New York Times best-selling author and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at University of Bologna Business School. Author of The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People and the Fight for Our Future
Professor in Strategy and Sustainability & School Deputy Director at UCL School of Management
President, CEO and General Manager of Multiversity, President and CEO of Pegaso, Università Telematica Pegaso, Pegaso Management and Universitas Mercatorum. Former Vice President at Google, Managing Director at Google Italy, and member of Google Emea Management Board.
Senior Partner - Head of Accelerators Fund National Innovation Fund at CDP Venture Capital SGR
Professor of Operations Management, Digital and Sustainable Manufacturing at PoliMi School of Management Manufacturing Group
Chief of Strategy, Client & Ecosystem at GELLIFY | Entrepreneur | Venture Builder | Founder at GELLIFY
Market Ambassador & Chief of Open Innovation Ecosystems at GELLIFY | InspiringFifty | Advisory Board @ Politecnico di Milano | Founding Member @ Bologna Business School | Jury @ European Innovation Council
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Department | Head of the National Soy Frigo Program at Unilever
General Manager for Digital Transformation
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Health Informatics Specialist, Health Informatics & Smart Health Dept., Dubai Health Authority
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This event is for true innovators willing to take action, including CEOs, CIOs, CVC Investors, Chief Strategy Officers, Head of Strategic partnerships, Sustainability Directors, Chief Technology Officers, Chief ESG and Sustainability Officers, investors, and Startup Founders.
Without innovation, companies settle for past successes and end up failing as the socio-economic context has drastically changed.
Corporate Entrepreneurship is a strategic growth tool that helps companies to disrupt new markets and scale.
GELLIFY wants to present the state of the art of corporate entrepreneurship and share its vision of how it has helped its clients stay relevant in an ever-changing market.
Alec Ross is an American author, entrepreneur and technology policy expert: he was Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the duration of her term as Secretary of State and he served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
After leaving the Department of State in 2013 he joined the School of International and Public Affairs, King’s College London as a Visiting Professor, Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Alec is a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award, the Oxford University Internet & Society Award and the TriBeCa Film Festival Book of the Year Award. He was also named one of Foreign Policy magazine Top 100 Global Thinkers. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, translated to twenty four languages, and named the 2016 Book at TriBeCa Festival.
He is a Board Partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm and sits on the board of directors or advisors for companies in the fields of technology, finance, education, human capital and cybersecurity.
Paolo Taticchi is Professor in Strategy and Sustainability & School Deputy Director (MBA, Global Engagement, Executive Education) at UCL School of Management.
Highly active in executive education, Paolo has trained thousands of managers and executives of Fortune Global 500 companies; and is a sought-after speaker regularly invited to give keynote talks at world-class academic, governmental and industry events.
Paolo’s research on corporate sustainability and performance measurement is internationally recognized. Paolo’s last book is titled “Corporate Sustainability in Practice” and was published in January 2021.
Outside of the academy, Paolo has significant consultancy experience in the fields of strategy, education, and sustainability. He has worked in this capacity for firms of various sizes, and in a range of different industries. Today, he advices (or serves in the advisory board) influential organisations and is one of the scientific advisors of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition in Italy.
He has received numerous awards for the impact of his work. His projects, quotes and opinions have been
featured over 350 times in international media outlets. In 2021, Paolo was indicated by Italian’s leading
business daily Sole 24 Ore as the most influential Italian under the age of 40.
Carlo Alberto Carnevale-Maffè is Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Bocconi University, where it has been director of the Master in Strategy. He also taught at MBA and Executive Programs with Wharton School, New York University – Stern School of Business, HEC Paris, Steinbeis University Berlin, IMI New Delhi, Korea University Business School, St. Mary’s College of California, Columbia Business School.
He is strategy adviser and independent director of leading international companies in technology and finance, some of them listed on Euronext stock exchange. He is director of United Ventures, a high-tech venture capital fund, and Foolfarm, start-up studio for artificial intelligence. He is president of “Fondazione Riccagioia” (genetic and agrifoodtech research), ASM Energia (A2A Group) and Cirdan Group, a London-based fintech platform. He has been member of the board of ABI Lab, research consortium of Italian Banking Association. He has been serving as scientific adviser to Euroconsumers Association, EY Consulting, CEFRIEL – Politecnico of Milan, Confindustria (ANIE, ASSOMAC, Assolombarda) and Confapi. He has been member of the Data-Driven Task Force of Italian Government for the COVID-19 pandemic, within the eHealth Network of European Commission. He served in many editorial boards of management journals (e.g. Harvard Business Review Italy). He collaborates as columnist and commentator for financial newspapers and televisions.
Fabio Vaccarono is President, CEO and General Manager of Multiversity srl, President and CEO of Pegaso SPA and Università Telematica Pegaso srl, President and CEO of Pegaso Management srl and Universitas Mercatorum.
Former Vice President Google, Managing Director Google Italy, and member of Google Emea Management Board.
Before, Vaccarono has held various Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director roles at Espresso Group – Manzoni, Il Sole 24 Ore Group, RCS Mediagroup, and Starcom Mediavest Group / Publicis Groupe.
After graduating in Economics and earning at SDA Bocconi MBA, he has worked for the strategic consulting firm Bain&Company.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Il Sole 24 Ore, member of the Board of Directors of AISES (International Academy of Social and Economic Development), Sorgenia Advisory Board and The Scientific Advisory Board of Fondazione Mattei.
Senior Partner, Head of Accelerators Fund, CDP Venture Capital.
Over 15 years of experience in venture capital, first in a financial company (Piemontech) and then in a leading venture capital fund (Innogest) in which he was a partner for over 7 years. At the Accelerators Fund, he is responsible for setting up new accelerators and investments in seed and early stage startups in all of Italy’s main strategic sectors.
Degree in Management Engineering, PhD in Management Engineering with specialization in Finance and Innovation, MBA at The Anderson School of Management (University of California).
Dario Mancini has headed up Waze Italy since April 2017, where he’s responsible for revenue management, user growth, partner engagement, team management and ads growth. In 2019 his scope expanded to emerging markets, where he also leads growth for Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Previously Dario worked at Google for over 10 years, partially on online partnership development across Google Ireland, Poland, Brazil and Argentina. He moved back to Milan at the end of 2011 with the mission of developing Google Italy’s Mobile Ecosystem. From 2012 to 2017, Dario was Head of Industry for Tech and Telco driving the digital transformation of the sector. With an MA in Literature, before joining Google Dario held various positions at technology companies including Lexmark and British Telecom.
Dario lives in Milan with his family and is a big fan of vintage cars. In 2021 he participated in Italy’s 1000 Miglia race, part of a two-man team driving a 1954 Alfa Romeo to promote the inclusion of disabilities in motorsports.
Marco Taisch is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches Sustainable Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing and Operations Management. He is one of the coordinators of the Manufacturing Group of the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano. In his academic career, he has been the Dean’s delegate for Placement and Alumni, director of the MBA and Executive MBA of the Business School of the Politecnico di Milano.
Since 2002 he has been particularly dedicated to the study of technology trends, carrying out some technology roadmaps and Technology Foresight studies on manufacturing as a consultant for the European Commission.
He is vice-president of the Board of EFFRA, member of the Board of the Italian Cluster Intelligent Factory and of the Lombardy Cluster Intelligent Factory.
He served on the Advisory Board of the National Plan Industry 4.0, coordinated by the MiSE (Minister Carlo Calenda) and supported Regione Lombardia in defining industrial and reshoring policies at the time of Roberto Maroni’s presidency.
He is co-founder and scientific chairman of the World Manufacturing Foundation, under whose aegis is annually organized the World Manufacturing Forum, the global agenda-setting event on manufacturing supported by the European Commission.
He is currently a member of Unicredit’s Lombardy Territorial Advisory Board.
He is chairman of MADE – Competence Center Industry 4.0, the largest of the eight competence centers of the National Plan Industry 4.0.
He was a founding partner of Holonix, a spin-off of the Milan Polytechnic, from which he made an exit in August 2017 to create, in March 2018, Miraitek4.0, also a recognized spin-off of the Milan Polytechnic on Industry 4.0 issues.
He is currently a consultant to multiple companies, including Leonardo and Thales Alenia Space, for which he has developed, together with a team of collaborators, projects to improve digitization and production processes.
Since May 2020, Alberto has been an independent non-executive Board Member of Enel SpA and Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
He was a Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Co. and Board Member of
Generation Foundation Italy from 1996 to May 2020.
He is also an independent strategic advisor in Energy and Basic Material sectors.
Leader of the Global Energy and Basic Material Sector in Southern Europe (2014-2020), Leader of the McKinsey Regulatory Center in Brussel (2013-2018), Leader of the Sustainability Practice in EMEA (2009-2013).
Alberto has also supported Governments and Industrial Associations in Italy, Turkey, Brazil,
Estonia and Malaysia on topic like: liberalizations e privatizations, regulated tariffs e public concessions, energy and CO2 emissions reduction strategies.
Before McKinsey he has worked in Montedison (1990-1992), ING Bank (1992-1993) and Value Partners Management Consulting (1993-1996).
He is the author of several articles about Energy & Regulation published in the most relevant
Italian newspapers and in McK Quarterly. Keynote speaker in the most relevant
Energy & Sustainability Conferences in Italy and in Europe (i.e. EurElectric 2013).
Maurizio Preziosa is Group Managing Director – Steam Specialties – at Spirax Sarco Engineering plc, a FTSE 100 company headquartered in Cheltenham UK.
Steam Specialties comprise the two global brands Spirax Sarco and GESTRA, leaders in Steam and Thermal Energy Management. With 11 manufacturing plants and direct sales presence in 67 Countries, Steam Specialties account for €900m turnover and 5000 employees globally.
Maurizio joined Spirax Sarco Engineering Group in 2011 as Managing Director of Spirax Sarco Italy and developed his career in the group by assuming the role of Regional General Manager Southern Europe, Global Divisional Director GESTRA, up to the appointment at Group Managing Director Steam Specialities in 2021.
Prior to joining Spirax Sarco Maurizio has worked in ABB Group with different sales management roles in low voltage market and general management roles in Instrumentation and Analytical Measurements.
Maurizio has a degree in Electronic Engineering, a MBA obtained at SDA Bocconi and is actually enrolled in an advance Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Maurizio is married with Laura, has two kids Luca and Giorgia and lives in Cheltenham UK.
Cameron Collins is the Founder of Workfam, an HR-Tech company that provides HR solutions, software, and consultancy services. Prior to Workfam, Cameron was a Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise business group. Cameron strongly believes that life is too short to be unhappy at work.
To address this, he has pledged to continue innovating towards “happiness” by satisfying the needs of individuals, communities, and companies.
Cameron and his team were recently recognized as ‘UAE’s Startup Unicorn’, as their company ethos is strongly aligned with Smart Dubai’s Happiness Agenda and the UAE’s National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing. Cameron holds an International MBA from IE Business School and currently resides in Dubai.
Anna Casals-Terré works as Head of Innovation in CELSA Group Spain and France.
She has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Postgraduate degree in Project Management from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).
She is a promoter of innovation and business transformation projects in different fields such as digitalization and sustainability.
Edith is the Head of Sustainability of the construction business of ACCIONA, a global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, and design regenerative infrastructures for the climate crisis. She works in the development and the implementation of the sustainability strategy and sustainability master plan in the construction business of ACCIONA, including decarbonization activities for the company.
With 17 years of experience in the construction sector, she previously worked in innovation, developing innovative technologies to improve the environmental sustainable performance of construction processes, circular solutions for construction sector and as LCA expert. She has also worked in the definition of circular economy strategy of ACCIONA Infrastructure.
Edith is an Environmental Biologist and Environmental Scientists by Autónoma University of Madrid, Master Degree in Competitive Social Transformation: SDGs as strategy in by Complutense University of Madrid and currently she is studying a PhD in Sustainability in Polytechnic University of Cataluña focused on circular economy models based in the use of secondary raw materials in construction sector. She is continually learning and working in the transformation of construction sector to a more sustainable business.
Francesco Ferri was born in Parma in 1975 and graduated in Political Economy from Bocconi University.
An expert in organization and corporate operations of an extraordinary nature, he has behind him prominent roles in the world of industry and startups.
After his experience in Dale Carnegie, a company active in corporate change management, from 2002 to 2003, he was responsible for customer business development for Procter&Gamble’s organized distribution in northern Italy. In 2003, Ferri started his own entrepreneurial journey by founding Innext, a strategic consulting and business innovation company.
Ferri joined the Young Entrepreneurs group of Confindustria of Monza and Brianza in 2004. In 2012 he became president of the young industrialists. A couple of years later, fast cars entered Ferri’s career. In 2014 he was appointed director of the Monza Autodrome.
Former president of Lombardia Informatica since 2018, from July 2019 to 2021 he was president of ARIA S.p.A. and since November 2019 he has been president of Assinter Italia, the network of public ICT companies.
Francesco Ferri is married with one daughter and is passionate about skiing.
For 12 years specializing in B2B Software and in particular in big data analytics and machine learning, after initial experiences as a data scientist he has contributed to the success of start-ups that have risen to international prominence and to creating new data-related businesses in multinational service and management consulting companies.
In February 2017 he founded GELLIFY, which he named and is currently managing partner of, with a focus on business development, strategy and marketing.
Michele Giordani is also CEO of Jumple, a software vendor that aims to revolutionize the shopping experience by combining the benefits of the digital world with the physical point of sale and leveraging humanoid robots.
Jumple was born from a company building project between Intesa San Paolo Innovation Center and GELLIFY.
Managing Partner at GELLIFY, B2B Innovation Platform that invests in B2B digital startups and drive companies in the design and execution of technology roadmaps and innovation governance.
Adjunt Professor at Bologna Business School and at MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, in innovation & technology management themes.
20+ professional experience in technology organizations, a professional journey started in Aerospace field in ALENIA DIFESA (now LEONARDO) and grow up in Home Appliances Business, in Whirpool Corporation and Electrolux Group. Managerial positions in R&D & Industrial Operations, at global level. Former Head of Electrolux Global Innovation Hub.
Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Politecnico di Milano
Executive Master in Technologies & Innovation Management in Bologna Business School.
Alumni Polimi Award @ PolitecnicoDiMilano
Unstoppable Woman StartupItalia
Advisory Board @ PolitecnicoDiMilano
Founding Members Board @ Bologna Business School
Entrepreneurship Club @ MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business
Alumni Association @ Bologna Business School
Jury @ European Innovation Council
Scientific Committee @ MECSPE & Teniche Nuove
Graduated in Communication – Advertising and Public Relations at the Faculty of Communication Blanquerna of the University Communication Blanquerna of Ramon Llull University in 2013.
Member of the final degree program for the reformulation of Amnesty International’s Strategic Communication Plan Amnesty International’s Communication Strategic Plan applied in Spain in 2013.
After 3 years working in different sectors and positions such as account executive in communication agency and European merchandising production company and working as a Business Developer for B2B market in Spain in 2015 she started her professional stage in Unilever Spain. Since then she has been developing her career in the company, giving direct support to the communication management in different areas: internal and external communication, social media and sustainability.
Since 2019, she combines her work in communication with that of national head of the Soy Frigo Program, which promotes the generation of employment for people at risk of social exclusion.
After 10 years working in the Grocery (FMCG) & Foodservice branch, Albert have had the opportunity to work and collaborate with leading companies and the best professionals.
As a result of his previous experience as Supply Chain Consultant, and being responsible for developing and launching Benchmarking studies for 7 years, he has acquired a vast strategical vision specially in the Sales and Supply Chain areas.
For the last years, he has been in charge of leading the Innovation area of AECOC, implementing pioneer and key projects of the company such as the Innovation Hub, the Startups Radar and the Trend Builders congress, with a growing number of attendees year after year.
This daily working atmosphere has enabled him to foster his bellwether-mindset, in hand with knowledge of the FMCG industry and marketing and consumer trends. He is always seeking for new challenges, to overcome the barriers we find in our paths, and to learn from the best to keep on growing, personally and professionally.
Alfredo has close to 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, where he worked for Shell in the oil business and for Naturgy, an integrated gas and power company, since late 2005 in different leading positions in Europe and Latin America. He started his career as a strategy and management consultant, working for 4 years at Oliver Wyman.
He has held different leadership roles that range from Naturgy global head of environment, health, and safety; commercial and revenue director for the incumbent electricity retailer in Chile; general manager of a regional distribution company in Eastern Spain or strategy and corporate development manager.
Alfredo received the Marshall Memorial Fellowship for young leaders under 30 and is a fellow from the German Marshall Fund of the USA.
Dana Labin is a senior investment professional with extensive experience in VC and building startups in the MENA region. Currently Dana is a Principal at Dubai Future District Fund, an evergreen venture fund of funds and direct investment vehicle of the emirate of Dubai. The fund is anchored by Dubai Future Foundation and the Dubai International Financial Centre to invest in the Future of Finance and Future Economies with the aim of bolstering economic development in Dubai, the UAE and the broader region.
Previously she co-founded Palegro Capital, an early growth VC fund focused on investing in scaling companies in our region and startups from the global markets that were expanding into MENA. She was the Chief Investment an Innovation Officer at Awok.com, the regions’ leading mass market e-commerce company, where she led one of the largest Series A fundraising rounds of $30m.
Prior to that, Dana led direct and indirect investments and incentive partnerships for twofour54 in Abu Dhabi and was part of the corporate investment arm at Dubai Silicon Oasis. Dana is a former Slovakian Heptathlon champion, holds an MBA from University of Economics in Bratislava and completed a VC Executive Program from Berkeley.
Jose Villen has more than 12 years of experience developing initiatives of Corporate Innovation and New Business, both for B2C and B2B segments. He has been leading strategic initiatives to accelerate the digital transformation of key strategic industries such as education, health or entertainment.
Having worked in the Middle East for 8 years, Jose Villen is the Director of FutureNow, the Open Innovation program by e& that aims to bridge the gap between the innovation ecosystem and the needs of e& and its customers. Launched in 2017, this program has facilitate the adoption of disruptive technologies, providing a sandbox for the actual deployment of the technologies from a commercial and technical angle.
Dr Sara Alom Ruiz is a General Manager for Digital Transformation and Innovation at Mediclinic.
She brings over 17 years of healthcare experience and has served in multiple senior executive roles in leading private healthcare providers, with a focus on innovation, digital transformation, operations, strategy and commercial growth.
Sara earned an MBA from Duke University, USA and a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine from King’s College London University, UK. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Daniel Rodriguez works as Head of Commercial Intelligence at Philip Morris International with the responsibilities of generating insights based on advanced analytics obtained from customer interactions and NPS, with the objective of putting the company’s focus on opportunities and consumer pain points to, through agile methodologies test solutions that improve the customer experience.
Daniel studied Physics at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Marketing at ESERP Business School, and has developed his career for more than 15 years in two stages, during the first one he was working in several consulting companies focused on BI, CRM and eCommerce projects; and during the second one Daniel joined Carrefour Shopping Centers where his main achievements were: developing the Customer Analytics department in a Big Data environment to improve the consumer experience, and creating the Innovation area focused on collaboration with Startups and the detection of innovative solutions within the framework of the company’s Digital Transformation.
Ruben Hidalgo, a graduate in chemical engineering and specialized in business management, is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems at CAPSA FOOD, the unit that develops the CAPSA VIDA initiative. Capsa Vida is a corporate venturing tool, which invests in entrepreneurship projects in the foodtech sector relevant to the transformation of the food value chain. Rubén has more than twelve years of experience in corporate open innovation processes, building bridges between science and the market in different sectors: energy, city and currently in the food sector.
Some data: more than one hundred entrepreneurship projects supported, more than fifty proofs of concept and R&D projects and more than twelve investment operations in seed and pre-seed stages.
+14 years of experience helping organizations to think differently and execute rapidly on new opportunities. With a succesful track record in developing growth strategies for NGOs, emerging startups and big corporations accross diferent countries and industries.
Unai Sardon leads the participation of EROSKI Group – the foremost cooperative company in Spain and leader in the large-scale consumer and food distribution sector- in global innovation programs and entrepreneurship ecosystems.
He leverages the opportunities coming from the open innovation to foster EROSKI’s mission to provide society with goods and services that improve the quality of life, health and well-being of consumers with the best conditions in terms of quality, information and price, with a commitment to promote the practice of sustainable consumption.
Dr. Osama Elhassan is the Vice President of UAE Health Informatics Society and a co-founder & the coordinator of the GCC Taskforce on Workforce Development in Digital Healthcare (ZIMAM). He is an elected member of several regional and international boards such as the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfteH), the Middle East and North Africa Health Informatics Society and the Roaster of Healthcare IT Experts at World Health Organization. He contributes to academia through his adjunct lecturer role at the Higher Colleges of Technology. He also serves as a Health Informatics specialist at Dubai Health Authority.
Dr Elhassan obtained a PhD in Software Engineering from University of Leicester and an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College in UK. Throughout his 15-year journey in the digital health domain, Dr Elhassan gained profound experience in fields of Health Informatics, eHealth workforce development, Health Information Governance and Tele-Health.