The Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation, an institution set up in February 2019, at an important historical moment for the Group that had greeted 2018 by celebrating its 70th anniversary, aims to promote dialogue with civil society, promote industrial and business culture in its areas of reference, enhance the cultural and museum heritage and spread knowledge.
The birth of the Foundation also saw the revival of the historic magazine "Civiltà delle Macchine", official house organ of the then Finmeccanica from 1953 to 1979, which included among its contributors writers of great prestige like Giuseppe Ungaretti, Alberto Moravia and Carlo Emilio Gadda. The magazine represented a bridge between humanistic and scientific culture, a terrain for mutual exchange in which the new publishing project also positions itself, with the same ambitious goal that guided the people who were involved in it: to compare and promote dialogue between Humanism and technology.
The Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation was set up on the initiative of Leonardo S.p.A. to promote:
The Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation has three main objectives:
Initiatives to support and cooperate with the country's education system
Promotion of research and events to spread knowledge on the dual use of technologies
Enhancement of museums and industrial archives
Quarterly publication of the new magazine Civiltà delle Macchine
Giovanni De Gennaro has been Chairman of Leonardo S.p.A. since 4 July 2013.
Born in Reggio Calabria in 1948, he graduated in Law from the University of Rome La Sapienza. After serving as a reserve officer in the Army and after a short period working at the Treasury Ministry, he joined the Interior Ministry as a public security officer.
He spent most of his professional career in the Police Force until 1994, when he was appointed Prefect, First Class.
In 2000, he took up the position of Chief of Police - Director General of Law Enforcement. Subsequently, in 2007, he was appointed Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of the Interior. During his term of office, due to the exceptional gravity of the crisis connected with waste disposal in Campania, the Government appointed him as Special Commissioner with the task of temporary management of the emergency for a period of 120 days.
In 2008 he was appointed Director General of the Department of Security Information (DIS) with the additional task of implementing the regulatory and organisational aspects of the complex reform of the information services commissioned by Parliament in 2007. In 2012, the Council of Ministers appointed him Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister’s Office, with responsibility for information and security services. On behalf of the Government, he participated in the approval process, unanimously voted by Parliament, for further partial regulatory reform of the law on information services, with particular reference to the delicate matter of state secrets.
In 2000 he was honoured with the title of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic.
Since 2014 he has been President of the Centre for American Studies.
Luciano Violante has been a magistrate, full professor of law and criminal procedure, and member of parliament from 1979 to 2008. In Parliament he held, among other things, the positions of President of the Anti-Mafia Commission (1992-1994) and President of the Chamber of Deputies (1996-2001). He is the author of several books on criminal law and on political and constitutional issues.
He has been President of italiadecide since its foundation (2008).
Since January 2019 he has also been President of the Leonardo Civiltà delle machine Foundation.
Raffaella Luglini is General Manager of Fondazione Leonardo - Civiltà delle Macchine from November 2019. She took part its constitution, later becoming its board member.
From July 2017 she was the Chief Stakeholder Officer of Leonardo.
In this position she was Head of External Relations, Communication including Digital, Relations with Media, Sustainability, Investor Relations and Credit Rating Agencies, with the aim of supporting the corporate business, promoting the "One Leonardo" identity of the Group and brand positioning towards stakeholders.
Graduated in Economics, she holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She is a Chartered Accountant and Auditor.
Raffaella began her professional career in ENI, a multinational company active in the oil and natural gas sector, as Investor Relations Officer, taking part in the privatization process of the Company.
In 2000 she founded doyoo.com, a European start-up with registered office in Germany, becoming Chief Financial Officer of the Italian division, coordinating the rounds for the collection of loans signed by the main European Venture Capital funds.
In 2001, as Investor Relations Officer, she joined Finmeccanica where, in 2013, she became Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Responsible Investors (SRI), subsequently expanded to IR, Credit Rating Agencies and Sustainability.
Between 2013 and 2016 she was also a member of the Board of Directors of AgustaWestland and Fata Logistic Systems.
Since 2017 she has been Chairman of the Ansaldo Foundation Board of Directors.
Lucio Valerio Cioffi has held the position of Head of the Aircraft Division for Leonardo S.p.A. since 1 February 2018.
He began his career at Aermacchi S.p.A. in 1985 after a brief academic experience, holding various roles of increasing responsibility mainly within the Engineering department. In Aermacchi he participated in the M-346 advanced trainer project right from the conceptual stages and the collaboration with the Russian company Yakovlev.
