Our staff

Flaviano Bianchini
Founder and director of Source

Flaviano Bianchini (Fabriano, Italy) is an environmentalist and naturalist. Ashoka Fellow from 2012. He is specialized in Valorization and Management of Natural Resources and he holds a Master Degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. For several years he has been dealing with violations of Human Rights and health damages related to the extractive industries, especially in Latin America. His studies on the impact of extractive industries on environment and health have led to changes in the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Guatemala and the adoption of laws on the welfare for the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru. From 2007 to 2009 he promoted  a campaign on the impact of mining activity together with Amnesty International. Candidate environmentalist of the year by the magazine The New Ecology in 2008 received the social worker prize from the San Carlos University of Guatemala in 2006 and the Chatwin prize in 2012 for his book “In Tibet un viaggio clandestino”. He received the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012. 

Laura Grassi
Project Manager, Responsible for Capacity Building of local communities

 Laura Grassi (Milan, Italy) is an environmental scientist specialised on surveying, classification, interpretation and conservation of soil and enviromental impacts linked to natural and human factors. After completing her BSc in Natural Sciences (University of Genoa), she decided to get involve in MSc in Science and Technology for the Environment and Territory (University of Milan Bicocca). Thanks to a scholarship, Laura has collaborated in a study on soil about grazing and forest fires impacts in the Cajas National Park in the Ecuadorian Andes. That first experience has been a door to new incredible emotions, to cultures and traditions custodians of deep knowledge, to normal people who become important examples of life but also taking consciousness of social and environmental injustices. In the last year she has worked before in Mexico, working on a university project (University of Michoacan in Morelia) on the study of soils affected by landslides and geological faults, and subsequently in Belize (NGO Ya’axchè Conservation Trust) giving her contribution to the development of projects in agroecology and evaluation of the quality and fertility of soils in support to indigenous community.

Simona Lippi
Cartography Specialist

 Simona Lippi (Viareggio, Italia) is a naturalist specialized in geographic information systems. She get closed to GIS Software during a work experience in Portugal where she collaborated with the Centro de Monitorização e Interpretação Ambiental de Viseu. After coming back to Italy, she took part in GIS training course and she realized and appreciated the use of geographic information for the Environmental Conservation and Preservation. After that, she decided to achieve a new master degree and she graduated with a thesis in Geomatics for cooperation. As Italo Calvino wrote “The map, though static, is an Odyssey” 

James Rodríguez
The journalist of Source

James Rodríguez (San Diego, USA) is an independent Mexican-U.S. documentary photographer. Based in Guatemala since 2004, James has documented numerous regional struggles involving land tenure, indigenous rights, reparation processes, and impunity in Central America’s post-war era through an independent media platform called He made photojournalist documentary for Amnesty International and Oxfam America among others and he has held individual exhibits of his photographic work in numerous countries. James is the journalist of Source. He is the one who makes the invisible visible. 

Federico Helfgott
Responsible of the social impact of extractive industries

Federico Helfgott (Lima, Peru) is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His specialties include the anthropology of extractive industries, political economy and Peruvian and Latin American social history. He has conducted field, archival and oral history research in the central highlands of Peru. In particular, his research topics have included mine-community relations, environmental pollution in Cerro de Pasco, Peru, and the social history of mining workers and of the labour movement in the mines. His writings have appeared in Anthropology Today, in Cruce magazine, and in an upcoming collective volume on mining and territory in Peru. In Source Federico is in charge of the activity related to the social impact of extractive industries.