Linkontro 2023 program
Highlights of the current edition
In this section you will find the official program of Linkontro 2023, including the general program of the four-day event, and details of the exclusive talks during the three-day conference.
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Leads the session Andrea Cabrini, Class CNBC
The media partner of Linkontro
Class Cnbc for almost 25 years has been the first Italian TV channel dedicated to business information and finance at 360°.
It participates in the Linkontro 2023 edition as a Media Partner.
Linkontro 2023 speakers
Vice President Marketing & Communication
|Since November 2021, he holds the role of VP of Marketing & Communication IBM Technology Europe and Middle East Africa, after five years as CMO of IBM Italy.|
He joined IBM in the late 90s, initially dealing with web sales, then taking on roles with increasing responsibilities over time, including that of e-Business strategy and online commerce worldwide.
In January 2013 he became Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of IBM Italy; the following year he joined In.Te.Sa, a subsidiary of IBM, first as General Manager and then as President and CEO.
He graduated from Luigi Bocconi University and later received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Henley College(UK).
Associate Professor of Practice
|Over the past 30 years I have run workshops in different European countries in companies such as Rolex, Eni, Sanofi, Prysmian, Barilla, EFSA, on the topics of leadership in problematic situations and in processes of strong change. The topics I have addressed have always been functional in aligning leadership with business problems and consistent with social changes and the needs of employees. In recent years, successfully managing one’s employees and, in particular, the younger generation requires a profound revision of the traditional leadership style. High turnover, the flight of new generations abroad and quiet quitting are problems in search of new leadership.|
Global Client Business Partner
|Global Client Business Partner of NielsenIQ, he interfaces with clients with a global footprint and thus enjoys a privileged view of Fast Moving Consumer Goods dynamics and trends in more than 30 countries around the world.|
During his professional experience, he has also worked with numerous food and non-food companies in In Store Observation projects. Also in this area, he has coordinated multi-country activities with leading international FMCG companies.
He holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Milan – Bicocca.
Editor in Chief
|Since 2001 he has been director of Class Cnbc (Sky 507) and since September 2012 he has also been co-director of Milano Finanza.|
He currently conducts: CEO Talks, the exclusive interviews with the number ones of leading Italian and foreign companies; Italia 4.0, the program dedicated to the digital transformation of companies and technological innovation; CNBC’s Italy links.
He is also head of the Creative Solutions and Corporate Television business units of Class Editori and was editor-in-chief and anchor for ten years of Mediaset news programs.
Journalist and writer
|He wrote the entry “Curiosity” for the Zingarelli dictionary, because he is convinced that curiosity is the engine of the world and the best companion of life. A journalist and writer, he began his career as a parliamentary reporter at Ansa, served as U.S. correspondent, and edited La Stampa and La Repubblica. He has written nine books and is dedicated to experimenting with new forms of journalism and fiction. He has a weekly newsletter called Altre/Storie. He runs the podcast company Chora Media, of which he is one of the founders.|
Full Professor of Environmental Economics
Ca’ Foscari University
|Carlo Carraro is Full Professor of Environmental Economics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, of which he was the Rector from 2009 to 2014. He is Vice-Chair and member of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations organization dealing with climate change, and a member of the High Level Advisory Group of the European Union’s DG ECFIN and of the Strategic Committee of the EuroMediterranean Center on Climate Change. He has served as President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform of the World Bank and OECD. He received his doctorate from Princeton University.|
Editor in chief Aspenia
|She covers the role of Editor in Chief of Aspenia and Senior Advisor European Affairs at The Aspen Institute. |
In 2013, she was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Monti and Letta governments.
Today, she is Vice-President of the Center for American Studies, a member of the Board of the European Council for Foreign Relations, a member of the IAI Steering Committee and the Scientific Committee of the LUISS School of Government, and a member of the Board of Directors of Renantis (former Falck Renewables, now IIF-JP Morgan), the Eni -Enrico Mattei Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Marcegaglia Group.
