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SPEAKER 2021

SPEAKER

Discover the speakers who alternate during the 19th edition of the PNI

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ALESSANDRO GRANDI - PNICube

Alessandro Grandi, Full Professor of Economic-Management Engineering at the School of Engineering of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, where he held the position of President of the Degree Course in Management Engineering from 2007 to 2013. Prof. Grandi is also scientific director of the Master in Management of Bologna Business School, president of Almacube srl, member of the Board of Directors of the Centro Ceramico Consortium and of various spin-off companies of the University of Bologna. Since 2019 he has been president of the PNICube and Almacube Srl Association. His research activity and professional focus mainly concern the organization and management of technological innovation processes; policies, structures and services for the development of new businesses in the high-tech sectors; project management.

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ORAZIO SCHILLACI - Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"

Rector at the University of Rome Tor Vergata since 2019 and President of the Tor Vergata Polyclinic Foundation. At the University "La Sapienza" in 1990 he graduated in Medicine and Surgery, in 1994 he obtained the specialization in Nuclear Medicine. In 2000 he obtained the title of PhD at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". Author of over 300 publications in extensive journals included in PubMed. Since 2017 he is President of AIMN; since 2020 he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the ISS and since 2021 he is a member of the "Renewal of the Technology Park" Working Group of the CSS

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PIETRO SEBASTIANI - Embassy of Italy to the Holy See and Order of Malta

Ambassador of Italy to the Holy See and the Order of Malta. He was Director General of the Italian Development Cooperation, Ambassador to Spain, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Organizations in Italy, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Interparliamentary Union in Geneva and to the President of the Chamber in the 14th Legislature, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Unesco, Deputy Consul General in New York and Consul in Moscow. He is a member of the Board of Directors of SIOI, of Telefono Azzurro, of the Observatory for Education and International Cooperation of the Catholic University, of the Meyer Pediatric Hospital Foundation, of the Sorella Natura Foundation, of the Scientific Committee of the Guido Carli Foundation and of the Master MODSC of Tor Vergata. Author of books, essays and articles on historical, political and international cooperation topics.

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ALON SIMHAYOFF - Israeli Embassy in Rome

Minister and Deputy Ambassador to the Israeli Embassy in Rome. Prior to taking this position, he served in 2019-2020 as a Political Advisor in the MFA Regional Security and Counter-Terrorism Department. In the years 2015-2018 he held the position of Head of the Foreign Policy Section for European Affairs at the National Security Council. Previously, he worked as a Desk Officer at the Bureau for Middle Eastern Economic Affairs and as a European Affairs Analyst at the Center for Policy Research. From 2008 to 2011 he was Political Secretary and Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw, and subsequently worked at the MAE headquarters as a Desk Officer for bilateral relations with Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Austria.

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ENRICO GIOVANNINI

Minister of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, he is an Italian economist, statistician and academic. He was sworn in on February 13, 2021, in the Draghi government. He was chief statistician of the OECD from 2001 to August 2009, president of Istat from August 2009 to April 2013. From 28 April 2013 to 22 February 2014 he was Minister of Labor and Social Policy of the Letta government. He is full professor of economic statistics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", professor of Public management at the Department of Political Sciences of the Luiss University and member of numerous boards of foundations and national and international organizations. From 3 February 2016 until 13 February 2021 he was the Spokesperson of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASViS).

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GILBERTO PICHETTO FRATIN

Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development. He graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Turin. Chartered accountant and professor of Accounting, he has always carried out professional activity as a business consultant in the corporate and tax branch, for businesses and professionals. He held public offices in municipal and regional administrations before and after being elected to the Senate of the Republic with the Popolo della Libertà and Forza Italia during the XVI legislature (2008-2013) and in the XVII Legislature. He has been secretary of the V Permanent Commission for Economic Planning, Budget, since 2010 Parent Company of the People of Freedom and member of the 11th Permanent Commission for Labor, Social Security, and of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the phenomenon of accidents at work. In the current Legislature he held the position of Parent Company in the Budget Commission of the Senate and with the birth of the Draghi government he was appointed Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development, a position he still holds today. During his mandate, on the basis of the powers assigned to him by Minister Giorgetti, Deputy Minister Pichetto is following numerous issues particularly related to the automotive sector, trade and industrial policies. The Deputy Minister worked hard to ensure that Parliament could approve the establishment of the "Italian research center for automotive and aerospace" as part of the “Sostegni bis” provision. 

