After education as an industrial designer, in 1983, at just 22 years of age, Nerio Alessandri founded Technogym, today’s world leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field offering technology and design driven products and services. The first pieces of gym equipment, designed and built in his own garage, are the result of his enthusiasm for sport, skills as a designer and passion for design. In the early 90’s, Alessandri defines the Wellness concept, a lifestyle which aims at improving the quality of life thanks to regular physical activity, a healthy diet and a positive mental attitude. Today more than 50 million people train with Technogym in 80,000 wellness centres and 400,000 homes in the world. Technogym has been Official Supplier to the last 7 editions of the Olympic Games and has recently been appointed Official Supplier for the upcoming Games in Tokyo. Alongside Technogym, Nerio Alessandri has created the Wellness Foundation, a non-profit body to promote wellness as a social opportunity in terms of health and people’s quality of life. The Wellness Foundation is active at both national and international level, and collaborates with leading Institutions such as the World Economic Forum; at local level, in Nerio Alessandri’s home region of Romagna the Foundation has launched the Wellness Valley initiative aimed at creating the first district of wellness in the world by involving all local stakeholders.
Marco Alverà, born in New York in 1975, has been the CEO of Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies, since April 2016. Marco has 20 years of experience in Italy’s most prominent energy companies. He holds a degree in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics and began his career working at Goldman Sachs in London before moving to Enel and subsequently joining Wind. Afterwards, he moved to Eni, where he worked for more than 10 years holding various positions of increasing responsibility. He currently serves as President of GasNaturally, a partnership of six associations from across the whole European gas value chain, non-executive director of S&P Global and member of the Executive Board of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. In the social sphere, he is Vice President of Fondazione Snam and founder of Fondazione Kenta Alverà. Marco wrote the book ‘Generation H’ (Mondadori) on hydrogen’s potential in the fight against climate change.
Gianfranco Battisti (1962) has been the CEO and General Director of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group since 31 July 2018 and has been Chairman of the FS Italiane Foundation, established to preserve and enhance the historical heritage of the Group. After working for the Fiat Auto Group in the Marketing/Sales Department, he joined the FS Group in 1998 as Head of Marketing and Yield Management for the Night Product. From 2009 and until 2017, Battisti was Chief Division Officer of the National and International High Speed Passenger Division of Trenitalia, contributing to positioning the Italian High Speed amongst the main players in the European rail transport system market. Under his watch, both the economic growth and industrial efficiency of the passenger traffic business has improved, in particular that of High Speed, by launching an important and extraordinary phase of corporate turnaround in which substantial balance sheets with a positive margin have been achieved, consolidated throughout the years of his management. Afterwards, in 2017 he was named CEO of FS Sistemi Urbani, the company dedicated to the enhancement of the Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A. Group’s real estate assets, also through largescale urban regeneration projects in the most significant Italian cities. From 2017 to 2020, he has been the National President of Federturismo. Battisti has a degree in Political Science and International Economics and Management. Operative in the Third Sector, he is Vice President of the National non-profit association Incontradonna for the prevention of breast cancer. Member of the Board of Directors of the Aspro Onlus Association. In November 2019, Battisti was appointed by the European Commission for Transport as “European Ambassador for Diversity”, with the role of promoting a strategy of inclusion in the transport sector.
Marco Bizzarri (1962) has been President and CEO of Gucci since January 2015. Born in Rubiera, in Emilia Romagna, he began his career at Accenture (then Arthur Andersen), after graduating with a degree in Economics. Seven years later he moved to Mandarina Duck, where he quickly rose to the position of CEO. In 2005 he was named CEO of Stella McCartney. In 2008 he became CEO at Bottega Veneta. In April 2014, François Henri Pinault named the Italian manager CEO of the newly created division of Kering known as “Couture and Leather Goods”. Just eight months later, Pinault entrusted Bizzarri with the management of Gucci, appointing him President and CEO. Strong corporate values such as responsibility, inclusion and self-expression, social and environmental sustainability in addition to significant commercial success, propelled the Gucci brand to become a beacon in the luxury industry: from 2015 to 2019 the company increased its staff from 11,000 to over 17,000 employees and its revenues from €3.898 to 9.628 billion. In 2019, under Bizzarri’s leadership, Gucci became fully carbon neutral within its own operations and across the supply chain, a unique achievement in the luxury industry that immediately set the tone for others; in another global first, the September 2019 fashion show was awarded ISO 20121 certification. Marco Bizzarri received the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit (2017), and was named Business Leader of the Year at the British Fashion Awards held by the British Fashion Council for three years in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Università Bocconi of Milan, the International Investors Advisory Board of Confindustria, and the steering committee of the Milan Chamber of Fashion and Altagamma Foundation.
