Greening the Islands Foundation


Gianni Chianetta

Project Leader
Chair, GTI Foundation

Gianni Chianetta is Founder & Chair at Greening the Islands Foundation, newly elected Board Member and Secretary of the Global Solar Council.


He has been working in the area of energy since 2003. He served as Head of Communications & External Affairs at BP Italy, Managing Director at BP Solar Italy, Founder, and Chairman of the first Italian Solar PV Industry Association. Furthermore, he negotiated the five Photovoltaic Energy Incentive Decrees (feed in-tariff) with the Italian Government, that brought the installed capacity from approx. 35 MWp to more than 20 GWp. Mr Chianetta founded the Global Network of National PV Associations in 2007, which was the basis for the establishment in 2015 of the Global Solar Council. He was elected Co-Chairman from its foundation and then Chairman before taking on the role of CEO until the end of 2023.


He has also been a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Renewables Alliance, IRENA Coalition for Action and Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy (leading the launch of the organisation), Chairman of Worldwide Carbon Price and member of the Advisory Board at REN21. Not only that, but he also chaired the National Committee for Solar Energy of the Italian Ministry of the Environment and was a member of the Strategy Committee of Solar Power Europe.


Gianni Chianetta has a degree in Mechanical & Management Engineering and masters/seminars at Middlesex University (London), Kellogg School of Management (Chicago), SDA Bocconi Milano (Milan), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid).