Hossein Derakhshan

Hossein Derakhshan is an Iranian-Canadian writer and researcher, and a pioneer of blogging in Iran. He is a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s  Shorenstein Center and a research associate at the MIT Media Lab. He recently co-authored the report Information Disorder, commissioned by the Council of Europe. He spent six years in prison in Iran from 2008, which inspired an essay on the demise of blogs and “The Web We Have to Save” (Matter, 2015). His current research is focused on the future of journalism and also on the theory and socio-political implications of digital and social media. His writings have appeared in Libération, Die Zeit, the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, and The Guardian.

Dave Winer

Dave Winer is a software developer and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software. Former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School and NYU, entrepreneur, he started two Silicon Valley tech companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Tulane University. He currently lives in New York City.

Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He holds visiting chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. He is a editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO.

Adriana Lukas

Adriana is the founder and organiser of the monthly Quantified Self meetups in London. She is also a Visiting Fellow of the Open University in the UK. In her previous life she advised companies that wished to change by disruption. These days she studies and practices yoga, tantra and ayurveda to live a balanced life and to help others do the same.

Ton Zijlstra

Ton Zijlstra works on networked agency, ethics by design and digital transformation. Change, complex challenges, and the way we organise, work, learn and live in a fully digitised and networked world fascinate him ever since he first went online in 1989. As an independent consultant he works on complex change issues, where knowledge, communities of practice and digital literacies are a part of the solution. Since 2011 he is a founding partner of The Green Land, a European open data consultancy. He assists governments and private entities in being open by design, as part of a more comprehensive and ethics based data governance approach. Since 2014 he is a senior open government data expert with the World Bank, and works in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South-East Asia. Currently he is also an external expert to the UNDP in Serbia. 

Roy Perticucci

Roy Perticucci is Vice President of Amazon Customer Fulfillment EU, a pan-European organization that employs about 30,000 people outside of the Peak season. He is responsible for world-class fulfillment, supply chain and transportation across the continent. Roy also leads engineering, construction, procurement, and facilities management functions. Roy held senior operational and commercial roles with several traditional and internet-based retailers before joining Amazon in 2013. He holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia (USA) and an AB from Occidental College in Los Angeles, (USA) and is fluent in English, Italian, and German and conversant in Spanish. Roy, his wife Kathleen and their four children live in Luxembourg.

Luigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2014 he was President of the American Finance Association. In July 2015 he became the Director of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. He also wrote two best-selling books: Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists (2003) with Raghu Rajan and A Capitalism for the People (2012). Zingales received a bachelor’s degree in economics summa cum laude from Università Bocconi in Italy in 1987 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992.

Dorothea Wiesmann

Dorothea Wiesmann is a leading technologist and the department head of the Cognitive Computing and Industry Solutions group IBM Research – Zurich. In this role she directs a team of researchers with a broad portfolio of activities including AI, blockchain, healthcare, computational sciences, robotics, security and data privacy. Dr. Wiesmann is also co-leading the global Next Generation Service strategy area. Dr. Wiesmann holds an MBA degree (Henley Management College, UK) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). She has authored and coauthored more than 70 peer-reviewed conference journal publications, holds numerous patents and and serves regularly as a journal reviewer. She is a member of the IEEE and has received an IBM Corporate Recognition Award and three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards.

Luca De Biase

Innovation journalist, Luca is the founder and editor of Nòva project at Il Sole 24 Ore. He is visiting professor of innovation journalism at Università di Padova, member of the scientific committee of the master in science’s communication at Sissa in Trieste and member of the scientific committee at master in big data analytics at Luiss University in Rome. He has published several books: Homo pluralisMedia civici and Cambiare pagina are the most recent.


Anna Masera

Anna Masera is public editor of the Italian daily La Stampa, where she has worked since 1999 as web editor and social media editor, with a two-year leave of absence as spokesperson at the Italian House of Representatives in Rome in 2014-2015. She has also been Director of the Masters Degree in Journalism at the University of Turin since July 2016. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in History in 1983 and from Columbia University with an MA in Journalism in 1984.

Simone Puksic

Simone is the chairman of the board of Insiel, ICT Service Provider of Friuli Venezia Giulia government. He is president of Assinter Italia and vice president of Euritas, respectively the Italian and the European associations that gathers ICT Public companies and promotes the collaboration with all the governmental institutions involved in digitalization. Passionate about digital transformation and innovative growth in public sector, Simone is an ambassador of digital culture in Italy.

Gigi Tagliapietra

Entrepreneur, innovator and musician. He has worked for thirty years as a specialist of computer networks and computer security. For ten years he chaired the Clusit, the most authoritative Italian association in the security industry. He has been a pioneer of the civic networks. Great lover of music, Gigi plays the cello and works closely with non-profit school of music in the Garda area and is now the president of Doc Educational one of the largest cooperatives of music teachers in Italy.

Lorenza Baroncelli

Lorenza Baroncelli is an architect. Currently she is Artistic Coordinator and Chief-curator for Architecture, Urban regeneration, Cities at Triennale di Milano. She has been Council Member for Urban Regeneration and International Projects for the city of Mantua, Associate for Special Projects at the Serpentine Galleries in London, as well as Consultant for Urban and Cultural Strategies to Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania. She has been scientific director of the Swiss pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014 and scientific director of “15 Rooms” exhibition at the Long Museum in Shanghai. She has been co-director of the architectural studio Equipo de Mazzanti in Bogota and architect at Stefano Boeri Architects, where she collaborated in urban and architectural projects including the Concept Masterplan for the Milan Expo 2015. She graduated cum laude in Rome. Her articles has been published in national and international magazines and she has lectured in Italy, UK, Brazil, China and Albania.


Andrea Di Maio

Andrea Di Maio is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he leads the Public Sector research team. His personal coverage includes e-government and digital government strategies, social media strategies, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, and the impact of technology on the future of government. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Di Maio was with the European Commission, where he was responsible for part of the R&D framework program, as well as for all activities on the impact of the year 2000 problem and the IT impact of the European single currency. Before the European Commission, he held management and technical positions in the systems and software industry. He has more than 30 years of experience in IT.

Greta Nasi

Greta Nasi is Director of Research for Government of the Division Government and Health, SDA Bocconi School of Management and Associate Professor of Public Management at the Department of Social and Political Sciences — Bocconi University. She is also Honorary Fellow at the Business School of the University of Edinburgh. She served as Director of the Public Management and Policy Department of SDA Bocconi (2012-2016) and contributed to re-position and internationalisation of the Department.  She is actively involved in the scientific community and takes part in different EU and international research consortia in her field of study: innovation, digital transformation and public services. She published her works in many journals, and has been working with many public administrations in Italy and abroad to design and implement innovations to foster transformation in public services.

Enrico Cereda

Enrico Cereda has been President and General Manager of IBM Italy since January 2016. Between July 2013 and the end of 2015, he led IBM Italy Global Technology Services as General Manager. Prior to this role, he was Vice President, Systems and Technology Group. His international experience includes assignments at IBM HQ in New York, as Executive Assistant to SVP Software Group Sales for a couple of years, and a role of Director of Middleware Software Europe at Madrid Headquarter. He currently holds positions in Assolombarda as Vice President with a delegation for Internationalization and Europe, in Confindustria and Assonime as member of their General Councils and in American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He’s President of the “Digital Platforms for PA” Steering Committee of Confindustria Digitale and President of IBM Italy Foundation.

Agostino Santoni

Agostino Santoni is the General Manager for Cisco Italy. Agostino resumed the country leadership role in 2012. He joins Cisco from SAP software, maintenance and consulting-related services, where he was Managing Director for Italy with full operational responsibility. Prior to that, Agostino was at HP Italy for several years, where he held executive positions as Vice President of their Enterprise business and Vice President of their Personal System Group. Agostino brings a wealth of experience from 20 years in the Italian IT industry, managing P&L operations across several technology markets Building inclusive environments in which individuals and teams feel engaged and can thrive is a key quality that characterizes Agostino’s leadership style in the large teams he has led.

