Dr. Nicola de Blasio, an expert in energy, technology and innovation, is an adjunct senior research scholar at SIPA and non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In his research capacity, he conducts work on areas including energy technology and innovation, nuclear power and the energy-water nexus, among others.
Dr. de Blasio serves as a nonexecutive board member and adviser to various companies and start-ups. He has worked across business, academia, government, and civil society to develop and implement new business opportunities and establish connections that support research, educational and convening opportunities.
With 20 years of global experience in the energy sector, Dr. de Blasio is an expert in navigating the challenges of strategic development and technology innovation toward commercial success. This is coupled with his insight on the impact of an institution’s development and innovation activities on other facets of business strategy, such as environmental, social, operational, geopolitical, and governmental factors.
Dr. de Blasio began his career with Snamprogetti (Eni S.p.A.’s Group) as a process engineer before becoming an economic feasibility study specialist. Until 2015 he worked for Eni S.p.A. as vice president of R&D International Development, where he was also responsible for start-up evaluation. He engineered the strategic alliances between Eni and MIT - which also led to the creation of the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center in 2010 - Stanford, Tsinghua, and other word leading universities. He was visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), as well as a member of the MITEI Advisory Board, its Executive Committee (2005-2015) and the Eni Award Committee.
Dr. de Blasio holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan University with a thesis in industrial catalysis. He specialized at St. Andrews University, Scotland and then at Eni Corporate University where he focused on energy economics. He is co-author of a book, Value of Innovation, and has published various articles on project evaluation, innovation and catalysis.