Federico Magalini, a Mechanical Engineer, holds a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University. Since 2003 he focuses his research activities and consultancy on e-waste management and is an author of more than 30 publications in national, international journals and conference proceedings, as well as co-author of the first Italian book on e-waste management, published in 2005.
He is often invited as speakers at international conferences or training programs worldwide.
His main interests lie in the relationship between policy design and e-waste take back systems performances as well as climate change topics, particularly in development of new business models for recycling industries.
Since 2006 he has been working as consultant for United Nations University, engaged in the Solving the E-waste Problem (Step) Initiative.
Federico has been heavily involved as team member of project manager in key studies for the European Commission on the review of the WEEE Directive and co-author of the UNEP “sustainable innovation and technology transfer industrial sector study” on “Recycling – From E-waste to Resources”.
He is currently responsible of UNU e-waste Academy Managers Edition, a capacity building program for policy makers and entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Between 2008 and 2011 Federico worked as Quality & Operations Manager in Italian take-back system, involved in the start up of the scheme for the take back and recycling of e-waste at national level. Federico was member of National technical working groups, responsible for selection & audit of suppliers, quality manager for ISO 9001:2008 certification and for development of new businesses for customers and members of the Compliance Scheme as well as alternative business models for end-of-life management of e-waste. In 2009 set-up and roll-out the take back scheme for portable batteries and lead acid batteries nation-wide, scouting logistics providers, negotiating with lead smelters and developing specific collection programs for waste holders (particularly small workshops and municipalities) to maximize the collection of lead-acid batteries in particular.
In 2011 Federico founded CYRCLE, his own consulting company, working with public and private entities and with strong cooperation and links with other UN agencies, particularly UNEP, ITU, WHO and UNIDO.
Federico keeps close ties with the academia, regularly teaching in Politecnico di Milano on the topics of e-waste management and sustainability. He is also member of the scientific committee of the Italian recycler’s association Assorecuperi.
He speaks fluently Italian and English and has worked in various EU countries and abroad.