Emilio D’Alessio is an architect, town planner and sustainable development consultant. He graduated from the Florence School of Architecture in 1981 after studies in Italy and the USA.
He has been President of the Board of Architects of Ancona from 1992 to 1997 and Italian delegate to the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE/CAE) from 1995 to 1997.
He was nominated Deputy Mayor in the city of Ancona, Italy from 1997 to 2009, in charge of sectors like Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, Mobility, Environment and European Policies.
In 1999 he was among the founders of the Italian Local Agenda 21 Association, a network of 400+ Italian Local Authorities devoted to sustainable development. In March 2005 he was elected President of the Association, title held until September 2009.
He was nominated in the EU expert working group “Urban Design for Sustainability” and in the “Urban Environment Expert Group” established by the European Commission DG Environment in the process for a EU Urban Thematic Strategy.
He spoke on behalf of Local Authorities in the plenary sessions of 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th Commission on Sustainable Developments at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
He contributed to the Scientific Committee of the 4th, 5th and 6th Conference of European Sustainable Cities held respectively in Aalborg, Denmark in June 2004, Sevilla, Spain in March 2007 and in Dunkerque, France in May 2010. Currently member of the Scientific Committee of the 7th Conference to be held in Geneva in April 2013.
He was invited to speak in the plenary sessions of the European Biennial of Town Planners of Rotterdam 2001, Copenhagen 2005 and Nancy 2009.
He attended as a Local Authorities delegate the COP 13 in Bali 2007, COP 14 in Poznan 2008, COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009, COP 16 in Cancún 2010 and COP 17 in Durban 2011.
He has been a member of the Executive Committee of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability from 2004 to 2009.
From 2004 to 2010 he acted as Secretary General of the Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities and Towns, a network of more than 50 coastal cities from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Italy.
Currently his main roles are:
Member of the UNEP/MAP Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development representing Local Authorities
Member and current Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign
Immediate Past President and member of the Board of the Italian Local Agenda 21 Association
Scientific Coordinator for the International Awards For Liveable Communities
President of the Energy Agency of Ancona Province