Director, Scientific Board
At Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Carlo Bagnoli is Full Professor of Strategy Innovation, at the Department of Management, Scientific Director of VeniSIA - Venice Sustainability Innovation Accelerator, Founder and Scientific Director of SIM - Strategy Innovation Master and of SIF - Strategy Innovation Forum. He is as well Coordinator of Fondazione Univeneto and member of the Management Committee and Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee of Smart Destinations in The Land of Venice - 2026, a R.I.R. (Regional Innovation Network) of the Region of Veneto. He is Founder and Scientific Director of the university spin-off Strategy Innovation Srl and he is the Co-founder of the university spin-off Digital Strategy Innovation Srl. As a result of an active scientific research in support of business, Carlo Bagnoli develops projects of business model transformation for Italian companies blending innovation, creativity and provocation, while implementing certified methodologies. He is author of 80 scientific papers and 7 monographies. His most recent books: “Alla ricerca dell’impresa totale. Uno sguardo comparativo su arti, psicoanalisi, management” - Edizioni Ca’ Foscari and “Business Model Circolari” - Ed. Giappichelli.
Director, Strategic Board
Boston Consulting Group: from 1991 to 2021. For 22 years Senior Partner e Managing Director, since July 2021 Senior Advisor e Senior Partner Emeritus. More than 500 Projects all over the world with consolidate experience on strategy , organization and governance, marketing, sales, digital, innovation, M&A, retail and sustainability, in particular in Consumer Goods, Fashion &Luxury, Travel&Tourism, Private Equity, Media, Health care and Social Impact Sectors. Ca’ Foscari: since 2021 Member of the Board and Strategic Planning Visiting Professor. Unilever: from 1986 to 1989 in Product Marketing roles Projects for the City of Venice: Co-founder with Professor Bagnoli of VeniSIA Project, Start up Accelerator in the Historical City of Venice focused on Sustainability themes. (2020-21); Author of the Industrial Plan for the relaunch and the repopulation of the City of Venice at the base of the Project named “Venice worldwide Capital of Sustainability”(2020-2021) for which plays currently the overall operational Coordination role. Education & personal notes: MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau; Laurea cum laude in Business Management at Cà Foscari. Born and resident in Venice, married, 3 daughters. Active sportsman, travelled in more than 50 countries, and lived 4 years in France.
Maria Claudia Pignata
Senior manager with a twenty-year experience in marketing and business internationalization, managing investments and training programs for innovation in private and public ventures in Italy, UK, Middle East and Africa (South Africa, Mozambique). Main experiences at the Milan Chamber of Commerce, The World Bank Group and the Region of Veneto. Previously owner of an event agency based in Milan and Adjunct Professor of Cultural Events Design in a private university in Rome. She holds a Master’s Degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences (Gorizia) and a Specializing Master in Strategy Innovation (Venice).
Acceleration Program Director
Claudio Colombo is a 15+ years experienced professional in the Digital Environment & Startup ecosystem and has always worked in the Innovation. He is the founder of EU Web Agency – a Digital Agency based in London – and Founder & Program Manager of it's campus, a startup accelerator based in London where start-ups, entrepreneurship, innovation, training and education meet and support each other.
Ubaldo De Santis
Acceleration Program Manager
A proactive young entrepreneur constantly looking for contamination and challenge to go beyond the limits. Graduated in Engineering, he helped launch the first certified incubator in Puglia region (Italy) to aim startups to create a meaningful impact in our society. He helps startups as mentor & advisors for operation, growth and fundraising.
Startup Studio Manager
Senior manager in Innovation and Product with more than 10 years of experience in Italy and abroad on innovation and digital transformation projects, working with various corporations and start-ups in the health, retail, utility, banking, logistics and automotive sectors. Lecturer in lean startups, fast prototyping and digital products. He served as head of studio for a vertical startup studio on Artificial Intelligence projects. Startup mentor in several national incubation and acceleration paths.
Acceleration Program Analyst
Volunteer, sportsman and musician. He graduated in Administration, Finance and Control at Ca' Foscari University of Venice developing a thesis aiming for the analysis of optimal methodologies for technological and strategic acceleration, with a personal focus and interest in the impact they have on social, generational and lifestyle acceleration processes. Before he has been assistant professor for a Master course at Ca' Foscari University, practicing accountant and Business Analyst for a strategic innovation consulting firm.
Currently Business Analyst in VeniSIA, Giorgia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business developing a thesis on Reshoring, and a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance, both with honors from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The Master’s Degree thesis was focused on the analysis of more than 80 strategic tools and frameworks that have been developed since the birth of business strategy in the early 1960s, evaluating their placement within the Strategy Palette. She has been also Teaching Assistant for a Master’s Degree course at Ca' Foscari University.
Alessandro Angelo Scardino
Junior Business Analyst
Currently Junior Business Analyst in VeniSIA. After his MSc in Management, Innovation & Marketing, he joined national programs in Open Innovation as Junior Consultant and Project Manager, focusing on Sustainability through AI and IoT solutions. During his academic journey, he has been mentioned by local press for his startup idea to solve depopulation of commercial activities in city centers.
Working in the industry since 1996, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2010 from the University Ca' Foscari of Venice, he taught Computer Architecture, Information Theory and Computer Vision at the Universities of Venice and Padua. Co-author for about 80 peer-reviewer papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, mainly in the field of Computer Vision, with particular attention to issues of representation and processing of three-dimensional data and the adoption of Game Theory in the context of Pattern Recognition problems, ranging from point-pattern matching to surface registration. He is a founding member of the first spin-off of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, whose mission is to transform the results of the Computer Vision team into products and consulting solutions for theo industry. Winner of the tender "IMPRESA", "Working Capital" of Telecom Italy Spa and the "NVIDIA Best Paper Award".
Press & Media Relations
Communication consultant for research centers, innovative SMEs and startups, Luca Barbieri is an entrepreneur and journalist. After 13 years at RCS, where he collaborated in founding and launching Corriere Innovazione, he co-founded Blum, a consulting company that helps innovative companies and research centers grow through communications, media relations and events. Investor and mentor to numerous startups, he teaches Journalistic Language at the University of Padua and Innovation Communication at MOIM, a Master on Open Innovation Management at the same university.
Administration & Finance
Born in Milan on May 22, 1960; He graduated in Economics and Commerce from Commercial University Luigi Bocconi in Milan on November 16, 1984, has then operated at the same University, at first as a research fellow and then since 1990 as a University researcher at the Chair of Financial Functions (now Corporate Finance). In 1998 he became Associate Corporate Finance Professor at Università degli Studi Ca’ Foscari of Venice, where, since 2006, he is Full Professor. Prof. Giorgio Bertinetti’s activity of study and research has always been revolving around three main areas of Corporate Finance: the financial management of companies; the company financing and the relations with financial intermediaries; the financial market and finance for financial operators. He teaches on the same topics both at the aforementioned Universities and at management schools in Italy and abroad. The research activity has always been accompanied by business consulting for companies and institutions regarding business valuation, financial planning and extraordinary financing operations. He has held and still holds several company and bank directorships.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
"CEO and President of Aquafil, he has devoted much of his professional life to transforming the family business into a global player in the textile industry and circular economy. Founded in Arco, in the province of Trento, on the shores of Lake Garda, in the early 2000s the intuition that later gave birth to ECONYL® regenerated nylon took shape, often summed up by Bonazzi in the phrase ""where others see waste, I see a gold mine."" In fact, after years of investment in research and development, the first production of ECONYL®, fully regenerated and regenerable nylon yarn, now among the most sought-after ingredients in international textile markets, kicked off in 2011. The company is on the Star segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since December 2017. Fortune included Aquafil in its ""Change the World"" list and Giulio Bonazzi was recognized by Forbes Italy as Top CEO for innovation, international competitiveness and creating a great working environment."
Graduated in Electrical Engineering from Milan Polytechnic University, with a classical high school degree and married with two children. He began his professional activity in Hartmann&Braun as Director of the Industries Division. After being acquired in 1996 by Elsag Bailey Process Automation N.V., the company in 1998 had been acquired by ABB, where Busetto was Senior Vice President, responsible for Sales and Marketing for the Utilities and Power Technology Products divisions. In July 2002 he joined Siemens as Managing Director of the Industrial Solutions & Services Plant Division, active in the industrial and infrastructure divisions, leading to positive results after a successful total turnaround. He had been also the Managing Director for 3 companies acquired in the meantime (TAU Controllo Processi, SISToscana, Treesse). In 2006, he was Managing Director of the Automation and Drives Division, which he took to a €1 billion revenue level, strengthening its market leadership. In 2008 he is Country Sector CEO for Siemens Italy's industrial activities, grouped since 2015 into the Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives Divisions. From April 1st of 2019, Siemens' industrial-related activities are reorganized into the Operating Company Digital Industries of which he undertakes responsibility for Siemens Italy, as Country Head of Digital Industries with also responsibility for some countries in the MED region. He is president of Siemens Industry Software S.r.l., active in Industrial Software CAD/CAM 3D and PLM. From November 2016, for five years, he held the positions of President of Federazione ANIE and member of the General Council of Confindustria, where he led the technical group dedicated to Transition 4.0. Since March 2019 he is Vice President of MADE S.C.A.R.L., the Competence Center for Industry 4.0, dedicated to innovation for the manufacturing world led by the Milan Polytechnic University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bicocca University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Milan Polytechnic University.
1st graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Science of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, she held various roles of responsibility in environmental consulting and management of environmental impacts with particular focus on waste, air and water in both industrial and in public planning. In 2003, she founded eAmbiente Srl in pollution prevention and design innovative technical solutions chaperoned by auditing activities, control and Specific Environmental Monitoring, and in 2010 eEnergia, a company that today is dealing with energy saving in production and tertiary processes. She has held several contract teaching positions at Ca' Foscari in Venice and today at LUISS in Rome on the topics of CSR and LCA of product. Scientific curator of various innovative events in the environmental field, from Sustainable City in the Ecomondo Fair (2008-2014) to Planet Water for Aquae Venice 2015 and Green Mobility Show (2014-2015). Scientific curator of various events in the environmental and innovation field, from Sustainable City in the Ecomondo Fair (2008-2014) to Planet Water for Aquae Venice 2015 and Green Mobility Show (2014-2015).
Founder at Qbit. He has been working in the space they call today Metaverse, starting back in 2005 working with the Second Life platform, designing and developing 3D virtual worlds experiences as the first ever 3d virtual soccer championship sponsored by TIM the EU mobile operator and the first 3D virtual racing championship with Ducati and Ferrari as lead sponsors and working in R&D projects. Founder Qbit, piloting VR projects for various brands around the world. Research Affiliate of the Institute For The Future in Palo Alto iftf.org and co-founder of ovr.ai, an AR/blockchain metaverse.
Katia Da Ros
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Executive Vice President at IRINOX SpA, Vice President for the Environment, Sustainability and Culture at Confindustria and Vice President, North-East Advisory Board at UniCredit. IRINOX SpA main goal is to help people having a better life, thru good and healthy food, thanks to the latest technology, used by professional and available today to the household market. Food quality can be kept well thru refrigeration, but much better with the addition of a blast chiller/freezer. Our vision is a blast chiller in every professional and domestic kitchen, for reducing food wastage & cost and for improving food quality and kitchen organization. Executive MBA at Harvard Business School and graduated in Business Administration at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Pro-rector for technology transfer and business relations. of the University of Padua, president of SMACT Competence Center of Triveneto and member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Unismart. Full professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering since 2012, he coordinates the research activities of one of the most prestigious electro-thermal laboratories on an international level. Author of more than 200 scientific papers, of which more 150 ranked in WoS and SCOPUS. Inventor or co-inventor of more than 15 patents and has founded two research businesses. Founder and director of the Veneto Contamination Lab, the only trans-disciplinary learning experience offered to our students from different schools and disciplines.
Strategy & Marketing
Adjunct professor of Strategy & Business Planning at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, CEO at Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia Giulia (PromoTurismoFVG, UDINE GORIZIA FIERE SpA) with experience as Chief Officer of Strategy, HR, Procurement, Marketing, Digital at Benetton Group, Managing Director of Hazelnut Business Company, BoD Member at Ferrero Lux SA and decennial experience in consulting. The consolidated expertise mainly encompass General Management, focusing on Strategy, Business Planning, International Development, Organization, M&A and Post Merger Integration, Performance Management, Retail Operations, e-business, Implementation of large transformations . ( “from Strategy to Implementation”). Consolidated Know-how of Consumer Products and Retail (food and no-food) , with good acquaintance also of Services (Multi-Utility, Fairs, Airports, Telco, Territory/Tourism). Recently developed expertise in Raw Materials &Sustainability, Fashion/Apparel, Tourism&Leisure. Specialties: Professor at Venice University (Economics, 2007-2009); guest speaker at MBA Schools and Biennale Innovazione; Co-founder of start-up companies in e-commerce, experience gifs, water cleaning. Member of Ca` Foscari Innovation Board
Banks & Insurances Director at IBM and coordinates the Blockchain practice at IBM Italy as Blockchain Director and serves as President of the internal controls board of Bwin-Party Gaming. He worked in several as companies Intesa Spa, Euronovate SA, Ambroadvisory, Siamosoci, Eurogroup Consulting, Sella Bank, Credem Bank Group, Nordea Banking Group and Fineco Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Finance from the University of St. Gallen, postgraduates courses from the University of Stanford, the Bocconi University and the Luiss University. His numerous publications in international journals and magazines cover several topics: technology and innovation policies, studies on the determinants of innovation, technology and knowledge transfer, strategic management of intellectual property and finance for innovation.
