The Commissioner

Graduated with honours in Civil Engineering – Transport, after obtaining his PhD in Infrastructure Engineering, he furthered his studies in England (Birmingham and Newcastle) and embarked on an intense professional activity in the field of planning, design and management of transport systems.

He is Professor in Infrastructure Engineering and Transport Systems at Catania University, where he teaches “Airport, Railway and Intermodal Infrastructures” and is involved in numerous projects and publications of international scope in the field of infrastructure management and transport systems, with particular reference to the areas of resource optimisation.

The years spent in the role of “Ferrovia Circumetnea” (Circumetnea Railway) General Manager (2014-2018), under the Governmental Management of the Ministry of Transport, and as Vice-President of Catania’s “Azienda Metropolitana Trasporti AMT” (Metropolitan Transportation Company, 2009-2013) have allowed him to acquire considerable administrative experience in the management of public companies and in the realisation of public works (about which he has acted as Sole Manager of Process for about 600 M€ of works and has contributed to the opening of several stations of Catania’s metro system).

His participation as a member of relevant committees and organisations in the transport sector (including the National Observatory for Local Public Transport at the Ministry of Transport, the Association of Transport Companies Board of Directors, the Working Group for the drafting of norms and standards at the National Railway Safety Agency, the Transportation Research Board (headquartered in Washington D.C.) for Infrastructure Management) allowed him to integrate technical and administrative knowledge with significant relational experience.

He was appointed Commissioner of the Government for the Eastern Sicily SEZ by Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers, dated 10 November 2021, upon proposal of the Minister for the South and Territorial Cohesion, in agreement with the President of the Region of Sicily.