Der Erfolg der Deutsch-Italienischen Innovationskonferenz in Berlin

Am 29. November fand in Berlin das Deutsch-Italienische Innovations- und Investitionsforum “Investing in Italian Innovation: Digital Solutions and the challenge of Industry 4.0” statt. Zu Gast waren hochkarätige Unternehmens- und Institutionsvertreter aus Deutschland und Italien.


Eröffnet wurde die bilaterale Konferenz durch
• H.E. Pietro Benassi, Ambassador of Italy to Germany
• Fabio Casciotti, Director, Italian Trade Agency – Berlin Office
• Emanuele Gatti, President, Italian Chamber of Commerce to Germany
Apertura Forum Benassi, Gatti

Die Veranstaltung im Überblick:


Keynote Speech: The challenge of Industry 4.0

Moderator: Professor Marco Taisch, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
• Stefano Firpo, Director General for Industrial Policy, Ministry for Economic Development, Italy
• Daniel Senff, Deputy Secretary General, Platform Industrie 4.0, Germany
• Giuliano Busetto, President, ANIE, and Industrial Divisions CEO, Siemens S.p.A.

High-level Roundtable: The Italian regulatory framework to support industrial innovation and foreign direct investment – National and Regional strategies at a glance

Moderator: Wolf Michael Kühne, Partner, DLA Piper, Milan
• Raffaele Russo, Senior advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Italian Ministry of Finance
• Nicola Lener, Principal Director for Internationalization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
• Valerio De Molli, Managing Partner and CEO, The European House – Ambrosetti, Italy
• Palma Costi, Regional Minister for Economic Development, Emilia-Romagna
• Guido Fabiani, Regional Minister for Economic Development, Lazio
• Valeria Fascione, Regional Minister for International Trade, Innovation and Start-Ups, Campania
• Michele Mazzarano, Regional Minister for Economic Development, Apulia
• Valentina Aprea, Regional Minister for Education, Training and Employment Policies, Lombardy
• Paola Concia, Municipal Councilor for International Relations and Tourism, Municipality of Florence

Keynote Speech: “Digital Production: Everything is connected”

• Professor Gesche Joost, Berlin University of Arts, Head of Design Research Lab, Digital Champion Germany

Keynote Speech: “Industry 4.0 in the making: impacts on organizations, jobs and education”

• Professor Gianmario Verona, Rector, Bocconi University

Breakout Session I: Smart Manufacturing – when factories go digital: mainstreaming digital innovation across all sectors

Moderator: Daniel Senff, Deputy Secretary General, Platform Industrie 4.0, Germany
• Paolo Poma, Chief Financial Officer, Lamborghini Automobili SpA
• Erwin Rauhe, Vice President, BASF Italia
• Gerhard Dambach, CEO, Robert Bosch SpA
• Robin Tech, co-founder, AtomLeap GmbH
• Amedeo Lepore, Regional Minister, Campania and Member of the Industry 4.0 steering group, Italy
• Ivan Ragazzini, Head of Software Automation, IMA SpA
• Pietro Stama, Marketing and Communications Manager, Angel Group, Italy
• Tommaso di Noia, Cluster La Nuova Energia and CEO, Wideverse srls
• Giovanni Affinita, Member of the Board, SAPA Group srl
• Paolo Calefati , Advanced Research Manager, Prima Industrie SpA

Breakout Session II: Fashion, Design, Wearables:blending creavity, lifestyle and technology

Moderator: Verena Dauerer, Journalist, global correspondents for design + architecture, Germany
• Professor Emanuela Prandelli, LVMH Associate Professor of Fashion and Luxury Management, Bocconi University, Italy
• Berit Greinke, Senior Researcher, Design Research Lab, Berlin University of Arts, Germany
• Alessandro Colombo, Director, Istituto Europeo di Design, Italy
• Giuseppe Tamola, Head of Italy, Spain and Poland, Zalando SE
• Thomas Gnahm, CEO and Founder, Wear It Berlin GmbH
• Paolo Canonico, Technical and R&D Director, SAATI Group S.p.A.; President, EuropeanTechnology Platform of Textile and Clothing, Italy
• Fabio Salvadori, CEO, SuperEvo Srl
• Pietro Siciliano, Research Director, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems IMM- CNR, Italy
• Cataldo De Luca, Head of Innovation, Base Protection srl
• Alessandro Canepa, Head of Research, Piacenza Cashmere, Italy

Breakout Session III: Foodtech and innovation in agroindustry: reconciling quality and sustainability

Moderator: Jewell Sparks, CEO, Bithouse Group & Founder, Food and FoodTech Group – German Startup Association
Kick-offs: Sara Roversi, Founder, Future Food Institute, Italy
• Marco Vitale, CEO, Food Chain SpA
• Giuseppe Romano, Engineering Manager, Orogel SpA
• Davide Cascella, Innovation Manager, Casillo Group SpA
• Roberto Fusaro, Export Manager, Dolciaria Acquaviva SpA
• Robert Dümcke, Fitby Nutrition UG
• Dario Galbiati Alborghetti, Managing Director, Made for_ GmbH; Venture Partner, Atlantic Food Labs GmbH
• Camaley Jennings, Marketing Manager, ShareTheMeal/World Food Programme, Italy
• Alessandro Paravati , Project Manager, Almaviva SpA

Breakout Session IV: Fintechs and Financial Innovation: ready for the digital wallet?

