The admistrative bodies of the Foundation are:

Andrea Sianesi

President of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Born in Milan in November 1961, he attained an MSc in Management Engineering with honors at the Politecnico di Milano in 1985. Assistant Professor at the Politecnico di Milano since 1990, Associate Professor since 1998 and Full Professor since 2000 (at LIUC University from 2000 to 2003, at the Politecnico di Milano since 2003). Current teaching assignments at the Politecnico di Milano: “Gestione dei sistemi logistici e produttivi” (Fundamentals of Operations and Logistics Management) for the BSc in Management Engineering, “Supply Chain Management” for the MSc in Management Engineering, MBA, Executive MBA and Executive education programs. Visiting or Contract Professor at Bocconi University, Università degli studi di Brescia, TongJi University (China, 2009, 2012 and 2013), Wuhan University (China, 2009, 2012), Xi’an Jiaotong (China, 2019), HSE StPetersburg (Russia, 2019). Director of the “Istituto di Tecnologie” at LIUC University during the period 2000-2002. Member of the management board of MIP (Graduate School of Business) – Politecnico di Milano since 2002. Director of the International MBA Program at MIP Graduate School of Business from 2003 to 2004. Director of the Executive MBA Programs from 2004 to 2013 at MIP Graduate School of Business. Associate Dean at MIP Graduate School of Business – Politecnico di Milano since 2009. Deputy Director for Internationalization and Faculty Development at the School of Management – Politecnico di Milano since 2013.

Dean and President of the Board of MIP Politecnico di Milano from 2015 to 2019.

President of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and PoliHub Innovation Park & Startup Accelerator since January 2020.

He was the Chairman of the executive board of ACE, Alliance of Chinese and European Business Schools, during the period 2016-2018. He has been a member of the managing committee of ASFOR, the Italian association for management education, and of AIDI (the Italian Association of Professors in Industrial Systems Engineering). He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of Beijing Jiaotong School of Management and Xi’an Jiaotong School of Management in China and of ESSCA Business School (France), EADA (Spain), and of the SEB of Ljubljana University (Slovenia) in Europe. He is a member of the management board of ANIMP (the Italian Association of Industrial Plant Engineering). At Politecnico di Milano he’s member of the board of directors of MIP. He is a member of the board of directors (independent director) of two medium-sized Italian multinational companies in the machinery industry. He is also the author of seven books (in Italian and English) and more than 120 scientific papers for international journals or conferences.

Giampio Bracchi

President Emeritus of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Giampio Bracchi attained a M.Sc. with honors in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and completed his studies as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Professor Emeritus of “Digital Enterprise” at Politecnico di Milano, where he served for many years as Deputy Rector and President of the “PoliHub” business incubator. Giampio Bracchi is the author of over 200 publications and 20 books on the topics of business and financial innovation, Data Bases and Information Systems. He has sat on the Steering Committees of several leading Italian industrial companies, banks and national public bodies, having the role of supervising innovation. He is presently President of the bank “Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking”, and a Board Director of some other companies. In the third sector, he is President of association of managers “Associazione Prospera” and vice-President of “Fondazione Ricerca e Imprenditorialità” (Research and Entrepreneurship Endowment).

Giampio Bracchi has been a member of the Boards and Committees of companies and bodies operating in finance, industry, services, the public sector and infrastructure. Among other positions, he has been councillor to the Prime Minister’s Office; vice-President and Director on the Executive Committee of Banca Intesa (the Italian leading bank); President of the companies Milano Serravalle-Milano Tangenziali, Partners Group Italy, Intesa Leasing, and Intesa Sistemi e Servizi; Board Director of INPS (Nation Social Security Institute), CARIPLO bank, Associazione Bancaria Italiana (Italian Bank Association), and the companies CIR, Amplifon, Autostrada Brescia-Verona-Vicenza-Padova and Sorin Biomedica; member of the Consultancy Committee of the Italian Stock Exchange and of the Scientific Committees of the Nation Fund for Applied Research and the Treccani Italian Encyclopaedia Institute. Within the world of Associations, in Italy he was the President of AIFI (the Italian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) and AICA (the Italian Computer Science Association), and, outside Italy, President of the Committee on Information Systems of the International Federation for Information Processing, and Trustee for the Very Large Data Base Endowment of Los Angeles.

Giampio Bracchi was at the helm of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano for 12 years, from its formation up to 2015.

Ingrid Paoletti

Vice President of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Associate Professor of Building Technology at the Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Department (ABC) at Politecnico di Milano.

Ingrid has a PhD in Building Technology from Politecnico di Milano, and was research associate at MIT during her doctoral studies on Innovative Building Envelopes. She is an experienced researcher on Innovative Technologies, Digital Culture and Experimental Material Systems for Architecture. She holds strong and long lasting relations with partners and stakeholders for cutting edge customized industrial researches, public and private, some of which are patented. She has written books and articles on international journals on her research topics.

Ingrid is coordinator of the research unit MATERIAL BALANCE www.materialbalance.polimi.it at Politecnico di Milano University.

She is also delegate for the Dean for Expo2020 Dubai.

Eugenio Gatti

General Director of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Since 2021 Member of the Board of Fellows of Politecnico di Milano.US, NY.

