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Paolo Zanenga

Engineer. Graduated “cum laude”, he has always deemed the mission of his discipline to study the impact of technology and knowledge on organizations and on society. Starting with the management revolution at the end of the ‘80s, the work of Paolo Zanenga and his group was praised by Peter Drucker in HBR (1990) as “…the most exciting and innovative work in management today…even what might be called a new economic philosophy…”. His innovative activities continued collaborating with international excellence centers. He is president of the PDMA Southern Europe Affiliate. As the leader of strategic projects of transformation with Governments, institutions and companies such as Ciba
DelphiFinmeccanicaNestléGeneral ElectricImpregiloIna/AssitaliaPharmacia & UpjohnPoste Italiane 
and Telecom Italia, he focuses on the design of experimental platforms and environments to accelerate knowledge convergence and connections. Teacher, lecturer, and book writer (Le Reti di Diotima is the seminal book originating the Diotima Society), he is faculty member in academies worldwide.

Maurizio Morgantini

Architect Pioneering author of pilot-projects crossing simultaneously through multiple fields of Urban Planning, Architecture and High-Tech Design, Maurizio Morgantini first outlined his theoretical vision in Man Confronted by the Third Technological Generation (Design Issues, MIT Press, 1984). In 1985 he was appointed Full Professor of Design and Technology at the UIC, USA. While practicing and lecturing internationally, he chaired NGOs such as ADI Foundation for Italian Design (2005-2008), CSAR (the Center for Studies of FAR Foundation) 1993-2011, iiSBE Italia (2004-present). He was the President of ISIA (2007-2010) the Art & Design Academy (MIUR, Ministry of Education) founded in Roma by Giulio Carlo Argan. The Chicago Athenaeum is collecting his design contributions to Environmental Sustainability, the ICT revolution, Finance and Next-Gen City studies. MM is a member of the Outpost Tower of Diotima Society

Roberto Masiero

Professor of History of Architecture at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice (IUAV), he envisions arts and sciences in the framework of a general history of ideas. He has also taught at the University of Genoa and Trieste. He contributed to the foundation of the Faculty of Architecture in Trieste and the IUAV Design and Arts faculty. Responsible for the EU of an Observatory on the Academies of Art, Faculties of Architecture and Engineering in Europe.
He is in the Steering Committee of the Collodi Foundation and in the Scientific Committee of the Francesco Fabbri Foundation for which he follows the Political Laboratory on issues as: Thinking Europe; Reflections on the crisis; The spaces of politics. and with the publication of a Manifesto for the smart land (with F. Della Puppa); another on the Circular Society / Digital Economy, with A. Bonomi and F. Della Puppa. He collaborates with Italiadecide on the relationship between governance and the digital world. He has been curator of significant art exhibitions. He is the author of many books, published in English, German, French, Spanish and Turkish, on architecture, design, urban planning, aesthetics, history, hermeneutics, epistemology, on the relationship between art and the sacred, on the relationship between architecture and care, on the circular society, on transition to the digital production mode

Franco Simeoni

Economist. Degree in Economy and Commerce, Franco Simeoni has been the founder and chairman of Ernst & Young Global Corporate Finance, the managing partner of Ernst & Young Italy and a member of E & Y International Board for over 15 years, the majority of his clients being international public companies such as Coca Cola, Generali, RCS, Edison, Eli Lilly and Lloyds. His own particular vision of innovation which works through bridging different cultures and visions has triggered multiple entrepreneurial developments, ranging from strategic consultancy to innovative finance, from sport culture to education and social development. Franco is a member of the board of several non governmental organizations and foundations, and together with Paolo Zanenga, founded PDMA Southern Europe, the first European affiliate of PDMA – Product Development Management Association, the leading association of innovators in the world.

