• Degree in Civil Engineering (Laurea), University of Genoa, Italy, 1987

• Master of Science (MSc) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA (1991)

• Engineer Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA (1993)

• Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA (1998)



• Consulting Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, USA (2001-2005)

• Deputy Chair of the Scientific Board of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) ( (2009-present)

• Member of the FIB Task Group 7.7 Performance Based Seismic Design ( (2009-present)

• Member of the Scientific Board of International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP) ( (2010-present)

• Member of the Scientific Board of International Forum on Engineering Decision Making (IFED) ( (2004-present)

• Member of the Board of Editors of Earthquake Spectra (2008-present) and Chief Editor of a Special Issue on the Molise Earthquake (2004).

• Co-author of the 1998 Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERI) Oustanding Paper (1998)

• Recipient of the SEAONC 2009 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award (2009)

• Italian National Research Center Fellow (1992).

• Professional Engineer Society of Genoa (1987-present)

• EERI Damage Reconnaissance International Team Leader for the 2002 and 2009 Molise and Abruzzo Earthquakes

• Member of several international organizations (SSA, EERI, ASCE, SEAOC, COSMOS).



• Senior Principal Engineer & Director, Engineering Analysis and Research (highest technical ranking), AIR Worldwide Corporation, San Francisco, CA (2nd largest catastrophe risk assessment company in the world with approx.. 40% of market share and 350 employees – (2001-present).

• Associate and Director, Geodeco Consulting Engineers, S.p.A. (a small engineering company specializing in earthquake risk assessment and geotechnical engineering -- (1997-2011)

• Principal Engineer, EW Blanch/K2 Technologies, Inc., San Jose, CA (a catastrophe risk modeling company which was absorbed by a larger company in 2002) (1999-2001).

• Senior Staff Engineer (ISEC, Inc., San Francisco, CA) (a small earthquake engineering company which dissolved in 2008) (1996-1999)

• Project Engineer & Project Manager, D’Appolonia Engineering Consulting, S.p.A., Genoa, Italy (a large international engineering consulting company -- (1987-1990 and 1993-1995)

• Technical Director, Project Manager or Team leader for more than a hundred risk assessment projects for a variety of natural events (earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, flood, waves, wind, current), and single structures, portfolio of structures, and lifelines (buildings, bridges, offshore platforms, dams, levees, pipelines, industrial plants, nuclear and conventional power plants, power and water distribution systems, ports, wind turbines) located in five continents. These studies underpinned risk mitigation strategies for hundreds of billions of USD using a variety of measures (retrofit, insurance, reinsurance, catastrophe bonds and combinations of the above). A selected list of recent projects includes:

-Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI), Earthquake, Tsunami, and Tropical Cyclone Risk Assessment for 15 island countries in the Pacific. Client: the World Bank, 2009-2011.

- Flood and Earthquake Risk Modeling for Albania, Serbia and Macedonia in support of the EuropaRE Reinsurance Facility Operations. Client: the World Bank (2011-present).

-Global Catastrophe Mutual Bond Risk Modeling Study for the perils of earthquake and hurricanes, which led to the issuance of $290m catastrophe bonds for the Mexican Government. Client: the World Bank in collaboration with SwissRE, MunichRE, and Goldman Sachs (2009).

-Recompiling, Analyses, Quantification, and Modeling of Seismic Risk of the United Mexican States, due to Earthquakes of Major Proportions”, which led to a $450m catastrophe bond and reinsurance transactions for the Mexican Government. Client: the World Bank in collaboration with SwissRE (2006).

-Hurricane Risk Analysis for the Dow Chemical Plant in Freeport, TX (the second largest in the world). Client: Dow Chemical; (2007-2008).

-Tropical Cyclone Risk Model for Offshore Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico (2007-2008), Earthquake Risk Model for the United States (2008-2009), Earthquake and Tropical Cyclone Risk Model for Industrial Facilities in the United States (2009-2010). These models are used by most insurance/reinsurance companies and brokers in the world. Client: AIR

-Seismic risk analyses for the General Motor’s manufacturing plants in Japan, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela and of the Endesa South America Assets in Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Client: General Motors and Endesa (2002 and 2008).

-Seismic Risk Analysis of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Portfolio”. Client: Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs Company (HRH) now absorbed by Willis (2004).

- Ground Motion Scenarios for the Seismic Risk Assessment of the Levees in the Sacramento River Delta. Client: California Department of Water Resources (2007).

- Reviewer of the Site Response Analyses for the Beznau, Goesgen, and Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plants in Switzerland – PEGASOS Project. Client: National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA), (2003 and 2010).

- Seismic risk assessment of the San Francisco AT&T Stadium, the Sun Microsystems campuses in California and in Colorado, the San Francisco Pier 39 including superstructures and parking garage, the YMCA Central building in San Francisco, the Xicor semiconductor headquarter in Milpitas, CA, the Chirag 1 offshore platform in the Caspian Sea (1996-1999).

-Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment (PSHA) studies for many sites in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Clients: AGIP, Total, and BP (1995-1998).



• Author of more than 90 papers and reports some of which broke new ground on several aspects of probabilistic seismic hazard and risk assessment

• Principal investigator of several research projects funded by United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), and Stanford University on different aspects of seismic risk and engineering seismology. (2001-2008)