TRAGUARDI Project for Calabria Region (Objective 1) - Technical
2004 Italy FORMEZ Italian State Senior assistance for funds management to 50 Regional Operational Programme
Public Sector Training Trainer (ROP) Measures Managers in various sectors financed under ERDF and
Organisation and ESF. Also TA for the preparation of calls for proposals, systems and
procedures for delivery of the Operational Programme, responsibilities of the
Calabria Region (Italy) Measure Coordinators, public tenders of Works, Services and Supplies.
Italian State High Senior Needs assessment, developing of training modules and training sessions for
2004 Italy Studies of Local Public Trainer General Secretaries of Municipalities and Provinces of Puglia Region
Administration (SSPAL) (Objective 1) on: European Union Structural Funds with specific focus on
ESF and ERDF
Italian Ministry of Training Course for Innovation Managers. Training on: 1) ICT transfer and
2003 Italy Research and Senior dissemination; 2) Technological transfer processes; 3) Local economic
Tecnopolis - Innovative Trainer development and innovation.
2001 - Italy Italian Training National National Coordinator of the ITA Training Team on “Regional Economic
2006 Association (ITA) Coordinator Development, Productive Clusters and SMEs organization”.
2001 - Italy Italian Ministry of Senior Department for Development and Cohesion Policies of IMEF. Training on:
2002 Economy and Finance Trainer 1) Structural Funds; 2) Negotiated Programming; 3) Innovative Territorial
(IMEF) Development; in three training courses managed by SUDGEST.
Date Location Company Position Description
Italian Training Director Director and Coordinator of the Training Course for Trainers, organized by
2001 Italy Association (ITA) and ITA with COAF (Consortium for the Advanced Training) and Svimservice
Coordinator Management School.
2000 - Technical assistance and funds management concerning EU “Urban”
2001 Italy Municipality of Bari Senior Expert Initiative and EU Structural Funds. Management of large city projects co-
financed by ERDF.
Basentech - Innovative Senior Training Course for Innovation Managers. Training on: 1) Financial tools for
2000 Italy Technological Park of Trainer innovation; 2) Technological transfer processes; 3) Local economic
Basilicata Region development and innovation.
1992 - Poland ANIMEX Polska S. A. - Senior Expert Legal Advice on International Commercial Law and Regulations to ANIMEX
2000 Poland State Company Polska S. A. - Poland State Import-Export Company.
Territorial Pact of Enna Technical assistance for the delivery of new Local Development Agency
1999 - Italy (Sicily) and Senior Expert (CE.SI.S s.p.a.) in the Centre of Sicily. Advice and training to project
2003 CE.SI.S s.p.a. - Local promoters and public officers concerning the following themes: 1) Creation
Development Agency and support to new enterprises; 2) Territorial development and innovation; 3)
Managing national, international and EU financing instruments.
1997 - Italy FORMEZ Italian State Project “Euro Pass 2” – Senior Expert in supporting public bodies of 8
1999 Public Sector Training Senior Expert Territorial Pacts (Objective 1 – Southern Regions). Sector of activity: Set-up
Organisation and support to “Single Desk” for SMEs assistance.
1999 Italy Municipality of Bari Assessment EU “Urban” Initiative: Evaluation of Training Projects to be co-financed within
Expert Measure 2.
Coordination of needs analysis, planning and implementation of training
1998 - Italy National Training Senior programmes for different companies and entities, namely: Europrogetti &
2005 Agencies, Business Trainer Finanza, LUISS Management, SOGES Group, De Lorenzo Formazione,
Schools, Industrial and FORMAPER (Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan), ANCITEL
and Research Parks, Senior (National Agency of Italian Municipalities), Asmez, Svimservice Management
Training Companies Expert School, Tecnopolis CSATA Technology Park, Basentech Industrial Park.
and Public Entities The courses were financed within „EURO - PASS” Programme and were
addressed to managers and project promoters of the local public entities of
Regions of Southern Italy (Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Sicily -
Objective 1 Regions).
The training activities were concentrated on the following fields:
EU Structural Funds and other financial instruments for Economic and Social
Cohesion; Managing Public - Private Partnerships (PPP); Project Finance
and Project Development; State Aid for Southern Italy; new SFs 2000 / 2006;
the implementation of SFs in Italy and SFs Reform and Agenda 2000.
Date Location Company Position Description
Italian Ministry of Advice to the creation of new jobs through micro, small businesses start-ups
1998 Italy Industry and Italia Senior Expert for the socio-economic regeneration of textile area of “Torrese-Stabiese” in
Lavoro (Italian State Campania Region.
Municipality of San Vito Senior Expert Technical assistance for the implementation of “Europe Desk” and Training
1998 Italy dei Normanni (Province and Senior concerning Community Initiatives and EU Structural Funds. Thematic
of Brindisi) Trainer deepening concerning the use and the implementation of ERDF and ESF.
1998 Italy CERICA - Research Senior Expert Advice and Training Course on Company Information Systems. Training on:
Consortium of Sicily and Trainer 1) Financial tools for innovation; 2) Technological transfer processes.
Euro “Business and Technical assistance for the delivery of new “BIC” in South Sicily. Advice and
1997 - Italy Innovation Centre” (BIC) Senior Expert training to project promoters and public officers concerning the following
1999 of South Sicily and Senior themes: 1) Creation and support of new enterprises; 2) Entrepreneurial
Trainer training; 3) Managing national, international, European financial instruments.