Rainer Weissengruber​

Classics Professor. Graduate of classical and modern letters of the University of Salzburg, PhD in Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, Rainer Weissengruber sees classical culture as a powerful driver of change. Teacher in a historic Austrian Collegium, he lives and promotes the contamination between classical and contemporary cultures, traveling and creating connections between Central Europe, Italy and other Mediterranean regions. He was founder, and now president, of CLE – Centrum Latinitatis Europae, with international branch offices, and is partner of Eos, a working group dedicated to anthropological and intercultural studies based in Trieste. Rainer is contributor to the work of a study center devoted to the Middle Ages based in Cividale, and initiator of the Bolzano Atelier with the Euregio Tyrol. His studies on the ancient practice of “scholè” have concretely contributed to the experimentation of new forms of education.


Diego Andreis

Diego Andreis is engineer, entrepreneur and passionate experimenter of innovation models, he loves to connect people, ideas and new technologies. He is the Managing Director of Fluid-o-Tech, leader in the engineering and manufacturing of positive displacement pumps and fluidics systems for several demanding fields. Fluid-o-Tech stands out for innovation capabilities, growth and internationalization; since 2014 it received for tree time the National prize for Innovation given by the President of State of Italy. Diego Andreis founded F-Lab, an innovation center that leverage open innovation dynamics, a new model for the knowledge enterprise. He is Ambassador of the Mechatronics, where mechanics and digital converge, as a new paradigm for the future of industry and work. He is also VP Federmeccanica and President of the European CEEMET.

Serena Baccaglini

Graduated in Literature at the University of Padua, she specialized in history of Art (University of Padua, Master and PhD program in UCSD University of California San Diego and UCLA). A 30-year experience in organizing international art exhibitions as an author and curator and in international scientific committees, she collaborates with the most important cultural institutions, among them Picasso, Modigliani, Dalì, and Mirò foundations. Created new formats of exhibitions, with international scientific committees, where scholars of different countries and cultures share their knowledge. Designed the first European Master in Trading Techniques (School of Advanced Training-ASAG of the Catholic University of Milan). Rediscovered the Picasso cartoon of Guernica, from which the tapestry at the UN, shown in international exhibitions in 2016 and 2017 (80 years since Guernica), and in the Senate of the Italian Republic for the 70 years of the Constitution.

Marco Baccanti

Has 25 years of experience in leadership roles in governments, science parks and life sciences industries, in economic development, innovation management and investment attraction. Today is Chief Executive of Health Industries SA, economic development agency of the Government of South Australia (Adelaide). Previous roles included: Executive Director of DuBiotech (Government of the UAE), CEO of San Raffaele Biomedical Science Park (Milan), Managing director of Technogym and Centuria Science Park (Italy). Beside his managerial roles he served as member of World Economic Forum ‘Healthy Living’ leadership board, President of International Association of Science Parks, board member or chairman in economic development organisations, high tech companies and science parks.

Giuseppe Bernardi

Giuseppe joined Grant Thornton Financial Advisory Services as Partner in charge of Debt Restructuring services. He has a thirty-year experience, accrued first in E&Y, then as director and chairman of various Italian companies and, later, in an advisory boutique he founded in Brescia. His areas of expertise include debt restructuring, corporate finance, strategic planning and M&A. Giuseppe regularly participates as speaker in conferences organized by business associations. His clients include companies operating in banking, industrial, ICT and telecommunications industries, as well as mid corps. Giuseppe received his degree in information technology from Università degli Studi di Milano. He then attended training courses in Italy and in the United States to develop his managerial skills.

Andrea Carobene

Graduated in physics, he has been a professional journalist since 2001. He has also studied philosophy and theology between Milan, Naples and Paris.

Within the United Group, he follows the communication of all the Companies and also plays the role of Head of Digital and Data Management. He collaborates with Nova, the scientific insert of Il Sole 24 Ore, with Business Insider, Social Updates and Gnosis, the Italian intelligence magazine of Aisi. Editor in one of the first Italian magazines dedicated to the web, he was responsible for years for the staff of the Councilor for Security and then for the mobility of the Municipality of Milan. Author of several books, he has collaborated with the Treccani Encyclopedia and with the “Dictionary of the New Economy” by Baldini & Castoldi. With courses from the University of San Diego and Berkeley he studied the topic of artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as blockchain technology and deep learning

