· Riccardo Viale
· Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A.
. Enel Foundation
· ENI S.p.A.
· Fondazione Monte Paschi di Siena
· Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.
· Leonardo S.p.A.
· Telecom Italia S.p.A.
· Unicredit Banca di Roma S.p.A.
· Giuliano Amato
· Gian Maria Gros-Pietro
· Luigi Merolla
· Giuliano Urbani
· Riccardo Viale
•Luigi Fiorentino
•Stefano Firpo
•Renato Grimaldi
•Gian Maria Gros-Pietro
•Riccardo Guariglia
•Maria Letizia Melina
•Dario Pagani
•Marcella Panucci
•Alessandro Picardi
•Giovanni Soccodato
•Francesco Svelto
•Carlo Tamburi
Luigi Nicolais
· Presidente
· Claudio Gorelli
· Effettivi
· Guerrino Calicchia
· Carlo di Cesare
· Supplenti
. Massimiliano Leoni
· Marco Calicchia
Carlotta Quattro Ciocchi
· Presidente
. Riccardo Viale
. Giuliano Amato
· Gian Maria Gros-Pietro
· Gabriello Mancini
· Luigi Merolla
· Giuliano Urbani

The Honorary President of the Foundation is the guarantor of the institutional role of the Foundation itself.

The Foundation asks the Head of State for his willingness to exercise the function of Honorary President.

It is made up of all the Members and can be convened in both ordinary and extraordinary sessions. It is convened by the President whenever he deems it appropriate, or at the request of at least two thirds of the Guarantor Founding Members and Founding Members.

Founding Members, Founding Members and Supporting Members * can participate in the Assembly with the right to vote.

* Founding Partners are the natural persons who have created the Committee for the establishment of the Foundation.

Founding Members are the legal persons who have created the Committee for the establishment of the Foundation.

Supporting Members are legal persons who share the aims and purposes of the Foundation and are required to pay annual membership fees to the extent and within the terms established by the statutory bodies.

He is appointed by the Assembly upon the designation of the Founding Members.

It must be chosen from among internationally recognized personalities in the field of promoting technological competitiveness and industrial innovation. He is the guarantor of the implementation of the Foundation’s program of activities, of its scientific prestige and of its public image.

It remains in office for three years.

Luigi Nicolais is President and member of the Steering Committee of the Campania Digital Innovation Hub.

He is founder and partner of I4U and I4U Consulting Service based in Montreal and founder and President of the company MATERIAS srl.

Since 2016 he has been President of GETRA Engineering & Consulting Srl, a member of the Adler Group Board of Directors, and has also been appointed President of the Real Sito di Carditello Foundation by the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT).

From May 2006 to May 2008 he was Minister for Reforms and Innovations in the Public Administration of the second Prodi government (XV legislature).

He was President of the CNR from 2012 to February 2016.

He was also a member of the Scientific Committee of numerous institutions including Federchimica, Confindustria, Alenia, Swedish institute of composites and ENEA, CIRA and President of Città della Scienza in Naples and of the Regional Agency for Technologies and Innovation at the Region Puglia.

He has been President of the COTEC Foundation since 2012.


He is appointed every 3 years by the Scientific Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors by right.

Riccardo Viale is Full Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Cognitive Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Milan Bicocca. He is also professor of behavioral economics at the School of Government and the School of European Public Economics of LUISS.

In 2019 he was visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. Lecturer and scholar over the years in various universities and research centers abroad including the universities of Oxford, Columbia, Pennsylvania, California Santa Barbara, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

He is the founder and General Secretary of the Herbert Simon Society and president of the Cognitive Insights Team at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. Editor in Chief of Mind & Society (Springer).

He is currently Commissioner for Performance at the Ministry of Public Administration.

He is the author of many books and publications including the upcoming Handbook on Bounded Rationality (Routledge, 2020).


The Foundation is administered by a Board composed of a number of members not less than 7 and not more than 16.

The Council includes:

– the President, appointed by the Assembly, on the proposal of the Founding Members;
– the President of the Scientific Committee, who is also the Vice President of the Foundation;
– a director representing each of the Founding Members
– at least 2 directors representing the Supporting Members;
– the Directors appointed by the main Ministries dealing with Innovation.

