Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Vittorio Chiesa

Vittorio Chiesa is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano where he teaches Strategy and Marketing and Energy and Sustainability Management at the Master of Science of Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering. He is Vice-President of MIP, Graduate School of Business of Politecnico di Milano, where he coordinates the Technology Strategy area and he is Director of the Executive Master in Energy Management. He is also Director of the Energy & Strategy Group at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, which is a permanent Observatory on renewable energies, energy efficiency and smart energy partnered by more than 50 companies and financial institutions. He has been president and member of Investment Committees of funds investing in the area of renewable energy and is member of the Investment Committee of the Technology Transfer Venture fund promoted to generate academic research-based companies by Fondazione Cariplo and other major Italian bank Foundation. He was: Chairman of the Italian Association of Management Engineering, consultant at Unido (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) in the area of technology transfer and technology management, coordinator of the Technical and Scientific Committee of the D.G. Small Firms of Regione Lombardia, member of the Executive Committee on Biotechnology of the Italian Ministry of Industry and of the ‘Network of Biotech Officials’ at the European Commission. He managed technological transfer activities and university-industry cooperative projects at both Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (funded by Regione Lombardia, Fondazione Cariplo, Cestec) as well as projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and by the EU. He is author of six books and more than 200 publications on international journals and conference proceedings. He was mentioned as one of the Top 60 World’s Innovation Management Scholars in the 20 years 1991-2010.

Federico Frattini

Federico Frattini is Full Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Honorary Researcher at the Lancaster University Management School (UK). At the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano he is also Director of the MBA & Executive MBA Division, Director of the ICT & Digital Learning Division and Coordinator of the Strategic Management Teaching Area. His research area is innovation and technology management. On these topics, he has written more than 200 books and articles published in proceedings of international conferences and journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Family Business Review, Technovation, Technological Analysis & Strategic Management, and many others. In 2013 he was nominated among the Top 50 Authors of Technology and Innovation Management Worldwide by the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT). He has a long experience in advising international firms such as Siemens, Engie, Eni, Enel, Hitachi, E.On, Samsung, Carrefour, General Electric, Snam and many others on technology management and innovation topics.

Scientific Committee

Mario Calderini

Mario Calderini has graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and has completed a PhD He is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano. He is deputy director of Alta Scuola Politecnica. From 1994 to 2013 has been Full Professor and Researcher at Politecnico di Torino. He is counselor of the Minister of Education, University and Research. He is member of G8 Task Force for Social Impact Finance, member of Jury in the European Commission Social Innovation Competition and he is Italian delegate in the European Commission of High-Level Expert Group for Digital Agenda.



Davide Chiaroni

Davide Chiaroni is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he obtained cum laude his Master of Science in Management Engineering in 2002 and later in 2007 his Ph.D. in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering. His research interest is in the management of innovation, with a particular focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable usage of resources. The results of his research are documented by an intense scientific production. He is author of two books with international editors, one with an Italian publisher and more than 100 contributions on international and national journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He is co-founder and vice-director of Energy&Strategy at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. Energy & Strategy manages permanent observatories on renewable energies, energy efficiency and smart ecosystems (buildings, cities, grids) to identify, analyze and discuss business models of top players in Italy. He is Fellow of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on Circular Economy and the reference point for MIP-Politecnico di Milano in the Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship project.

Mariano Corso

Mariano Corso is full professor of “Leadership and Innovation” at Politecnico di Milano and co-founder and member of the Scientific Committee of the Observatories on Digital Innovation. He is scientific director of several Observatories, among which Cloud&ICT as a service, Digital Agenda, Smart Working, HR Innovation practice, ICT in Healthcare and of the “Digital Business-Innovation Academy”. At the business school of Politecnico di Milano (MIP) he is director of the University Executive Master in “Strategic Management of of Digital Innovation” and teaches Knowledge Management, Change Management, ICT Management and Organisations theory and Design in many post graduate programmes. As senior advisor in management and Digital Transformation, I manage projects for companies, Local Governments and Public Administrations He is advisor for many companies, Public Administrations and local governments in management and Digital Transformation and has been technical consultant (CTU) of the Court of Milan in important legal proceedings on ICT litigations. Mariano Corso collaborates as editor and reviewers with scientific journals and is author or co-author of many publications on innovation and knowledge management of which more than 140 at the international level.

Raffaella Manzini

Raffaella Manzini is Full Professor at LIUC – Università Cattaneo (Italy). She teaches several course on the management of technology and innovation for bachelor, MS and executive students. Her research interests are R&D and innovation management, technology strategy, innovation and intellectual property, technology intelligence. In these fields of study she has more than 60 publications in international peer reviewed journals. At LIUC, since 2015 she is the rector’s delegate for research. Since 2014 she is head of the PhD Program in “Manegement, Finance and Accounting”. She obtained her Master Degree in Management Engineering in 1994 at Politecnico di Milano


Roberto Verganti

Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice and T Copenhagen Business School and California Polytechnic University. Roberto serves on the European Design Leadership Board of the European Commission, where he is also an advisor to Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Roberto is the author of “Overcrowded. Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas”, published by MIT Press in 2017. He is also the author of “Design-Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating what Things Mean”, published by Harvard Business Press in 2009, selected by BusinessWeek as one of the Best Design an Innovation Books, and by the Academy of Management for the George R. Terry Book Award as one of the best 6 management books published in 2008 and 2009. Roberto has issued more than 150 scientific articles, on journal such as Management Science, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management. He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.

R&D Conference Office

Letizia Mortara

Letizia Mortara is Head of the R&D Management Conference Office. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge and a By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. She is also an Associate Editor for the R&D Management journal. Her specific research interests include Technology intelligence, Open Innovation, and the advent of Digital Fabrication technologies in manufacturing and their implications for business.