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Marta Antonelli

Marta Antonelli, PhD

Research Programme Manager

Marta Antonelli (32) leads the Research Programme of the BCFN Foundation.
She brings 8+ years of experience as researcher, lecturer, consultant and journalist in the fields of sustainable food production and consumption, agricultural policy, water governance and footprint.

Her experience includes positions, among others, at Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, University of Roma Tre, University IUAV of Venice and the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology.
She holds MSc in International Economics (La Sapienza University of Rome), Development Studies (SOAS, University of London) and a PhD in Geography (King's College London). 

Based in Zurich since 2016, Marta greatly enjoys great outdoors, playing the piano and practicing pilates.

Francesca Allievi

Francesca Allievi, M.Sc.

Researcher and President of the BCFN Alumni Association

Francesca collaborates with the BCFN Foundation on research projects since 2014 and she has been elected as the President of the BCFN Alumni Association in 2016.

Prior to this, she has been working on research projects mostly dealing with sustainability and energy use indicators.
During her PhD studies she has become more familiar with the assessment of food sustainability globally, with a special focus on meat consumption. She has lectured in schools and universities, and given several presentation also targeted at the civil society.

She holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering both earned at the Politecnico di Milano, and she will be soon defending her PhD in Geography at the University of Turku, Finland.

Katarzina Dembska

Katarzyna Dembska, M.Sc.

Researcher and BCFN YES! Coordinator

Katarzyna collaborates with the BCFN Foundation on research and education projects since 2014.


She has worked as a dietitian in several clinics and therapy centers in Florence, specializing in weight loss and chronic disease management programs for adults and children.


Katarzyna has experience in the field of nutrition education, from holding workshops to promote fruit consumption in schools in Tuscany, to lecturing bachelor students of the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign in Rome.


She holds a B.Sc. in Dietetics and in M.Sc. in Food Science, both earned cum laude at the University of Florence, and is now based in Rome.

Alessio Mennecozzi

Alessio Mennecozzi

Project Manager

Alessio provides support in the strategic planning of BCFN activities, oversees projects’ development and coordinates events of the Foundation.
His previous experience includes positions at AIRBUS Defence and Space (Paris) and APCO Worldwide (Rome).  


He holds a master’s degree cum laude in Institutional and Political Communication at LUISS Guido Carli University and a post graduate diploma in Communication, Public Affairs and External Relations at Sole 24 Ore Business School.
Alessio, based in Parma, joined BCFN in 2015.

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