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MARIA CRISTINA MESSA

Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development. He graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Turin. Chartered accountant and professor of Accounting, he has always carried out professional activity as a business consultant in the corporate and tax branch, for businesses and professionals. He held public offices in municipal and regional administrations before and after being elected to the Senate of the Republic with the Popolo della Libertà and Forza Italia during the XVI legislature (2008-2013) and in the XVII Legislature. He has been secretary of the V Permanent Commission for Economic Planning, Budget, since 2010 Parent Company of the People of Freedom and member of the 11th Permanent Commission for Labor, Social Security, and of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the phenomenon of accidents at work. In the current Legislature he held the position of Parent Company in the Budget Commission of the Senate and with the birth of the Draghi government he was appointed Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Development, a position he still holds today. During his mandate, on the basis of the powers assigned to him by Minister Giorgetti, Deputy Minister Pichetto is following numerous issues particularly related to the automotive sector, trade and industrial policies. The Deputy Minister worked hard to ensure that Parliament could approve the establishment of the "Italian research center for automotive and aerospace" as part of the “Sostegni bis” provision. 

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ALBERTO SILVANI

Policy analyst with scientific and professional experience in the field of research policy, innovation, evaluation and technology transfer, working in different locations, as a research manager at the CNR, or seconded to various universities and other institutions such as the Commission European. In addition to his scientific activity (he is the author and co-author of over a hundred publications including articles in journals, chapters and volumes) he has combined management responsibilities and consultancy.  He regularly collaborates with MET in the survey on business innovation and is a member of the Scientific Committee of CRANEC of UniCattolica.

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ALBERTO TRIPI

Majority shareholder and Chairman of AlmavivA SpA - The Italian Innovation Company. Entrepreneur, graduated in Electronic Engineering from the La Sapienza University of Rome. He worked for IBM for 17 years, where he held important managerial roles in Italy and abroad. In 1983 he left IBM EMEA (based in Paris) where he held the role of Service Business Development Director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and founded COS / ISI Italsistemi per l'Informatica (now AlmavivA), an IT and telecommunications services company. . He has been present in the Confindustria system with representative positions since 1977, where he was President of Confindustria Innovative and Technological Services. He is Vice President of Unindustria with responsibility for Digital Transformation for the four-year period 2020-2024. He is part of the General Council of Confindustria and Confindustria Digitale, in Anitec-Assinform (ICT Association) he is part of the General Council for the four-year period 2021-2025 and is Head of ICT Studies and Strategies. Since February 2017 he has held the position of Confindustria Delegate for Cyber Security. He has been a director of IRI since 1997, for five years and until his liquidation. He was a member of the CNEL Council, participates in the Leonardo Committee (for the promotion of Made in Italy) and is a member of the Council for Relations between Italy and the United States. He is also a member and member of the General Council of ASPHI Onlus, a Foundation owned by organizations and companies that support the various activities for the integration of disabled people through the use of ICT technology.

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ALESSANDRO BALBONI 

Responsabile dell’Innovation Business Development dell’Innovation Center di Intesa Sanpaolo e membro del Comitato Investimenti di Neva Srg, società di gestione di fondi di Venture Capital del Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo. Laureato in Scienze Politiche indirizzo Economico all'Università di Bologna, ha svolto la propria carriera all'interno di 3 Gruppi Bancari occupandosi da sempre del segmento imprese ed arrivando a ricoprire il ruolo di Responsabile Corporate e Merchant Banking e, successivamente Chief Lending  Officer. E' stato board member di Mac Spa (poi divenuto AIM Spa di Borsa Italiana), Palladio Leasing (Gruppo Selmabipiemme – Mediobanca), Polis Fondi Sgr, Nordest Merchant Spa e Nem Sgr.

ALESSANDRO MECHELLI 

Director of the Department of Management and Law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He covered his academic career at the University of Tuscia where he was first a researcher, then associate professor and finally full professor of Business Economics. In the academic field he has held numerous positions, including Director of Department, President of the Quality Presidium, Member of the Academic Sentato and Member of the Evaluation Unit at the University of Tuscia and Member of the Evaluation Unit and Department Director at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". He is a chartered accountant and auditor, expert witness at the Civil Court of Rome.

