Executives’ Views on Innovation: speakers

Arrigo Berni

Chairman @ MOLESKINE

Mr. Arrigo Berni serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Moleskine SpA since 2006 and serves as its Managing Director. Mr. Berni has been the Managing Director at A. Testoni S.p.A. Mr. Berni served as Managing Director of Bulgari Global Operations at Neuchatel (Svizzera). Mr. Berni served as Managing Director of Bulgari Corporation Of America, Inc. at Gruppo Bulgari S.p.A. from 1992 to 2001. He served as Manager of Bain & Co. from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Berni served as Marketing & Sales Manager at Benetton USA from 1988 to 1989; Consultant of MAC Group from 1987 to 1988 and served as Brand Manager in Rome (Italy) and in Osaka (Japan ). Mr. Berni served at Procter & Gamble S.p.A from 1981 to 1987. Mr. Berni achieved a degree in Business Administration from the prestigious University S.Anna of Pisa in 1979 and carried out his military service in the Air Force.

Source: Bloomberg



Christopher Bishop

Technical Fellow and Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Chris Bishop is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He is also Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. In 2004, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Chris obtained a BA in Physics from Oxford, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on quantum field theory. He then joined Culham Laboratory where he worked on the theory of magnetically confined plasmas as part of the European controlled fusion programme.

From there, he developed an interest in pattern recognition, and became Head of the Applied Neurocomputing Centre at AEA Technology. He was subsequently elected to a Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Aston University, where he led the Neural Computing Research Group. Chris then took a sabbatical during which time he was principal organiser of the six month international research programme on Neural Networks and Machine Learning at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, which ran in 1997.

After completion of the Newton Institute programme Chris joined the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge.

Source: Microsoft official website


Giovanni TagliabueGiovanni Tagliabue, Head of Business Innovation & Development at Edison

Director of Business Innovation & Development – ‎Edison SpA







Carlo Capè

Co-Founder and CEO Bip

Carlo Capè is Co-Founder and CEO of Bip – Business Integration Partners.
After a degree in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, he undertook an Executive Degree at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston. In 1987 he began working as business management consultant for Italian and European companies in logistics and reengineering projects in different sectors. Moving to Deloitte in 2001, he was the partner responsible for the Oil & Gas Industry in the EU.
Since 2003 he has been involved in the liberalisation, privatisation and regulation processes of the Energy & Utility sector and has cooperated with regulators, authorities and big industrial groups in defining rules, new business models and in market development. In the same year he decided to found, with five other partners, Bip of which he has been CEO since the start.
He is co-author of the book “When the made in Italy is stronger than the crisis: lesson learnt” published in 2015 by Mc Graw Hill in partnership with Politecnico di Milano and author of several articles on Organisation and Management including: “Dynamic Manufacturing – Appendix to the Italian edition” (IPSOA); “Chief Information Officer: the challenge of pragmatic innovation” (Il Sole 24 Ore); “Chief Information Officer – How to reconcile innovation and budget” (Development & Organisation).
Capè is the Board President of Assoconsult, the association of Confindustria consulting firms, and he was the coordinator of the working group which produced the innovative Social responsibility code of ethics for consultants, approved in March 2013.
For many years he has been a speaker at the Energy Summit and other events in the sector thanks to his expertise in the Energy field. He is also a member of the board of MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business.


Manlio Ciralli 

Chief Brand & Innovation Officer @ ADECCO








Matteo Codazzi 


Matteo Codazzi was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CESI in May 2009. CESI is a world-leading engineering and technical-regulatory consulting company with more than 60 years of experience in 40 countries around the world. Prior to this, Mr. Codazzi served as CEO and Country Manager of Enel in Romania since 2006. With 1 billion euros in revenues and 5000 employees in power plants and distribution networks, Enel Romania was the largest foreign owned utility in the country. After joining Enel in 1999, Mr. Codazzi held several positions within the group including Senior Executive Vice President of the Italian Electricity Market Business (which supplies electricity to 28 million customers), Chief Financial Officer of the Market division, Head of Regulatory and Business Development of the Distribution division, and Head of Business Development for the three Generation companies (“Gencos”). He started his career in 1990 at Finmeccanica (the Italian Power, Defense and Aerospace Company) holding various positions in Ansaldo, Alenia and in the Corporate M&A and Finance areas. Mr. Codazzi graduated with honors from the LUISS University in Rome with a BA in Economics and Business and is an alumnus of the Colombia Business School in New York, having completed its prestigious Senior Executive Advanced Management Program. In 2009 Matteo Codazzi was appointed “Knight” by the President of the Italian Republic.

