Gianluca Pastorelli earned a first degree in Political Sciences at Bologna University, followed by a master’s degree in advanced neuro-linguistic programming. Since the mid-90s he has been working as a researcher and consultant for the Co-operative and Social Economy movements both at national and at European level. While maturing a sound experience in project writing and management he has thereby gained a broad insight in the fields of social innovation, social dialogue and industrial relations, training, entrepreneurship. At the head of DIESIS for 10 years, he has coordinated and developed cross border studies, research and activities in line with SMEs and cooperatives needs and priorities in partnership with the main co-operative and social economy organisations all over Europe. His working languages are Italian, French, English and Spanish.