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.
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.
In May 2019 I have been elected to the European Parliament, where I am a member of the International Trade Committee the EP delegation for relations with the United States. I also sit as a substitute in the committee for Economic Affairs and in the delegation for relations with Canada.
Besides my academic and political activities I have been a columnist for the italian newspaper La Stampa and I have published various books on how to nurture and leverage talent and creativity both at the individual and aggregate level: Talento da Svendere (Einaudi, 2008), Un Futuro a Colori (Rizzoli, 2014) and, the most recent one, La Grande Ignoranza (Rizzoli, 2019), which investigates the relationship between competence and political careers.
I have advised several companies and entrepreneurial associations, I have served as a Board Member for Poltrona Frau Group (the 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 have also been a member of the Advisory Board of Opinno, a global innovation consultancy based in Madrid and San Francisco.
I have always been committed to civil rights and I am a strong advocate for inclusive and open societies. 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.