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

The Shareholders’ Meeting may be attended by Guarantor Members, Founding Members and Supporting Members with voting rights.

Guarantor Members are the natural persons who gave life to the Committee for the establishment of the Foundation.

Founding Members are the legal persons who 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 within the terms set by the statutory bodies.

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

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

It lasts three years in office.

Luigi Nicolais is President and member of the Steering Committee of the Campania Digital Innovation Hub.
He is the 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 Chairman of GETRA Engineering & Consulting Srl, member of the Board of Directors of Adler Group, and has also been appointed President of Real Sito of Carditello Foundation by the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT). From May 2006 to May 2008 he has been Minister for Reforms and Innovations in public administration of the second Prodi government (XV legislature). He has been President of CNR (National Research Council) from 2012 to 2016.  He has also been 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 Puglia Region.
He has been President of Fondazione COTEC since 2012.


There are two Vice Presidents.

The President of the Scientific Committee is, by right, a Vice President, the other, with deputy functions, is appointed by the President from among the members of the Board of Directors; they remain in office for three years and can be reconfirmed.

Specific functions or assignments, decided by the Board of Directors, may be assigned to the Vice Presidents.

The Deputy Vice President replaces the President in case of absence or impediment of the latter.

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 a professor of behavioral economics at the School of Government and at the School of European Public Economics at 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 foreign research centers including the universities of Oxford, Columbia, Pennsylvania, California Santa Barbara, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He is founder and Secretary General of the Herbert Simon Society and president of the Cognitive Insights Team at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. Editor in Chief of Mind & Society (Springer). He is currently Commissioner for Performance at the Ministry of Public Function. 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.

The Board includes:

– the President, appointed by the Assembly, on the proposal of Founding Members;

– the President of the Scientific Committee, who is also the Vice President of the Foundation;

– a director representing each of Founding Members;

– at least two directors representing Supporting Members;

– the directors appointed by the main Ministries dealing with Innovation.

Ernesto Ciorra is Chief Innnovability Officer of Enel. Born in 1971, graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, magna cum laude, after many years of consultancy, he joined Enel on October 2014 as Chief Innnovability Officer. Founder of Ars et Inventio (2003), a consulting firm focused only on innovation and creativity, he has supported many companies at designing and launching innovative products and services that have become popular worldwide. Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Poste Italiane, Eni, GDF, Edison, the P&G Fater and Fameccanica joint-ventures, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Unicredit and American Express are some of the firms he cooperated with. Lecturer of Innovation Management in Italian and Spanish universities and business schools (director of the “Programa Avanzado de Gestión de la Innovación” at Istituto de Empresa de Madrid, professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the “Master in Innovazione Strategica” at Cà Foscari), he has also authored three collections of verses and a theatrical play acted in several theatres in Italy (in Milan, Bologna, Taormina and Siracusa). Top tier Business Schools have written cases on His activity as Chief Innovability Officer at Enel and on the Group’s transition towards a sustainable business model: Prof. Kramer – Harvard – The future of Energy; Prof. Chesbrough – Berkeley – Enel: from Monopoly to Open Power; Prof. Monteiro – INSEAD – Enel’s Innovability; Prof. Birkinshaw – LBS – Enel S.p.A.: A traditional utility embraces the digital revolution


Pierpaolo Cito is born on 29th June 1968.

He attended the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at Salerno’s University (UNISA) where he holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy.

He is a professional journalist.

From 2002 until 2004 he worked for the Italian Minister of Communication as his Deputy Head’s Press Office and Spokesman.

He joined Poste Italiane S.p.A. in 2005 assuming roles with increasing responsibility:

  • From July 2006 until February 2010: Head of Press and Events Office;
  • From February 2010 until July 2012: Head of TVs & Radio Broadcasting Press Office, Press Agencies & External Territorial Communication;
  • From July 2012 until April 2015: Head of Media Relations;
  • From April 2015 until November 2017: Chief Press Officer & Head of International Press Office;
  • From November 2017 until January 2019: Head of Magazine & Media Unit
  • In January 2019 he was appointed Relations with Category and Consumer Associations’Director in the Institutional Relations Department.


