Who’s Who


Deputy Director of the ITCILO and Director of the Turin School of Development, Giuseppe Casale graduated from the University of Florence as a comparative labour lawyer. In 1985, he was awarded a Master in International Law and Economics by the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies Washington D.C. He also holds a Ph.D., C.Phil. and M.A. in History of Law, Industrial and Employment Relations from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Before joining the International Labour Organization, Mr Casale lectured in comparative labour law and industrial relations at the University of Florence and at the University of Bari, and in international labour law at the University of Gorizia. He was a research fellow in international law at the Johns Hopkins University and teaching-fellow in the history of ideas, history of law, industrial and labour relations at UCLA.

Mr Casale joined the ILO in 1988 as a Labour Law and Labour Relations Specialist. In 1995, he was appointed Senior Specialist in Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the ILO Office in Budapest. He returned to Geneva in 2002 as Deputy Director of the Social Dialogue, Labour Law and Labour Administration Department. He was appointed Director of the Labour Administration and Inspection Programme in 2009.

In June 2014, he was appointed Senior Adviser to the Director of the Centre.

He is a member of several European and international research and scientific committees. He was the Secretary-General of the International Association of Industrial Relations (IIRA, now ILERA) and is now Secretary-General of the International Society of Labour and Social Security Law based in Geneva. He is the author of several books and articles on comparative and international labour law, industrial and employment relations.

In 2015, he became Director of the Turin School of Development.

Andreas Klemmer is an expert in training programme management. He graduated in 1994 from the University of Heidelberg with a Magister in Political Science. He also holds a postgraduate degree in International Development Studies from the German Development Institute obtained in 1996, and a diploma in Hispano-American studies from the University of Madrid awarded in 1990.

Mr Klemmer joined the ILO in 1996 as Junior Professional Expert in the ILO-facilitated Start and Improve Your Business programme for Southern and Eastern Africa, based in Zimbabwe. He then managed ILO-facilitated enterprise development projects in Sri Lanka (2000-2004) and China (2004-2006), before being appointed senior enterprise development specialist based in the ILO Decent Work Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa in South Africa.

In November 2013, Mr Klemmer was appointed Director of Training of the International Training Centre of the ILO, and tasked with the management of the global portfolio of training and learning activities at the Centre. In January 2015, he also assumed the position of Assistant Director of the Turin School of Development, to synchronize the training and learning activities of the Centre with its masters’ programmes, and to support the Director of the School in facilitating the annual programme schedule.

ITCILO Activity Managers and Co-directors


Sher Singh Verick is Manager of the Employment Policy and Analysis Programme (EPAP) of the International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization. Prior to this position, he was Deputy Director of the ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India and Senior Employment Specialist in the Delhi office, leading the ILO’s support to governments in South Asia on employment policy formulation and related research, and Senior Research Economist for the ILO in Geneva. He has also worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and various research institutions in Europe and Australia. He holds a master’s degree in development economics from the Australian National University and a PhD in economics from the University of Bonn. Since December 2004, he is a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

Through various roles, he has led and undertaken policy-oriented research to promote the formulation and implementation of more effective policies. He has published in a range of journals and has authored or edited a number of volumes including, Transformation of Women at Work in Asia: An Unfinished Development Agenda (2016), Perspectives on Labour Economics for Development (2013), and the Labour Markets of Emerging Economies (2013).


Ralf Krüger is the Manager of the Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) of the International Training Centre of the ILO, managing a portfolio of training and capacity building activities in the areas of public procurement, project and programme cycle management, green jobs, and multinational enterprises and global supply chains.

The programme includes four Masters Programmes on related topics in collaboration with the University of Turin. Before joining the Centre, Ralf worked at the African Development Bank as Chief Research Economist focusing on issues of private sector development . He also held positions at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); at both contributing to research and capacity building activities.

