Reshaping our future through the Circular Economy

Tondo is a non-profit organisation focusing on Circular Economy that is creating a bridge between Universities, Startups, Corporates, Institutions and People, with the following purposes:


Favouring the development of innovation with studies related to the Circular Economy


Creating a wide and heterogeneous network that can support new entrepreneurial activities


Supporting established companies in switching to more circular approaches and business models


We think that innovation and creativity are the drivers of human evolution

We cope with complex situations by leveraging collaboration with multiple actors

We embrace failure: only by failing it is possible to learn and growth

We are driven by a “can-do” attitude as we firmly believe in our mission

We sustain continuous change, learning, and curiosity

We believe that diversity is the fundamental asset of our team


Founding President

Francesco Castellano

Francesco holds a Master degree in Business Administration. He started his career at General Electric, and thereafter, he worked at Bain & Company. Then, he launched Uber Operations in Turin, and after he managed BD activities for a robotics start-up and an R&D lab. Lately, he has founded Tondo and Novu, a company scaling up innovation.

Head of research

Alberto Monti

Alberto holds a PhD in Business Administration and works as Adjunct Professor in different Institutions such as Bocconi University, IESEG, and Cattolica University. Before joining academia, Alberto co-managed his family’s business, planning and implementing a generational change after a discontinuity crisis.

Venture Capital & Start-up Expert

Stefano Peroncini

Stefano is a company builder with extensive experience in venture capital, funds management and startup creation. He promoted and managed venture capital funds up to 100Ml€ in Italy and abroad, established companies and created successful businesses from scratch up to scaleup with huge exits.

Digital & Partnership Expert

Francesco Fumarola

Francesco is a Sales Director in digital communication, adv and content industry. The goal is creating the most powerful connections to reach resources in terms of founds, industrial and intellectual properties partners, marketing and communication tools in order to drive the right and necessary evolution.

Circular Innovation Expert

Shyaam Ramkumar

Shyaam Ramkumar is a PhD Candidate in Economic Sociology at the University of Milan researching the development of circular innovation from a sociological perspective. Shyaam has previously worked as the Knowledge and Innovation Manager at Circle Economy in Amsterdam, has interned with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and was a sustainability consultant with Accenture's Chicago office. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters’s degree in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University.

Advisor, Finance Expert

Toby Clarence-Smith

Toby started his career in finance, first in the investment banking division at Barclays in London, then briefly at a growth equity fund. After completing his MBA from the Wharton Business School, he launched an e-commerce startup in Mexico with a classmate, eventually selling it to their largest competitor. He now is the founder and Managing Partner of CS Investimenti, a search fund looking to acquire and manage a SME enterprise in Italy. He has an undergrad degree in Economic History from the LSE.

Event Master

Luca Monti

Luca is a Programm Manager of the Master in conception and planning of cultural events at the Catholic University, where he teaches team building.

Strategic & Innovation Designer

Fabrizio Guarrasi

After several working experience as designer in London and in Japan, Fabrizio hold his Master Degree with honor at Politecnico di Milano. His personal interests led him to collaborate in the writing of the book "Design per la sostenibilità ambientale", the participation as member of MDA - Mediterranean Design Association and, in parallel, he is working on his startup project that aim to produce a bioplastic from organic waste.

Advisor, AI & Media

Antonella La Carpia

Antonella La Carpia is a global media & AI expert with over 15 year of experience, leading during the last 9 years marketing & communications strategies in EMEA & APAC for international media tech companies. She is teaching in some of the most prestigious business and communication academies and she is also a contributor for international trade magazines.

Communication expert

Francesca Sassoli

Francesca has twenty years of experience as professional broadcaster on Radio and TV, she has reported and commented about different subjects such as environment, visual arts and cinema. She produced and edited "Green Time", a radio program on environmental sustainability. She co-founded “Ortinconca”, a no profit organisation for the metropolitan and countryside safeguard of rare seeds.

Advisor, Organisation and Leadership Expert

Gianfranco Goeta

Gianfranco started his career in the HR department of Olivetti, followed by an entrepreneurial engagement as founding partner of three management consulting firms and at the same time having a teaching assignment of Organisational Behaviour at the Bocconi University and at SDA. As an Executive couch he enhanced the behavioural effectiveness of more than 400 executives, entrepreneurs and managers.