Luigi Fiorentino is the current Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Education. He graduated in law and obtained a 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 Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies, 2018-2019. Appointed State Councillor with Presidential Decree of 24 May 2018, where he renounced to take 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 assumption of the position 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 Italian Competition Authority, from 2007 to 2011; Head of Cabinet of the Italian Competition 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, Quality of Processes and Organization of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, from 1998 to 2002. In this capacity, he 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 start-up group Consip – 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; Provveditore generale dello Stato, 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 to support credit to SMEs. He was Director General for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Small and Medium 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 Presidency of the Council during the Renzi government. He has designed and implemented the national legislation on startups and innovative SMEs, the National Industry 4.0 Plan. As the author of the Destination Italy Report and a member of the Finanza per la Crescita Group, he has worked on attracting foreign investment in Italy, liberalising corporate bond issuance and measures to stimulate private equity investments and stimulate investment in R&D and intellectual property. Previously, he worked as an economist at the European Central Bank and at the Intesa Sanpaolo banking group where he was responsible for the Managing Director’s office. Graduated in Political Science at the University of Turin, he obtained the postgraduate specialization in International Economics at the London School of Economics. He is a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.


Angela Gargani since July 2002 is Head of Confindustria and Trade Associations Relations of Tim S.p.A. ensuring the management and coordination of associative relationships, representation and lobbying activities towards the Trade Association, Confindustria and its member associations, Banking Foundations and the Third Sector.

She graduated in Second Level Degree in Litterature Honours in 1993 at University of Rome

“La Sapienza”. Her professional career began at Telecom Italia in 1995 as Press Officer for managing relations with the press and local media. From 1997 to 2001 she is manager in Quality Area

– Relations with EFQM Brussels.

Previously, she worked in the Loans Office of Banca Sella. She obtained in 2021 an Executive MBA Digital Innovation from LUISS Business School. The relationship in these years with the top management of the Confindustria system allows her to fill roles within the Statutory bodies of the most important Associations: Confindustria Venezia, Unindustria, Confindustria Avellino, Confindustria Emilia, Confindustria Digitale, Anitec-Assinform, Asstel.


Gian Maria Gros-Pietro has been President 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 (nonexecutive and independent) of ASTM and Deputy Deputy Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the ABI. At Consob he chairs the Committee of Market Operators and Investors and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Borsa Italiana. He was (2005-2014) Independent Director of Fiat, Chairman of Atlantia (2002–2010), Chairman of ENI (1999-2002) and 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 Luiss University, of which he is currently a member of the Board of Directors, he headed 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 Institute for Research on Business and Development, the largest body of the National Council of Research in the economic field.

Riccardo Guariglia is the current Italian Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. During his career he was at 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, Advisor to the Directorate General for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome), as Deputy Head of the Balkan Office, 1996 – 2000. He was also First Counsellor at the Permanent Representation to NATO in Brussels, 2000 – 2004, where he was responsible for the management of operations, Balkan crises and the Mediterranean dialogue; Minister Counsellor 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 Ceremonial of the Republic (Rome) 2014 – 2018; was appointed Ambassador of rank, 2 January 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 has been awarded the honors of Knight 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 of numerous foreign countries.

Caterina Meglio is the founder and CEO of Materias, an innovative materials-based startup that deals with the enhancement of research and innovation results through technology scouting, intellectual property management and the acceleration of innovation. Graduated in law with a Master in Business Administration (MBA). As an expert in innovation and cultural management, she has been President of the Conference of Presidents of the National Conservatories of Music and has directed the State Conservatory of music of Benevento. She is a member of the Board of Directors, as an expert of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) of the National Drama Academy “Silvio D’Amico”. Since 2018 she has been a member of the strategic committee of the COTEC Foundation and has been the technological Manager for the Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage (ITABC) of the National Research Council. As part of her career, she has held many management positions in public administration and has been the General Manager for Italy of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada. In March 2021 she was awarded the honorary title of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Maria Letizia Melina is the current Secretary General of the Ministry of University and Research. Graduated in Law at La Sapienza University of Rome, she has carried out most of her career since 1987 at the Ministry of Education, University and Research. From 2007 to 2010 she directed the Office for Studies and Research for Digital Innovation at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. In 2011 she became Director General at the Regional School Office of Umbria Region. In 2013 she returned to the Ministry of Education, University and Research as Director General for Information Systems and Statistics, with a mandate on the digitization of the Education system. From 2014 to 2015 she held the role of Director General for the Regional School Office of Marche Region. In November 2015 she became Director General for Student, Development and Internationalization of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, University and Research. In August 2020 she was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of University and Research.

