Feb 03 2022


5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Welcome Talks

Official welcome from the Financial Times and Bocconi University


  • Gianmario Verona
    Gianmario Verona
    Rector, Bocconi

    Gianmario Verona is Rector of Bocconi University. He is a Professor of Management specialized on the strategic management of technology and innovation, with a focus on the theme of digital transformation. He has been Visiting Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Visiting Scholar at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Before being appointed Rector, he served Bocconi as Dean of the Faculty, Director of the MBA program and Director of the PhD in Business Administration. He is author of over 70 academic articles and 5 books and has published in all the leading management journals. Over the years he has collaborated with many Global500 companies, innovative multinationals and newly founded startups in terms of applied research, executive education and consulting activity.

  • Matt Fottrell
    Matt Fottrell
    FT US Vice President & FT Specialist Managing Director, Financial Times

    Based in New York, Matt Fottrell works across the FT Group to build the FT’s presence and footprint in the US. He is also responsible for FT Specialist, a global portfolio of 17 business and finance titles with 250k subscribers.

  • Roula Khalaf
    Roula Khalaf
    Chief Editor, Financial Times

    Roula Khalaf became editor in January 2020, having previously served as the FT’s deputy editor, foreign editor and Middle East editor. She is responsible for leading the FT’s award-winning editorial coverage, overseeing more than 700 editors and journalists worldwide.

  • Virginia Stagni
    Virginia Stagni
    Head of Business Development & FT Talent Director

    Virginia works between London and New York as a Business Development Manager in the Commercial Department of the Financial Times.

    Her role sees her investigate new business ideas and revenue growth opportunities, ensuring that the Financial Times remains one of the most innovative and disruptive players in the wider news landscape.

    Prior to joining the FT, Virginia was a start-up founder and entrepreneur, also working as a freelance reporter for La Stampa – one of the oldest newspapers in Italy. She is the CEO and founder of Logos, a mobile phone blockchain start-up, and previously founded a digital magazine, Revolart, as well as a cultural heritage foundation, Bolognadasballo.

    In 2016 she was named Best Italian Entrepreneur Under 25 and in 2019 was one of Digiday’s inaugural Future Leaders.

    Virginia holds an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Management for Art, Culture and Communications from Bocconi University. In her spare time she enjoys ‘extreme’ travel.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 03 2022
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

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