President and CEO, Saint Laurent
An Italian national, Francesca Bellettini started her career in London as an investment banker, working at Goldman Sachs International, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Compass Partners International. In 1999, she joined the Prada Group in the planning & new business development division, and was appointed operations manager of Helmut Lang in 2002.
Francesca Bellettini joined the Kering Group in 2003 as strategic planning director and associate worldwide merchandising director of Gucci. In November 2008, she was appointed worldwide merchandising director of Bottega Veneta and then promoted to worldwide merchandising and communications director in November 2010. Appointed in September 2013 as Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent, Francesca Bellettini is currently President and CEO of the Maison and also a member of Kering’s Executive Committee. Francesca Bellettini holds a degree from Bocconi University in Milan.
CEO, Vodafone Italia
Aldo Bisio has been Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Italia since January 2014. He is also part of the Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee.
He has been CEO & Group Managing Director at Ariston Thermo Group from 2007 to 2013, a leading global manufacturer of renewable and commercial heating systems. Between 2004 and 2006, Aldo was General Manager and a Director of RCS Quotidiani.
He spent many years as a strategy consultant, working with McKinsey & Co. from 1992. As a Senior Partner with the firm, he focused on telecommunications and media industries. From 2002, he was Chairman of “McKinsey Associates Development Committee” for the Mediterranean area (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt).
Aldo Bisio is also a Visiting Professor at ESCP’s London campus.
Chairman, Grandi Stazioni Retail SpA
Maurizio graduated from Bocconi University, with a post-graduate experience in Japan. During his academic years, he founded three startups and in 1989 he succeeded his father in the Borletti Family Office.
He reorganized its holdings and in 1991 he pursued his first takeover as part of the consortium purchaser of Swedish Match. In 1993, he left the Borletti Family Office – one of the oldest and most important Italian family offices, founded in 1865 – to acquire and manage the luxury company Christofle, where he led the company turnaround as CEO until 2003. In 2005, Maurizio founded Borletti Group: an independent investment firm focused on private equity.
He also promoted and participated as an investor in the consortium for the acquisition of LaRinascente, where he served as Chairman between 2005 and 20111, when it was successfully divested. In 2006, he was lead investor in the acquisition of Printemps, where he served as Honorary Chairman until 2013. In 2016, he participated in the acquisition of Grandi Stazioni Retail, where he serves as Chairman.
In 2017, Maurizio founded Spactiv Spa, which has been a listed company since September 2017. Spactiv Spa’s investment activities are aimed at acquiring unlisted Italian companies in order to list them on the stock exchange.
Since the creation of the Borletti Group, Maurizio has been active with Paolo De Spirt in building its investment team and sourcing opportunities.
Deputy Governor, Bank of France
Sylvie Goulard is deputy governor of the Banque de France since January 2018, 18th. She is also a former Minister of the Armed Forces of Emnuel Macron (May / June 2017).
She served as member of the European Parliament (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) from 2009-2017. As MEP, she was a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (coordinator, rapporteur of several files on Finance and Governance of the euroarea and banking union) ; she also chaired the parliamentary Intergroup fight against poverty – aiming at giving a voice to deprived people in the European institutions.
After her law studies, and having graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Sylvie Goulard worked as a diplomat in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mainly on European integration and Germany. She also worked at the French Conseil d'Etat.
Between 2001 and 2004, she was political advisor to Romano Prodi, during his time as President of the European Commission.
Her book L’Europe pour les Nuls (First, 2007) was awarded the European Book Prize. She published several other books, including De la démocratie en Europe (Flammarion, Rizzoli 2012), co-authored with Mario Monti and Good bye Europe (Flammarion, 2016) on Brexit.
Head of Retirement & Pension Funds and Head of Life Internal Model, AXA Group
Marine Habart (Actuaire Agrégé, PhD, CERA) is Head of Life Internal Model and Head of Retirement & Pension Funds at AXA Group. She has been working for insurance companies for the past 15 years.
Her fields of interest are the modeling of biometric risks (particularly longevity, LTC and pandemic) and its business impact (product design, reinsurance and securitization coverage).
Lab Director, Microsoft Research - Inria Joint Centre
Laurent Massoulié graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 1991, and received the Ph.D. degree in automatic control from Paris Sud University, Orsay, France, in 1995. He is a researcher at Inria where he leads the Microsoft Research-Inria Joint Centre, and a Professor at the Applied Mathematics Centre of Ecole Polytechnique.
His research focuses on probabilistic modeling and design of algorithms for machine learning and for control of networks, including P2P and social networks. He has held positions with France Telecom R&D from 1995 to 1999, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, U.K., from 1999 to 2006, and Technicolor, Paris, France, from 2006 to 2012.
Dr. Massoulié has coauthored the Best Paper Award-winning papers of IEEE INFOCOM 1999, ACM SIGMETRICS 2005, and ACM CoNEXT 2007, been elected a Technicolor Fellow in 2011, and received the “Grand Prix Scientifique” from the Del Duca Foundation in 2017.
CEO and General Manager, BNL-BNP Paribas
Andrea Munari, born in Treviso, Italy, is a highly experienced banking sector manager. Andrea Munari began his career with Standard Chartered in Milan before joining Morgan Stanley (1991-1997), in London and Paris in the sectors of Fixed Income and Trading. Andrea Munari then works in France as Managing Director at Barclays Capital (1997 - 2000), before returning to Morgan Stanley, still as a Managing Director (2000 - 2006).
In 2006, he returned to Italy to take up the post of General Manager at Banca Caboto and then became General Manager of Banca IMI. Early in 2014, he was appointed CEO of Credito Fondiario and until September 2016 Director and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the London Stock Exchange Group. He’s been a member of the Advisory Board of ENI Trading & Shipping and until December 2016 he has been a member of the Innovation Board of the Ca' Foscari Foundation of the University of Venice.
