INFLUENCE, RELEVANCE, GROWTH
Italy’s new opportunity and new paradigm
Domenico Arcuri, since 2007, is the Chief Executive Officer of Invitalia, Italy’s National Agency for Inward Investment and Enterprise Development.
He holds a degree in Economics from LUISS University (1986). His career began in the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (IRI) where he was involved in the Corporate planning and control department, particularly focusing on the IRI’s subsidiary companies operating in telecommunications, IT and broadcasting related areas.
In 1992 he moved to Pars, a management consulting joint-venture between Arthur Andersen and GEC, specialized in high technology advisory services. Two years later he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company.
In 2001 he joined Arthur Andersen - then acquired by Deloitte - as a partner responsible for Italy’s “Telco, Media and Technology” practice.
In 2002 he served as a partner in Deloitte where in 2004 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Consulting and then also Deloitte Outsourcing and Deloitte Risk Consulting and a member of the European Board of Deloitte’s network.
As Invitalia’s CEO and on behalf of the Italian Government, he has launched the restructuring plan and implemented a significant corporate reorganization.
Today, Invitalia manages all national public incentives for business development and innovative startups, including Smart&Start Italy and Italy Venture Fund I.
In recent years, Invitalia has become implementer for reindustrialisation of crisis areas, such as Termini Imerese and the Bagnoli area; appointed as advisor to the Ministry for Economic Development, Invitalia is involved in the reclamation project, in the latter case.
Finally, it acts as a central purchasing body in public procurement, as the restoration work of domus at Pompeii performed in collaboration with the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism.
Arcuri is a frequent guest lecturer at many academic conferences in the most internationally renamed Italian Universities as well as a key note speaker at workshops and seminars in economics and public policy related areas. Recently he delivered impactful keynote speeches at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, “Federico II” University of Naples, “Aldo Moro” University of Bari, Luiss “Guido Carli” University of Rome, to name a few. He regularly writes editorials on the economic development in the Southern Region and in particular on “the Huffington Post" in a dedicated economic column.
CEO, Eurasia Group
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. Dubbed the “go-to guru” on political risk by the Wall Street Journal, he teaches classes on the discipline as a global research professor at New York University. He is also foreign affairs columnist for Time magazine. His latest book is Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World.
Managing Director BDT & Company
Mariafrancesca Carli is a Managing Director of BDT & Company. Prior to joining BDT, Mariafrancesca was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan for the last 8 years and at Goldman Sachs for 15 years prior to J.P. Morgan, with coverage responsibilities in London and in New York. Mariafrancesca, over her 23 years in Investment Banking, has executed a variety of M&A transactions and capital raisings for clients across sectors in EMEA and in the US, including banks, insurance, asset managers, exchanges, corporates, infrastructure funds, financial sponsors and private families.
Mariafrancesca received an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Degree in Economics from Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi. Mariafrancesca serves on the MIT Sloan North America Executive Board, the MIT Sloan Finance Group Advisory Board and the Bocconi Alumni Association Board of New York.
Vice Rector for International Affairs
Stefano Caselli is Vice-Rector for International Affairs at Bocconi University whereas is a Full Professor of Banking and Finance at Department of Finance. He’s a member of the Board of Directors of SDA Bocconi School of Management, whereas he has been the Director of Executive Education Custom Program for Banks and Financial Institutions from 2006 to 2012. He’s also a Director of MISB Bocconi – Mumbai International School of Business, the Indian branch of Bocconi University whereas he has run the start-up project of the PGPB, Post Graduate Program in Business in 2012.
At Bocconi he covered various roles: he was the Academic Director of MSc in Finance (2010-2012), the Academic Director for Bocconi University of CEMS-MIM (Master in International Management of Community of European Management School) from 2005 to 2012 and the Director of EMCFB, the executive master in baking and finance of SDA Bocconi (2005-2010). He has been awarded with the “Bocconi Teaching Award” from 2005 to 2013 and with “Bocconi Research Award” in 1997, 2004 and 2011.
The author of several international publications, his research areas include: private equity, SME’s and family business financing, corporate finance, corporate banking and banking strategy. He’s a member of the scientific committee of: CER (Centro Europa Ricerche in Rome), ECMI (European Capital Market Institute in Bruxelles), EVCA (European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association for PEREP Group in Bruxelles).