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ASTORRE MODENA

Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Venture Partners, a leading venture fund focused on Israeli startups in sectors that have a positive impact on society such as Clean Energy, Digital Transformation and Healthcare. He sits on the board of directors of leading companies such as Intuition Robotics, Wi-Charge, Makalu, Sixgill. Before founding Terra, he was the principal of Israel Seed Partners, a major seed - stage venture capital in Israel with over $ 260 million under management. Prior to Israel Seed, he worked at McKinsey & Co., based in Paris, where he advised leading Italian, French and Israeli manufacturing and financial companies. He holds a PhD from Imperial College London and was a researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris working on their nuclear fusion energy program. He is co-author of more than 25 scientific articles in prestigious journals, such as Nature and is fluent in Italian, English, French and Hebrew.

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CARLO ALBERTO PRATESI

Full Professor of Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability at Roma Tre University. Rector's Delegate for Startups. He is a consultant on communication and marketing issues for leading companies, including Barilla, Danone, Procter & Gamble, Coop Italia and Medtronic. President of EIIS - European Institute for Innovation & Sustainability. One of the founders of the Italian Marketing Society. He is a member of the Order of Journalists and columnist of the Corriere della Sera - Rome. 

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COSMANO LOMBARDO

Founder & CEO Search On Media Group and Creator WMF - We Make Future - The largest Festival on Innovation. In 2007, together with Giorgio Taverniti and Andrea Pernici, he founded Search On Media Group, a business group that deals with training, consulting and open innovation, contributing to the training of over 3 million people and gathering a community of 300,000 innovators.  He is the creator of WMF - We Make Future, the largest Festival on Innovation, an International Fair which in the past edition recorded 24,000 visitors. He also holds the role of creator and operational director of appointments today a reference point for the digital sector (Social Media Strategies, Search Marketing Connect, Training Week, D4NP - Digital For Non Profit).  Since 2020, also in the face of the emergency context, it has developed initiatives aimed at enhancing the path of diffusion of innovation, launching the WMF Italian Roadshow and HUBitat, the network of 14 hubs along the national territory; and the WMF International Roadshow, a tour of 12 events abroad to contribute to the osmosis between Italian and international realities. He is President of the Digital Italy Association and member of the National Young Innovators Association.

EMILIANO SCHENA

Professor and Delegate of the Rector for the Third Mission at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. Graduated in biomedical engineering with honors from the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. After completing his PhD, he spent numerous periods abroad at major universities in the USA, the Republic of Korea and Israel.  His research activity focuses on the design and development of wearable systems capable of monitoring physiological parameters for the optimization of the rehabilitation process, in sports and to prevent the risk of accidents.  He is the co-founder of the startup HEREMOS.

EMILIO FORTUNATO CAMPANA

Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" where he teaches "Digital Communications and Internet of Things Principles and Applications" and coordinates the II level Master in "Engineering and international law of space in satellite communication systems, navigation and sensing ". He is deputy director of the CTIF Interdepartmental Center and head of the International Network Liason Office. He worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark (2000-2003). Today the main research areas are the use of radio-frequency signals (opportunistic signals such as WiFi signals or specifically designed) in the sensing field. He is a founding partner of an innovative start-up. He is the author of about 150 articles in international journals / transanctions and international conference proceedings.

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ENRICO POCHETTINO

Innovation Director of the Iren Group, one of the main and dynamic Italian multi-utility companies. He follows the innovation projects that impact all business areas of the Group and in 2018 he launched the IREN-Up Corporate Venture Capital project for direct investments in startups.  Prior to the current position he has held since 2015, he was Head of M&A and previously Head of Investor Relations.

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ERNESTINA CIANCA

Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" where he teaches "Digital Communications and Internet of Things Principles and Applications" and coordinates the II level Master in "Engineering and international law of space in satellite communication systems, navigation and sensing ". He is deputy director of the CTIF Interdepartmental Center and head of the International Network Liason Office. He worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark (2000-2003). Today the main research areas are the use of radio-frequency signals (opportunistic signals such as WiFi signals or specifically designed) in the sensing field. He is a founding partner of an innovative start-up. He is the author of about 150 articles in international journals / transanctions and international conference proceedings.