Sviluppo Italia and Senior Expert
Multiregional Training Course for Enterprises Creation Experts. Advice and
1997 Italy Chamber of Commerce and Senior
training on enterprises creation tools and innovative financial instruments.
of Milan (Formaper) Trainer
University of Lecce Professor Post-graduate Courses. Subjects: Programming and strategies to absorb EU
1996 - Italy (1996 / 1998) and and Trainer Structural Funds; ERDF management and functions; Employment and labour
2003 University of Bari market policy according to EU requirements; ROP Puglia and Programme
(1999 / 2003) Complement; EU Financing instruments for SMEs; the EU single market.
Drafting of 24 Business Plans and technical assistance for new
1996 - Italy 24 Micro and Small Consultant entrepreneurial projects, financing with Italian Law 488 and Italian Law 44,
1999 Enterprises of Puglia and Expert co-financed with European grants, in the sectors of precision machinery
and Sicily Regions industry, electric and electronic system, ceramics industry, agro-industry,
textile industry, footwear and clothing industry.
Province of Ragusa Senior Expert and trainer for public officers and directors of Ragusa Province
1997 Italy (Sicily) Trainer and (Sicily). Organize and coordinate training projects on: EU Structural Funds;
Senior Expert ERDF and ESF projects submission; Set up of „Europe Desk”.
UAZ Avtomobilnyi Joint Venture TACIS Programme, Facility 2: UAZ Avtomobilnyi (Ulyanovsk)
1996 Russia (Ulyanovsk) and Senior Expert and Martorelli (Rome) - Joint Venture Agreement about Cars Business
Martorelli (Rome) between Russia and Italy.
1994 - Daunia Sviluppo Director and Design and delivery of the Consortium (PPP) among 30 partners (23 private
1995 Italy Consortium Company Advisor companies and 7 public entities) for the socio-economic regeneration of the
(Public Private Partner.) mountain and rural area of the “Daunia” in the Province of Foggia.
Date Location Company Position Description
1993 - 5 Local Consortia (PPP) Team Leader Team Leader and Advisor of five projects concerning Public Private
1996 Italy in Province of Bari and and Advisor Partnership. Responsible for organisation, staff managing, structure,
Province of Foggia coordination (Consortia among private enterprises and public entities).
1993 - Italy Industries Association of Consultant Technical assistance and “Information Desk” for the entrepreneurs of the
1995 Province of Foggia and Expert Province on EU funds and State grants for the delivery of new projects.
1989 England Williams Grand Prix Associate Legal Advice on Business Sponsorship in Italy to Williams Grand Prix
Engineering Limited Lawyer Engineering Limited (Formula 1 Racing Team).
1985 - Italy Law Firm with offices in Associate Law Firm of Full Professor Sabino Fortunato: Legal Advisor on Contracts,
1989 Rome and Bari Lawyer Commercial and Company Law for Public Administrations and SMEs.
15. Other relevant information: Publications
- In 2002, for Franco Angeli Editore (Milan), he has edited the Italian Edition of the book “Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon
Valley and Route 128” written by AnnaLee Saxenian, Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, published in U.S.A. by Harvard
- “Innovative Regional Economies around the World: the Rules of Success”, in “L‟Impresa - Italian Review of Management”, n. 6 / 2004, Libri
Scheiwiller - Il Sole 24 Ore Group, Milan, Italy;
- More than twenty articles in specialised press.
15a. Other relevant information: Conferences and Workshops
- Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest, Faculty of Business Administration, Master in Business Administration, Workshop (2010) on
“Knowledge, Culture and Economic Development in Silicon Valley and in Route 128” and Workshop (2010) on “Chaos Theory in the
Organizations”, Bucharest, Romania;
- Ecological University of Bucharest, Faculty of Economic Science, Master in Financial Management, Workshop (2010) on “Research &
Development (R&D) and Risk Capital: Macroeconomic Effects on Territorial Development”, Bucharest, Romania;
- Italian Trade Commission (ICE) and Italian Federation of Furniture and Wood Companies (FederLegnoArredo), speaker at the Workshop (2009)
on “Structural Funds in Romania (2007-2013): Modalities of Functioning”, JW Marriott Grand Hotel, Bucharest, Romania;
- Romanian Entrepreneurs‟ Association for Research and Design (P.R.C.P.), key note speaker at the National Workshop (2007) on “Research,
Development and Territorial Innovation: the Best Practices around the World”, Bucharest, Romania;
- CUOA Foundation (consisting of all the Universities, all the Chambers of Commerce and all the Industries Associations of Veneto Region),
official speaker at National Conference (2005) on “SMEs, Industrial Clusters and Innovative Regional Economies in the Age of Globalization”,
- Sant‟Anna School of Advanced Studies (Scuola Superiore Sant‟Anna di Pisa), official speaker at the Workshop (2003) on “Industrial Clusters and
SME‟s Advice”, Pisa, Italy;
- CARIPLO Bank Foundation, official speaker at National Conference (2003) on “Management Training and Local Economic Development”, Milan;
- National Congress of the Italian Training Association (Associazione Italiana Formatori), official speaker at the 14th (Rome 1998) on “SMEs and
Entrepreneurial Training”, 15th (Rimini 1999) on “Organizational Changes in Public Administrations”, 16th (Milan 2000) on “Training, Universities
and Private Companies”, 17th (Trieste 2004) on “Leadership and the Culture of Innovation”;
- Speaker to more than one hundred congresses, workshops and seminars.