Between 2010 and 2011 he became Deputy Technical Director of Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. and in 2012, after the merger between Alenia Aeronautica, Alenia Aermacchi and Alenia SIA, he was appointed Chief Technical Officer of the new company Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A. (of the Finmeccanica S.p.A. Group) reporting directly to the company's CEO.
From 2013 to 2016, in assuming responsibility for Industrial Engineering activities, Cioffi became Director of Engineering and Industrialisation of Alenia Aermacchi.
From 2016 to 2018, within the context of the reorganisation process of Finmeccanica, which first became Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company and then Leonardo Company, he took on the responsibility of Technical Director of the Leonardo Aircraft Division.
Born in Forlì on 6 June 1960, Lucio Valerio Cioffi graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Milan Polytechnic and was awarded the Stella al Merito del Lavoro (Star of Merit for Work) in 2017 by the President of the Italian Republic on the proposal of the Minister of Labour. He is married and has two children.
Antonio Funiciello, an honours graduate in Philosophy, is a journalist, writer and business consultant.
A political advisor for many years, he worked at Palazzo Chigi between 2014 and 2018 and was head of cabinet of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni between 2016 and 2018.
A contributor to the Espresso and Foglio, he has had two essays published by Donzelli.
His next book, “Il Metodo Machiavelli. Come servire il potere e salvarsi l’anima” ("The Machiavelli Method. How to serve power and save your soul"). will be published in September by Rizzoli.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Seri Industrial and of the National Welfare Institute for Italian Journalists.
Alessandra Genco has been Chief Financial Officer of Leonardo since October 2017.
She graduated in Economics summa cum laude from LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome and obtained an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (California, USA). She joined Goldman Sachs in New York, where she served as Vice President of the Investment Banking Division, heading up extraordinary finance operations for private equity corporations and funds.
Before taking up her current position with Leonardo, Alessandra served as Vice President Group Finance, in charge of capital markets, treasury, investments and insurance. She was also Head of Investments and Portfolio Evaluation.
Alessandra is also a Board Member of various companies and non-profit organisations.
Alessandro Palanza, who was born in Avezzano (L'Aquila) in 1948 and graduated in Law, is an Honorary Section President of the Council of State, and Vice President and Director of the Schools of italiadecide, an association that promotes the quality of public policies.
A councillor of the Chamber of Deputies since 1976, in 1997 he was appointed Head of the Studies Department, in 2000 Deputy Secretary General and in 2006 Acting Deputy Secretary General.
On 28 January 2011 he was appointed Councillor of State by the President of the Republic.
Andrea Parrella has been a Group General Counsel of Leonardo since June 2014.
After graduating in law, Andrea became a licensed lawyer and began his career at the Italian Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (IRI). Over the years, he held various positions with increasing responsibilities at Finmeccanica and then Trenitalia where he was Director of the Legal and Business Affairs Unit.
From 2011 until 2014 he was General Counsel of Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian State Railways) and he also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A., TX Logistic AG and Netinera Deutschland GmbH.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Leonardo MW Ltd and Elettronica S.p.A., Chairman of Leonardo Global Solutions S.p.A. and Deputy Chairman of Telespazio S.p.A.
In 2016, he was also appointed Alternate President of Istituto Grandi Infrastrutture.
Having retired as Prefect in December 2016, Pasquale Piscitelli has been senior adviser of Leonardo since January 2017. A graduate in Law at the Federico II University of Naples, he joined the Civil Administration of the Interior in March 1979. He spent almost thirty years in the Department of Public Safety in the areas of studies and legislation, trade union relations and traffic police. Appointed Prefect in 2003, he took on the responsibilities of Central Director of Specialties of the State Police, Immigration and Borders, and Head of the Secretariat of the Department of Public Safety. In 2017 he became Acting Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of the Interior. Since 2018 he has been assigned to the Department of Security Information (DIS) as Acting Deputy Director General.