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FEDERICO PALMIERI

CEO of BizPlace, the first Italian company that supports innovative entrepreneurs at the head of startups and SMEs in all financial transactions that involve them. BizPlace has followed over 400 startups in recent years with several million euros raised thanks to support and advisory. In addition, he is CEO of Alnus Capital Srl, an investment company that applies the principles of value investing by investing in companies with a strong competitive advantage and listed on the stock exchange with long-term time objectives.

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FRANCESCO DE SANTIS

CEO of BizPlace, the first Italian company that supports innovative entrepreneurs at the head of startups and SMEs in all financial transactions that involve them. BizPlace has followed over 400 startups in recent years with several million euros raised thanks to support and advisory. In addition, he is CEO of Alnus Capital Srl, an investment company that applies the principles of value investing by investing in companies with a strong competitive advantage and listed on the stock exchange with long-term time objectives.

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FRANCESCO FERRANTE

Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. He holds a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Applied Economics (ESPA) from the University of York (UK). He has held various institutional positions, including that of pro-rector of Job placement and technology transfer. In 2006 he founded ImprendiLab, a university laboratory for the promotion of entrepreneurial culture. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the PNICube and of the scientific committee of AlmaLaurea and of the CER. His current research interests revolve around the themes of the economics of education, entrepreneurship and the labor market, with particular reference to the role of entrepreneurship of university students.

FRANCESCO SCAFARTO

Researcher in Management and professor of "Business creation and entrepreneurship" at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". He carries out mentoring and support activities for academic and student startups for the purposes of the Start Cup Lazio collaborative network. He is currently the local coordinator for the "Innovation & Entrepreneurship" activities relating to various international projects of the YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) partnership in close collaboration with the technology transfer offices of the University of "Tor Vergata".

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GIANMARCO CARNOVALE

Presidente dell’associazione Roma Startup che raccoglie gli abilitatori – incubatori, investitori,
università, scuole di impresa, professionisti - del territorio romano attivi nel supporto ed
investimento in startup; di membro del Comitato Scientifico dell’associazione AgriFood-Tech Italia; di membro del Consiglio di Sviluppo Economico di Roma Capitale; è Presidente e Amministratore Delegato di SCUTER, startup che sviluppa un servizio di mobilità urbana basata su di un veicolo elettrico proprietario innovativo. Imprenditore, tecnologo, architetto di ecosistemi, facilitatore di connessioni, editorialista, speaker, policy advocate, consigliere politico e consulente di innovazione, tra i pionieri dell’innovazione sulla scena romana dalla fine degli anni ‘90. Studioso di metodologie di impresa su modello venture-backed, di open innovation ed organizzazioni esponenziali, di costruzione di ecosistemi, è stato fondatore di diverse imprese tecnologiche nell’ambito software, nuovi media, consumer electronics, mobile, apparati per telecomunicazioni; negli anni tra il 1998 ed il 2010 è stato responsabile delle strategie in una holding di investimenti e company builder, e dopo il 2010 ha partecipato alla creazione e alla gestione di diversi acceleratori contribuendo alla costruzione della filiera italiana del venture business e dell’ecosistema startup. Promuove attivamente l’economia dell’innovazione come divulgatore e relatore in convegni, professore a contratto, consulente per l’innovazione di soggetti politici, editorialista per testate di settore, ed estensore di testi di legge e di strategie territoriali a tema impresa ed innovazione.

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LEONARDO BECCHETTI

Full Professor of Political Economy at the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome. Columnist of Avvenire and Il Sole 24 ore, economic advisor to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Labor and Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility. He is co-founder of Next (network of 42 organizations for social and environmental sustainability) and Gioosto (online platform for responsible consumption). Author of about 520 works including scientific publications, working papers and numerous popular volumes including "Bergoglionomics" (Minimum Fax), "Neurosceptics" Rizzoli (February 2019), "The market are us" (Bruno Mondadori) "Wiki economy" Il Mulino . He is among the promoters of the School of Civil Economy. He is currently president of the Ethics Committee of Etica sgr.

