Elena works as a freelance tourism developer who consults on local development and cultural tourism projects. She is a project manager for a cooperation project on innovation in rural areas. She is also responsible for sustainability improvement on two projects in Italy’s Trentino Alto Adige area. She is also the project consultant for an Interreg European project about local governance management. Elena is responsible for a Laboratory on Tourism Planning at the University of Milan-Bicocca, where she was previously an adjunct professor of Sustainable Tourism. She was also a research fellow at the University of Bergamo and a junior researcher for Studiare Sviluppo, a company of the Italian Department for Development and Cohesion of the Ministry of Economic Development. She is also a member of the Associazione Italiana Turismo Enogastronomico (Italian Food & Beverage Association).