He’s serving as an independent director on several boards of corporations and financial institutions, including Generali Real Esate SGR, Santander Consumer Bank and SIAS S.p.A. Moreover he has been supporting many companies and institutions as a strategic consultant and advisor (among them, Unicredit Group, IFC-World Bank, OECD, Cariparma-Credit Agricole Group, Borsa Italiana for Elite Project, ABI – Associazione Bancaria Italiana, Consob for the working group devoted to incentives for stock exchange).
He is a columnist and a contributor for several newspapers and radio and television programs such as Corriere Economia, TG1 Economia, Rai Radio 1, Class CNBC Network. He graduated in Business Administration from University of Genoa in 1993 and he obtained a Ph.D Doctorate in Financial Markets from University of Siena.
Alessandro Castellano is the Chief Executive Officer of SACE, a diversified insurance group offering financial products for companies including risk management solutions, export credit, political and commercial risk insurance as well as surety, credit insurance and factoring.
He joined SACE in 2004 as General Manager assuming overall responsibilities for the company’s business development and transacting groups. In this role he contributed to the transformation of SACE into a joint stock company and developed SACE’s new business model. Prior he worked for Deutsche Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ltd in London, where he held several responsibilities within the Investment Banking Division with specific focus on Debt Capital Markets and Structured Finance. He previously served as Managing Director and Member of the Management Committee of Mediocredito Centrale, Unicredit Group.
Senior Director European Affairs
The Aspen Institute
Marta Dassù is Senior Director of European Affairs at The Aspen Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Aspen Institute Italia’s journal, Aspenia. She was Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2011 to February 2014. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, Trevi Finanziaria and Fondazione eni Enrico Mattei and Vice President of The Center for American Studies in Rome.
She sits on the Board of Directors of IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), as well as on the Board of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She is member of the Advisory Council of the European Policy Centre in Brussels and a member of the scientific committee of the LUISS School of Government in Rome.
She is a regular contributor to the Italian newspaper La Stampa. And is the author of various books and essays.
Luigi de Vecchi
Chairman of Continental Europe for Corporate and Investment Banking, CITI
Luigi de Vecchi has been Chairman of Continental Europe for Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup since 2013.
Previously he was Co-Head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse from 2009 to 2012; CEO of Credit Suisse Group Italy from 2007 to 2010 and Head of Credit Suisse Italian Investment Banking from 2004 to 2010.
Luigi de Vecchi was also a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs between 1998 and 2004 and at Kleinwort Benson between 1989 and 1998, where he held various positions in London, Brazil and New York.
Luigi is an Advisor to the Board of Ambienta SgR, the largest European private equity fund focused on the environmental sector of which he was also a Board member from 2012 to 2015.
He also sits on the International Board of the L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome and the CalArts University in Los Angeles.
He graduated in Business Studies and Economics from the L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome where he currently lectures a course in M&A and Investment Banking.
Luigi is married with Livia and he has 3 children, Viola, Fiamma and Niccolò.
Matteo Del Fante
Born in Florence on May 27, 1967.
He graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. He has attended specialization courses in international financial markets at the Stern Business School, New York University.
He was appointed CEO and General Director of Terna S.p.A. in May 2014, where he has held the office of Director on the Board of the Company since April 2008 and been a member of the Control and Risk Committee. Furthermore, on June the 25th, 2015 he has been appointed as Vice President of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.
He began his career at JP Morgan in 1991 in the Research Department and then held various offices in Milan and London before being appointed Managing Director in 1999. In his last position at JPMorgan he was in charge of EMEA (Europe-Middle East – Africa) Public Sector clients until 2003. In 2004 he joined the newly privatized Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A. (CDP) as Head of Finance and M&A, before launching CDP’s Real Estate practice and becoming CEO of the Group’s management company in 2009 (CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A.).
From June 2010 until May 2014 he was Managing Director of CDP, before the appointment in Terna. He also served as a Board Member of several companies of CDP Group, including STM Microelectronics (both in STMicroelectronics N.V. - from 2005 until 2008 -, and in STMicroelectronics Holding - from 2008 until 2011-) and in the European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) from 2011 until 2013.