Moderator: Claudio Chirco, Lawyer, BEITEN BURKHARDT Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
• Professor Andrea Beltratti , Associate Dean, Corporate and Financial Institutions Division, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy
• Valeria Cipollone, Policy Officer and Fintech Expert, Minister’s Office, Italian Ministry of Finance
• Pietro Sella, CEO, Gruppo Banca Sella SpA
• Matteo Concas, General Manager Italy, N26 GmbH
• Flavio De Laurentis, Managing Director Italy, Barzahlen GmbH
• Paolo Galvani, Chairman and Co-Founder, MoneyFarm, Italy
• Giuseppe Littera, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder, Sardex SpA
• Romano Stasi, Secretary General, ABI LAB, Italy
• Savino Damico, Head of Digital Payments and Biometrics, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
• David Stachon, Chief Digital Business Officer and Member of the Board, Generali Deutschland AG
• Simone Viganò, Country Head Italy, Raisin GmbH
• Vincenzo Fiore, CEO, Auriga SpA

Breakout Session V: Creative industries, smart mobility and digital contents enabling factors for self-empowerment: which technologies for the digital culture and the digital society?

Moderator: Matthias Trénel, Partner, Zebralog GmbH
• Professor Giorgio Ventre, Scientific Director, Apple iOS Developer Academy, Naples, Italy
• Andreas Gebhard, Founder, re:publica GmbH
• Professor Castulus Kolo, Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Italy
• Professor Paola Cillo, Associate Professor, Department of Management & Technology, Bocconi University, Italy

• Luigi Lanuzza, Head of New Technologies, e-Solutions (Enel Group SpA)
• Maxim Nouhroudi, Founder & Managing Director, Door2Door GmbH
• Luca Destro, Partner, Fabbrica Italiana Veicoli Elettrici Srl
• Michele Moretti, CEO, Fincons Group AG
• Michael Fischer, Head of PR and Policy, MOIA – Social Movement GmbH
• Giovanni Caturano, CEO, SpinVector SpA

Breakout Session VI: The challenge of digital healthcare: bringing new life in Life Sciences?

Moderator: Eckhard Nagel, Managing Director, Medical Management and Health Science Institute, University of Bayreuth, Germany
• Jörg Knäblein, Director, Bayer CoLaborator AG
• Frank Gotthardt, CEO, CompuGroup Medical SE
• Roberto Ascione, CEO, Healthware International Srl
• Giuliana Gavioli, Head of Innovation, B. Braun Avitum Italy SpA
• Roberto Manenti , Owner, Sertea Web Srl
• Giovanni Masotti , Vice President Laser Systems, El.En. SpA
• Domenico Favuzzi, President, Exprivia SpA
• Friedrich Kuhn, Global Head Life Science and Healthcare Services, Egon Zehnder International GmbH
• Luca Bolognini, Head of Applied Innovation Division, Aizoon Technology Consulting Srl

Keynote Speech: the challenges of innovation and digital transformation: perspectives from industry, media and finance

Moderator: Peter Pfannes, Managing Director, Accenture GmbH

• Elio Catania, President, Confindustria Digitale, Italy
• Pierantonio Macola, President, SMAU Srl
• Sebastian Herzog, Senior Vice President, Axel Springer hy! GmbH
• Fabio Spagnuolo, Head of Network & Promo on of Innovation Culture, Intesa San Paolo SpA

Keynotes and the way forward

Moderator: Eckhart Petzold, Lawyer and Head of Luther’s Italian Desk, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

• Vincenzo Boccia, President, Confindustria, Italy
• Dieter Kempf, President, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, Germany
• Message by Matthias Machnig, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany


Zum Ende der Vorträge und nach der Videomessage des Ministers für wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, Carlo Calenda, hat der Botschafter Benassi die von den beiden Präsidenten Dieter Kempf (BDI) und Vincenzo Boccia (Confindustria) unterschriebene Erklärung von Bozen entgegengenommen.

Das abschließende Foto der Speaker unterstreicht den Erfolg des Deutsch-Italienischen Innovations- und Investitionsforums von Berlin. Die erste gemeinsame Veranstaltung von ITKAM mit der Botschaft in Berlin und ICE diente der weiteren Stärkung der bilateralen Zusammenarbeit und der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit dieser wichtigen Industrieländer im globalen Kontext der digitalen Transformation.


Eine Kurzzusammenfassung des ITKAM-Präsidenten Emanuele Gatti:

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