Luisa Torsi graduated in Physics and obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences in 1993. Since 2005 she has been full professor of Chemistry at the "A. Moro" University of Bari. She has been post-doc fellow at Bell Laboratories (USA) and visiting professor at the University of Paris 7 and the University of Anger. She is currently adjunct professor at Abo Academy University in Finland. By ministerial appointment, she holds the role of Expert in the Italian Horizon 2020 Programme Committee. She is also immediate past president of the European Material Research Society, the biggest European scientific society in the sector, and is the first woman to have held this position. In 2010, she was awarded the Henrick Emmanuel Merck international prize, the first woman in the world to receive this award. In 2015 at the British Library in London, she received the most prestigious award of the European Women Inventors & Innovators Network. She was also awarded the Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering 2019 award by IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the international non-governmental organisation known primarily for its work in standardising chemical nomenclature. She has also received the Robert Kellner Lecturer 2019 Award of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the European Chemical Society. Her research activity is documented by about 200 papers also published in journals with very high impact factors such as Science and Nature Materials. She is a co-inventor of several patents. She has been invited to more than 160 seminars, including some 40 plenary reports in the USA, Asia and Europe. Her published papers have obtained over 11,100 citations, reaching an h-factor of 50. Popular articles on her research activity have appeared in Italian national newspapers. The "Leonardo" science dissemination programme as well as the journal "Le Scienze" have also shown their interest in the studies of Prof. Torsi's group.
Claudio Coen, born in 1952, graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Rome La Sapienza. He is a Chartered Accountant, enrolled in the Register of Auditors, technical consultant to the Court of Rome and qualified to teach Commercial and Corporate Disciplines and Techniques, as well as heading up a Firm of Chartered Accountants. In the course of his career, from 1998 to the present, he has held the positions of Permanent Auditor, Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors and Chairman of the Board of Auditors in more than twenty companies, including S.I.E. Gruppo Invitalia, WASS S.p.A. Gruppo Finmeccanica, Mistral Air S.p.A. Gruppo Poste Italiane, Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A. Gruppo Finmeccanica and Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation.
Ines Gandini works at the tax law firm Salvini e Soci, founded by Prof. Franco Gallo, former Minister and President of the Constitutional Court. Born in Rome and a graduate in Economics and Commerce at the University of Rome La Sapienza, she acquired professional experience at one of the leading Italian law firms, where she worked until 2006. It was then that she was called by the then Deputy Minister of the Economy with responsibility for Finance, to act as economic/legal advisor and tax expert at the Cabinet of the Finance Department. After this two-year experience, she returned to her professional life. Since 2014 she has broadened her professional horizon to issues linked to corporate governance, in relation to the duties and functions of the Board of Statutory Auditors and the Board of Directors, holding positions in various companies in both the public and private sectors. She is currently a standing auditor of CDP Equity, of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti group, an independent director of Italo Ntv S.p.A. and Fideuram Vita S.p.A., Gruppo Intesa San Paolo, and Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors of Campari S.p.A. and Vitrociset S.p.A.
Pietro Pongiglione was born in Genoa on 15 April, 1958.
He is currently a Chartered Accountant and Auditor, owner of Studio Pongiglione e Associati and President of IRCCS - Istituto Giannina Gaslini. He began his professional activity in 1982 with the Industria Italiana Petroli in the Administration, Finance and Control area. In 1986 he chose to go freelance and became a partner in a professional firm in the city of Genoa operating in national taxation and company law. He began his first international experience as a consultant to a Norwegian company, world leader in the production of emergency food rations, overseeing the establishment and management of the company’s Italian offices. In 1996 he joined the multinational consulting and accounting firm Ernst & Young, becoming the partner responsible for the tax and corporate sector of the Genoa and Liguria office. He acquired experience in Italy and abroad by participating in further training courses and national and international conferences. In 2004 he founded Studio Pongiglione e Associati and set up the Tax & Audit Network. He holds various positions as board member and Statutory Auditor in national companies, international groups and non-profit organisations.
For over twenty years she has been involved with cultural management and creative industries.
Cultural Heritage Director for ATI Giunti, since 2001 she has been President of Confcultura (National Association of Enterprises for the enhancement and promotion of cultural heritage, cultural tourism, technological innovation) and since 2006 she has been President of the Industry and Culture Foundation.
She is President of the Marino Marini Museum Foundation in Florence, Chairman of the IPOCH2 European Cultural Heritage Technology Platform and Co-chair of the Joint Commission Italy-USA Cooperation on Science and Technology and Cultural Heritage.
She is also a member of prestigious institutions and non-profit organisations.
Maria Chiara Carrozza is an Italian scientist, Professor of Industrial Bioengineering, former Minister of Education, University and Research, and since 2018 Scientific Director of the Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS Foundation.
She was a member of Parliament from 2013 to 2018, from 2007 to 2017 she was Rector of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, and is currently responsible for the "Neuro-Robotics" Area of the Istitute of Biorobotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Since 2016 she has been president of the National Bioengineering Group. Since 2016/17 she has chaired the panel of FET Flagships Programme for the European Commission, DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology. She is co-founder of the start-up Iuvo, a spin-off of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna that deals with wearable technologies for personal assistance. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Piaggio S.p.A.
Roberto Cingolani (Milan, 1961) is a professor of Physics with a post-graduate diploma at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. Founder of the National Laboratory of Nanotechnology in Lecce, he is Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of Leonardo S.p.A. From 2005 to 2019 he held the position of scientific director of the Italian Institute of Technology. He has been a staff member of the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart and Visiting Scientist at the University of Tokyo. He has over 100 patents to his credit and is the author and co-author of over 1,000 scientific papers for the most prestigious international journals. He has received the titles of Alfiere del Lavoro and Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana.
Barbara Curli (Ph.D. European University Institute, Florence) is associate professor of Contemporary History at the University of Turin, where she also teaches Global History and History of European Integration. She has been Visiting Professor at several Italian and foreign universities, including Georgetown University (Fulbright Distinguished Chair), Université catholique de Louvain; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Université de Paris Est-Marne la Vallée; Université St. Joseph, Beirut; New York University in Florence.
She has edited the magazine Il Mestiere di storico (2011-2014) and is part of the editorial staff of Italia contemporanea. She has been vice-president of Sissco, the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History, and has been on the Board of Directors of Sis, the Italian Society of Female Historians.
She deals with the history of energy sources, with particular regard to the history of nuclear energy; the history of European integration; Italian and international economic history.
Recent publications include Discourses and Counter-Discourses on Europe. From the Enlightenment to the EU (with M. Ceretta), London, Routledge 2017.
President emeritus of the Constitutional Court, former Minister of Justice and magistrate, Giovanni Maria Flick graduated with honours from the Catholic University of Milan and is professor emeritus of Criminal Law.
He has held several professorships including Commercial Criminal Law at the LUISS University of Rome, Institutions of Law and Criminal Procedure at the University of Perugia.
He has been recognised with awards such as an honorary master's degree in Economics and Financial Institutions (University of Genoa), Honorary President of the International Higher Institute of Criminal Science and Honorary President of the Shoah Museum Foundation in Rome.
In the course of his professional activity, he has been, among other things, a member of the Study Committee on Ethics in Research and Bioethics of the C.N.R., Chairman of the "Ethics" Committee set up by the Board of Directors of Finmeccanica S.p.A. to draw up best practices and formulate ad hoc recommendations for the Group, as well as a member and Chairman of the Boards of Directors of various companies.
He is the author of monographs, essays, articles and speeches at conferences and seminars on issues of criminal law and the relationship between globalisation and fundamental rights.
Luciano Floridi (Rome 1964) is Full Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute and Fellow of Exeter College. He is also a Turing Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, the British National Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, where he is Chairman of the Data Ethics Group. Among his many awards, the two most recent are: IBM Thinker Award 2018 and the CRUI Award 2018 for Knowledge. His most recent book in Italian, La Quarta Rivoluzione - Come l’infosfera sta trasformando il mondo, has been translated by Cortina and is the winner of the J. Ong Award.
Vito Gamberale has been Vice President of the IVS Group since 2012 and President of Iterchimica since 2015. He started his career at ENI in 1969. In 1970 he moved to IMI as an Industrial Investment analyst. From 1977 to 1984 he was in GEPI, manager for privatisations. From 1984 to 1991 at ENI, as M.D. of Ageni and IndENI, for the privatisation of extra core-business sectors. From 1991 to 1998 M.D. of SI and then of TIM, as well as G.M. of Telecom Italia. From 1998 to 2000 he was Manager of Edizione Holding. From 2000 to 2006 M.D. of Autostrade and then of Atlantia. In 2007 he founded F2i, Fondo Italiano Infrastrutture. He left in 2014. Born in Castelguidone (Chieti) on 3 August 1944, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in Rome.
Francesco Profumo, Professor of Electrical Machinery and Drives at Turin Polytechnic, has been President of the Compagnia di Sanpaolo since May 2016.
Previously he was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2003-2005) and Rector of Turin Polytechnic (2005-2011), President of the C.N.R. (2011-2012) and Minister of Education, University and Research (2011-2013).
He has received 10 Honorary Degrees and Doctorates in Engineering and Business Administration.
Francesco Profumo has been Chairman of the IREN Group (2013-2016) and INWIT (2015-2018) and a member of the Board of Directors of Fidia (2006-2011), Il Sole 24 Ore (2007-2009), UniCredit Private Banking (2008-2010), Telecom (2011) and Pirelli (2011).
He is President of the ESCP Europe Business School - Torino Campus (2014-today), President of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) (2014-today), Chairman of the Collège des Ingénieurs (2014-today), and a member of the Board of Directors of ENNOVA (2016-today) and AQUAFIL (2018-today).
Anna Gervasoni is General Manager of AIFI, the Italian Association of Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Debt.
At Carlo Cattaneo University - LIUC she is Full Professor of Economics and Business Management.
She is Director of the Master course in Private Capital and of the Centre on Finance for Development and Innovation.
Independent Director of: Fondo Italiano d'Investimento SGR; Banca Generali S.p.A.; Generfid S.p.A.; LU-VE S.p.A. and Sol S.p.A.
She contributes to numerous newspapers and economic-financial magazines and is the author of about 50 scientific publications.
A Chartered Accountant, she is enrolled in the Register of Auditors of Accounts.
In 2002 she received the title of "Official" of the Italian Republic.
Ruggero Gramatica has over twenty years of experience in start-ups and corporate turnarounds.
He is the founder and CEO of Yewno, a knowledge discovery platform.
He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from King's College London, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Milan Polytechnic.
He has supported the growth and expansion of five successful start-ups in the United States and across Europe.
An art collector from a very young age, Maurizio Morra Greco in 2003 created the Morra Greco Foundation for Contemporary Art, dedicated to the production and dissemination of contemporary culture. Since 2008, the Foundation has been the first institution organised according to an innovative model of mixed public-private governance, through adherence to the Statute and the 50-50 participation of the Campania Region in the Board of Directors. Since 2014, he has been Vice President of the Committee for Italian Foundations of Contemporary Art and sits on the juries of a number of international awards. In 2016 he was nominated Best Italian Collector by the contemporary art magazine Artribune, in 2017 he was awarded the Montblanc de la Culture prize as best patron of the arts, for his continuous support of young artists and his ambitious commitment to social issues, and since 2018 he has been a member of Art Basel's Global Patrons Council, which brings together 164 of the world's most prestigious collectors.
Born in Rome in 1962, he is a Surgeon specialising in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics and President of I.A.P.N.O.R. (International Academy of Posture and Neuromyofascial Occlusion Research).
Alberto Piazza, born in Turin in 1941, graduated in Physics, Medicine and Surgery. From 1968 to 1980 and since 1983 he has been a member of the Department of Medical Genetics of the University of Turin and of the annexed C.N.R. Centre for Immunogenetics and Experimental Oncology. From 1973 to 1980 he was Visiting Associate Researcher at the Genetics Department of Stanford University Medical School, and in 1970 he was a WHO Research Fellow at the Populatin Genetics Laboratory of the University of Hawaii.
His work experience saw him from 2016 to 2018 as President of the Academy of Sciences of Turin, from 2009 to 2017 President of the "Human Genetics Foundation" (HuGeF - Turin), Instrumental Body of the Compagnia di San Paolo in partnership with Turin University and Polytechnic; since 2017 he has been Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics at the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences of the University of Turin; from 1983 to 2016 he has been Full Professor of Human Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Turin; from 1989 to 1998 and from 2004 to 2010 he was Director of the Department of Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Turin; from 1981 to 2004 he was Visiting Professor of Genetics at the Genetics Department of Stanford University Medical School; from 1980 to 1983 he was Extraordinary Professor of Genetics at the University of Naples and from 1968 to 1980 he was Full Professor of Medical Statistics at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Turin.
Alberto Piazza is also the author of three books and 244 papers in international journals and a member of numerous associations including the New York Academy of Sciences, the European Association of Human Genetics, the American Association of Human Genetics, the Academy of Medicine of Turin, the Academy of Sciences of Turin, the Italian Society of Human Genetics, the National Committee for Bioethics.
Fabio Pinelli has been a lawyer and a member of the Padua Bar since 1997 and since 2010 he has also been enrolled in the Special Register of Lawyers admitted to represent clients before the Court of Cassation and other higher jurisdictions.
He graduated in law from the University of Milan and his specialist activity has been concentrated mainly in the field of criminal law and economics. He is the owner of the law firm PINELLI avvocati, with registered office in Padua and domicile in Milan and Rome.