Senior Country Officer Italy, J.P. Morgan
Camillo Greco was announced co-Senior Country Officer for Italy in April 2015. He oversees J.P. Morgan’s client relationships in the country and is also co-head of Banking for Italy covering some of the country’s most influential clients.
Camillo joined J.P. Morgan in 1997 and most recently led the Consumer, Retail and Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions team in EMEA. He was responsible for coverage, origination and execution of transactions in this space for global multinationals and private equity clients. He continues to provide senior coverage to some of his existing large-cap consumer clients in EMEA.
Camillo hold a degree in Economics & Business Administration from Universita' La Sapienza in Rome, with summa cum laude distinction. He also completed an Executive MBA at INSEAD in 2005.
Managing Director Leucadia
Jimmy Hallac is a Managing Director of Leucadia National Corporation, a NYSE-listed diversified holding company, where he is responsible for sourcing new transactions and for portfolio companies in the telecommunications, mining, financial services, real estate and manufacturing sectors.
Prior to joining Leucadia in 2002, Jimmy was the Founder and CEO of BankPass, a venture capital backed start-up focused on retail banking technology. From 1991 to 2000, Jimmy had numerous roles at Republic National Bank of New York, including serving as the President of the bank's Internet division, a Senior Vice President of the bank, and the assistant to the bank's founder and principal shareholder.
Jimmy received Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.B.A. From Harvard Business School and currently serves on the boards of directors of M.Y. Safra FSB, Linkem S.p.A. and Golden Queen Mining LLC.
Mediterranean Managing Partner, EY
Donato Iacovone graduated with a degree in Business Economics from G. D’Annunzio University in Pescara (Italy) and has done post-graduate work at both Northwestern University in Chicago and Harvard Business School in Boston. He is member of the Italian C.P.A. Board and associate of the Italian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He joined Ernst & Young (now EY) in 1984 in the Milan office and became Partner in 1996. In the same year he moved to Rome to take over the Corporate Finance Department and in 1997 was appointed Partner-in-charge of the Public Sector.
From 2000 to 2005 he headed up Business Advisory Services (BAS) in Italy and in 2005 was nominated BAS leader of the Central Western European Area. From 2008 to 2010 he took on the role of Account and Business Development Leader for Italy, Spain and Portugal and since July 2010 he has been leading the Mediterranean Region as Managing Partner.
Donato is author of the books Le sfide del mercato nel settore dei Servizi Professionali (2015) and I servizi di pubblica utilità tra Stato, mercato, regolatore e consumatore (2014), and is co-author of La crescita è possibile – dibattito teorico ed esperienze manageriali a confronto (2012), Le leve per avviare la ripresa – proposte ed esperienze manageriali a confronto (2013), and Problematiche e prospettive nel percorso di riduzione della spesa pubblica in Italia (2014), all published by Il Mulino.
He is author of several articles published in Italian in the most important business magazines.
Since 2011 he is Vice-President of AICEO (Italian Association of CEOs), of which he is also founding member. He has recently joined the Executive Committee of Aspen Institute Italia and has been appointed Chair of the 30% Club Italy.
Donato is also lecturer of Economics and Public Utility Services Management at Luiss University in Rome and lecturer of Sharing Economy and Smart Cities: Managing New Value Propositions for Business and Governments at Bocconi University in Milan.
Maximo Ibarra got a degree in Political Sciences and Economics in Rome. He attended an MBA in 1994 at the School management “STOA’”, an Executive Program in Marketing of Telecommunications at INSEAD – Paris, a General Management Executive Program at the London Business School and finally a Executive Program at the Singularity University in the Silicon Valley. He worked in Telecom Italia Mobile and Omnitel/Vodafone from 1994 to 2000 where he covered different responsibilities becoming Head of the Consumer Marketing Department. From 2001 to 2004 he worked in Fiat Auto Services as VP for Business Development and Strategies, in DHL as Chief Commercial Officer and finally in Benetton Group as VP Worldwide for Marketing and Communication.
In 2004 back to the Telco Industry in Wind Telecomunicazioni where he was appointed CEO and COO in 2012. From 2005 he has been teaching Marketing and Digital Marketing at LUISS Guido Carli Rome’s University.
William E. Mayer
Chairman Emeritus The Aspen Institute
In 1999 William E. Mayer formed Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies.