Venture Builder and Project Launch expert with more than 20 years of experience in the digital and start-up world. Specific expertise in go-to-market strategy, HR Tech, launch-storytelling and digital transformation. Currently operating both as a consultant for multinationals and investment funds.
Curious, enthusiastic and tenacious, after various experiences on general management, ICT Strategy and ICT management, complex project portfolio management and Digital Transformation in action, I am excited by the opportunity to re-use my previous experience at KPMG and to work, with my new adventure companions, in the research for ever more effective ways of using technology.
HR & Organization
Graduate in Economic and Social Sciences in Milan with a Master's degree in Marketing & Sales, she began her professional career in marketing at L'Oréal and Best Food-Unilever. She combines the more strictly marketing role with the one related to new business thanks to her experience in Walt Disney Company as Vice President Italy. She has worked for Gruppo Coin, Gruppo Editoriale l'Espresso and in 2012 he founded PinkUp. Since May 2015 she faces the world of Human Resources first as co-founder of Key Digital-digital people hunters and then joins GSO Group where she founded DigitYou.
He lives in Miami, Florida, and is an expert in technology and business innovation. Author of "Mind The Change" (2017), "Marketing Thinking" (2017), "Marketing Psychology Behind Growth" (2018) and “Customer Success” (2022). He is the editor of "The Future Of Management" (2019), a series in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management Review on how technology affects the way we will run business in the future. He is a mentor at companies and universities, including Imperial College Of London and Bocconi University of Milan. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of Piccola Industria Confindustria.
Partner and Founding Member of ITAGO SGR, a company that manages funds of private equities, based in Venice and Milan, which currently manages the ITAGO IV, with a final target of € 120 million, in addition to NEIP III, an investment company with an endowment of € 75 million that has made 9 investments in Italian SMEs in different sectors and a club deal in 2019. He previously advised in the Transaction Services division of KPMG. leading international investment funds on acquisition and divestment transactions mainly in the fashion&luxury and food sectors. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
Sociologist and essayist, he has worked in the field of social and market research for forty years. Founder of the Future Concept Lab, he is a consultant to Italian and international companies and institutions. Among the most renowned trend experts, he has been a lecturer in Social Innovation at the Politecnico di Milano and in Culture & Lifestyle at the University of Trento. He is the author of 30 essays and regularly collaborates with Radio24's "Essere e Avere" program with the weekly column "Il ConsumAutore" and with the magazines Mark Up and Millionaire with monthly headings.
Marketing & Communication
Carlo is one of well-known leaders of the Italian creative industry, both as the re-elected President of IAB Italy, as well as the co-founder, CEO and Managing Partner of M&C SAATCHI Milano. In just 10 years the agency has earned a power-house reputation with Clients in Italy and internationally, becoming the creative hub of M&C SAATCHI Europe. Carlo also sits on the Executive Board of M&C SAATCHI Group (in its London HQ), and was recently asked to become joint-CEO of the Berlin office, too. He believes in people, ideas and the principles of Brutal Simplicity / Wonderful Diversity of Thought.
Full Professor of Chemical installations in the Department of Environmental Science, Computer Science and Statistics at Ca'Foscari University of Venice. He is the author of more than 350 papers including journals, books and conference participations concerning water and solid waste treatments. He is Director of the Master's degree program in Biotechnology for Environment and Sustainable Development and President of the University Instrumentation Center and the Interdepartmental Services Center of Ca'Foscari. He has been responsible for several first- and second-level master's degrees. He has coordinated project units in EU research progammes in the V, VI, VII Framework Program and H2020, all related to the implementation of circular economy logics to the management of liquid and solid waste streams. From a professional point of view, he has been and still is a consultant and collaborator of various engineering companies and public entities (Snamprogetti, ARPAV, Veneto Region, etc.), he is enrolled in the Ministerial lists of REPRISE experts and the Single Commissioner for Purification. He is co-author of 4 industrial patents for treatment of FORSU and wastewater with production of energy from renewable sources and synthesis of bioplastics. Prof. Paolo Pavan's current H-index is: 41 (SCOPUS basis).