Luca De Nard
Luca De Nard
|Luca De Nard was born in Belluno, graduated in Political Science in Trieste and completed a Master in International Studies at LUISS University. |
He starts his career at MEMRB in 2009 as Account Executive and in 2011 he joins Nielsen as RMS executive. From 2013 to 2016 he worked in the Analytics team, initially for Romania, and then covering all of Eastern Europe from 2015 to 2016.
In 2016 he became CEO of the division in Romania, a role he held until February 2019 when he became CEO of Malaysia and leader of the Analytics team for South East Asia.
In 2021 he returns to Italy to take on the role of Managing Director of NielsenIQ Italy.
Senior Sustainability Strategist
|Andrea Gangheri is Senior Sustainability Strategist at Quantis, where he leads the Food sector in Italy. He is focused on applying the Quantis’ science-based approach to guide leading Italian companies in the transition of their businesses to operate within planetary boundaries. Andrea joined Quantis after almost 20 years of strategic consulting experience – where, as Principal Director, designed solutions in the areas of corporate strategy, digital innovation, sales and marketing – that now enable him to connect business with sustainability towards sustainable transformation.|
Andrea is also a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), where he contributes to innovative researches in sustainable business area, notably through the “Transition Risk Framework” and “Bank 2030: accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy” studies.
Chief Operating Officer
|Tracey Massey was named Chief Operating Officer responsible for all commercial and product aspects, including revenue, product development plans, business units’ strategies, and all market-facing aspects of NielsenIQ.|
Tracey is an accomplished global executive with over 30 years of experience and a successful track record in enhancing and expanding global businesses.
Her philosophy of winning with clearly articulated strategies coupled with the infusion of trust and resources allows her to empower people and nurture highly engaged teams.
Prior to joining NielsenIQ, Tracey served as Global President and Chief Executive Officer of Mars Pet Nutrition, where she led the world’s largest pet food business, revamping its product portfolios for continuous growth. Prior to that role, she was Regional President Mars Confectionary Americas, where she successfully led her team through the integration of Mars Chocolate Americas with the Wrigley Co. Americas.
Tracey has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in England. She is a published thought-leader and a welcomed public speaker on critical societal topics such as women’s success in STEM and embracing the power of diversity.
Future Concept Lab
|Francesco Morace, sociologist and essayist, has worked in the field of social and market research for 40 years. Founder of the Future Concept Lab, he is a consultant to Italian and international companies and institutions.|
Among the most established trend forecasters, he has been a professor of Social Innovation at the Politecnico di Milano and of Culture & Lifestyle at the University of Trento.
He is the author of some 30 essays: the latest published by Egea are Future + Human (2018) The Beauty of the World (2019), The Rebirth of Italy (2020), The Alphabet of Rebirth. 26 stories of exemplary enterprises (2022) and The Alphabet of Sustainability. 26 ways to be sustainable (2023). He is a regular contributor to Radio24’s Being and Having program with the weekly column Il ConsumAutore and to the newspaper Mark Up with a monthly column.
Executive Vice President Development & Technology
|Laurence joined Tetra Pak in 2001, taking responsibility for global aseptic technology. From 2005 onwards he held various leadership roles including VP of Technologies & Service Products, mostly recently Executive VP Development and Engineering.|
Before joining the Tetra Pak Group, he held several positions within the specialty chemicals and composite materials industries. Laurence’s PhD, from University Maine USA, focused on composite mechanics. He also holds a MSc from the University of Wales, UK.
He was appointed to his current position as Executive Vice President, Development & Technology in 2021 and is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
|After a degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing from Bocconi University in Milan, Mara Panajia, a Calabrian by origin and Milanese by adoption, began her career at Danone where she worked for 5 years, from 1995 to 2000, dealing with management control and then marketing.|
She joined Henkel in 2000 as Brand Manager for the Laundry Care Local Marketing unit and then became Marketing Manager and Marketing Director Laundry Care, positions she held for 7 years. This is the period in which Mara Panajia lays the foundation for her growth within the company. In fact, she then became Marketing Director Laundry & Home Care Italy, Greece and Cyprus, a position she held for 4 years from 2008 to 2012, and then in the sales area in Italy, where she remained until March 2014.