Prior to that, Ralf worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Giessen and a strategy consultant with Accenture Germany. His professional interests include impact assessments of investment projects, FDI and development, green economy issues, and development strategies. Ralf holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an MBA from University of Giessen, Germany as well as an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Felix Martin-Daza has a degree in psychology from the “Pontificia” University, Salamanca, Spain, and a postgraduate qualification in enterprise management from Spain’s “Escuela de Organización Industrial” business school.

He was a public official at the National Institute of Safety and Hygiene at Work in the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Migration, where he was in charge of research, training and technical assistance with occupational safety and health. During that time, he wrote several articles and booklets, and co-authored six books, mainly on occupational psychology, ergonomics and training techniques.

He joined the Centre in 1996 as an associate expert involved in activities for Latin American countries. Since 1999, he has been in charge of training activities and the production of teaching materials on occupational safety and health, labour inspection and working conditions for the Social Protection Programme.


Guillaume Mercier has a Master’s degree in project management from the Université du Québec in Montreal. He has worked for more than ten years in the fields of public governance and development management. His experience in these two fields has been acquired through consultancy assignments, capacity building projects and the organization of various learning activities in Africa, Europe and Asia.

At the Turin School of Development, Guillaume works on subjects related to the governance of public procurement systems, the management of public contracts and the fight against corruption.

Since 2013, Guillaume is co-director of the Masters programme on governance and management of public procurement in support of sustainable development (gouvernance et management des marchés publics en appui au développement durable) offered by the Centre in collaboration with the University of Turin, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Expertise France.

As part of the activities of the Turin School of Development and since 2013, Guillaume has been actively involved in the Masters programme on Management of Development as a technical expert and also as a member of the Scientific Committee.

At ILO level, Guillaume is responsible for learning activities aiming at building the capacity of ILO staff and ILO constituents in the field of development cooperation.

Blerina Pogace is a Training Procurement Expert at the ITCILO in charge of the Procurement Management Training portfolio offered in English and Russian, including the Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development.

She holds an MA in Law from Turin University and a PhD in International Comparative Law and Integration from Naples University in social, economic and environmental considerations in public procurement. Before joining the Centre, she worked as a consultant for both the public and private sectors on administrative and European law concerning public contracts, state aid, the environment and renewable energy.

Since 2006 she has been involved in training programmes offered by the Centre dedicated to public procurement in accordance with recognised international standards as well as in capacity building projects to assist country reforms in the procurement field in accordance with relevant international and regional agreements as well as the International Financial Institutions Procurement Guidelines.

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Linda Deelen is the Manager of the Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development Programme (EMLD) of the International Training Centre of the ILO, managing a portfolio of training and capacity building activities in the areas of SME development, financial services, rural and local development, cooperatives and the social and solidarity economy. The programme includes two Masters Programmes in English and Spanish on world heritage and cultural projects for development with the University of Turin and the University of Barcelona respectively.

Before joining the Centre, Linda worked as enterprise specialist for the International Labour Organization, both at ILO headquarters in Geneva and in different field offices in Asia and Latin America. For over 20 years she provided technical support, training and advisory services to public and private institutions on private sector development with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Linda holds a Master’s in Agronomy from the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. Her recent publications include Políticas para la formalización de las micro y pequeñas empresas en América Latina (editor), La situación de la micro y pequeña empresa en Chile (co-author), Guarantee funds for small enterprises (co-authored), and Leasing for small and micro enterprises (co-authored).

Margarita Lalayan serves as a Senior Programme Officer at the International Training Centre of the ILO and an Activity Manager of the Master programme. She is also in charge of capacity building and the ILO Making Microfinance Work training programmes. She is responsible for overall management and implementation of several donor funded projects and relations with key donors of microfinance programmes, organizes training activities in Turin and in the field, and manages relations with key consultants and the network of ITC ILO certified trainers globally.

Margarita has 16 years of experience in microfinance and development. Prior to joining the ITC ILO she worked on a number of training and research projects focused on organizational development and strategic planning, product development, market research and other aspects of microfinance. As a senior finance and microfinance consultant, she was involved in various initiatives by practitioners and associations in 20 countries. She has extensive training experience globally, in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and MENA regions, served as a speaker at many regional conferences and events, as well as authored and co-authored several training manuals, case studies and other publications. 