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LORENZO TAGLIAVANTI

President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Rome (since 2015) and of Unioncamere Lazio. Since 2018 he has been President of InfoCamere and Regional Director of CNA Lazio (National Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Enterprises - Association of the Lazio Region). He holds numerous other positions, such as: President of the Board of Founding Members of the Cinema per Roma Foundation, Vice President of the Territory Council for Central Italy of Unicredit, Member of the Executive Committee of National Unioncamere, Member of the Board of Directors of Universitas Mercatorum and Member of the Board of Directors of Isnart. In the past he was, among other things, Director of CNA (1991-2018), President of Tecnoservicecamere (2017-2018) President of the Rome Real Estate Exchange (2001-2013), Vice President of Sviluppo Lazio SpA (2007-2010) , Committee for the Analogous Control of Infocamere ScpA and President of the Consorzio Sarti of Rome (1999-2005).

LUIGI CAMPITELLI

Director of the “Active Space and Open Innovation” business unit of Lazio Innova, the Lazio Region agency focused on innovation, finance and local development. From 2011 to 2013 he was General Manager of the Pa.L.Mer., Technology Park of Southern Lazio.  From 1997 to 2011 he was General Manager of the BIC (Business Innovation Center) Lazio, Regional Network of Business Incubators.  He chaired both the European Association of BICs and the Association of Italian BICs (BIC Italia).  Evaluator of business projects and investment programs, he is also a consultant for local and central government on European planning and internationalization. Author and speaker of numerous articles and essays on startups and business development.

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LUIGI PAGANETTO

Professor emeritus, President of the “Tor Vergata” Economic Foundation, Coordinator of the “Group of 20 - How to Revitalize Anaemic Europe”, General Secretary Villa Mondragone Development Economic Association, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Confindustria Studies Center. Former Vice-President and President of the Risk Committee for the BoD of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, Dean of the "Tor Vergata" Faculty of Economics, President of ENEA, IEA Secretary General, Economic Adviser of the Chinese Government of Jiangsu Province, Italian High Level Group Representative for the Lisbon Strategy , Vice president of the CNR. Author of articles and books in the field of Macroeconomics, European and International Economics, Global Change, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, Technological and Automation Challenges, Energy and Digital Transition.

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MARCELLA MALLEN 

President of ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development and of Prioritalia, Foundation of the managers' organizations Cida and Manageritalia. Graduated in law, former president of Manageritalia Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Sardinia and Umbria and of CFMT. Professor of Diversity Management at the Lumsa University of Rome, member of the steering committee of Value @ Work of the Institute of Higher Studies on Women of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. Among the publications: "Effect D. If leadership is female: special stories of normal women" (F. Angeli, 2011), Saadi's daughter (Polaris, 2016), Diversity management. Gender and generations for resilient sustainability (Armando Editore, 2020). 

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MARCO GIRARDO

Journalist. After studying Philosophy in Trieste and Communications Sciences at the Cattolica in Milan, he began collaborating with various national economic and financial newspapers. In 1998 he joined the Economics editorial office of the daily Avvenire, of which he became responsible in 2011. Since 2021 he has been responsible for the Civil Economy of Avvenire for which he oversaw the multimedia publishing project. Since 2008 he has hosted the popular broadcast “News in progress: the economy”, of which he is the author, on the InBlu radio network.

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MARIA CRISTINA FINUCCI

Architect and artist. In 2013 at UNESCO he founded the Garbage Patch State, the State of the plastic islands in the oceans to raise the environmental issue connected to them. He has made monumental installations in various places around the world. In 2018, as Head of State, he signed the UN Agenda 2030 resolution on sustainable development. He has received many awards and his work has been exhibited in museums. In February 2019 she was awarded the decoration of Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

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MAURIZIO SOBRERO

Full Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Bologna and Associate Dean for New Faculty at the Bologna Business School. He deals with issues of entrepreneurship, research policies and innovation management, on which he has published five books and numerous articles in the main international journals. He has held various positions on these issues for Italian and European institutions. In 2001 he was one of the founders of the Start Cup, the Business Plan Competition of the University of Bologna, of the Almacube incubator and promoted the birth of the first edition of what has now become the National Innovation Award. 

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MICHELA MARI

Associate Professor of Economics and Business Management at the Department of Management and Law of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Among the institutional roles covered at the same Department, she is - since April 2019 - Deputy Coordinator of the Master in Economics and Real Estate Management (MEGIM). She is also, since 2018, Deputy Coordinator of the Departmental Center "Scientific Observatory on Women's Enterprises - OSIF" and member of the Teaching Body of the Research Doctorate in Management. Her research activity is mainly focused on the issues of female entrepreneurship and real estate management.

