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.

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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


Carlo Capè


Co-Founder and CEO Bip, President Confindustria Assoconsult

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.


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.

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.

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Francesco Starace


Mr. Francesco Starace has been the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel SpA since May 27, 2014. Mr. Starace served as the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power S.p.A. from October 2008 to May 2014. He served as the Head of Market Division at Enel SpA since November 2005 and also served as its Head of Domestic Sales. He started his career as Analyst for the security of the electronuclear plants at Nira Ansaldo from 1981 to 1982 and he performed from 1982 to 1987 several executive management positions in Italy, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Arab Emirates, in the Sae Sadelmi, which was part of the General Electric group. He held a number of management positions in Italy, the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE in the contracting and engineering department of General Electric Company from 1982 to 1987 and subsequently of ABB Alstom Powers Corporation from 1987 to 2000, where he was appointed Head of global sales of the gas turbines division, including the office of Chief of the “business power” area from July 2002 to October 2005 and the Chief of Market Division from November 2005 to September 2008. Mr. Starace joined Enel in 2000 as the Head of Energy Management of Enel Produzione. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of ABB Combustion Engineering Italia from 1997 to 1998 and Senior Vice President for the global and turnkey systems sales for the gas turbine division from 1998 to 2000. He served as the Chairman of Enel Iberoamérica, S.R.L. He served as the Chairman of Enel Green Power S.p.A. He served as Vice Chairman of Enel Chile S.A. (alternate name, Enersis Chile S.A.) from February 29, 2016 to April 28, 2016. He served as a Vice Chairman of Enel Américas S.A. (formerly, Enersis Américas S.A. and Enersis S.A.) until April 2016 and served as its Director from April 28, 2015 to April 2016. Mr. Starace has been Vice Chairman and Director at Endesa, S.A. since June 16, 2014. He has been a Director of Enel SpA since May 27, 2014 and United Nations Global Compact since June 1, 2015. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative of the United Nations since June 2014. He served as Director of Enel Green Power S.p.A. Mr. Starace graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic Institute.

Source: Bloomberg