After a BA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan I obtained a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to Pittsburgh where I received a Master of Science and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in Economics of Innovation and Regional Development.
Over the years I have conducted several research projects on issues related to innovation, creativity, talent attraction and management, urban and regional development. At the same time I have been advising agencies, regional and national governments in several European countries, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Commission.
I advise companies and entrepreneurial associations, for which I also design and deliver workshops and executive education seminars. I have served as a Board Member for Poltrona Frau Group (a leading international group in the high-end furniture sector) and a member of the Scientific Committee of Rete Imprese Italia, the largest association of small and medium enterprises in Italy. I am also an advisor for Opinno, a global innovation consultancy based in San Francisco and Madrid.
I have been a columnist for the italian newspaper La Stampa and I have published two books on how to nurture and leverage talent and creativity both at the individual and aggregate level: Talento da Svendere (Einaudi, 2008), and Un Futuro a Colori (Rizzoli, 2014).
From 2009 to 2013 I have been an Assistant Professor at Carlos III University in Madrid, where I coordinated the course in Management and Organizations and co-taught the elective course in Organizational Design.
In 2013 I decided to run for office in my home country and I was elected to the Italian National Parliament, where I served for a five-years mandate, dealing mostly with issues concerning labor, employment and private sector.
I have always been committed to civil rights and I am a strong advocate for inclusive and open societies. I am a member of several civil rights associations dealing with women and LGBT rights. Since 2018 I have been a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Observatory on Health (OIS), which is actively involved in the promotion of migrants’ health and wellbeing.
The importance of inclusiveness and diversity as a driver of innovation has also been a key element of my academic research: I have contributed to the elaboration of the Tolerance Index and the Global Creativity Index featured in professor Richard Florida’s book “The Flight of the Creative Class” and other diversity indices used to benchmark cities in various European countries.
Besides the Fulbright Scholarship I have also been part of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for academic merits. In 2010 I was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2012 I was nominated a Young European Leader.