Born in Piacenza in 1970, he graduated in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, where he focused on industrial automation systems. He later gained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Company Management School of Bocconi University in Milan. Upon acquiring his undergraduate degree, he worked for four years in the industrial electromechanical field as head of the technical office of a medium-sized manufacturing firm. Since 2001, he has been involved in innovation, technology transfer and new entrepreneurship projects in high-tech sectors through the Milan Polytechnic Business Accelerator; first at Politecnico Innovazione and then at the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano. For almost 20 years he has been involved in the project management of the R&D and development of new products, new processes and new businesses in the areas of energy, energy efficiency technologies and technological innovation of the industrial processes in general. He is particularly interested in structured financing measures in Scientific and Industrial Research. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione CIFE – the International Centre of Energy Photonics -, Polihub Servizi S.r.l., and of two spin-off companies of Politecnico di Milano, Steriline Robotics and Enersem. He is a member of the Joint Research Centre on Transportation; member of the Scientific Committee of Centro di Competenza per l’Innovazione Sistematica; member of the Management Committee in several framework agreements of Politecnico di Milano (Pirelli, Siemens, Roldresearch); and member of the Council of Experts on Public Finances at the Chamber of Deputies during the XVII legislature.

He is General Manager of the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano since 2011.

Manuela Pizzagalli

Chief Operating Officer

Manuela Pizzagalli is a biomedical engineer with a Master in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer. She joined Fondazione Politecnico di Milano in 2004, becoming the Head of the Innovation Project Area in 2011, and subsequently its Chief Operating Officer.

She is responsible for coordinating a group of project managers who operate to improve efficiency in the relationship between universities, companies and the public sector, identifying national and international opportunities to support industrial research, innovation and actions of social responsibility, ethics and sustainability, building networks of contacts and taking part in calls for proposals and projects

She actively encourages girls to take degrees in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a series of actions and projects and is on the Advisory Board of the Assolombarda STEAMiamoci project.

In 2019, Manuela Pizzagalli received the 2019 Merit and Talent award from ALDAI Federmanager, which is presented to women who are role models for their leadership and creation of value, who encourage a positive climate where collaborators can thrive and who are able to balance their work responsibilities and private lives.


Board of Directors

Chairman: Andrea Sianesi

Vice Chairman: Ingrid Paoletti

Directors: Marco Belloli, Luigi De Nardo, Pierfrancesco De Rossi, Maurizio Montagnese, Monica Papini, Lucio Pinto, Umberto Tolino, Elena Vasco, Francesca Zarri.

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano is managed by a Board of Directors, whose eleven members are selected by Politecnico – six members including the President – the other Founders – four members – and the final member by the Ministry for Education, Universities and Research. The Rector of Politecnico di Milano and the President of the Founders Assembly are entitled to attend the Board meetings with no voting rights. The Board of Directors is responsible for the Foundation’s ordinary and extraordinary administration. Their duties include defining the guidelines for the Foundation’s work and the relative objectives and programmes, appointing the General Director, administering the Foundation’s assets and approving the financial statements.

Founders’ Assembly

Chairman: Attilio Fontana, President of Regione Lombardia

Deputy Chairpersons: Cristina Tajani, Councilor for Labor Policies, Productive Activities, Commerce and Human Resources, Municipality of Milan; Vico Valassi, UniverLecco President

Members: a2a, Associazione Eugenio e Germana Parizzi, Camera di Commercio di Milano Monza Brianza Lodi, Comune di Cremona, Comune di Milano, Comune di Piacenza, ENI, Fondazione Alessandro Volta, Indesit Company, Intesa Sanpaolo, Pirelli & C., Provincia di Cremona, Regione Lombardia, Siemens, UniverLecco.

The Founders’ Assembly consists of one member from each Founder. The President of the Committee of Institutional Participants attends the Assembly meetings. The Assembly’s duties include making recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the general direction of the Foundation’s work and the relative objectives and programmes, expressing opinions on the provisional and actual financial statements, and nominating four Directors to the Board.

Scientific Committee

President: Andrea Sianesi

Members: Giovanni Arvedi, Gaela Bernini, Manfredi Catella, Enrico Cereda, Adriano De Maio, Paola Delmonte, Giorgio Diana, Sergio Dompè, Mauro Fenzi, Giorgio Ferrari, Pasquale Forte, Luciano Galimberti, Pietro Guindani (President of Institutional Participants Committee), Alberto Meda, Paola Mungo, Marta Ghidoli (Student representative), Marinella Soldi

The Scientific Committee is the Foundation’s consultancy body. The number of its members can vary – between 10 and 20 – and include the Foundation President and the President of the Committee of Institutional Participants. The Scientific Committee has a consultancy and collaboration role, working with the Board of Directors in defining the annual programme for the Foundation’ work.

College of Auditors

President: Domenico Marchetta

Members: Giovanni Ciuffarella, Renzo Rebecchi, Cinzia Catalano (temporary), Pietro Ebreo (temporary)

The College of Auditors is the Foundation’s body for internal control, carrying out the functions set out in the Civil Code for Colleges of Auditors. It consists of three effective members and two substitutes, including the College’s President.