Program of the Festival of the Future 2021

In presence and in streaming

Thursday 18th November

9:00 - 9:30

opening and greetings

10:00 - 11:15

The technological challenge: how to cope with the exponential pace of innovation

In collaboration with Politecnico di Milano
Umberto Bertelé, Emeritus Professor of Strategy, Politecnico di Milano (chairman);
Fabio Moioli, Head of Consulting and Services, Microsoft.
Massimo Portincaso, Chairman, Hello Tomorrow.
Anna Grassellino, Senior Scientist, Director, National Quantum Information Science Research Center.
Rosario Sica, Chief Executive Officer, Open Knowledge-Bip Group.

11:15 - 11:45

The inversion of the paradigm: it is the market that drives technological innovation

Luigi Consiglio, President Gea, interview Giovanni Rana Jr,  Innovation and Technology manager, Pastificio Rana.

11:45 - 13:00

Can Italy become a technological leader? Necessary conditions,

obstacles to overcome, opportunities to be seized

In collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology
Giorgio Metta, Scientific Director, Italian Institute of Technology;
Giuseppe Zampini, Chairman, Ansaldo Energia;
Alessandro Perego, Director of the Department of Management Engineering, Politecnico di Milano;
Iain Mattaj, Director, Human Technopole;
Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability® Officer, Enel Group.;

13:00 – 14:00

Future Arena: Live Demo, Innovation versus Covid-19

- Fybra
- Isinnova
- Wi4b with Leo

14:00- 15:15

After the pandemic: how we will cope with future global crises

In collaboration with the University of Verona and Humanitas
Mario Nava, Director General DG REFORM, European Commission.
Alberto Mantovani, Scientific Director of IRCCS Humanitas Clinical Institute and Professor Emeritus Humanitas University;
Sergio Abrignani, Lecturer, University of Milan;
Roberto Giacobazzi, Lecturer and Pro-Rector, University of Verona (chairman).

15:15 - 16:30

The new frontier of the Space Economy

In collaboration with the Italian Institute for the Future
Roberto Paura, President, Italian Institute for the Future;
Raffaele Mauro, Partner, Primo Space Fund;
Mariangela Dejana, Institutional Business Development Manager, D-Orbit;
Gennaro Russo, Director, Center for Near Space, Italian Institute for the Future;

Veronica Moronese, Space law expert. Legal Director, ThinkOrbital and Chief Scientist, CNS;

Luigi Pasquali, CEO, Telespazio.

 16:30 – 17:00

Keynote Speaker

Maria Cristina Piovesana, Vice President for the Environment, Sustainability and Culture, Confindustria

18:00 – 18:30

Future Arena: Innovation Stories

Interview with Enrico Pandian, founder of StartupGym and serial entrepreneur 

18:15 – 19:00

Future Arena: When innovation becomes a network

Michele Bauli, presidente Fondazione Speedhub
Denis Faccioli, president of the regional innovative network Tech4Life
Franco Fummi, ICE Lab University of Verona
Massimo Pasquali, coordinator of Banco BPM companies


Future Arena: From universities to the entrepreneurs of the future. Presentation of the Enactus project

Marta Bertolai, Country Leader Enactus Italy
Francesca Chiesa, Program Manager Enactus Italia

7.15pm - 8.00pm

Future Arena: Startup spritz

Live pitch of startups in collaboration with the SpeedHub Foundation and networking with entrepreneurs and investors

Friday 19th November

9:15 - 10:30

Europe between strategic autonomy and new globalization

In collaboration with the European Commission
Danilo Taino, Columnist, Corriere della Sera;
Massimo Gaudina, Head of the Representation in Milan, European Commission (chairman);
Nicoletta Pirozzi, Head of the EU program, politics and institutions, Institute of International Affairs;
Marco Piantini, Cabinet expert of Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, European Commission;
Paolo Guerrieri, Lecturer, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences-Po and Business School of the University of San Diego, California.
10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Speaker

Giulio Molon, UOC Director of Cardiology, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria, Negrar, VR.

11:00 – 12:30

The new paradigms of sustainable mobility

In collaboration with Bocconi University
Gabriele Grea, Research fellow, GREEN, L. Bocconi University (chairman);
Alessandro Finicelli, CEO, Autobynet Srl;
Francesco Naso General Secretary, Motus-E;
Gabriele Catacchio, Global e-Mobility Communication Manager, Stellantis;
Federico Caleno, Head of e-Mobility Italy, Enel X.

12:30 - 12:45

The importance of creative industries for the future of made in Italy

Stefania Lazzaroni, General Manager, Altagamma
13:00 – 14:00

Future Arena: Live Demo, Sustainability

- Convergences
- EzLab
- Finapp
- Go to
- XFarm

14:00 - 15:15

Economic development and world trade: the risks and opportunities of the decade

In collaboration with Oxford Economics
Enrico Sassoon, Chief Editor, Harvard Business Review Italy (chairman);
Manuela D’Onofrio, Head of Group Investment Strategy, UniCredit;
Emilio Rossi, Senior Advisor Oxford Economics and Director of the Tertiary Observatory of ManagerItalia;
Gianmarco Montanari, IIT General Manager - Independent Director of FinecoBank and Tinexta;
Giovanni Dolcetta Capuzzo, Vice President for Internationalization, Confindustria Vicenza;

15:15 - 16:30

The great transformation of finance between digital currencies, new assets and payment systems

In collaboration with ASSBB - Associazione Studi Banca e Borsa
Alessandro Hatami, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Pacemakers;
Rony Hamaui, Secretary General, ASSBB;
Massimo di Tria, Chief Investment Officer, Cattolica Assicurazioni Group;
Alessandra Losito, General Manager, Pictet Wealth Management Italia;
Michele Lanotte, Director, Milano Hub, Bank of Italy.