From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, Mr. Mayer organized and led an effort that significantly improved the school’s programs and made it one of the top 25 ranked business schools in the country. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Mayer served as a professor and Dean of the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Mr. Mayer worked for The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank, for 23 years. During his career at First Boston, Mr. Mayer held numerous management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of the following public companies: BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation, Premier and Lee Enterprises, and a member of the Boards of Trustees of Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 45 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Aspen Institute from 2000 to 2008 and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is also past Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Miller Buckfire and a board member of Acumen, the Rubin Museum and the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Global Health Corps and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative. Mr. Mayer was named to the 2013 NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors), which honors leaders in corporate governance and in the boardroom.
Mr. Mayer was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Il Sole 24 Ore
Roberto Napoletano is editor-in-chief of Il Sole 24 Ore (since 24 March 2011), director of the Radiocor Plus press agency and the Radio24 broadcaster, editor-in-chief of all the professional titles (since 19 June 2013) and managing editor of the 24 ORE Group (since 1 March 2012).
His editorial challenge is to heighten the historical identity of the newspaper as a service tool to provide informed guidance to households, businesses and professionals on the developments that take place in the economic, financial and regulatory landscape. A formula praised by the market also in the new era of multimedia information: today Il Sole 24 Ore is, in fact, Italy’s leading digital newspaper with 244 thousand sold every day and, for the first time ever, the second-major national newspaper in print+digital average circulation, with more than 385 thousand copies (Ads, December 2015).
Multimedia integration has been proposed also vertically, by theme area of professional interest, with the new specialized digital newspapers (Fisco, Diritto, Condominio, Edilizia & Territorio, Enti locali & Pa, Lavoro and Scuola) and with the initiatives on the financial markets (Finanza24 and the digital newspapers Assicurazioni24 and Consulente finanziario 24). To conclude, September 2014 marked the launch of Italy Europe24, the first digital newspaper explaining Italy in English.
Essayist, writer and author of bestsellers on the economy (“Padroni d’Italia - Può il nostro capitalismo salvare se stesso e il Paese?”, “Fardelli d’Italia - Storie inedite e retroscena: uomini e fatti di un racconto amaro”), and longseller of essays such as “Promemoria Italiano” and “Viaggio in Italia”.
Roberto Napoletano was also editor-in-chief of Il Messaggero from 2006 to 2011.
Senior Country Officer Italy, J.P. Morgan
Guido Nola was appointed co-Senior Country Officer for Italy in April 2015. In such a role he oversees all J.P. Morgan’s operations in the country (Corporate and Investment banking, Asset Management and Private Banking). Guido is also directly responsible for Banking in Italy in his role of Co-Head, covering some of the country’s most influential clients.
Guido became head of Investment Banking for Italy in 2014, focusing on financial institutions’ needs and capturing significant opportunities in the market. Prior to this, he covered a number of different roles within the Corporate and Investment Bank and more recently he led the coverage of institutional investors and the Strategic Equity Derivatives Marketing for corporates and financial institutions in Southern Europe.
Guido joined J.P. Morgan in 2002, in its Equity Capital Markets business following five years in Investment Banking in the Financial Institution Group of Merrill Lynch.
He graduated from La Sapienza in Rome with a degree in Economics and Business Administration and magna cum laude distinction.
Director General of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA)
Luca Pani, Medical Doctor, specialized in Psychiatry is an Expert in Pharmacology and Molecular Biology, and a Fellow of the National Research Council of Italy who currently serves as Director General of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) and is part of the Faculty and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Prof. Pani’s professional trajectory has touched several areas of expertise from preclinical study to clinical activity as well as R&D of CNS drugs, along with his commitment to teaching on experimental and clinical cases. He has attended national and international regulatory activities for the European Union. During the past decade he has prepared, evaluated and coordinated vast research projects with strategic planning and partnerships collaborating with national and international research groups also by participating in international bodies and advisory committees worldwide.
Italian Member of the Committee for Human Medicine Products (CHMP); Member of the Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP); participant of the Working Party on Central Nervous System (WPCNS); he serves as Chair of the European Union Management Board Telematic Committee (EUMBTC) and Chair of the European Risk Management Strategy Facilitation Group (ERMS-FG) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London (UK); member of the HMA Management Group.