It was in 2014 that the big opportunity arrived at Henkel’s German headquarters in Düsseldorf, where she held the position of Corporate Vice President Marketing International.
It is 5 years that Mara lives dividing her time between her work in Germany and her husband and children left in Italy, an experience that she will treasure years later and especially in the role she holds today as head of Diversity&Inclusion policies for Henkel Global.
In 2019, the return to Italy, leading Henkel’s Laundry Home Care division in the position of General Manager and currently serving as President and CEO of Henkel Italy, as well as General Manager Henkel Consumer Brands.
In 2021 she was cited by Forbes as one of the 100 most successful Italian women.
Prof. Department of economics and business sciences
|Davide Pellegrini, Phd Bocconi, teaches Business Economics and Management and Channel Metrics at the University of Parma. He is scientific director of the Gs1 Italy Master in Retail, Brand & Digital Management. He has been a visiting professor at several international universities, a consultant to the Japanese Institute for Future Technology and awarded the Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the French Ministry of Education. He specializes on the topic of vertical supply chain relationships. His interests include authorial photography as a medium for corporate storytelling.|
|He is a full professor of Business Organization at Bocconi University in Milan, where he was also Pro-rector for research.|
He serves on the boards of several companies and is a consultant to numerous entrepreneurs and business teams on the topics of strategy, organizational design, leadership, effective communication, change management and the enhancement of the human potential present in a business organization.
He has published in internationally prestigious journals such as Organization Science and California Management Review and helped found and develop the fin-tech Leanus, the web-based platform for analyzing business accounting data.
Director of Communications
|Raffaella Pollini. Kartell’s director of communication and special projects, journalist, consultant in communication strategies and event organization for companies. With a humanistic education (Liceo Classico and Faculty of Letters at the Catholic University of Milan), she began her career in journalism, collaborated with several national newspapers dealing with culture and lifestyle, worked for Condé Nast, Radio Rai and many Made in Italy brands. From 1999 to 2015, he served as communications director of the Salone del Mobile in Milan. She occasionally collaborates with Corriere della Sera’s 27ora, feeding her great vocation for writing by telling stories about people and businesses.|
Committed to social work and the world of volunteering, with a focus on inclusion and disability activities
|Ettore Prandini is the national President of Coldiretti. Graduated in Law, Prandini leads a dairy cattle breeder company and runs a wine Lugana production company. He is also Vice President of the Italian Breeders Association and President of the Italian Experimental Institute “L. Spallanzani”.|
|Francesco Pugliese is the CEO of Conad, the largest organization of cooperative-associated independent retail entrepreneurs. Since joining in 2004, he has promoted and strengthened its business development to excellent performance. |
In December 2021, he led the entry of the Conad system into Confcommercio-Imprese per l’Italia, the largest business representation active in our country with more than 700,000 members, assuming the role of vice president with responsibility for taxation and business finance.
He holds the position of president of GS1 Italy, the association that brings together 35,000 consumer goods companies with the aim of facilitating collaboration between companies in the name of innovation and efficiency, and is a member of the executive committee of ADM – Modern Distribution Association.
He is a board member of AgeCore, the strategic alliance between four of the largest European retail groups: Conad (Italy), Eroski (Spain), Colruyt (Belgium) and Coop Suiss (Switzerland).
He is a board member of UPA – the association body that brings together the most important and prestigious industrial, commercial and service companies that invest in advertising and communication.
A leading manager in the food and distribution sector, he was general manager Europe at Barilla and CEO and general manager of the Yomo Group.
In May 2019, the President of the Republic named him a Cavaliere del Lavoro for his work in the thirty-five years he spent in the trade-food sector.
In 2015 he published the book “Tra l’asino e il cane. Conversazione sull’Italia che non c’è”, together with the editor of il Foglio, Claudio Cerasa.
In October 2018, his latest book, “Tessiture Sociali” written with sociologist Prof. Aldo Bonomi, was released.
Francesco Pugliese was born in Taranto in 1959, lives in Parma, is married and has three children.