Author of "The Lean Book," he is a trainer and key-note speaker, Partner and CEO of auxiell, co-founder of euxilia and partner of Leanbit. Promoter of a systemic approach to lean transformation, he works as team and project coordinator for transformations in both operational and office fields, sales and development environments, process reengineering, supply chain management, change management, design and sizing of industrial processes and related layouts, project management, human resource training and industrial investment evaluation.
Carlo Alberto Pratesi
Strategy & Marketing
Full Professor of Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability at Roma Tre University. President of EIIS - European Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (www.eiis.it). Member of the WWF Italy scientific board. Member of Nomad Foods Sustainability Advisory Board. Pretotyping Evangelist. Sustainability advisor for Barilla, Procter&Gamble, Coop, Danone and other corporations and institutions. Main research areas: food and business sustainability, entrepreneurship and startups; corporate communication and marketing.
President of Innovare srl and founder of 3DFuture Srl and Manudirect Srl. He has held the roles of SDS Italy manager for wearable vision technologies for Seiko Corporation Japan Group, Epson Moverio Smart Glass ambassador and director of the innovation department of the Ventura Research Institute in Lugano. He cooperated with Pietro Fiorentini SPA Group, HERA SPA in the creation of Strategic Research and Innovation sectors in addition to experiences with FIAT-AVIAZIONE and Olivetti SPA.
Managing Director & Partner, Energy at BCG. He joined BCG in 2014 after a previous work experience in an industrial player. He is mainly involved in energy and industrial goods practices. Prior to joining BCG, worked as a senior consultant for the in-house consulting firm of the German sports-car manufacturer Porsche AG. He is an alumnus of the Bocconi University in Milan and holds a double degree in Management and Marketing from ESADE University in Barcelona.
Carlo Rossi Chauvenet
Managing Partner at CRCLEX, a law firm specialized in IT Law, Company and Privacy Law, is a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and an expert in legal tech issues related to digital business models. Coordinator of the Legal Clinic of the startup accelerator “Bocconi4Innovation”, co-founder of “Sweet Legal Tech”, and co-founder of “Iubenda”, the first Italian Legal tech company. He is Adjunct professor of “Privacy Law and Data Strategy” at Bocconi University and the University of Padua.
Administration & Finance
Equity Partner and Managing Director at BMV and at Marazzi & Associates. Graduated in Business Administration at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has been a CFO for more than 20 years in Italian companies also owned by international corporations. He operated always during strategic steps: acquisitions, restructuring/turnaround, integration plan. He worked for Came, Italy, as CFO and Strategy & Special projects Manager with more than 40 M&A operations.
Alberto Sanna - Director Center for Advanced Technology in Health and Well-Being at IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele Since 1997, Ospedale San Raffaele added among its significant assets a specific research unit oriented to Information Technology applications in the health domain. Today the Advanced Technology in Health & Wellbeing (previously called eServices for life and health) is a research center of Ospedale San Raffaele in Milano (Italy), whose mission is to design, develop and demonstrate the ethical, scientific, economic and technological feasibility of innovative personalized services aiming at promoting well-being and informed choices in daily life. The center for Advanced Technology in Health & Wellbeing are a suite of personalized and trusted added value services delivered on state of the art web-based information platform. The center aims at lowering the invisible cultural, organizational, economic and environmental barriers that hamper stakeholders’ effort towards healthier, greener and fairer behaviours in everyday life, both for Individuals and business/social actors.
General Manager of t2i-trasferimento tecnologico e innovazione, holds an MBA with a specialization in Car Engineering, and has a MSc degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padua. He directed an innovation agency, Treviso Tecnologia, and worked for several years at Accenture, Ferrari SpA, and as a Visiting Fellow and Researcher at the European Technical Center of Omron Corporation. He is an Adjunct Professor of Economics of Innovation and Economic Development at Cà Foscari University of Venice.
Regulatory & Taxation
University Professor of Tax Law and Business Crisis Law and Taxation. Certified Public Accountant since 1994 and Partner of the Tosi Law and Tax Firm in Venice and Milan. Expert in tax advice, tax litigation and international taxation with experience in tax settlements, composition with creditors, debt restructuring agreements, business valuations, sale of shareholdings, merger & acquisition and customs matters.