Simone Molteni

Scientific Director

I lived abroad for 7 intense years. My base was the Solar Energy Laboratory at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. I worked as a researcher, and Lausanne was my home as well as a formidable springboard to then deepen my understanding of sustainability and innovation issues in London, Paris and Boston.

These were beautiful years in which I travelled a lot, founded a university spin-off and had the honor to work at the Louvre Museum (an unforgettable experience).

In 2002 I returned to Italy to launch Zero Impact®. In LifeGate I found my vision and values: my first project couldn’t have been developed elsewhere. The project was the first to educate the general public on the theme of climate change and the concept of the “environmental cost” of our lifestyles. It was a dream that exceeded my expectations.

I followed the start-up phase of the LifeGate Energy division and, as its Scientific Director, I support the definition of sustainability paths for those large businesses that decide to work with us.

I was member of the Ecolabel and Ecoaudit Committee of the European Commission and Board Member of ENEA, CESI Ricerche and ERSE. I was awarded the Rotary Prize for professionalism and the title of “Paul Harris Fellow”.

I’ve always been fond of start-ups: being awarded the Swiss-American “Venture Leaders” Prize I became NETS Ambassador for coaching high-tech start-ups.

My imprint has been the same throughout all my experiences: raising the general public’s awareness on sustainability issues and our lifestyle’s impact on the planet.

My 3 ideal conditions are: travelling in remote countries, underwater in warm seas and on top of a mountain – best with skis and three metres of snow.


Favorite quote:

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” (Charles F. Kettering)