Maria José Mallo Carrera is a Programme Officer on the Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development Programme. She collaborated on the instructional design and the launch of this training programme, and she currently runs the Master’s Programme on behalf of the ICT-ILO, supporting the management, advertising and distance-learning processes as well as the development of the classroom-based programme in collaboration with the University of Barcelona. Maria José has a background in the area of local development and wide-ranging experience in the design and implementation of training activities, the management of virtual learning environments, the design of teaching materials, and the use of methodologies and technologies for classroom-based training and distance learning.

Scientific Directors

Roberto Caranta is full Professor of Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Turin. He is a member of the Procurement Review Board of the European Space Agency.

He manages (with Steen Treumer) the European Procurement Law Series, DJØF, Copenhagen. He is a member of both the Public Contracts in Legal Globalization / Contrats Publics dans la Globalisation Juridique and PLAN – Procurement Law Academic Network research networks.

His most recent works on public procurement include The In-House Providing: The Law as It Stands in the EU, in M. Comba and S. Treumer (eds.),The In-House Providing in European Law, Copenhagen, DJØF, 2010; (editor with M. Trybus) The Law of Green and Social Procurements in Europe, Copenhagen, DJØF, 2010; Sustainable Public Procurement in the EU, in the same book; Sustainable Procurements in Italy: Of Light and Some Shadows, in the same book (with S. Richetto); Transparence et concurrence, in R. Noguellou U. Stelkens (eds.) Droit comparé des contrats publics. Comparative Law on Public Contracts (Bruylant, Brussels 2010); Le contentieux des contrats publics en Italie, in Rev. fr. dr. Adm.2011, 54; Many Different Paths, but Are They All Leading to Effectiveness?, in S. Treumer and F. Lichère (eds.) Enforcement of the EU Public Procurement Rules, Copenhagen, DJØF, 2011,53. 

Carlo Salone is Associate Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the University of Turin, where he teaches Regional Geography of Development (1st level of M.A. Economics) and Territorial development (2nd level degree in Economics of Environment, Culture and Territory). He has taught as a visiting lecturer in France (Paris 10 and 12), Spain (Girona, Doctoral School of Geography and Planning) and Finland (Oulu, Doctoral School of Geography), and he is currently visiting professor at UPEC (Université Paris-Est Créteil), Paris and Lyon 2-Lumière.

He is a researcher at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (former DITer, now DIST), Polytechnic and University of Turin, focusing his activity on European spatial planning, innovations in territorial policies and local development practices in the European Union and, more recently, the cultural economy of cities. He has also worked on the institutional capacity of regions within the ESPON 2013 Programme and was involved in the ESPON 2006 Programme, as a member of the Italian team for the 1.1.1 Project on polycentricism and 2.3.1 Project on ESDP Application.

Previously, he worked for the SPESP (Study Programme on European Spatial Planning), on the “typology of cities” project. He has contributed to many PRIN (national research programmes funded by the Italian Ministry of Universities) and co-ordinated research teams involved in advisory work for local authorities.

He is the sole author or co-author of many papers on European Spatial Development Perspective, European Spatial Planning, European territorial policies and new regionalism. From 2008 to 2012, he headed Eu-Polis, a Polytechnic research centre focused on urban systems in Europe.

Prior to his academic career, he was head of the technical secretariat at the Department for Urban Areas, Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers in 1997 and 1998, when he was also appointed as an expert at the OECD, Territorial Development Service, Urban Affairs Division. Over the past five years, he has worked as a consultant for the local and regional authorities of Piedmont for metropolitan strategic planning (Torino Internazionale) and regional policies (Provincia di Torino and Regione Piemonte).