In November 26, 2015, Andrea Munari is appointed CEO and General Manager of BNL SpA, Head of BNP Paribas in Italy and member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas. In January 2016, he is appointed President of Findomestic Bank.
Since January 2016 he is a member of the ABI's Executive Committee and since February 2016 he is a counselor in the BNL Foundation. From January 2017, he is part of the Executive Committee of the BNP Paribas Foundation. From June 2017 he is a member of the Advisory board LUMSA Friend Association.
Until January 2017 he has been Director and Vice President of the Italian Stock Exchange.
Andrea Munari graduated in Political Economy from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
Global Manager AI for Healthy Aging, IBM Research
Nicola is Global Manager of AI for Healthy Aging in IBM Research at the MIT/IBM Watson AI Lab Cambridge, MA USA. He is a researcher, teacher, writer focused on exploring the impact of technologies and their application in the society at scale and in the life of aging population
His areas of research are: AI for Healthy Aging, Loneliness as accelerator of physical and cognitive decline, Ageism and Aging women and financial independence
He led the first-of-a-kind IBM project for the Aging Population in the city of Bolzano (Italy) in 2011. The work of his team has been awarded two times with the Computer Honors Award and the Disability Matters - Market Place Award.
He is a founding board member of Amazing.Community, based in NY dedicated to transforming the false narrative about aging women by redefining workplace inclusion. Nicola is also the author of three books, a TEDx speaker and an international lecturer in aging, innovation and digital transformation. He serves as Board Member of International Scientific Advisory Committee at McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and member of the Gerontological Society of America.
Italian Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Office of the Council of Ministers and SVP Amazon on LOA
Diego Piacentini has started in August 2016 a new activity: working pro-bono for two years for the Italian government and helping with the digital transformation of the public administration. He is currently on a leave from Amazon.com, where he has worked for 16 years in Seattle as Senior Vice President of the International Consumer Business. He was a key member of the executive team and responsible for all international retail operations in Europe, Japan, China and India.
Mr. Piacentini early in his career joined Apple Computer Italy in 1987. Ten years later he was promoted to the post of General Manager and Vice President for Apple Europe.
Diego is on the Board of the Maasai Association, supporting education and health initiatives in Kenya and an investor in Unitus Seed Fund, a seed-stage venture investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that invests in startups innovating for the masses in India.
He is a prominent mentor of Endeavor Global and is a board member of Endeavor Italy which he helped launch in 2016.
He is also member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) established to provide strategic guidance on the OECD’s 2-year, multidisciplinary project on Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being. This project aims to help policymakers better understand the digital revolution that is taking place across different sectors of the economy and society as a whole.
Diego holds a degree in Economics from Bocconi University of Milan and was awarded “Bocconiano dell’anno” in 2010.
He was appointed Digital Champion in April 2017; his priorities are building the “operating system” of Italy, making public services for citizens and businesses usable in an easy manner, in an interoperable way, via a “Mobile First” approach, using the “Once Only” Principle and making data open and easily accessible.
CEO and CIO, Algebris
Davide is the Founder and CEO of Algebris Investments, a global asset management boutique that manages Long Only and Hedged strategies in Credit, Equity and Non-Performing Loans, with a focus on Global Financials.
Founded in 2006, Algebris currently manages $14.9 billion of assets and maintains offices in London, Boston, Singapore, Luxembourg, Milan & Tokyo. Algebris (UK) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The US office is registered with the SEC and the Singapore office is registered with MAS.
Davide is recognised as one of the world's leading experts on financial services and is often consulted by the world's central bankers and regulators on policy matters. He has been awarded the Commendatore designation, a decoration of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Davide is Chairman and Trustee of the Hakuna Matata foundation, a registered UK charity which he founded with his wife, focused on assisting orphaned children in central Tanzania. Davide is a graduate cum laude of Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and holds a Master CEMS.
He played volleyball professionally in Italy from 1985 until 1990 and reached Series A1, and is a keen alpinist.
Regional General Manager - Western & Southern Europe, Uber
Thibaud joined Uber in early 2014 as General Manager in Paris. He currently heads Uber in Western Europe, overseeing its fastgrowing business across 25 cities and 10 countries including France, Southern Europe, and GermanySwitzerlandAustria.
Since a young age, Thibaud has had a strong entrepreneurial appetite. Growing up in the French Champagne region, he started coding at the age of 13 to help manage logistics for his family’s agricultural trading business. Over the following years he launched several startups in content, logistics and consumer tech, one of which even resembled what we call Uber today.
Thibaud also worked at the European Commission’s DG Trade, and at LexisNexis. He later founded a strategy consulting boutique and a seed capital investment vehicle.
Thibaud holds degrees in law from King’s College London and the Sorbonne, and in management from Paris-Assas University. He completed his MBA at London Business School.
VP EMEAR Advanced Services, Cisco
Adele Trombetta is Vice President, Advanced Services for Cisco in the EMEAR region.
A passionate and proven technology leader, Adele leads service delivery and value creation for enterprises and public-sector organizations. With responsibility for regional strategy and P&L, her key areas of focus are delivery excellence, workforce transformation, and cross-country collaboration.
Working closely with sales leadership and the partner ecosystem, she drives growth in services penetration by aligning with customer needs and elevating the value of innovations.
Adele has over 20 years’ technology sector experience and a strong track record in orchestrating large-scale, transformational programs for key customers. Prior to joining Cisco, she held leadership roles at DXC Consulting, HPE Enterprise Services and IBM.
A Certified Management Consultant (CMA), Adele holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, and an MBA from Henley Business School.