Maria Virginia Bagnoli

Leadership and research Officer


  • Public Affairs
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Sustainability Stategy
  • Leadership Skills
  • Relationship Builder
  • PR Media Communications
  • Lobbying
  • Learn by Doing

Work history


Leadership Programme Officer

The Climate Group

Jan 2015
  • The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit, with the goal of a low carbon future. TCG believes this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology. Tasks: • Assist in the project-management of the Future Agenda 2.0 project (FA), the world’s largest foresight programme. I liaise directly with FA team, organize and set up presentations and events and draft the project elevator pitch according to audience • Support the Leadership Programme, for which I carry out research from social media to policy papers, produce prospect leaders profiling and help building strategic partnerships • Assist in the organization of TCG participation in Business&Climate Summit taking place in Paris this May • Help mobilize a critical mass of active Leaders who can engage in increase awareness and understanding of TCG goal • Write for the TCG blog • Maintain TCG Leadership Workplan & Advocacy Database - Identify and attend parliamentary and other networking events in the field of energy to contribute to the intelligence gathering and reach of the team. • Main goal: Expand my understanding of the role of information management within an organization, grow further my ability to think strategically, to take initiative and to balance competing priorities and work under pressure to tight deadlines


Energy Policy Analyst


Nov 2013 - Nov 2014
  • Cattaneo Zanetto&CO is the leading political intelligence, lobbying and political consulting firm in Italy, both for reputation and clients portfolio, based in Rome and Brussels Tasks: • Support the firm Energy’s practice on European, national and regional government issues, working closely with institutions such as Ministries, Senate and Chamber of Deputies • Legislative monitoring, political and policy analysis of energy dossiers on a European Union level, with particular focus on State Aid issues (with a focus on renewable energy schemes), Climate and Energy Package 2030 and Energy Efficiency Directive implementation into national legislation • Monitoring of legislative, regulatory and policy activity in the Energy industry in the main Italian government bodies and regulatory authorities, as well as in the most relevant regions in Italy • Developing analysis reports, presentations and position papers on energy policy outlook at national and European level • Monitoring of energy policy contributions coming from the press • Profiling of stakeholders and drafting of lobbying and advocacy plans • Main goal: I often consulted companies on how to improve profitability through policy influence, to intercept risks showing great precision in independent research, accuracy in EU and national legislative analysis and zeal in finding windows of opportunity for policy change. The role helped me develop strong analytical skills, the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and in person and fostered my ability to work as a professional. It also required to meet strict deadlines and work long hours


European Public Affairs Trainee


Sep 2012 - Mar 2013
  • Enel, External Relations – European Public Affairs Brussels, Belgium Taks: • Focus on EU Emission Trading Scheme, EU Internal Energy Market and 2050 Energy Roadmap • Analysis of legislative acts and constant monitoring of dossiers during the whole legislative process • Support for direct advocacy actions with the European Parliament on dossiers such as the Environmental Impacts Assessment Directive and the Backloading proposal to reform the ETS • Main goal: understanding the dynamics of decision making process of European Institutions and its relations with the power and gas energy business



Environmental Policy and Regulation

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
  • Graduated with the dissertation “Framing Climate Change: the uncovering of communication barriers through Italian lenses” Main subjects studied: Environmental regulation - implementing policy, international and European environmental law, climate change international negotiations, policy making in the European Union, environment and development – technology, sustainability and business.