 Canzio Romano is Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine at the Department of Public Health and Pediatrics of the University of Turin.  Professor Romano is now Director of the Specialization School of Occupational Medicine and Director of the Master’s Programme in Occupational Safety and Health of the ITC-ILO. He is the author of well over 200 scientific publications mainly on respiratory diseases, occupational allergies, ergonomics and industrial hygiene. Born in 1949 in Turin, he graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1973 and specialized in Occupational Medicine in 1976, in Respiratory Diseases in 1981, and in Allergology and Clinical Immunology in 1985.


Elisabetta Ottoz is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the “Cognetti de Martiis” Department of Economics and Statistics in Turin. She graduated from the University of Turin in Political Science, and has since been awarded an M.Phil in Economics by the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Ph.D. in Economics by the University of Pavia. She teaches Microeconomics, Industrial Organization and Game Theory at undergraduate and graduate level.  Her main research interests are theoretical models of innovation diffusion and intellectual property rights, the efficiency of local public transport, and hybrid forms of corporate organization – all subjects on which she has authored or co-authored many papers. She is Deputy Director of the School of Law, Politics and Social-Economic Sciences of the University of Turin and Co-director of the GOMAP Master’s Programme (Gouvernance et Management des Marchés Publics en appui au Développement Durable) offered by the Centre in partnership with the University of Turin, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Expertise France.

Alessandro Cogo received his degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Turin in 2002 and holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual Property Law from the Universities of Pavia and Munich.

He is assistant professor at the Law Department of the University of Turin and teaches intellectual property law at the University of Eastern Piedmont. Author of a book on copyright contracts, and essays, commentaries and case comments, his current academic focus is on liability for the infringement of IPRs.



Egidio Dansero is professor of Political and Economic Geography in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Torino and representative of the Dean of the University on Inter-university development cooperation.

Member of several academic associations and boards of journals, Prof Dansero has focused his main academic interests in the following fields:

  • Industrial heritage valorization processes and policies, derelict site regeneration and local development in old industrialized territories;
  • Sustainability and local development;
  • Environmental issues, geographical description and cartographic representation;
  • Mega-events, Olympics, territorial transformations and local development;
  • Decentralized cooperation and natural parks;
  • Renewable energies and space: eco-restructuring, land use and territorial planning and local/regional actor systems in the analysis and construction of energy and environmental policies;
  • Environmental conflicts, representation of space and local values in the project for a new railway corridor between Turin and Lyon;
  • City-mountain relationship, tourism development and the new mountain inhabitants in the alpine arc.

Roberto Leombruni is Assistant Professor of Econometrics at the University of Turin, where he teaches Econometrics and Evaluation Methods for Policy Analysis. He is the Director of the Master’s Programme in Applied Labour Economics for Development at the ITC-ILO, where he teaches Microsimulation Models and Administrative Data.

His main research interests are labour market dynamics and the relations between work and health. He is currently working on a microsimulation model for work and health histories in Italy, with a focus on socio-economic inequalities and the role of welfare policies in reducing their detrimental effects on health.


Cristina Poncibo is an Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the Department of Law of the University of Turin and Fellow of the Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law. She lectures on the following courses: Comparative Legal Systems and Research Methodology in Comparative Law for Undergraduates, Comparative Contract Law, and Economic Law. She has a keen interest in all aspects of fundamental Comparative Law, Comparative Private Law, Comparative Contract Law, and Economic Law. Since 2006, Professor Poncibo has been a lecturer and a member of the Scientific Committee of the LL.M. in International Trade Law (ITC-ILO). She is currently the Director of the LL.M. Programme and a Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies and the Institute of European Studies of the University of Turin. She is also involved in international and European research projects. Recent research projects are: ‘The Making of European Legal Culture’ (CDCT); ‘The Drafting of Multilingual Legal Documents in International Organizations and in Public Administrations’ (EU Commission); and ‘European Collective Redress’ (BIICL, UK). Furthermore, she is actively acting as an international legal expert on donor-funded projects on legal reform supported by the European Commission, EU delegations and the International Labour Organization of the United Nations.

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