Fiorello Cortiana

Born in 1955, graduated in humanities at the University of Milan. Promoter of the first Italian ecologist groups and the Federation of Greens. In the 90s, Councilor of the Lombardy Region to the Parks and Territory, he promoted the enhancement of the Navigli, the destination of the fairground in Rho – Pero, the Popular Initiative for the South Milan Agricultural Park. Senator in 1996 and 2001, he promoted the law against doping, the Knowledge Survey on GMOs, the Decree on the pluralism of information technology in the Public Administration. President of the Intergroup for Technological Innovation and Telematic Democracy. Author of the premise to the book of the Nobel Prize Elinor Ostrom ‘Knowledge as a common good’. Italian Delegate at the WSIS-World Summit on the Information Society. Member of the Internet Governance Committee of the Ministry of Innovation, delegate to the UN Internet Governance Forum, promoter of the “Internet Bill of Rights”. Goodwill Ambassador of “One Laptop Per Child”, MIT’s project for disadvantaged children.    Promoter of international meetings “Condividi la Conoscenza”. Member of the Advisory Board of the Guna Research Center ATTRE (Advanced Therapies and Tissue Regeneration), started in 2017.

Paola Girdino

Is Board Member of ENEL, Costa Crociere Foundation and D’Appolonia (RINA Group). Previously she held the same role at Banca Carige, Ansaldo Energia, and the University of Genoa. She is also President of the National Observatory for Cyber Security, Resilience and Business Continuity of Electrical Systems. Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Genoa, she was previously Dean of the Faculty for 4 years. For her commitment in the academic and professional field she has been included in the roll of experts in technological innovation established by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.

Maria Cristina Lenoci

Born in Novara on September 23, 1964, graduated in law with honors from the LUISS University in Rome. After collaborating with important professional studies, she began her activity as an Administrative Lawyer specializing in public procurement and contracts. The Firm carries out activities of scientific production and organization for conventions, and pursues the goal of creating a dialectical and constructive relationship that is based on the cooperation of political, jurisdictional and academic institutions with professionals and economic operators. There are four offices of the Firm, the first in Rome and the others in Milan, Palermo and Taranto.

Ignazio Licata

Is a theoretical physicist, scientific director of the Institute for Scientific Methodology, Palermo,Italy.Researcher  at  School of Advanced International School on Non Linear Methodologies for Physics, Bari, visiting  professor at International Institute for Applicable Mathematics and Information Sciences ( IIAMIIS), Hyderabad 500463 India. Editor in Chief of the Electronic Journal of Theoretical Physics (EJTP) and Board of: Entropy, Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Physics, Quantum BioSystems. Lecturer in “Festival della Filosofia” ( Modena, 2004; 2011); “Festival della Scienza” ( Palermo, 2009), “PopSophia” ( Macerata, 2012)He has been awarded the prize “Le Veneri per la Scienza” (Lecce, 2008) for “the high merit in research and cultural seedings”,  the “Targa Pirandello”(Agrigento, 2010),  and the prize  “International Prize Conference on Time” (Al Ain, 2012). He work on Foundation of Quantum Theories, Cosmology, Computation and System Science.

Patrizia Lombardi

PhD in Multimodal system thinking, MSc in Urban planning & Real estate market and BA/MA in Architecture, she is Deputy Rector of the Politecnico di Torino and Full Professor in Sustainable Planning Evaluation. Since 2019 she is the President of the Italian Universities Network for Sustainable Development which involves about 80 universities in the promotion of the Agenda 2030. At Politecnico di Torino, she coordinates the Green Team Office and the Circular Economy Platform. She is an established figure in the field of sustainable urban development evaluation and management for over 20 years, publishing widely in the subject area and coordinating, or serving as lead partner in several interdisciplinary Pan-European Projects. She has received a number of awards for excellence for her career and quality of research.

Domenico Nicoletti

Architect, Professor at University of Salerno, Journalist, current Director of the Alta Murgia National Park, member of the Technical Team of the “Network for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention” RECEP – Council of Europe – Strasbourg, Secretary of Arco Latino European Landscape Observatory; Director of the European Group of Territorial Cooperation EGTC DIETAMED -International Study Center on Mediterranean Diet (UNESCO Intangible Heritage), Head of the “Campus Mediterraneo” Technical Operational Group.Latest publications: E.L.E.A. – Experimental Lab For An Ecosystemic Advancement, Milan 2015; RETURN TO POLIS – The redesigned territory rediscovers the value of its assets and rediscovers the generative role of Polis. Milan 2016.Participation to the development of the C-School model, Development of the Charter of Rome for the Natural and Cultural Capital.