Stefano Venturi

317Stefano Venturi serves as President & CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprise Italy and Vice President Hewlett Packard Enterprise Inc. In this role, which he has held since December 2011, he is in charge of leading the company’s activities and steering its growth in the Italian market. Venturi is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and Vice President of Assolombarda Confindustria Monza e Brianza with delegation for Investments attraction and Local competitiveness. He is also Member of the Board of Directors of Confindustria Digitale leading the Steering Committee “Digital Culture and Competencies”. He’s also member of the Advisory Board of Confindustria Foreign Investors Committee.

Marco Gay

Marco Gay boasts over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the digital and innovation industry. From May 2014 to May 2017 he was the President of the Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria and Vice President of Confindustria. From 2016 he has been a Board Member of University LUISS Guido Carli. From September 2017 he has been the President of Technical Group “Formazione di sistema” of Confindustria. From April 2018 he has been Board Member of Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A., and has also been the President of Anitec-Assinform, member of Confindustria and Confindustria Digitale Federation which gathers ICT and Consumer Electronics companies in Italy. On November 30th 2015 he was appointed Partner of Digital Magics, a startup incubator listed on AIM Italia. From November 2015 to December 2017 he was Executive Deputy Chairman of Digital Magics. On December 12th 2017 Marco Gay he was appointed CEO of Digital Magics.

Mariano Corso

Mariano Corso is full professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, and Associate Dean for Alumni Relations. He is founder and Scientific Director Digital360 group and of P4I – Partners4Innovation, the Advisory Company of the group. He is co-founder and member of the Scientific Committee of the Observatories on Digital Innovation and scientific director of several Observatories, among which Cloud, Digital Agenda, Smart Working, HR Innovation practice, Digital Innovation in Healthcare and of the “Digital Business-Innovation Academy”. As senior advisor in management and Digital Transformation, he also manages projects for companies, Local Governments and Public Administrations. He collaborates as editor and reviewer with scientific journals and is author or co-author of many publications on innovation and knowledge management of which more than 140 at international level.

Filippo Ligresti

Filippo Ligresti joined Dell as Sales Director in January 2008, becoming Dell Italy General Manager in December 2009. Under Filippo’s leadership Dell Italy grew significantly in size and relevance, becoming the IT partner of choice for business organizations. Following the combination with EMC, Filippo leads, as Vice President & General Manager, the Commercial Segment, and manages Dell EMC’s operations involving all Public Sector and Private Large & SMB accounts. During his 30 years of experience in the ICT industry Filippo held a number of Senior Management Roles, both domestic and international in IBM and British Telecom and co-founded and led a software company in between. Filippo Ligresti hold a Master Degree in Information Technology from the University of Milan.

Fabio Meloni

Born in Rome, 44 years old, a degree in engineering, Meloni has many years of experience in the field of Business Technology Consultancy and Digital Transformation in the public sector, gained in companies such as Accenture, Business Integration Partners and Avanade, the company where he previously worked before joining Dedagroup. Since 2016 Meloni is CEO of Dedagroup Public Services, the Dedagroup company dedicated to the development of Public Administration towards the role of a digital hub for digital transformation.

Marco Icardi

Managing Director at SAS Italy since 2010, in 2012 Marco was also appointed Vice President leading now the South Europe Region. Marco Icardi started his experience in the IT field in 1990 with consultant and sales positions at IBM; then as Large Enterprise Sales Director at SAP. He joined SAS in 1998, covering sales positions in the financial sector, with increasing responsibilities over time including positions as SAS Italy’s Sales Director and Managing Director. Graduate in Civil Engineering 1986 at Politecnico di Bologna, Icardi won a Masters fellowship at the Georgia Inst. of Technology in the USA and has furthered his qualifications thanks to many international activities. Since 2017 he has been appointed President of AICEO – Italian Association of CEOs.

