Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the world’s leading consultants on the topic of economic development. Dr. Sirolli is the author of two books: “Ripples from the Zambezi – Passion Entrepreneurship and the rebirth of local economics” a best seller that is used by Economic Development Faculties in Universities over the world and "How to start a business and ignite your life – a simple guide to combining business wisdom with passion” a book for entrepreneurs. In 2012 Dr. Sirolli was invited to give a TED TALK ; his 17 minutes talk : “Shut up and Listen” has been translated in 31 languages and downloaded more than 1.9 million times.  Dr. Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Sciences from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D in Local Enterprise Facilitation from Murdoch University, Australia in 2004. He is an Industry Fellow at CSRM University of Queensland. Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, a non-profit organization and social enterprise since 1995 that teaches community leaders, Governments and Corporations how to manage Enterprise Facilitation Communities.