Gaetano-Pellicano

Since 2001 Gaetano works at the American Embassy in Rome as Political Advisor. He provides expert advice to the Internal and External Political Affairs Officers and the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs on domestic and international politics, labor issues, immigration, and social issues, assist their discussions with the host government and recommend effective methods and means to influence the host government officials.

He coordinates an exchange program, Fulbright Business Exchange and Student Training Silicon Valley Immersion (http://italy.usembassy.gov/p4g/best/), for Italian researchers/entrepreneurs who spend six months in the Silicon Valley attending university courses on entrepreneurship and working in high grow start up companies (http://www.la7.it/approfondimento/dettaglio.asp?prop=reality&video=7411); contributes to the implementation the initiative Partnership for Growth which is designed to enhance economic dynamism in Italy through three major initiatives: to promote stronger intellectual property rights regimes to encourage innovation, to encourage increased university-private sector collaboration to commercialize technology transfer and to create new companies, and to broaden and deepen capital markets http://italy.usembassy.gov/p4g/italiano/.

Gaetano develops and updates Fulbright programs and fields of study to include new challenges like globalization, climate change, and technology transfer, to create a new Fulbright Distinguished Chair on Entrepreneurship, to organize a series of Fulbright Lectures on Innovation and bring Fulbright Senior Specialists to address issues such as environment tourism, nano-technology, and pension fund management.

From 1995 to 2001 he worked at Apri in rome, a consutancy and research center, coordinating a team of 15 experts which supported various regional administrations and some municipalities in the implementation of European development and employment programs 1990/93.

Concomitantly, from 1997 to 2001, he was professor at the High School of Public Administration – Presidency of the Council of Ministers, teaching Courses in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of European Programs for Employment and Development .

From 1994 to 1995 he worked as consultant at Ecoter in Rome, a consultancy and independent research center, reporting on European Structural Funds. He was at the  Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, European liason officer organizing twining programs on political and economic issues in co-operation with Italian and American universities and other cultural institutions.

He is founder and coordinator of the Italian Chapter of the Business Association Italy America (http://www.baia-network.it/), an independent, nonprofit, member-based network whose mission is to create tangible business value by establishing a professional forum through which information, knowledge and opportunities can openly and effectively be exchanged between the business communities operating in the United States and Italian business interests.

He is a member of the Steering Committee of the program Fulbright BEST (www.fulbright-best.it)

Member of the board of the Luiss Alumni association in charge of international affairs (http://www.laureati.luiss.it/) and responsible for the implementation of a virtual community of alumni abroad.

Gaetano holds a Master Degree in Journalism and Communication from University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome; he graduated in Political Science from University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome