He is CEO of Città della Scienza, the Technological Park of Naples, with a Science Centre, a Business Innovation Centre, an Advanced Training Centre and a Congress Centre. Past president and at present Board Member of ECSITE – European Network of Science Centers and Museums. Member of the International Steering Committee of ITTN – Chinese International Technology Transfer Network. Member of the Board of Directors of EBN – Innovation Network, as representative of Italian BICs. Director of Futuro Remoto, the biggest social innovation event in Italy.
Degree in Philosophy at the University of Naples, in 1985 he was appointed editorial director of CUEN, a scientific publishing house; in 1987, together with the physicist Vittorio Silvestrini, he set up the first science festival in Europe. In 1990 he co-founded Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza and he was appointed General Director, a position he held until 2005. In 2005 was nominated Director of New Technology and Communication Department of the Municipality of Naples.
He has always been heavily involved in the promotion of scientific culture at an international level, leading many European projects related to science and society, like setting up a co-operative peace project in the Middle East with Israeli and Palestinian institutions. He has also promoted projects for setting up new science centers in African countries. Together with UNESCO he was responsible for drafting the project for a science centre in Iraq.
He have been also promoting many relevant initiatives in the field of business creation, innovation, internationalization, aimed at contributing to build a knowledge based economy.
In 2010 he co-promoted Sino Italian Exchange Event and in 2012, on behalf of Italian Ministry of Research, he managed China Italy Innovation Forum, the most relevant cooperation platform between Italy and China on science, technology and innovation.
In 2014 he promoted the setting up of AIC – Knowledge Industry Area of Bagnoli, the first post-incubation centre of the Middle and Southern Italy, an industrial district of 20 highly innovative SMEs that successfully overcame the incubation phase in Città della Scienza.