Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie is the director of internet, science and technology research at Pew Research Center. He also directs the center’s new initiative on the intersection of science and society. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for «excellence in the reporting on social issues» in 2014 and described his work as the «most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity».

Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system and five books about the future of the internet that are drawn from the center’s research. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and nonprofit groups about the changing media ecosystem. He is also regularly interviewed by major news organizations about technology trends.

Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.

David Orban

David Orban is an entrepreneur, founder or board member of several companies such as Dotsub, Futuroid, Axelera, WideTag. He lives and works between New York, London and Milan.

He is advisor and member of the Faculty of the Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.

David is also founder of Network Society Research, mentor at the Thiel Fellowship, advisor to Humanity+ and Lifeboat Foundation. He cofounded Startupbusiness, a social network aimed at enabling the Italian startup ecosystem, and the Open Government Data working group.

His educational background includes studies in Physics at both the University of Milan and the University of Padua.


Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta is a first generation cypherpunk and open hardware innovator who’s work is used by thousands every year. He’s worked with charities, industries and government in a variety of roles attempting to reduce inefficiency and increase effectiveness through fostering more effective collaboration using a fundamentally philosophical grasp of the space we all operate in. He’s best known for the hexayurt, a refugee sheltering project he’s run since 2002, and as the release coordinator for the Ethereum programmable blockchain platform.

Lee Bryant

Lee Bryant is passionate about using social technology to put humans front and centre of the way we do things in the Twenty-First Century, and believes social networks, not bureaucracies, are the organising principle of the current era. He co-founded Headshift in 2002 to investigate new uses for social technology inside companies and organisations, which became a leading international social business consultancy and was acquired by a US firm in 2009. In 2013, he co-founded a new company, POST*SHIFT, dedicated to exploring the intersection between new social technologies and new thinking on organisational structure and culture.

Euan Semple

As director of knowledge management for the BBC, he was among the first to adopt tools for social networking in the enterprise. He has then worked with major organisations such as Nokia, the World Bank, and NATO. Today he is a consultant for major organizations around the world, helping them to make better use of new technologies. His book Organizations Don’t Tweet, People Do is a milestone for managers who deal with social media within their enterprises.

Euan is member of the State of the Net’ steering committee.

Ton Zijlstra

Independent change management consultant, with a preference for complex change issues provoked by new technology. With 15+ years experience in how digitisation changes the ways we work, learn, connect, live, and how it shapes the networked society, he has a thorough understanding of the social impact of digital technology. Working from his hometown in the Netherlands across Europe and beyond, he is a key connector and enabler for open data.

Since 2008 he has been active in open (government) data which he sees as a next wave of digital disruption creating new opportunities and challenges for public sector bodies, citizens and corporations alike. He did the first exploration of open data for the Dutch government, and in 2010 created the plans for the Dutch national data portal. A 2 year stint as project lead of the ePSIplatform for the European Commission, further strengthened his connections to most open data initiatives in the EU. Since 2011 he has worked with the World Bank, most recently as senior expert on open data in Kazachstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Serbia. In 2011, together with three colleagues he founded the open data consultancy company The Green Land.

In his spare time he works on digital manufacturing and FabLabs. He was the chairman of the FabLab Foundation in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, a network of 25 FabLabs, and still advises FabLabs on a regular basis. He was 2010-2015 also a voluntary board member of the 10.000+ Dutch community “Civil Servant 2.0” which focusses on the changing work routines of the public sector under influence of social media, co-creation and open data. He is a regular speaker and guest lecturer across Europe. Every few years he organizes a conference in his home on these topics, for clients, friends, family and peers as a birthday party.

Elena Rasa

Chief Data Officer for the Generali Group since June 2015, Elena joined Generali in 2013 as Head of Global P&C, responsible for Pricing and Underwriting activities in Retail and SME business. Graduated in Statistics in 1993 at Università di Padova, in Computing Science at the Strathclyde University (Scotland, U.K.) and in Actuarial Math in 2000 at Università di Firenze, she was also part of the PhD program in Methodological Statistics at Università di Padova, in collaboration with the University of Washington in Seattle (USA).

