At the Inception meeting, a cross-cutting “Special Initiative” was announced, and it was established soon after to collect from all Task Forces/Action Council inputs specifically devoted to foster the empowerment of women, and to encourage gender diversity in all economic and social sectors. The Special Initiative is aimed at continuing the work initiated by the B20 Saudi cycle to generate robust policy recommendations through a transparent, collaborative, and inclusive process with relevant stakeholders.
The Special Initiative will elaborate specifically targeted recommendations and will be tasked with advocating them vis-à-vis the G20 and other public and private organizations, institutions, and groups of interest. Like the other Task Forces/Action Council, it will operate through monthly conf calls with the objective to deliver a final policy paper.
Ms. Diana Bracco, President and CEO of Bracco Group, a healthcare multinational and world leader in imaging diagnostics, is the B20 Women Ambassador who leads the initiative.
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.
Gaela Bernini awarded a PHD in Management Engineering at Politecnico of Milan. She gained a MSc at London School of Economics where she focused on institutional economics. She is currently working at Bracco Foundation as General Secretary. In 2019 she has been appointed as Corporate Social Responsibility Director of Bracco. She was head of International Projects at Fondazione Milano per Expo 2015 and previously she worked as Researcher at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.