Since 2015 he has pursued his academic career at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice, as a lecturer in the post-graduate Master's course in Environment and Territory, and as a lecturer at H-Farm University in the degree course in Digital Management.
One of the founders of the school of the technology and deontology of the criminal lawyer, established by the Criminal Chamber of Padua, he collaborated with the Journal Diritto Penale dell’Economia and was a member of the editorial staff of the journal Notiziario Penale.
He is a member of ItaliaDecide, an association for the quality of public policies and president of the cultural association PadovaLegge, local reference think tank, which in the university context of Padua addresses issues and reflections of a legal, political, economic and scientific nature.
Since March 2016, Oreste Pollicino has been Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the "A. Sraffa" Department of Legal Studies of the "L. Bocconi" Commercial University of Milan, where he also teaches media law and public law of new technologies.
He is an expert for the European Commission and the Council of Europe on misinformation and protection of the rule of law.
From 2007 to 2016, he was associate professor of Comparative Public Law at the "A. Sraffa" Department of Legal Studies of the "L. Bocconi" Commercial University of Milan.
Born in Messina, he graduated in Law in 1999 and obtained his PhD in Constitutional Law in 2005 at the University of Milan after obtaining an LLM in European Law at the European College in Bruges.
Stefano Quintarelli is an entrepreneur, former teacher of information systems, network services and security. Founder of the first ISP, he played a fundamental role in the creation and development of the Italian Internet ecosystem.
He works as a consultant for international investment trusts. He was a member of the Italian Parliament in the 17th legislature, a member of the Internet Rights Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, and head of the parliamentary intergroup for technological innovation.
He is a regular collaborator of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and, since 2014, has been chairman of the steering committee of the Italian Digital Agency. He is a member of the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Governing Council for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN.
Author of numerous articles and contributions and speaker at several conferences on digital technology, regulation and competition; his interest is the interaction of technology, regulation and markets.
Sebastiano Maffettone is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation. A graduate in Law from the University of Naples, he was a scholar at Oxford and obtained a PhD Master of Science from the London School of Economics. He is full professor of Political Philosophy and lectures at twenty foreign universities including Harvard, New York University, Columbia University, London School of Economics, University of Dehli, Shanghai University and Sciences-Po in Paris. He is Director of the Department of Political Sciences at LUISS Guido Carli where he is also a lecturer. He is a freelance journalist, director of research into national and international programmes, television author, essayist and lecturer, editor of scientific journals and expert in museum design, and a profound connoisseur of the international university system, and over the years he has contributed to the international scientific debate on the issues of bioethics and the ethics of economics and politics.
Alessandro Pajno, born in Palermo on 31 August 1948, married with three children, graduated with honours in law. Following public competitions, he was appointed State Prosecutor, State Attorney and State Counsellor. He was President of the Council of State from 1 January 2016 to 31 August 2018. He has held the positions of Secretary General of Administrative Justice, Legal Adviser to Minister Mattarella, Head of Cabinet of Ministers Mattarella, Jervolino and Ciampi, Secretary General to the Prime Minister, Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government for the completion of administrative federalism. In the second Prodi Government, he held the position of Undersecretary to the Ministry of the Interior and was responsible for the process of implementing the legislative simplification activities referred to in Law no. 246/2005. Since 2003 he has taught Administrative Law at the Department of Legal Sciences and Law of LUISS "Guido Carli".
In 2000 the President of the Republic Ciampi awarded him the gold medal for his services to schools, culture and art.
In 2017 he received the "Guido d'Orso" award; he has been Vice President of Aca-Europe, Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions.
Nuria Sanz Gallego is an archaeologist, scholar of participatory processes in the cultural sphere and UNESCO director in Mexico. Since 2002, she has been occupied in intensive, constant cooperation with the 195 member states of UNESCO, coordinating world programmes on world heritage, among others in archaeology, rock art and regional projects. From 2002 to 2013 she was head of the Latin America and Caribbean Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, France. She has edited more than 20 publications on the world heritage and has carried out extensive literary activities in the field of cultural cooperation, culture and development. In May 2007, she represented UNESCO at the United Nations Summit on Disasters and Risk held in Cancun. In 2008, she was appointed UNESCO Coordinator for the HEADS World Heritage Thematic Programme on Human Evolution, Adaptation, Dispersion and Social Development. Through this, the largest scientific network of sciences associated with applied research for the preservation of the oldest sites of our cultural diversity from around the world was created, with the involvement of 650 experts.
In 2013, the UNESCO GM appointed her as director of UNESCO in Mexico.