She started her career in 1994 in RAS, based in Milan and in Cornhill Insurance based in London in 1996. She moved four years later in Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, where she spent 10 years till 2006, gaining a wide exposure to the dynamics of the Italian market. In 2006, she was appointed Chief Actuary in Zurich Financial Services for Italy (based in Milan), where she was responsible for pricing activities. From 2009 to 2013, she has been Deputy Head of Pricing and Underwriting for the Allianz Group, based in Munich. Within this capacity, she was also the Head of the Technical area in Genialloyd (the direct company of Allianz Italy), where she had the opportunity to widen her multi-channel experience.

Luca De Biase

Innovation journalist, Luca is the founder and editor of Nòva24 project at Il Sole 24 Ore. He is visiting professor of innovation journalism at Università di Padova and member of the scientific committee of the master in science’s communication at Sissa in Trieste and of the master in Big data analytics at Luiss University in Rome. He wrote several book, Homo pluralisMedia civici and Cambiare pagina are the most recent.

Luca is member of the State of the Net’ steering committee.


Vittorio Carlini

Financial journalist at Il Sole 24 Ore, he is in charge of the column La lettera al risparmiatore, based on questions and aswers with the readers. Previously he managed the weekly inserts Borsa & Finanza and Technocity. He was part of the editorial staff of Italia-Invest.com, one of the first web magazine on finance.

Alessio Jacona

Alessio Jacona is a journalist, blogger, communication consultant and photographer. For years he has dealt in web 2.0, social networking, the internet industry and market, new media, corporate and business blogging. He writes for Wired, La Repubblica, L’Espresso, GQ, Nova 24-IlSole24Ore. He hosts the program Life App on La3 italian television. He was a reporter on the RAI 3 science programme E se domani until 2013. He is co-author of the Manuale di Comunicazione Politica in Rete.

Nicola Bienati

Telecommunication engineer graduated and specialized at Politecnico di Milano, Bienati joined Eni in 2002 and since then has been working on the development on the proprietary software platform of High Performance Computing for seismic data processing and seismic imaging. He is currently Senior Research & Development Project Leader.

Gianpiero Lotito

Ceo and Cto of FacilityLive, the Italian startup that develops a platform for information management driven by a next generation search engine. He cofounded the company in 2010 with Mariuccia Teroni. Technologist, Ambassador of e-Skills for Jobs (a project under the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs of the European Commission), with a musical career behind, Gianpiero has been working for over 20 years on innovative projects in the publishing world. He taught Multimedia Publishing at the Università di Milano and he wrote books and articles on technology for major Italian editors like Bruno Mondadori and Gruppo Espresso.

Gianpiero Riva

Electronic and telecommunication engineer, Digital Champion and journalist. As an iPhonographer he wrote the book Fotografia Smartphone. Shoot, edit, share. As an entrepreneur, he founded with Michele Marzotto the startup JewelGram, which aims to transform social picture into jewels. As a coding addicted he launched the first CoderDojo in Friuli Venezia Giulia. As an expert of new media communication he teaches in several sites as the Master in ICT, Web Mobile e Social Media at Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Angelo Ghigliano

He has been Country Director of eDreams ODIGEO Italy since the beginning of the group activities on the italian market. Starting form 2000, when eDreams was established in Barcelona, Angelo has developed the presence in Italy of the group. He has developed a specific expertise in business development, definition of strategies and project management in the e-commerce industry. Furthermore, he has consolidated a wide network of relations and contacts with the main players and institutions of the sector. Before joining eDreams, Angelo has operated as Sales Manager in Francorosso Group and before he was Account Manager in RAS Insurance. He graduated in Economy at Università Bocconi in Milan and he has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School.