Management Team

Sebastiano Sella

Sebastiano Sella is CEO of Kitenergy. He holds a degree in Economics at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan and is a member of the board at Banca Sella Holding. He had 6 years international experience in Agip Mineraria (ENI Group).

Franco Taddei

Franco Taddei is President and co-founder of Kitenergy. He’s a renowned expert of mechanical engineering at international level with over 30 years of experience. In 1984 he founded CeSI, an engineering company that operates mainly in machine tools and precision mechanical engineering field and since then he is Managing Director. Since 1993 he’s lecturer of Industrial Tecnology at Università LIUC di Castellanza (VA). He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Massimo Lucco Borlera

Massimo Lucco Borlera is CFO of Kitenergy. He is primarily responsibile for managing the financial risk of the company. He is also responsible for financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to the board of directors. He’s a former senior executive in the Financial and Banking Sector and a well-regarded expert of international finance with over 30 years of experience. In 2010 he joined, as a senior partner, Tokos s.r.l an independent financial consulting firm. He holds a B.S.B.A in finance and an M.B.A. in international business from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

Prof. Mario Milanese

Prof. Mario Milanese is co-founder of Kitenergy. Full Professor of systems and control at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) from 1980 to 2011. His research interests include identification, prediction, filtering and control of complex systems with applications to biomedical, automotive, aerospace, financial, environmental, and energy problems. He’s recognized as one of the key researcher in the field of high-altitude wind energy and is a key speaker at major international events such as the High Altitude Wind Power Conference in California (November 2009), European Wind Energy Conference in Poland (April 2010) and IEEE plenary section in Baltimora (June 2010). He is the author of more than 250 papers on these topics in international journals and conference proceedings. He is Co-Editor of two books published by Plenum Press. He is inventor of 5 patents. He has been responsible of several projects with industrial companies and European and national organizations on modeling and control in automotive, aerospace, biomedical and renewable energy fields. He has been recipient of the International Huspy Awards for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 1984 and of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, 1999.

Gian Mauro Maneia

Gian Mauro Maneia is Project Manager of Kitenergy. Since 2007 he has been working in the high-altitude energy generation research and development field. During this period, he achieved a relevant experience in aerodynamic development, airfoil design and flight operations. He graduated in Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and has been Coordinator of various European FP7 Projects.

sStefano Milanese

Stefano Milanese is co-founder of Kitenergy. He has over 15 years’ experience in management and development of major projects in the energy sectors. He is a Partner of Arthur D. Little, a primary management consulting firm. He has worked before at Montgomery Watson and Centro Ricerche Fiat. He graduated in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and holds a Master in Environmental Management conferred by EAEME (European Association for Environmental Management Education). He is the founder of two successful startups.