Alberto Bombassei was born in Vicenza in 1940.
He is Founder and Chairman of Brembo S.p.A. and of the Science and Technology Park Kilometro Rosso.
In April 2019, he was appointed Chairman of FROM, Bergamo Hospital Research Foundation.
Always committed with Italian Industrial Associations, he entered the Governing Council of Confindustria in 2020 as well as the 2021 Italy B20 Advisory Board in view of the G20 chaired by Italy. Previously he had also served as Confindustria Vice President for Industrial Relations, Social Affairs and Welfare (from 2004 to 2012), and as Chairman of Federmeccanica (from 2001 to 2004).
In January 2019, he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of MADE, a highly-specialized Competence Center designed to provide technological support to small/medium companies.
In October 2018, he was appointed member of the Governing Council of Comitato Leonardo – Italian Quality Committee. Also in June, he was appointed Vice President of Aspen Institute Italia.
Since 2017, he has been serving on the Governing Council of Assonime and, since 2016, on the Board of Directors of ISPI.
He was a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and of the 10th Parliamentary Committee on Industry in the last legislature, from 2013 to 2018.
He chaired Italy-China Foundation from June 2018 to April 2020.
In 2017 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, the most exclusive honour in the automotive field.
In 2014, he received the Honour as Commander of the Royal Order of Isabel the Catholic by the Spain’s Ambassador to Italy.
In 2004, he was appointed by the President of the Italian Republic Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi “Cavaliere del Lavoro”.
Entrepreneur, degree in mechanical engineering, MBA at Profingest (now BBS), AMP Advanced Management Program at IESE, Certificate in Finance at London Business School, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A. Daughter of the entrepreneur Clementino Bonfiglioli, founder of the Bonfiglioli Group, Sonia Bonfiglioli grew up alongside her father and learned to love the business. She joined the company in 1982 and was appointed to the Board of Directors. On completion of her studies in 1992, she devoted herself entirely to the company. She was appointed Managing Director in 2008 and became Chairwoman of the Group after her father’s death in 2010. Formed in Bologna in 1956, the Bonfiglioli Group today is present in over 80 countries and on 5 continents. The Group has 20 subsidiaries, 13 production plants and 3780 employees worldwide.
Diana Bracco was born in Milan and holds a degree in Chemistry from Pavia University, which also awarded her an honorary degree in Pharmacy in 2001. In 2004 the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome awarded her an honorary degree in Medicine. She is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bracco, a healthcare multinational Group founded in 1927, and of Centro Diagnostico Italiano, a full-service polyclinic. She is also Chairman of the Bracco Foundation. Under her guidance the Bracco Group has acquired a leading position in the diagnostic imaging at a global level. Today the Company has revenues of around 1,5 billion Euro, of which 87% from international sales, and around 3,608 employees. In the Research and Development area, the company invests approximately 9% of reference turnover in the imaging diagnostics and medical devices sectors and has a portfolio comprising over 1,800 patents. Diana Bracco is currently President of the National Life Science Cluster – ALISEI and is Member of the Executive Council of Confindustria as well of several Boards including the Board of Bocconi University and the Board of Accademia Teatro alla Scala. She is Knight of Labor and has held many positions in the institutional and associative community: she was the first woman to be elected President of Federchimica and Assolombarda, the Lombard Entrepreneurial Association; she was Vice President for Research and Innovation in Confindustria; Vice President of the Milan Chamber of Commerce and President of the Sodalitas Foundation. She was also President of Expo 2015 SpA and Commissioner General of Section for the Italy Pavilion at the Expo Milan 2015.
Silvia Candiani is Microsoft Italy Chief Executive Officer helping Italian companies embracing the digital transformation opportunity and fostering a more inclusive and sustainable society in Italy thanks to innovation. Under her tenure, Silvia Candiani has developed many initiatives to accelerate the adoption of modern technologies among Italian public and private companies to increase their global growth and competitiveness. In 2018, it launched the Ambizione Italia program, a collaborative platform focused on developing and strengthening digital skills to support employment and increase economic growth in the country. Thanks to her commitment, together with numerous partners, 500,000 people have already been trained on digital technologies in a year, focusing on students and teachers in disadvantaged areas. During her career, she’s always demonstrated strong commitment on Diversity and Inclusion, especially on increasing women’s leadership in the corporate world in Italian companies and fostering partnership with Association and NGOs to leverage technologies to eliminate barriers and create a more inclusive society. Before being appointed CEO of Microsoft Italy, Silvia Candiani was General Manager Consumer and Devices Sales (CDS) in Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, she was Marketing and Operation Lead and Consumer&Online General Manager for Microsoft Italy. Silvia Candiani started her career in McKinsey as a consultant in Media and Telco businesses and then moved to Vodafone where she headed Consumer Marketing in Italy. Silvia Candiani holds a BA in Business Administration from Bocconi University and MBA from INSEAD.