Franco Ongaro is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Leonardo since February 2022. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1987, working on the Columbus project. He held various positions at ESA: among others, he managed the start of Aurora and Iris Program and was the Head of the Advanced Concepts and Technology Planning Department, starting the Concurrent Design Facility and the Advanced Concepts Team. In the last eleven years prior to joining Leonardo, Franco Ongaro was Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality (D/TEC) and Head of ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.


Dario Pagani has been Executive Vice President Information & Communication Technology & CIO at Eni since 2015. Graduated in Economics at the University of Milan, he has been in the Eni Group since 1982, in the early years he dealt with automation systems and production control, from 1998 to 2005 he was in EniData, Director of the Upstream, Engineering & Construction Business Unit, dealing in particular with initiatives for foreign subsidiaries in the Upstream sector. From 2007 to 2014 he was Senior Vice President ICT Strategy & Governance at Eni. Since 2011 he has been a member faculty of SDA Bocconi, as a collaborator of the Management Information Systems unit. Since 2014 he has been collaborating with MIT Design Lab 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.

Carlo Palasciano Villamagna is an experienced executive manager with a full management practice (Legal, HR, Finance, Tax, Budget/Control, Commercial, Production, Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations) and a global professional experience from Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, South and North America and Russia.

Graduated in Law, he is a Public Chartered Accountant and Auditor, with various and significant international development experiences in companies such as PWC, Finmeccanica, A.B.I., Aeroporti di Roma, Enel and currently Ferrovie dello Stato.

During his career, he represented his Companies and managed constantly the relationship with the State Authorities abroad, reaching favorable solutions for all the stakeholders. These goals were achieved thanks to his strong negotiation and communication skills, and his ability to read complex systems in a systemic way, foreseeing both risks and opportunities.

Currently, he is Chief International Officer and Chief Transformation Officer at Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A. – FS Group.

As Chief International Officer, he ensures the international business development policies and governance, guaranteeing the management of international relations. He pursues new international business opportunities and supervise the international affairs of FS Group for the development of international business,

As Chief Transformation Officer he supports the big challenges coming from the Recovery Plan and the reorganization of the whole Italian State Railways Group.

Mr. Palasciano is also Executive Chairman of the board of FS Mercitalia Logistic Spa, Chairman of the board of FS International Spa and Member of the board of Anas Spa.

Previously, till July 2020, he was Enel Country Manager and General Manager of Enel Russia, a power company listed on the Moscow stock exchange. Mr Palasciano consolidated the position of the Company in the Russian energy market and implemented important investments in technical modernization and environmental improvement, with a particular focus on the renewable energy, also by winning important wind power tenders.

Marcella Panucci is the Head of Cabinet of the Minister for Public Administration. She graduated in Law with honors in 1994 at the Luiss-Guido Carli University. In 1999 she completed her studies at University College London as part of the research programme “The Role of Economics in EC Competition Law”. In 2004 she obtained her PhD in “Discipline of the freedom of competition” at the University of Perugia. Her professional career began at Confindustria in 1995, where she continued as Director of Legislative Affairs until 2011. In 1998 she worked in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. From November 2011 to July2012 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. Since 2017 she has been a professor of Public Economic Law at the Luiss-Guido Carli University, where she was also Professor of Comparative Corporate Governance from 2014 to 2016, as well as Deputy Director of the Observatory of Intellectual Property, Competition and Telecommunications. From 2012 to 2020 she was a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Borsa Italiana SpA and a member of the Board of Directors of Sole 24ore. She is currently a member of the Reform for Resiliency Commission, Supervisory Director of Human Technopole, Member of the Board of Directors of Widiba Banca SpA and member of the Advisory Board of Duferco SpA. She is the author of numerous publications in the field of economic law.

Paolina Pepe leads the Division II – Technological innovation and digitization at the Directorate General for technological innovation and communication of the Ministry of Ecological Transition (MiTE), where she also is Deputy to the Director.

