One of the world' s leading consultants on the topic of economic development
Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the world' s leading consultants on the topic of economic develo-pment.
He started working in the field of International Aid in Africa in 1971 and has since worked in Australia,
New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, Latin America, USA and Asia in projects that promote local
entrepreneurship and local self determination.
Dr. Sirolli resides in the USA where he was invited to establish the Sirolli Institute, a social enterprise that
teaches civic leaders how to capture the passion energy and imagination of its own citizens.
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.
Dr. Sirolli is the author of two books: "Ripples from the Zambezi" a best seller that is used by Economic
Development Faculties in Universities the world over, and "How to start a busi-ness and ignite your life",
a book aimed at would be 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 2.5 million times. Due to his amazing speaking skills, Ernesto Sirolli
has been featured in two best selling books books as one of the great speakers from TED: “Talk Like TED: The 9
Public Speaking Se-crets of the World's Top Minds, written by Carmine Gallo; and “TED Talks: The Official TED
Guide to Public Speaking” written by Chris Anderson, Curator of TED.
In 1985, Dr. Sirolli pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic
development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the
local people. The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 300 communities around
the world to adopt respon-sive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise
Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance 26 years ago. Esperance community project is still active and has helped
over 800 new businesses in the first 20 years.
Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!!!
When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work.
This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he propo-ses that the
first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial
spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Trinity of Management: Create Jobs and Revenue in your Community
After 27 years of worldwide success in community growth, the Sirolli Institute is offering to train professionals
on the fundamentals of coaching entrepreneurs. we offer a 3 days in the Trinity of Management® theory and practice.
This professional training will build your com-petency in a state-of-the-art, yet simple, management coaching approach.
Multiply the chan-ces for local entrepreneurs to start businesses on a solid foundation. Become conversant in the
practicalities of setting up a business…a business that succeeds.
Other speaking topics
Youth (Millennials) Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, Personal Growth, Health, Education,
Business, Resettlement/Migration, Mining/Extractive industries, Community Relations, Social Impact and Innovation.
“Intrapreneurship” – the application of innovation & growth inside companies for better performance, Corporate Social
Responsibili-ty , Shared values, and resonating with your audience an clients.