Massimo della Porta

Group CEO @ SAES Group

Mr. Massimo della Porta has been a member of the Board of Directors since 29 April 1994.
He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Rome in 1989. He followed mini masters courses at the Università Bocconi in the areas of Strategy and Planning, Marketing and Company Management. In April 1989, he began working at one of the companies of the SAES Getters Group, the SAES Metallurgia of Avezzano (AQ), as a researcher and with the specific task of creating an applied research laboratory at the SAES Metallurgia di Avezzano subsidiary. In 1991, after having worked for approximately one year in a project to improve production processes, he was in charge of the management of production of SAES Metallurgia S.p.A. In 1992 he took on the role of Technical Manager of the subsidiaries of Avezzano and started to coordinate projects on a Group level: the design and construction of the SAES Advanced Technologies factory; the expansion of the Korean factory in Chinchon and the expansion of the SAES Pure Gas factory in California; Manager of the transfer of several production lines from Lainate to Avezzano, and Project Leader of various Innovation projects. In 1996 he moved to Milan in order to take on the role of Group Innovation Manager at the parent company SAES Getters S.p.A., while simultaneously maintaining his previous responsibilities at the production sites in Avezzano. In 1997 he took up the position of Vice Chairman and Managing Director of SAES Getters S.p.A. In the same year he was appointed Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of the Group and was in charge of IT Systems at Group level. In 1998 he launched and coordinated a global project for the creation of a corporate intranet system, the linking of all the subsidiaries of the Group and the development of support applications supporting the local and Group management activities.
He has been Chairman, Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Chief Technology & Innovation Officer since 2009. He is member of the Board of Directors of various companies within the SAES Getters Group. He has been an independent director of Alto Partners SGR S.p.A. since December 2004. He is a director of MGM S.r.l., a real estate company. He is the Inventor and/or co-inventor of alloys and products for which patents have been obtained.

Clive Higgins

Chief Operating Officer @ EXAPTIVE

Clive is responsible for the business planning and growth of Exaptive. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in building high-performance organizations to deliver products and services in both academic and enterprise scientific markets. Prior to joining Exaptive, Clive helped to grow three startups leading to their successful acquisition by Fortune 500 companies, including PerkinElmer, Beckman Coulter Genomics and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

His responsibilities at Exaptive include the development and positioning of value-based solutions from strategic market and customer insights, the recruitment and development of highly effective commercial and operational teams and maximizing effectiveness and productivity through metric-based activity management. Clive’s passion is growing innovative companies that deliver financial value with a positive societal impact.

In addition to Harvard Business School Executive Education in strategic marketing management and leadership in the 21st century, Clive earned a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Applied Chemistry from Brunel University in London.


Carlo Purassanta

Area Vice President @ MICROSOFTCarlo Purassanta

Mr. Carlo Purassanta has been Area Vice President – France at Microsoft S.r.l. since September 2017 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until September 2017. Mr. Purassanta worked at IBM for fourteen years. He is a member of the General Council of Confindustria Digitale and President of the Group on Supply Chain Platforms for SMEs. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Confindustria’s Foreign Investors Committee and is responsible for its working group dedicated to “Research, innovation and education”. Mr. Purassanta holds a degree in Business Engineering from Milan’s Polytechnic and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Business School.

Source: Bloomberg




Neil Sholay

Vice President Innovation @ Oracle EMEA & J-APAC

As Vice President of Innovation at Oracle EMEA & J-APAC, Neil Sholay is responsible for go-to-market strategy and thought leadership for Oracle in the digital marketplace. His responsibilities include supporting Oracle EMEA’s strategic customers who are undergoing digital transformation. Sholay also focuses on the growth areas of social, mobile, private and public cloud, big data, the Internet of Things, and customer experience. With more than 15 years of IT experience, he is frequently asked to speak on these topics.

Sholay’s primary focus is market and business development, which includes identifying new technology trends and developments and working closely with field sales and marketing to support Oracle’s strategic customers.

Sholay has worked on large-scale digital transformation initiatives across all industries and regions with both IT and line of business teams. Prior to Oracle, he spent eight years with BEA Systems as director of telecom markets for EMEA. In this role he acted as telecom domain expert for the company and was responsible for developing BEA’s telecom strategy and bringing to market their telecom product line, WebLogic Communications Platform.

Sholay also spent two years with ATG as wireless industry manager and two years with the e-business systems integrator Infogain as a consultant and practice manager for their advanced technologies group. He started his career with Sun Microsystems, working for four years as an engineer and then as part of the newly formed Java market development team that evangelized and brought the Java platform to market.

Sholay holds a BA degree in business management from the London Institute.