She graduated in Law from La Sapienza University in Rome. Over the years she has held various public offices at the Ministry of the Environment (now MiTE) and the Customs Agency. She has relevant experience in the staff management for Public Administration, in internal training programs for the PA, in tenders and contracts. In the last five years, she led the Divisions for Sustainable Development and Environmental Damage (former DG SVI and DG Cress) and for International Affairs and Marine Strategy (former DG MAC) at MiTE.

Francesco Svelto has been Rector of the University of Pavia since October 2019. He is Professor of Electronics and has dealt in particular with 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 TUNER for TV. 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 invited seminars 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 the best work published in 2003 by the “IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits”, an international reference journal for microelectronics. Since 2013 he has been a Fellow and since 2014 Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE. As Rector he is taking care of projects to expand the teaching facilities (including a virtual hospital), the establishment of a park for sustainable innovation open to businesses, the strengthening of the PhD on issues of high social impact.

Michele Svidercoschi, since October 2014, he is Chief Communications and Institutional Relations Officer at AlmavivA Group. He is a professional journalist, graduated in Political Science at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. In 2014 he was a Councillor for Institutional Communication of the Infrastructure & Transportation Deputy Minister Office. From 2012 to 2013 he was in charge of Corporate Relations at LA7 and a member of the “Committee Media & Under-Age People” of the Ministry for Economic Development. From 2010 to 2012 he was a PR advisor for Telecom Italia Media relations with Bodies and organizations in the Broadcasting Industry. From 2005 to 2010 he held the position of Deputy and later Chef de Cabinet to the President of Regione Lazio. From 1999 to 2005 he worked in Vodafone Italia, where over the years he was in charge of Corporate Communication for Central Italy, Relationships with Local Authorities in Central and Southern Italy, Corporate Relations with the Local and Central Gov. Between 1996 and 1999, initially at Rai, then at Mediaset, he took care of information and focus programmes on social, political, and parliamentary topical issues. From 1990 to 1995 he was Regional Councillor for Regione Lazio, Councillor for Culture & Education, and Deputy President of the Regional Council. He is currently a member of the Arbitrator Board at Anitec-Assinform, the organization within Confindustria representing the major Information Technology firms operating in Italy, and member of the BoD at Fondazione Roma Europea.

He is appointed by the Board of Directors, in whose meetings he participates without the right to vote.

He is in office for three years and his fees are decided by the Board of Directors.

He has powers of ordinary administration and possibly, by resolution of the Board of Directors, of extraordinary administration and reports on the management at least once a year to the same Board.

Carlotta Quattro Ciocchi,

Carlotta Quattro Ciocchi, is the Head of the Digital Institutional Affairs Function at TIM. She has been working in the Telecom Group since 1996 when she began her career at Telecom Italia SpA, at the Personnel and Organization Office. During her professional experience, she has held positions of increasing visibility and then responsibilities 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 arriving at relations with the financial market in the Investor Relations & Sustainability Department, to the staff activity in the CEO’s office, to relations with suppliers in the Procurement Coordination Office and currently in the Public Affairs Office where she ensures the institutional supervision of issues related to the Digital Agenda and the related technical working tables. She currently holds the role of General Director of Fondazione COTEC continuing to work to promote the culture of Innovation and Inclusion.

It is an advisory body of the Foundation. It is composed of the Founding Members guarantors and the former Presidents of the Foundation.

It guarantees the quality and scientific validity of the Studies, Research and other activities and initiatives of the Foundation.

The Scientific Committee appoints among its members the President who lasts 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.

The current components are:

  • Riccardo Viale – President
  • Giuliano Amato
  • Gian Maria Gros-Pietro
  • Gabriello Mancini
  • Luigi Merolla
  • Giuliano Urbani

It is the internal control body of the Foundation, consisting of a President and two effective members and two alternates. They are in charge for a period of three years and may be

reconfirmed. At least the President and one alternate must be entered in the Register of auditors.

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

The current components are:

  • Claudio Gorelli – President
  • Guerrino Calicchia – effective
  • Carlo Di Cesare – effective
  • Massimiliano Leoni – alternate
  • Marco Calicchia – alternate