Giuliano Pisani

Classical philologist and art historian, is the author of innovative studies on Plato, Plutarch, Marsilio Ficino, Giotto, Raphael, Titian, Picasso. He has published “I volti segreti di Giotto” (Rizzoli) (winner of XVI Premio del Libraio Città di Padova 2009 – non-fiction section) and coordinated the complete edition of the Moralia of Plutarch (Bompiani, 2017). Member of the Société Européenne de Culture, the Lorenzo Valla Foundation, the Accademia Galileiana di Scienze, Arti e Lettere of Padua; member of the Ministerial Committee of Trustees for the promotion of Classical Culture. Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica, he has held seminars and conferences in many Italian and European cities and universities (including Paris, Moscow, Copenhagen, Krakow, Vilnius, Freiburg, Sofia).

Sonia Sandei

Economist, with a degree in Economics and a Master in Logistic and Transportation, dedicated to the development of innovative business solutions for sustainable energy, with professional experience in renewable energy and Smart City since 2002, e-mobility , electric public transport, promoting the energy transition.

Effective energy and telecommunications manager in multinational companies, both public and private sectors, such as ENI, Telecom Italia, CDC and Enel.

Currently Head of Electrification in Enel Spa and Vice President of Confindustria Genoa, responsible for energy and infrastructures.

Designated Ambassador of Genoa in the world by Mayor Marco Bucci.

Founding Member of Genoa Smart City Association in 2010, the first example of a Smart City in the world, now member of the Board of Directors.

Fabrizio Tamburini

Ph.D, Born in Venice 10 September 1963. Main working area: Electromagnetic vorticity and Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) applied to telecommunications, astrophysics and Quantum physics. Main results: First experimental application of radio vortices to telecommunications, electromagnetic vorticities from the gravitational lensing of rotating black holes, OAM superresolution for optical and radio devices and worked in the pioneering construction of an optical vortex coronagraph. First indirect evidence of axion dark matter. With more than a hundred of international scientific and artistic contributions including one book several book chapters and patents in radio communications and environmental sciences, his work has been reported in hundreds of interviews in international scientific and non-scientific magazines, newspapers, in TV and Radio. Awarded with four international prices.

Roberto Tognetti

Architect graduated at the Milan Polytechnic in 1986, specialized in Museography and Museology, taught at the IED in Milan and worked with engineering firms. He founded the Associated Architects FGMT in Novara and carried out both architectural studies and urban planning. Among his works, the house of the writer Sebastiano Vassalli. In 2008 he founded the network “iperPiano Ecosystem of solutions and innovations for the government of the territory and the city”, with countless projects in Italy and Europe of local development and territorial planning. Since 2010 he has been chairman of the Comitato d’Amore per Casa Bossi, a group of active citizens engaged in the regeneration of the historic building by Alessandro Antonelli. Co-author with Giovanni Campagnoli of the book “Riusiamo l’Italia. From empty spaces to cultural and social start-ups ” (2014, Gruppo 24 Ore).

Piergiorgio Valente

President of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE), Chairman of the International Tax Committee of the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI), member of BUSINESSEUROPE’s Tax Policy Working Group and Extended Bureau Member of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Committee of the BIAC (Business Industry Advisory Committee, OECD). Founder, Managing Partner of Valente Associati GEB Partners.  His involvement in industry and professional associations, his technical assistance to governments and participation in Expert Groups represent an utter guarantee of the commitment to tax policy-related matters. Devoted to encouraging dialogue on tax matters, which he pursues through his academic activities (Link Campus University; Guardia di Finanza, School, “Jean Monnet” School of the 2nd University of Studies – Naples). Author of 10 Manuals, co-author of 25 Volumes. Over 500 articles published.