Luca Pani is the author of over one hundred and forty scientific publications. Editor and author of several volumes. He has attended more than 1000 conferences, seminars and national and international roundtables as an invited speaker.
Haresh Patel provides vision and leadership for Mercatus, since co-founding the company in 2009 as a cloud base software Energy Investment Management (EIM) solution. He leads the company’s evolution of the business strategy, roadmap development and service offerings.
Haresh has more than twenty five years of experience driving high revenue growth through sales and marketing leadership positions. He served as Sr. Vice President of at WJ Communications, Inc., Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Agilent`s $2B Semiconductor Products Group, and Vice President Sales at PMC Sierra Inc. Haresh holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Ambassador Philip T. Reeker
Ambassador Philip T. Reeker took charge September 5, 2014 as United States Consul General in Milan, covering northern Italy.
From 2011 through 2013, Philip Reeker served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs focused on the Balkans, Central Europe, and Holocaust Issues. He was U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia from 2008 to 2011, and Deputy State Department Spokesman/ Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, under Secretaries of State Albright and Powell (2000-2004). Previous assignments include: Minister Counselor for Public Affairs under Ambassador Ryan Crocker at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq (2007-2008); Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest (2004-2007); and Director of Press Relations at the State Department (1999-2000). He was Spokesman for the Special Envoy for Kosovo, Ambassador Christopher Hill. Reeker joined the Foreign Service in 1992, and served earlier tours in Hungary and Macedonia.
Philip Reeker is the 2013 Recipient of the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for “his commitment to peace and the alleviation of human suffering caused by war or civil injustice” in the Balkans; the National Albanian American Council presented Reeker with its "Hands of Hope Award" the same year. He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy in 2003, and several State Department Superior Honor Awards.
Ambassador Reeker is a graduate of Yale University (1986), and received an MBA (with honors) from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona (1991). Born in Pennsylvania, Reeker grew up in several U.S. cities and spent his high school years in Brisbane, Australia. His foreign languages are: Hungarian, Macedonian, Italian, and German. He is married to Solveig Johnson Reeker, also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, who currently serves at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
CEO, Publitalia '80
Born in Milan on 23rd September 1962 He graduated in Economy at "L. Bocconi" University in Milan. He started his professional career in the media owners world, in Telepiù Pubblicità/Canal Plus Group. In 1999 he joined the Media agency word where he covered several roles: from 1999 to 2001, Managing Director of Cia Italy, from 2002 to 2005, Chairman e CEO of MindShare Italy, from 2006 to 2008, Chairman and CEO of Mediaedge:cia Italy and Executive Vice President of Groupm Italy, from 2009 to 2012, Chairman and CEO di Groupm Italy. At the beginning of 2013 he moved back to the Media Owners world and he has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Publitalia ’80, Chief Executive Officer of Digitalia ’08 and Vice President of Mediamond. Since April 2015 he is Board Member of Mediaset.
Distinguished Professor & Director of Ph.D. Program Fordham University
Distinguished Professor of Economics, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Economics, and Director of the Global Economic Policy Center at Fordham University in New York. Honorary Professor at Shanghai Finance University, Hunan University and University of Pretoria. Consultant to World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Economic Policy Institute, several central banks, multinational corporations and global banks. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books and published many articles in economic and business journals. Nominated for the National Medal of Science in 2010.
Head of Investment Banking - North America, J.P. Morgan
Mr. Stein joined J.P.Morgan in 1989 and currently serves as the Head of Investment Banking - North America where he has responsibility for J.P. Morgan's Industry coverage teams. Prior to this role, he served as the Head of the Diversified Industries practice. Mr. Stein covers many of the firms most important relationships including General Electric, Honeywell, Ford, Alcoa, and Textron, among others. He began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and spent over 10 years advising J.P. Morgan’s key industrial and multi-industry clients on a variety of strategic assignments before becoming a Client Executive in the Industrials Group in 2001. During his career he has also served as Head of the EMEA Diversified Industries Group based in London as well as Head of the Global Natural Resources group. Mr. Stein currently sits on the Board of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.
Mr. Stein received his M.B.A. in Finance and a M.S. in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business and B.A. in Economics from Hobart College.