Enrico Cereda has been Country General Manager of IBM Italy since January 2016 and IBM Italy Chairman starting February 2017. He led Global Technology Services group as General Manager between July 2013 and December 2015. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Systems and Technology Group. His international experience includes assignments at IBM worldwide headquarter in New York, as Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Software Group Sales for a couple of years, and a role of Director of Middleware Software Europe at Madrid Headquarter. He currently holds positions in Assolombarda, as Vice President of the General Council with a delegation for Internationalization and Europe, as well as in Confindustria Digitale as President of the Steering Committee PA Digitale. He is a member of Confindustria, Assonime, American Chamber of Commerce and of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Politecnico Milano. He’s currently 30% Club Italy Chairman.
Since December 2020, he is also member of the Advisory Board of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano.
Giuseppina Di Foggia
Giuseppina Di Foggia is Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Nokia Italia and Country Senior Officer for Italy and Malta. She leads Nokia’s business and customer development, and the implementation of strategy in both countries. With more than twenty years’ international experience across research and development, she has also held positions in project management, sales, management operations and strategy. She began her career working on research and development projects financed by the European Union, focusing on planning and implementing third generation mobile networks. Giuseppina holds master’s degrees in Professional Program Management from the Stevens Institute in the United States and in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Born in Rome, she is married with two children.
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Terna since May 2020. In 1993 he graduated with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering and, from 1994, was entered to the Register of engineers. Stefano Antonio Donnarumma, who is married with three children, boasts a consolidated experience in industrial management, as regards both production and infrastructure, working at domestic level and on international projects. From 1994, he worked for approximately 13 years in the field of automobile and railway components production and development of rolling stock on behalf of four foreign multinational companies (Ruetgers Automotive, TMD Friction, Bombardier, Alstom), also running major railway vehicle manufacturing plants located in Italy. In 2007 he moved to the public service infrastructure management sector, joining the Acea Group, where he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Acea Distribuzione (Rome electricity networks) and director at ATO2 (water networks for Rome and province). In September 2012 he entered the Aeroporti di Roma Group (controlled by Gemina, later merged into the ATLANTIA group) as Director of Airport Management and Accountable Manager for Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports and Director of some of the Group companies. In May 2015 he was appointed Director of Networks for the A2A Group, a listed multi-utility company based in Milan and Brescia, managing the group’s companies concerned with the distribution of gas, electricity, water, district heating, public lighting. On behalf of A2A he is also Chairman of the companies Unareti SpA, A2A Calore e Servizi Srl, A2A Ciclo Idrico SpA and a director of the LGH SpA Group. From May 2017 to may 2020 he was Chief Executive Officer at Acea.
John Elkann is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EXOR N.V., Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Chairman of Ferrari N.V.. Born in New York in 1976, Mr. Elkann obtained a scientific baccalaureate from the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris, and graduated in Engineering from Politecnico, the Engineering University of Turin. While at university, he gained work experience in various companies of the Fiat Group in the UK and Poland (manufacturing) as well as in France (sales and marketing). He started his professional career in 2001 at General Electric as a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, with assignments in Asia, the USA and Europe. John Elkann is Chairman of Giovanni Agnelli B.V. and Chairman of GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. He is also a board member of PartnerRe Ltd. Mr. Elkann is Chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation and a member of MoMA.
Gabriele Galateri di Genola
Gabriele Galateri di Genola is Chairman of Assicurazioni Generali since April 2011. He is also a non-executive board member of Moncler, Lavazza S.p.A., and Edenred S.A. Additionally, he is the president of the Executive Committee of the Italian Institute of Technology, vice president of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia Business School. Galateri also serves as European Advisory Board Member at Temasek, and member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From December 2007 to April 2011, Galateri was chairman of the Board of Telecom Italia S.p.A., where he remained a member until April 2014. From April 2003 to June 2007, he was chairman of Mediobanca S.p.A. Galateri became CEO of IFIL Investments S.p.A. in 1986 and in 1993, he became CEO and general manager of IFI, positions he retained until 2002. In June 2002, Galateri was appointed CEO of FIAT S.p.A. Having joined the company in 1977, he assumed several positions including head of Finance for North, Central and South American Operations, head of International Finance and director of the Finance Department. From 1974 to 1976, Galateri was financial director of the Saint Gobain Group in Italy and later moved to the Finance Department in Paris. After earning his MBA at Columbia University Business School, he began his career in 1971 at the Banco di Roma headquarters as head of the Financial Analysis Office and was later appointed to manage the International Loans Office. Galateri was awarded the Cavaliere del Lavoro honor (Italy) and the Legion of Honor (France).