Luigi Fiorentino is the current Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Education. He graduated in law and obtained a specialization diploma in Administrative Law and Administration Science at the University of Naples. He was Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Education, University and Research, Hon. Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti.

He was Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Tourism, 2018-2019. Appointed Councilor of State with Presidential Decree of 24 May 2018, where he renounces taking up service. Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, appointed by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of 6 August 2015; Head of Cabinet for Regional Affairs and Autonomies, from January 2015 to the date of taking up the post of Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers; Head of Cabinet of the Minister for Regional Affairs and Autonomies, Dr. Maria Carmela Lanzetta, from 2014 to 2015; Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Education, University and Research, Hon. Prof. Maria Chiara Carrozza, from 2013 to 2014; Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Education, University and Research, Prof. Francesco Profumo, from 2011 to 2013; Secretary General of the Competition and Market Authority, from 2007 to 2011; Head of Cabinet of the Competition and Market Authority, from 2005 to 2007; Head of the Department for human and instrumental resources at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, from 2004 to 2005 and, from 2002 to 2004, Head of the Department for instrumental resources; Director of the Central Service for General Affairs, Process Quality and Organization of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, from 1998 to 2002.

In this capacity, it promoted the adoption of an integrated service and maintenance management system (so-called “global service”) for the state-owned building in via XX Settembre in Rome. He was part of the Consip start-up group – Ministry of the Treasury, Budget and Economic Planning; Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Ministers of the Treasury, Budget and Economic Planning, Ciampi and Amato, from 1998 to 2000; State Superintendent, from 2000 to 2001.


Stefano Firpo is Head of Cabinet of the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Vittorio Colao. He held the position of General Manager of Mediocredito Italiano, the bank of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group with specialized skills in supporting SME credit. He was Director General for industrial policy, competitiveness and small and medium-sized enterprises at the Ministry of Economic Development and Head of the Technical Secretariat of the Minister of Economic Development, covering these roles from the Monti government to the Conte I government.

He was also a member of the nucleus for the coordination of economic policy at the Prime Minister’s office during the Renzi government. He designed and implemented the national legislation on startups and innovative SMEs, the National Industry 4.0 Plan. As writer of the Destination Italy Report and member of the Finanza per la Crescita Group, he worked on attracting foreign investments in Italy, on the liberalization of corporate bond issues and on measures to stimulate private equity investments and to stimulate investments in R&D and intellectual property.

Previously, he worked as an economist at the European Central Bank and in the Intesa Sanpaolo banking group where he was head of the office of the Chief Executive Officer. Graduated in Political Science from the University of Turin, he obtained a post-graduate specialization in International Economics from the London School of Economics. He is a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.


Renato Grimaldi is currently the 1st level manager of the Ministry of Ecological Transition. Varied and articulated path in the PA, Head of experiences and General Directions especially in the former MATTM today MITE, starting from the themes of the protection, including operational protection of the sea and the coastal strip. President and national Focal Point of Committees and International Agreements. Member of the Higher Council of Public Works. Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Gian Maria Gros-Pietro has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo since April 2016, after having been Chairman of the Management Board since May 2013. He is currently Chairman (non-executive and independent) of ASTM and Deputy Vice Chairman and member of ABI Executive Committee.
At Consob he chairs the Committee of Market Operators and Investors and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Italian Stock Exchange. He was (2005-2014) Independent Director of Fiat, Chairman of Atlantia (2002-2010), Chairman of ENI (1999-2002) and of IRI (1997-1999), Senior Advisor for Italy of Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (2005-2009) and member of the European Advisory Board of Rothschild & Cie Banque (2002-2005).
At the Luiss University, of which he is currently a board member, he directed the Department of Economics and Business Sciences from 2004 to 2011. Previously he was Full Professor of Business Economics, first at the University of Turin and then at Luiss, and Director, from 1974 to 1995, of the Research Institute on Business and Development, the main body of the National Research Council in the economic field.

