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Francesco Starace

Born in 1955 and he is graduated in nuclear engineering at the Milan Polytechnic Institute.


Career path

He started his career as analyst for the security of the electronuclear plants at Nira Ansaldo (from 1981 to 1982) and he performed from 1982 to 1987 several executive management positions in Italy, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Arab Emirates, in the company Sae Sadelmi, which was part of the General Electric group. From 1987 to 2000, he worked for ABB and then Alstom Powers Corporation, where he was also chief executive officer of ABB Combustion Engineering Italia (from 1997 to 1998) and later (from 1998 to 2000) he was senior vice president for the global and turnkey systems sales for the gas turbine division. He joined the Enel Group in 2000, where he performed several management positions of highvisibility, including the office of chief of the “business power” area (from July 2002 to October 2005), the chief of market division (from November 2005 to September 2008) and also the office of general manager and chief executive officer of Enel Green Power (to October 2008 to May 2014). Member of the Board of Directors of Enel from May 2014.


Current position

  • Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel
  • Chairman of Enel Iberia, S.R.L.
  • Vice Chairman of Endesa, S.A.


Other Activities

  • Member of the Fulbright Management Board (2012, November)
  • Member of the Advisory Board Milan Polytechnic (2014, January)
  • Member of the Advisory Board Confindustria (2016, May) and Member of the General Council (2015, May)
  • Member of the International Businness Council of the WEF (2016, February) 
  • Member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, by invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation (2019, September)
  • Chairman of SEforALL, “Sustainable Energy 4 All (2020, October)
  • Member of the “Multi-stakeholder Platform on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU” (2017, September)
  • Co-Chair of WEF “Net Zero Carbon Cities – Systemic Efficiency Initiative (2020, January)
  • Co-Chair of European Clean Hydrogen Alliance Roundtable on “Renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production” (2021, January)
  • Member of the WEF Alliance of CEO climate leader (2021, November)

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