Irene Bengo is Ph.D in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, her research focus on Social enterprise. She is professor of “Engineering and cooperation for global development” course (Master degree course in English language). She completed a Master of Science programme in Environmental and Land planning engineering in 2006 at the same institution; for her M.Sc. final thesis she has worked for Ong "Ricerca e Cooperazione" in Colombia and she planned a catchment area, defined an evaluation scheme for river ecosystem state and managed the stekeholders system.
From June 2011 she collaborates with the "Make a Change" movement, she is the coordinator of the national observatory of social enterprises and microfinance projects, also she has supported the coordination of the solidarity and non-profit table of Milan Chamber of Commerce. From January 2010 she is the project manager of “Cresco”, project funded by Regione Lombardia, with the objective to train and evaluate in the field of sustainable energy, water and mobility of the municipalities of Milano.
From January 2009 to April 2010 she was the project manager of “Congo Project”, international cooperation project finalized to management of the energy, water resources and for development a business activities through the microcredit system. From January 2009 to January 2012 she was Research Fellow in "International Cooperation and universities role as promoters for innovation in the local self development: the case of developing countries. She is Charter member and President of Engineering without Borders Milan association. On May 25th, 2012 Irene has been awarded with the prize of “Champion for Human Rights by the organization for human rights “Associazione per i Diritti Umani e la Tolleranza”.
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