Mobility expert

Monica Castellano

Monica is an engineer with experience in supply chain management, IT, consulting and project management. She has start her career at IBM, she moved then in Germany to Nestle Center Europe and lately in the supply chain organisation of Continental Automotive working on Industry 4.0 topics. Monica is passionate about innovation, new technologies and sustainability.

Communication & Sustainable Fashion Advisor

Patrizia Re

20+ years experience in marketing and communication, both locally and at international level. With a degree in Communications and a Master in Digital Marketing, in her career Patrizia has worked for both established brands and small scale/start-up companies developing and executing marcomms strategies as well as devising and launching new products and services. Driven by innate curiosity and a sheer interest in the pursuit of finding her "next big thing", she has invested all her spare time in the last 10 years to study the fashion industry, investigating sustainable and animal-free practices with the aim to launch her brand.

Circular Energy Associate

Alessandro Innocenti

Alessandro is a Master of Science student in Energy Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. He is working on a thesis about the circular economy of electric vehicles batteries. Thanks to his studies, he has a strong technical perspective on the themes of sustainability and renewable energies.

Sustainability & Inclusion Development Associate

Giovanna Matrone

Giovanna is an enthusiastic and motivated Mechanical Engineer with an extensive experience in Management and Execution. After a Ph.D. in Total Quality Management she earned a long experience in automotive field as Assistant Program Manager. Skilled in building relationships and trust, she is passionate about People empowerment, Inclusion and Sustainability.

Innovation Advisor

Maurizio Mondellini

Maurizio gained his management competence thanks to several non-conventional experiences in different industries: real state – renewable energies - sustainable logistics and supply chain. His main experience is 10 year in real estate business where he had the opportunity to contribute along all the chain of value: more than 40 new development projects with special focus on sales management and business development. Maurizio since 2014 is also part of InnoVits a startups and new ventures accelerator based in Milano. He had the opportunities to evaluate 500+ projects - fostering the grow of 30+ startups. Passionate about: innovation, change management, interior design and circular economy.

Sustainable Architect

Jacopo Ambrosiani

Jacopo is a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Politecnico di Milano. His work is about Sustainable Architecture in themes like NZEB housing, LCA protocol and Urban Regeneration through NBS (Nature Based Solution). He also collaborated with different Studio and Collective about the theme of Social and Circular Design.

Research Analyst

Monica Rocca

Monica holds a Master Degree in Communication for the Cultural Heritage and she also is an artist. She is passionate about interaction design, sustainability and veganism. Her aim is to spread culture and to contribute in promoting a new, conscious way of living in the contemporary world.

Innovation & Development Expert

Enrico Maggiore

Enrico is an expert in business innovation and economic development. Over the years, he has re-launched many companies and fostered co-operation between public and private sectors. Entrepreneur and manager, he founded two consulting firms. Advisor to Companies, Public Administrations, and International Institutions for Development.

Product Designer

Simone Bambagioni

Simone is a Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has been working as a project manager on the development of innovative solutions for high-efficiency and low emission internal combustion engines. Specialist in Product Design and Validation, he is passionate about sustainable development and environmental protection.

Project Manager & Advisor

Abdulla Moustafa

Abdulla holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Management Engineering, he is also recognized as a Circular Economy Pioneer by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Currently, his work involves international cooperation, consultancy, and project management for business sustainability, circularity, and lean operations.


Jim MacNeil

Jim holds a PhD in Urban Studies and is currently a post-doc researcher in Tourism and Economics, while also having degrees and Business Management and Transportation Planning. He is passionate about sustainability and alternative styles of education, and wants to assist businesses and places in accelerating their transitions to a circular economy. His current research focuses on the concept of regenerative tourism systems and how they can be implemented in real-world contexts.

Junior Project Assistant

Amandeep Kaur

"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world." Aman believes that small actions matter, even the little choices we make can have a big impact on ourselves, our community, and the world around us. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied languages for International Relations and a Master's in Help Relationships and International Cooperation. She is a continuous work in progress, striving to improve and do better. Passionate about sustainability and social impact.

Content creation & stories

Lienke Jacobi

Lienke is a Dutch nutritionist who moved 3 years ago to Italy. Working on food-related topics made her interested in the way food is produced and in the origin of products. She believes that awareness of climate change and specific actions done by people can have a huge impact.

Visual Artist

Gabriele Marchiani

Gabriele is a technologist of audiovisual communication, graduated in education science. He has always worked in education and awareness raising, dividing his activities between teaching and documentarian. He participated in international missions in Bosnia, Romania and Cambodia.

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