Full Professor of Economics
London Business School
|Lucrezia Reichlin is a full professor of economics at London Business School, a “trustee” of the Center of European Policy Research (CEPR) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. |
In recognition of her academic merits Reichlin has been elected a “Fellow” of the British Academy, the Econometric Society and an “honorary international fellow” of the American Economic Association. She was awarded the honor of Grand Officer of the Star of Italy by the President of the Republic.
Reichlin was director general for research at the European Central Bank from 2005 to 2008. She serves on a number of boards of commercial companies and international research institutes. She advises governments and central banks on topics related to macroeconomic and financial policies. He co-founded the forecasting firm now-casting economics ltd in 2011.
Reichlin engages in various nonprofit activities and co-founded the Ortigia Foundation, of which he is president. Foundation, which carries out activities to support education in southern Italy.
Reichlin is a columnist for Corriere della Sera and Project Syndacate.
Professor and author
|Alec Ross is a global best-selling author, entrepreneur and investor. |
His book The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People – and the Fight for Our Future is about the collision that occurred at the intersection of government, business and citizens.
He is a Board Partner of Amplo, a global venture capital firm, and sits on the boards of companies in the areas of technology, manufacturing, media, human capital and cybersecurity.
Alec served as coordinator for technology and media policy in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and was Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After leaving the State Department in 2013, he joined Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Alec has received the Distinguished Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State, the Oxford University Internet & Society Award, and the TriBeCa Film Festival Book of the Year Award. He was also named one of Foreign Policy magazinÉs Top 100 Global Thinkers.
Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group
|Paola Scarpa joined BCG in September 2022 as Managing Director and Partner to support the digital transformation of Italian companies.|
Paola has significant experience in the world of digital strategy having worked for 15 years in Google in leadership roles as Managing Director of the Client Solutions, Data & Insights business unit and leading digital strategy consulting activities in the Telco, LeadGen, Retail, Luxury, FMCG, Healthcare sectors.
An ambassador for Women & STEM projects both in her company and in the Italian and European context, Paola received the 2022 Standout Woman Award, was named one of the 100 most successful women in Italy by Forbes in 2020, and was one of the 18 winners of the 2018 Merit and Talent Award.
Prior to Google, Paola gained experience in strategy and management consulting having worked for Monitor Company and Vodafone. She graduated in management engineering from Milan Polytechnic.
|I was born in Vicenza in 1971 and married to Silvia with whom I had two children, Vittoria and Mario, ages 19 and 13.|
I literally grew up on “bread and strollers”, because as in so many other business stories, family and company have always been one.
I currently serve as CEO and together with my brother Ivan, President, I share the “burden and honor” of leading the company.
Of my work, I am especially fascinated by the fact that we take care of children. The responsibility and at the same time the joy of caring for a new life and accompanying it in the first and delicate months of life are the energy that animates me every day.
President & CEO
|Marco Travaglia is Chairman and CEO of the Nestlé Group in Italy and Malta since 2019. He is married and has two daughters and his passions are music, golf and his two cats. |
Graduated in law, he begins his career at Nestlé as intern in 1989. Over the years, Marco moved to several countries (Switzerland, USA, France, UK, Serbia and Croatia) to cover several roles in Marketing, Sales and General Management. Marco Travaglia is also President of Audicom, Vice-President of Centromarca and UPA and he joins the boards of Auditel, Unionfood, IBC, GS1 and ABIE (Confindustria).
Linkontro 2023 Activities
The conference program is accompanied by a series of networking and professional activities, open to all participants.
Discover the activities
Linkontro offers several networking activities, allowing participants to connect, exchange ideas and build relationships that can lead to new partnerships and business opportunities, as well as providing a moment of fun and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Forte Village.
Networking activities include sporting activities (such as padel, tennis, running, karting, five-a-side football, test drives and golf), aperitifs and meals, held in various locations around the resort, and evening shows, to round off the days.
ART AND EXHIBITIONS
Art and Exhibitions
The Art of Two Conjoining Intelligences
A unique exhibition where corporate identity, art and artificial intelligence combine.
The first exhibition in the Italian FMCG world, created by an artist and an AI
The Brand collection: Iceberg 2023
The perfect space to present your product to the most important FMCG companies..
Iceberg 2023 is a unique opportunity to expand your brand visibility
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