Riccardo Guariglia is the current Italian Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

During his career he was in the Press and Information Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome), 1985 – 1989, First Secretary at the Embassy of Italy in Cairo, 1989 – 1992, and Consul in Brussels, 1992 – 1996, Director General for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome), as Deputy Head of the Balkans Office, 1996 – 2000.

He was also First Counselor to the Permanent Representation to NATO in Brussels, 2000 – 2004, where he is responsible for the management of operations, the Balkan crises and the Mediterranean dialogue; Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Italy in Brasilia 2004 – 2008; Deputy Director General for the European Union with vicarious functions / Central Director for European Countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome), 2008 – 2011.
From 2011 to 2014 he was Ambassador of Italy in Warsaw, and then took the position of Head of the Diplomatic Protocol of the Republic (Rome) 2014 – 2018; was appointed Ambassador of rank, January 2, 2018; Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, from June 2018 to September 2019, during the entire government mandate.
He was awarded the Honors of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Italy and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, as well as several other honors from numerous foreign countries.

Maria Letizia Melina is the current Secretary General of the Ministry of University and Research. Graduated in Law from La Sapienza University of Rome, she has spent most of her career since 1987 at the Ministry of Education, University and Research. From 2007 to 2010 he headed the Office for Studies and Research for Digital Innovation at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. In 2011 he became General Manager at the Regional Education Office of Umbria. In 2013 he returned to the Ministry of Education, University and Research as Director General for IT systems and statistics, with a mandate on the digitization of the education system. From 2014 to the end of 2015 he held the role of General Manager for the Regional School Office of the Marche. In November 2015 he became General Manager for the student, development and internationalization of higher education at the Ministry of Education, University and Research. In August 2020 she was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of University and Research.

Dario Pagani has been Eni’s Executive Vice President Information & Communication Technology & CIO since 2015.

Graduated in Economics from the University of Milan, he has been in the ENI Group since 1982, in the early years he worked on production automation and control systems, from 1998 to 2005 he was in EniData, Director of the Upstream, Engineering & Construction Business Unit , dealing in particular with initiatives for foreign affiliates in the Upstream sector. From 2007 to 2014 he was Senior Vice President ICT Strategy & Governance of Eni.

Since 2011 he has been a “member faculty SDA Bocconi”, as a collaborator of the Management Information Systems unit. He has been collaborating with MIT Design Lab since 2014 on the research of new technologies for the HSE field for the energy sector. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Eni’s digital transformation program.

Marcella Panucci is the Head of Cabinet of the Minister for Public Administration. She graduated with honors in Law in 1994 from the Luiss-Guido Carli University. In 1999 he completed his studies at University College London as part of the research program “The Role of Economics in EC Competition Law”. In 2004 he obtained a PhD in “Discipline of the freedom of competition” at the University of Perugia.

Her professional career began in Confindustria in 1995, where she continued as Director of Legislative Affairs until 2011. In 1998 she worked at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. From November 2011 to July 2012 she was Head of the Technical Secretariat and Economic Advisor to the Minister of Justice. In July 2012 she was appointed General Manager of Confindustria, a role she held until 2020.

She was Advisor to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Legal Advisor to the Minister for European Affairs.


Alessandro Picardi is a company manager. He is currently Executive Vice President of TIM, Chief Public Affairs Officer, director of Sparkle and of the TIM Foundation.

He is a freelance journalist and member of the board of directors of ISPI and of the American Studies Center and of the general council of Asstel – Assotelecomunicazioni – and Assolombarda Confindustria.

He has a long experience in the radio and television sector. From 2013 to 2019 he was in RAI as Director of Institutional and International Relations and subsequently President of TivùSat and Director of Strategic Development of platforms, again for public service television broadcasting. Before RAI in the sector he had already worked in the radio and television sector for the SKY group in Italy following as advisor the institutional relations and relations with the Vatican.

Former member of the general board of Confindustria Radio Televisioni and director of Auditel from 2015 to 2018, Picardi previously held the role of Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Alitalia.

Before joining TIM, a long professional experience also in the telecommunications sector, from 2006 to 2012 he was Head of Institutional Affairs of the Wind Telecomunicazioni group.