Francesco started his career as an economist at MMS/Standards & Poor London. He then moved to the Istituto Bancario San Paolo and then Credit Suisse First Boston, as senior economist. He joined the UniCredit Group in 2000 as Head of Research, thereafter covering a number of positions, including Head of Planning, Research and Strategy and CFO and Head of Marketing and Strategy for Corporate and Investment Banking. From 2011 to 2015, he was CFO of Bank Austria, also responsible for the CEE. In 2015, Francesco was appointed CFO and member of the UniCredit management board of Bank AG in Germany. Between 2016 and 2019, Francesco was Co-Chief Operating Officer, specifically responsible for cost management, purchasing, real estate and all finance functions. In 2019, he was appointed Co-CEO of Commercial Banking Western Europe.
With over 20 years of experience in IT with various international management positions, Carlo holds a degree in Industrial Technology Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and conducted a postgraduate research at Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris (France).
Marco Hannappel, 45 years old, graduated in business administration from the University of Florence, began his professional career in Procter & Gamble, where he held various roles of responsibility until the appointment of Market Strategy and Planning Leader of the Health & Beauty Care division at Italian level and subsequently of the Oral Care division for Western Europe, at the European headquarters in Geneva. He subsequently gained experience in Beiersdorf and in Philips where he was nominated Vice President and MD of Philips TV for Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta and President and MD of TP Vision for southern Europe. After joining Samsung in 2013, he held the role of Vice President of Samsung Electronics Italy. Since 2011 he is Vice President of Confindustria Anitec-Assinform. Since April 2019, he is President and MD of Philip Morris Italia, where he pursues the mission of the multinational to build a smoke-free future, thanks to the complete replacement of cigarettes with smoke-free products.
Sergio Marullo di Condojanni
Born in Messina in 1978. After graduating with honours in Law with a specialisation in Economics and Finance from the LUISS Guido Carli University, Sergio Marullo di Condojanni earned a Ph.D. in Internal and International Arbitration from the same university in 2007. He has been an Associate Professor of Private Law since 2014 and successfully qualified as a full professor in 2018. In 2004, he qualified as a lawyer. Since 2013, he has been President of Banco BPM’s Regional Committee for Central-Southern Italy. In 2016, he took part in an Executive Coaching in Business Administration programme organised by the Business School of Rome’s LUISS Guido Carli University. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Angelini Foundation and of Angelini Finanziaria S.p.A. since 2017. Since 2018, he has been on the Board of Directors of Banca Aletti S.p.A. In 2019, he was selected to participate in the Executive Breakthrough Program offered by EgonZehnder and Mobius Leadership. He has been Vice Chairman of Angelini Holding S.p.A. since 2019 and, since July 2020, he has been Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He married Thea Paola Angelini in 2017 and loves sport and literature.
Fabrizio Palermo, 49, is an Italian manager and businessman. Since 2018 he is the CEO and General Manager of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the Italian Promotional Bank & Sovereign Fund. He holds a degree with honours in Economics from University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Fabrizio started his career in Morgan Stanley’s London offices, in the Investment Banking Division. In 1998 he joined McKinsey & Company, where he specialised in corporate restructuring, transformation and turnaround projects for large industrial and financial groups. In 2005, he moved to Fincantieri Group, where he worked for 9 years, holding several top executive positions including Business Development and Corporate Finance Director, reporting directly to the CEO, before taking on the appointment of Chief Financial Officer (2006–2014) and then of Deputy General Manager (2011–2014). In 2014 Fabrizio joined Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, where he served as Chief Financial Officer before being appointed CEO in 2018. Fabrizio is currently also CEO of CDP Reti S.p.A., a board member of Fincantieri S.p.A. and Co-Chairman of the Italy-China Business Forum. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Italian-French Committee for the alliance project between Fincantieri and Naval Group, aiming at creating a European shipbuilding champion. Over his career, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of CDP Equity S.p.A., a board member of Fincantieri USA Inc., Vard Group AS, Vard Holdings Limited, Open Fiber S.p.A., Risparmio Holding S.p.A., Equam S.p.A. and a member of the Italian Recovery Fund Investors Committee and of the Fondo Atlante Investors Committee.
Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since May 2017. He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security), Chairman of the Fondazione Ricerca & Imprenditorialità, President of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), Co-Chairman of the Italy-Japan Business Group. Born in Genoa (Italy), he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University. In 1977, he began his career at Banco Lariano. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company and in 1989 he joined Bain, Cuneo & Associati. In 1991, he was appointed General Manager in RAS – Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, responsible for the banking and parabanking sectors. In 1994, he joined Credito Italiano (today Unicredit), where he was appointed Deputy General Manager and put in charge of Planning & Group Control. A year later, he was appointed Chief General Manager and, in 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position that he maintained also with Unicredit Group till 2010. Under his leadership, Unicredit Group became a European leading player, growing from 15,000 to over 162,000 employees, with branches in 23 countries. From 2012 to 2015, he was Chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank, and from 2015 to 2017 Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM. Profumo was awarded “Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in 2005.
He leads Webuild, the new Group founded in 2020 by Salini Impregilo, one of the major global players in the construction of large complex infrastructure for sustainable mobility, hydroelectric energy, water, green buildings. He leads a Group increasingly focused on providing support to its clients, in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs. The Group is the expression of 114 years of applied engineering experience in 50 countries, in five continents, with 70,000 direct and indirect employees, from over 100 nationalities, managing a backlog of about € 40 billion. Born in Rome, on March 29, 1958, after graduating in Economics and Business Administration at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, he began his professional career by working for the historic family company, Salini Costruttori SpA, until he became its Chief Executive Officer, a position he still holds to this day. He led the Group through its external growth (Todini Costruzioni Generali, in 2010; Impregilo, in 2013; in the United States, Lane Industries, in 2016; Astaldi, in 2020, which is still an ongoing operation). He is the promoter of Progetto Italia, an operation to consolidate the Italian construction sector, to create a large construction group, Webuild, which supports the recovery of the sector in the country, to increase the competitiveness of Italian companies on the international markets. The Group expresses its expertise in projects like the Milan M4 subways, Grand Paris Express, Cityringen in Copenhagen, Sydney’s Metro Northwest, in Australia, the Red Line North Underground in Doha, Line 3 Metro in Riyadh; the high-speed railway lines in Italy; the new Genoa Bridge in Italy, and the new Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California; the expansion of the Panama Canal; the Snowy 2.0 hydroelectric plant in Australia; the Rogun Dam in Tajikistan; the Anacostia River Tunnel and the Northeast Boundary Tunnel in Washington D.C .; and the Al Bayt stadium, which will host the 2022 world cup in Qatar. He is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of Assonime, and a member of the Board of Directors of Ispi.
Marco Tronchetti Provera
Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli since 1992 Executive Vice Chairman since 20 October 2015. Born in 1948. Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University of Milan, 1971. Developed sea transport business for family company beginning in the early seventies. Entered Pirelli in 1986. Took over operational leadership of the Group in 1992. Chairman of “Il Sole 24 Ore” from December 1996 to September 2001 and Board Member of “Teatro alla Scala” from October 2001 to September 2005. Chairman of Telecom Italia S.p.A. from September 2001 to September 2006 and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A from October 2008 to October 2017. Up to May 2013 he was Chairman of Prelios S.p.A.. Currently Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of Marco Tronchetti Provera & C. S.p.A., a holding which controls Camfin S.p.A. which in turn holds just over 10% of Pirelli & C. S.p.A.. Director of RCS MediaGroup S.p.A.. Honorary co-Chairman for the Italian branch of the Council for the United States and Italy, of which he was Italian co-Chairman for 15 years, Member of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission and he is co-Chairman of the Italy-Russia Entrepreneurial Committee for Economic Cooperation. Member of the Advisory Board of Assolombarda and of the General Council of Confindustria. Board Member of Bocconi University of Milan.
Ermenegildo Zegna has been CEO of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group since 1997 and served on the Board since 1989. Previously, from 1982 to 1985, he held senior executive positions within the Zegna Group including in the US after a retail experience at Bloomingdale’s, New York. From 2018 he is Chairman of the newly acquired American luxury brand Thom Browne and from 2016 he’s Member of the Board of Tom Ford International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V He has been a Member of the Strategic Committee and Advisor of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and a Member of the Council for the United States and Italy since 2013. In 2011 he was nominated “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano and in 2016 he was awarded by the President of Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the “Premio Leonardo 2015”, a prestigious award given to an Italian personality who has acted in a significant way to promote the image of Italy in the world. Ermenegildo Zegna graduated in Economics from the University of London. Ermenegildo Zegna was born in Turin on September 30,1955.