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MICHELANGELO SIMONELLI

Senior Government Affairs Director Gilead Sciences Italia. Graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at the La Sapienza University of Rome and a Masters in Pharmacognosy at the Noble Pharmaceutical College of Rome. He has held roles of increasing responsibility, nationally and internationally, in several leading multinational companies in the pharmaceutical sector in the areas of Marketing and Sales. 

NICOLA TASCO 

President of LAZIO INNOVA SPA, a company for innovation and development of the Lazio Region. He deals with corporate taxation, the taxation of extraordinary transactions as well as mutual investment funds. It also provides assistance in relation to corporate law issues in the context of the ordinary and extraordinary activities of companies and groups of transnational companies. For INTESA SANPAOLO he worked in New York assisting Italian companies operating in the United States of America. He then dealt with the preparation of contracts relating to bank financing transactions as well as structured finance transactions. He is a member of the Governing Body of the CTNA (National Aerospace Technology Cluster), of the Steering Committee of ANFIR (National Association of Regional Finance), of the Tax Law Project of the Rome Bar Association, of the Board of Directors of the National and International Chamber of the Rome Bar Association. He was coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Observatory on Conflicts and Conciliation. He is the author of the book: “Fisco, the betrayed love” - EPC Editore, 2015.

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NICOLA ZINGARETTI

President of the Lazio Region since 12 March 2013, where he was re-elected in 2018, a unique case in the history of this institution. He was Secretary of the Democratic Party from 17 March 2019 to 5 March 2021. From 2008 to 2012 he held the position of President of the Province of Rome. In 2007 he was the first secretary of the Pd of Lazio. From 2004 to 2008 he was European Parliamentary. In Europe he has been involved in consumer protection, volunteering, disability and civil rights. In 2007, it approved a directive that imposes criminal penalties for counterfeiters who import illegal and dangerous goods from non-EU countries. For this commitment, he received the nomination for the MEP Award, the prestigious recognition that is given every year to the most deserving MEPs. From 1995 to 1997 he was president of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and Vice President of the Socialist International, starting an intense international activity that led him, in 1999, to Burma to support the "movement for democracy" . The same year he organized the Dalai Lama's trip to Rome. In 1991 he was elected National Secretary of the Youth Left and the following year as Municipal Councilor of Rome. In those years he was committed to sustainable development and in defense of the environment, legality and against the mafia. In 1982, at the age of 17, he took part in the peace movement, and was one of the founders of the anti-racist voluntary association “Nero e non solo”.

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PAOLA PANICCIA

Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". In the same University he also holds the following roles: Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center for TeleInFrastructures - CTIF, Director of the Master in "Economics and Management of Tourism and Cultural Activities", Director of the Master in "Management of Organizations and Social Doctrine of the Church" She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the PNICube and Coordinator of the Start Cup Lazio - Regional Business Plan Competition Author and co-author of over a hundred publications including articles in journals, chapters and volumes, published nationally and internationally.

PAOLO ORNELI

Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". In the same University he also holds the following roles: Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center for TeleInFrastructures - CTIF, Director of the Master in "Economics and Management of Tourism and Cultural Activities", Director of the Master in "Management of Organizations and Social Doctrine of the Church" She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the PNICube and Coordinator of the Start Cup Lazio - Regional Business Plan Competition Author and co-author of over a hundred publications including articles in journals, chapters and volumes, published nationally and internationally.

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PIERLUIGI MONCERI

Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". In the same University he also holds the following roles: Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center for TeleInFrastructures - CTIF, Director of the Master in "Economics and Management of Tourism and Cultural Activities", Director of the Master in "Management of Organizations and Social Doctrine of the Church" She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the PNICube and Coordinator of the Start Cup Lazio - Regional Business Plan Competition Author and co-author of over a hundred publications including articles in journals, chapters and volumes, published nationally and internationally.

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RAFFAELE TRAPASSO

Senior Economist at the OECD Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities; coordinates the work of the Organization on entrepreneurial training and entrepreneurial skills, with a specific focus on universities and higher education systems. Before joining the OECD, he worked with national and local governments to promote regional development. He obtained the title of PhD in Political Economy at the State University of the Sacred Heart of Piacenza and he graduated in Economics and Commerce from the Federico II University of Naples.

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RICCARDO LUNA

Journalist passionate about innovation. Founder of Campus, Il Romanista and Wired, for fifteen years in Repubblica, he founded and directed the online magazines Chefuturo! and StartupItalia !, edited the first four European Maker Faire, wrote the best seller "Cambiamo tutto!" (The third). He was Digital Champion from September 2014 to September 2016. From 1 October 2016 to 30 June 2019 he directed the AGI and every day at 13.57 is on RDS for 100 seconds. From 24 May 2021 he has directed Italian Tech, the technology magazine of the GEDI group, and from 1 November also Green and Blue, the sustainability magazine of the same group. For Rai he made a TV series on digital in Italy to be released on December 3.

RICCARDO SAVORITI

President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group for the three-year period 2021-2024. He obtained a high school diploma in classical studies at the Liceo Tulliano in Arpino. In Rome, he graduated in Economics of Financial and Insurance Intermediaries, in Business Economics. After a first experience in the business consulting sector, he joined the family business, Sama Marketing e Produzione Srl, active in the waste sector. Specialized in administration and management control, and today he also follows commercial activities abroad, constantly comparing myself with international markets. It has been part of the Youth Group since 2007: when, even before the merger on a regional basis, the Association was limited to the province of Frosinone. After many years of a profound and participatory associationism, closely experiencing the birth of Unindustria, from 2018 to 2021 he held his first position in the regional GGI Board of Directors, with the role of Vice President.

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ROBERTO GUALTIERI

President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group for the three-year period 2021-2024. He obtained a high school diploma in classical studies at the Liceo Tulliano in Arpino. In Rome, he graduated in Economics of Financial and Insurance Intermediaries, in Business Economics. After a first experience in the business consulting sector, he joined the family business, Sama Marketing e Produzione Srl, active in the waste sector. Specialized in administration and management control, and today he also follows commercial activities abroad, constantly comparing myself with international markets. It has been part of the Youth Group since 2007: when, even before the merger on a regional basis, the Association was limited to the province of Frosinone. After many years of a profound and participatory associationism, closely experiencing the birth of Unindustria, from 2018 to 2021 he held his first position in the regional GGI Board of Directors, with the role of Vice President.

SARA POGGESI

Associate Professor of Economics and Business Management at the Department of Management and Law of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", where he holds three-year and specialist management and marketing courses. She is currently coordinator of the departmental research center "Scientific Observatory of Women's Enterprises - OSIF" and her main line of research is on female entrepreneurship. She specifically deals with the strategies and performance of women's businesses in Italy.

SILVIA BAIOCCO

Researcher in Economics and Business Management at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". She is the referent of the Operational Committee of the Start Cup Lazio - Regional Business Plan Competition and expert for training and coaching activities for research teams and young people (students, graduates, doctoral students) competing for the drafting of business plans. He is project manager of the Master in Management of Organizations and Social Doctrine of the Church. His research activity is mainly focused on the issues of technology transfer, startups, spinoffs and the management of companies and tourist destinations. 

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SMADAR SHAPIRA

Researcher in Economics and Business Management at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". She is the referent of the Operational Committee of the Start Cup Lazio - Regional Business Plan Competition and expert for training and coaching activities for research teams and young people (students, graduates, doctoral students) competing for the drafting of business plans. He is project manager of the Master in Management of Organizations and Social Doctrine of the Church. His research activity is mainly focused on the issues of technology transfer, startups, spinoffs and the management of companies and tourist destinations. 

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VINCENZO ANTONETTI

Head of Network Development of Innovation @Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center. Graduated with full marks in Economics and Commerce from the University of Turin, he also obtained a Master in Banking & Finance from SDA Bocconi. With solid banking experience, he began his adventure at the Innovation Center in 2014. In the past he held various roles in the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, from the Commercial Network to the Pricing Service, from Strategic Marketing to the Market Research function. Head of Network Development of the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, he has the task of overseeing the innovation ecosystems, generating new business opportunities for the Group both on the national and international market, facilitating the meeting between demand and offer of innovation between Corporate and Startup .

VINCENZO TAGLIAFERRI

Vice Rector for Technology Transfer of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and Director of the Engineering Department of the “Mario Lucertini” Company. He is Full Professor of Technologies and Processing Systems and author of over two hundred and sixty papers, in international journals, on the themes of innovative technologies and materials and of twelve patents. He is responsible for more than seventy contracts with national and multinational companies on the issues of exploiting research results in the fields of innovative technologies and unconventional materials.