Roberto Siagri

He has a long professional carrier in the ICT sector in different roles: computer hardware designer, technical director, chief executive officer. During his career he was also responsible for strategic planning and for marketing and sales. As Eurotech CEO he focused on internationalization and development of new business models. He collaborates with Universities and other institutions in the definition of strategic orientations, and has a good experience of capital markets. During the stage of international expansion, he also followed M&A operations by identifying targets, taking part in the due diligence process and in the closing. He has a degree in Solid State Physics (110/110) from the University of Trieste.

Paolo Mazza

In 2009 he is co-founder of Blueit, widely contributing to define the company strategy, organizational model and business model and processes in the startup stage; he’s also responsible for designing the communication plan and the Strategic Positioning of Blueit on the European market. He takes on different roles throughout the fast growth evolution stages of the company, in 2013 he creates the Cloud&Innovation Division to build a new innovative services offering for Blueit. Starting from the beginning of 2017 he works on creating the Innovation Lab of Blueit, named b.digital, focused is building a new offering based on Artificial Intelligence and Industrial IoT Technologies and named Watson Global Champions in November 2017 after winning IBM international competition with an AI application to AgriFood and Precision Farming. Today he’s CEO of b.digital, Marketing&Innovation and member of Blueit Group Board of Directors.

Alessandro La Volpe

IBMer for 21 years, he is Vice President of IBM Cloud, responsible for Cloud Business, Artificial Intelligence and Software in Italy. A quick snapshot: seven years international experience, business leader in charge of small and medium-sized European companies, European leader for Ecosystem development, lead and development of indirect channels, management of business units in software and systems, sales manager for large customers, digital sales and marketing, people development and management. He launched the first IBM business accelerator and managed the Start Up development programs in Europe for 2 years. He gained a degree in Economics at the Catholic University of Milan, an MBA at Henley Management College, and a professional certification at INSEAD.

Emilio Baselice

Emilio Baselice is General Manager of Intesa, an IBM Company. After graduating in Economics from the ‘Cattolica del Sacro Cuore’ University in Milan, he began his professional career at IBM in 1998, where he handles clients in the world of utilities and it contributes to the project for the introduction and dissemination of remote electronic meters. In 2007 he decided to take on new professional challenges, landing first in INET and then in BT Italy, where he held the position of Sales Manager and supports the bid transformation aimed to evolve the company from telco providers to outsourcers. In 2014 he returned to IBM and assumes the role of Sales Leaders in the Services. From February 2015 Emilio Baselice holds the position of General Manager of Intesa, with a mission to develop and expand the digital market in which the company operates.

Renato Di Donna

Renato Di Donna joined Consip in 2002. Since April 2018 is the Head of Public Administration Projects Division and deals with the development of projects about innovation, simplification and transparency of administrative processes. Before he was Head of the Rationalization program public spending in good and services. From 2014 to 2016 he was General Manager of So.Re.Sa SpA (Naples) local central purchasing body.  Prior to Consip’s experience, Renato Di Donna worked in telecommunications industry: Siemens, Enterprise Digital Architect, Ericsson Telecommunications, Pilkinton – SIV, IBM Semea – TLC Division, SIP (now Telecom Italia). In 1982 he graduated in Electronic Engineering and in 1983 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications.

Franco Conrotto

Franco is the General Manager of Insiel. He is an experienced manager with a significant background in managing complex ICT Outsourcing services, large scale System Integration projects, ICT service offering, processes and organization change management and rationalization. He has been working for more than 20 Years in national and international service providers, being involved in deliver services to public and private companies.

Giulio Vidotto Fonda

Sociologist, ethnographer, data analyst. Working five years at SWG as senior researcher in both quantitative and qualitative playgrounds. Researching seven years on the net: starting from peer groups of adolescents moving through various contexts and experimenting different research techniques, from netnography to semantical and sentiment analysis. Interested in dosing traditional and new tools, in digital and physical contexts, to gain insights from observation, data and text. Author of two books and several articles on sociological and methodological topics.