UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Marco Dini
First Name
Last Name
Country of Residence
City of Residence
Imola (Bo)

I have been working for more than twenty years in Latin America in micro, small and medium enterprises and local development.
My professional activity is focused on the development process of local production systems, with special attention to the dynamic of integration of small and medium-sized enterprises. The idea that, somehow, guided my work is that social cohesion and the characteristics of the economic interaction among local actors are crucial to ensure the enterprisesí competitiveness. In other words, the companiesí economic results are significantly influenced by the characteristics of the links they establish with other firms or local institutions. In this perspective, I think that networking process, clustering process as well as supply chain development or local economic development are strictly connected and complementary
In this area, I worked as consultant for national and international institutions, in almost all the countries of the region and I developed several functions: elaborating and assessing projects; organizing seminars, for preparing and training local teams; monitoring different initiatives; coordinating research teams to investigate development and innovation process in local production systems.
In the last twenty five years I have published approximately thirty articles related with those topics.
In which languages could you support a CD project (proficiency level should be adequate so that you could also hold presentations and do trainings in this language)?
English, Spanish,
In which countries have you worked on CD projects?
Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama
Experience in the following areas ...
Cluster twinning x
CSR in a cluster context x
Innovation in a cluster context x
Cluster based finance schemes x
Export Consortia development x
Monitoring & Evaluation of CD projects x
Gender issues a cluster context x
Poverty alleviation through CD x
Development of BDS in a cluster context x
Energy efficiency in clusters x
Cluster policy advisory x

worked in min. 2 clusters on the respective issue and or drafted methodological texts on the subject
worked in/managed a project where the respective subject was an issue, but not directly implemented related activities
Have you ever worked as Cluster Development Agent (CDA)?
Have you been trained specifically on the UNIDO CD approach?
Have you ever been employed under a UNIDO cluster development project?
How many clusters have you assisted as a CDA?
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of textiles
Manufacturing of leather and related products
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products
Manufacturing of basic metals and metal products
Manufacturing of computer, electronic and optical products