He was President of the committee of the founding members of FUB – Ugo Bordoni Foundation – institute of high culture and applied research in particular in the field of telecommunications, member for a short period of the board of directors of the University of Naples “L ‘Orientale” and member of the board of directors of Assaereo.

Giovanni Soccodato has been Leonardo’s Chief Strategic Equity Officer since August 2019.

He worked in Selenia Spazio and in Hughes (USA) on the development of the real time control center of the Italsat satellite.

After four years of activity on European space projects, he joined Finmeccanica’s Business Development team where he led the project for the establishment of Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS), Finmeccanica’s first Italian-English joint venture in the defense sector. He was also Director of Integration, Business Improvement IT & Quality, Sales and General Manager of the Italian component in AMS.

In 2005 he was Executive Vice President of Strategies of Finmeccanica also covering other roles including Processes & Improvement, Corporate Sales and Innovation.

Giovanni Soccodato is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thales Alenia Space and Deputy Chairman of MBDA and Telespazio.

Francesco Svelto has been Rector of the University of Pavia since October 2019. He is Professor of Electronics and has been involved in particular in microelectronics for applications to mobile communications and medical diagnostics. He co-founded two start-ups, along with his former students. The first was sold in 2006 to Philips, the second is still active and deals with TV tuners. From 2005 to 2019 he was scientific director of a joint laboratory between the University of Pavia and STMicroelectronics. The laboratory has provided more than 100 grants for young researchers.

He has held seminars by invitation in numerous international universities, including: Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, Princeton, Columbia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Seattle in USA, Tsinghua (China), Tokyo (Japan). He was a member of the scientific committee of the main congresses of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). He received the award for best work published in 2003 by the “IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits”, an international reference magazine for microelectronics. Since 2013 he has been a Fellow and since 2014 IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

As Rector he is overseeing projects for the expansion of teaching facilities (including a virtual hospital), the establishment of a sustainable innovation park open to businesses, the enhancement of the research doctorate on issues of high social impact.

Carlo Tamburi is the Italian Director of the Enel Group and the Sole Director of Enel Italy since 2014.

He joined Enel in 2002, initially as head of the Mergers and Acquisitions area (2002-2005) and later as Director of Purchasing, Services, General and Real Estate Affairs (2005-2007) and Director of the International Division (2008- 2014).

In 2000 he became General Manager of the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, with responsibility for the Finance and Privatization Department, holding the role of Board Member of Finmeccanica, Alitalia, Wind, Consap and of Enel itself. He was President of the Tirrenia di Navigazione company.

He is appointed by the Board of Directors, in whose meetings he participates without voting rights. He remains in office for three years and his emoluments are decided by the Board of Directors.
It has powers of ordinary administration and possibly, by resolution of the Board of Directors, of extraordinary administration and reports on management at least once a year to the same Board.

Carlotta Quattro Ciocchi, is the Head of the Digital Institutional Affairs Function at TIM. He has been working in the Telecom Group since 1996 when he began his career in Telecom Italia SpA, in the Personnel and Organization Office. During his professional experience, he has held positions of increasing visibility and then responsibility in key sectors for the communication and promotion of Digital Innovation with Institutions and stakeholders starting from the world of Consumer Marketing in Italy and Brazil and then moving on to relationships with the financial market in the Investor Relations & Sustainability Department, staff activity in the CEO’s office, relations with suppliers in the Procurement Coordination Office and currently in the Public Affairs Office where it ensures the institutional supervision of issues related to Digital Agenda and related technical working tables.

He currently holds the role of Director General of the COTEC Foundation, continuing to work to promote the culture of innovation and inclusion.

It is an advisory body of the Foundation. It is made up of the Founding Members and the former Presidents of the Foundation.

It guarantees the quality and scientific validity of the Foundation’s studies, research and other activities and initiatives.

The Scientific Committee appoints a President from among its members who remains in office for three years and can be reconfirmed for a single term.

The President of the Scientific Committee is, by right, a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Foundation.

It is the internal control body of the Foundation, it is made up of a President and two permanent members and two alternates. They remain in office for three years and can be reconfirmed. At least the President and one alternate must be registered in the register of auditors.

The President and all effective and alternate members are appointed by the Assembly.