16:45 - 18:00

Towards new models of work between physical and digital

In collaboration with Luiss
Maria Savona, Professor of Economics, Dept. Economics, Luiss and University of Sussex (chairman);
Giovanna Della Posta, Chief Executive Officer, Invimit SgR;
Ornella Chinotti, Managing Director Italy and France, SHL;
Agostino Santoni, Vice-President Cisco South Europe;
Luca Tomassini, President and CEO, Quibyt;
Giuseppe Italiano, Professor of Computer Science, Luiss.

18:00 – 18:30

Future Arena: Innovation Stories

Davide Dattoli, co-founder and CEO of Talent Garden
Martina Capriotti, founder Mirta

18:30 – 19:00

Future Arena: 5G, an infrastructure for the future

Filippo Miola, president and ceo of Array System and vice president of Confindustria Vicenza with responsibility for digitization
Stefano Quintarelli, entrepreneur, communications and IT expert


Future Arena: SMEs and startups, the Open Factory model

Daniele Carniello, sales and marketing 221e
Andrea Nardi, junior innovation consultant of Foundation Open Factory
and innovation manager Spac
Luciano De Propris, head of open innovation & sustainability Elis


Future Arena: Startup Spritz

Live pitch of startups in collaboration with t2i and 311 and networking with entrepreneurs and investors


Saturday 20 November

9:00 – 10:15

New skills and new training, priority objectives for the relaunch

In collaboration with AIF - Italian Association of Trainers and European Training Foundation
Maurizio Milan, President, Italian Association of Trainers (chairman);
Odile Robotti, Sole Administrator, Learning Edge;;
Elvio Mauri, General Manager, Fondimpresa;
Pierangelo Scappini, RHuman Resources and Organization Manager, Poste Italiane;
Andrea Laudadio, Head of Human Resources of TIM Academy, Development & Recruiting;
Cesare Onestini, Director, European Training Foundation.
10:15 – 11:30

From generation to generation: the rebirth of Italy in the comparison between lifestyles, consumption, work

In collaboration with Future Concept Lab and Festival della Crescita
Francesco Morace, President, Future Concept Lab (chairman);
Linda Gobbi, Sociologist, co-founder and research director, Future Concept Lab;
Roberta Artuso, Brand Empowerment Fastweb;
Myriam Rosaria Finocchiaro, Communication, External Relations and CSR manager, Granarolo spa
Claudio Marenzi, AD Herno.

11:30 – 12:45

The new European CAP. Sustainability and enhancement of the quality of raw materials as a critical success factor for Made in Italy

In collaboration with Food Trend Foundation
Paolo De Castro, European Parliament;
Stefano Berni, General Manager, Grana Padano Consortium;
Luca Giavi, General Manager, Prosecco Consortium;
Luigi Consiglio, GEA President interview;
Ettore Prandini, President, Coldiretti.

12:45 – 13:15

Innovation and sustainability: the word to the protagonists

Luigi Consiglio, President of GEA;
Piero Manzoni, CEO, Neorurale Hub;
Vincenzo Russi, co-Founder and CEO, e-Novia;
Andrea Zorzetto, Managing Partner Italy, Plug and Play.

14:00 – 15:00

The inclusive society and the value-based enterprise

In collaboration with Milan State University and Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies
Maurizio Ferrera, Full Professor, State University of Milan and President of the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (chairman);
Maria Pierdicchi, President, Nedcommunity, director, UniCredit and Autogrill
Mark Esposito, Full Professor, Hult International Business School and Harvard University;
Stefano Venier, Chief Executive Officer, Hera Group.

15:00 – 16:15

Decarbonization goal: 10 years that will change the world of energy

In collaboration with the Eni Foundation - Enrico Mattei
Alessandro Lanza, Director, Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation;
Giorgio Graditi, Director, Energy Technologies and Renewable Sources Department, Enea;
Carlo Stagnaro, Director of research and studies, Istituto Bruno Leoni;
Andrea Bolla, President and CEO of VIVI energia and VIVI quit;
Alessandro Blasi, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, IEA.

16:30 – 17:45

Climate change: how long do we have?

In collaboration with AsVis and Futura Network
Donato Speroni, Member of the ASviS Secretariat and Head of the FuturaNetwork project (chairman);
Carlo Carraro, Full Professor, Ca 'Foscari University of Venice and Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
Rosa Sangiorgio, RHead of Responsible Investments, Pictet Wealth Management;
Gianfranco Bologna, Honorary President of the Scientific Community, WWF Italy.

17:45 – 18:00


Enrico Giovannini, Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility.

18:00 – 19:00

Future Arena: We invest in the future

The Future Arena program in collaboration with the University of Verona.
Spinoffs of the Verona university and local startups present their business to investors, companies, industry experts, representatives of trade associations and institutions through a full program of innovative pitches.


Future Arena: Spritz Off

A networking aperitif to get to know startups and their projects more closely.


For this 2021 edition, some of the world's leading experts will take turns on the stage of the Festival of the Future. Over 100 teachers, managers and researchers will take part in debates and keynote speeches. Here are some of them.

Odile Robotti

AD Learning Edge


Gianmarco Montanari

DG Italian Institute of Technology


Maria Savona

Lecturer in Economics, Luiss (chairman)


Enrico Giovannini

Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility