German-Italian Innovation Conference 

Berlin, Italian Embassy, 29th November 2017

"Investing in Italian Innovation: Digital Solutions and the challenge of Industry 4.0"

The digital economy is offering opportunities to spur innovation, increase competitiveness and foster sustainable growth and job creation, provided that pressing policy challenges brought about by the transformation underway are addressed. Governments are putting in place comprehensive policy frameworks to enable change, and ensure that the digital economy stays inclusive, while mitigating the potential disruption that new technologies can have on the labor markets and on societies as a whole.

The Italian Government score now amongst the frontrunners in Europe in supporting digital transformation processes. Its Industry 4.0 National Plan adopted in 2016 concluded a comprehensive policy of regulatory, financial and fiscal measures to support domestic and foreign investors, with a focus on digital manufacturing and innovative businesses: according to the Digital Tax Index 2017 of the University of Mannheim, the Italian tax system has become the most attractive one for digital business models among G7 partners, and the second in Europe after Ireland. The Italian growing innovation ecosystem increasingly attracts attention from investors. 

During the conference, over 200 Italian and German companies and startup will meet to discuss common challenges to digitize their products and services. Cross Border cooperation and Digital Innovation hubs can provide easy access for SMEs to latest design, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities and can help facilitating access to finance. We will discuss how to create awareness on the opportunities of Industry 4.0, how to provide support to the development of innovative investment plans and how to enhance the access to public and private financing.

The conference is structured in three parts: 

  • a high-level policy introduction focused on the Italian policy framework to support innovation and digital business and to attract skills-intensive Foreign Direct Investment. We will present the Italian general policy framework to attract foreign investors, both at national and at regional level, as well as the policy framework for investing in Italian Innovation, one year after the launch of the Industry 4.0 national Strategy
  • six pitching sessions among selected Italian and German companies across the sectors affected by digital transformation processes (Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0; Fashion & Design; Foodtech and Innovative Agrofood; Fintech; Creative Industries, Smart Mobility and digital web content; Life Sciences)
  • Policy conclusions by the representatives of the Italian and German Governments and by the Presidents of the Business Associations Confindustria and BDI, who will frame out the results of the German-Italian Business Forum, last 19th -20th November in Bolzano).


  8.00 – 8.30          Registration and Welcome Coffee

 8.30 – 8.45 Welcome Address  
  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

 8.45 – 9.30 Keynote: The challenge of Industry 4.0
  Moderator: Professor Marco Taisch, Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Firpo, Director General for Industrial Policy, Ministry for Economic Development
Wolfgang Scheremet, Director General for Industrial Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Giuliano Busetto, President, ANIE, and Industrial Divisions CEO, Siemens S.p.A.
  9.30 - 9.45

Coffee Break

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

Fabrizio Pagani, Head of the Minister’s Office, Italian Ministry of Finance
Valerio De Molli, Managing Partner and CEO, The European House - Ambrosetti
Nicola Lener, Principal Director for Internationalization, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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, Puglia
Valentina Aprea, Regional Minister for Education, Training and Employment Policies, Lombardia
Paola Concia, Municipal Councilor for International Relations and Tourism, Municipality of Florence
 11.15 - 11.30
Keynote Speech: "Digital Production: Everything is connected". Professor Gesche Joost, Berlin University of Arts, Head of Design Research Lab, Digital Champion Germany
 11.30 - 11.50

 11.50 - 12.00
Keynote Speech: “Industry 4.0 in the making: impacts on organizations, jobs and education” - Professor Gianmario Verona, Rector, Bocconi University

 12.00 - 13.30 Breakout Session I: Smart Manufacturing - when factories go digital: mainstreaming digital innovation across all sectors
  Moderator: Daniel Senff, Deputy Secretary General, Plattform Industrie 4.0

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
Ivan Ragazzini, Head of Software Automation, IMA SpA
Pietro Stama, Marketing and Communications Manager, Angel Group
Tommaso Di Noia, Cluster La Nuova Energia and CEO, Wideverse
Giovanni Affinita, Member of the Board, SAPA
Paolo Calefati, Advanced Research Manager, Prima Industrie SpA

 12.00 - 13.30 
Breakout Session II: Fashion, Design, Wearables: blending creativity, lifestyle and technology

Moderator: Verena Dauerer, Journalist, global correspondents for design + architecture

Professor Emanuela Prandelli, LVMH Associate Professor of Fashion and Luxury Management, Bocconi University
Berit Greinke, Senior Researcher, Design Research Lab, Berlin University of Arts
Alessandro Colombo, Director, Istituto Europeo di Design

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, European Technology Platform of Textile and Clothing
Fabio Pietrella, Partner, Maglificio Musetti
Fabio Salvadori, CEO, SuperEvo
Pietro Siciliano, Research Director, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems IMM- CNR
Cataldo De Luca, Head of Innovation, Base Protection
Alessandro Canepa, Head of Research, Piacenza Cashmere
 12.00 - 13.30 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

Sara Roversi, Founder, Future Food Institute

Marco Vitale, CEO, Food Chain SpA
Giuseppe Romano, Engineering Manager, Orogel SpA
Pasquale Casillo, President, Casillo Group SpA
Roberto Fusaro, Export Director, 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
Alessandro Paravati, Project Manager, AlmavivA Spa
13.30 - 15.00

15.00 - 16.30
Lunch Break

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
Fabrizio Pagani, Head of the 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
Giuseppe Littera, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder, Sardex SpA
Romano Stasi, Secretary General, ABI LAB
Savino Damico, Head of Digital Payments and Biometrics, Intesa Sanpaolo
David Stachon, Chief Digital Business Officer and Member of the Board, Generali Deutschland
Simone Viganò, Country Head Italy, Raisin GmbH
Vincenzo Fiore, Chief Executive Officer, Auriga SpA
 15.00 - 16.30 Breakout Session V: Creative industries, smart mobility and digital content as enabling factors for self-empowerment: which technologies for the digital culture and the digital society?
  Moderator: Matthias Trénel, Partner, Zebralog

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

Luigi Lanuzza, Head of New Technologies, e-Solutions (Enel Group)
Maxim Nouhroudi, Founder & Managing Director, Door2Door GmbH
Luca Destro, Partner, Fabbrica Italiana Veicoli Elettrici Srl
Michele Moretti, CEO, Fincons Group
Michael Fischer, Head of PR and Policy, MOIA - Social Movement GmbH
Giovanni Caturano, CEO, SpinVector SpA
15.00 - 16.30 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

Stefan Jaroch, Head of External Innovation Technologies, Bayer CoLaborator
Frank Gotthardt, Chief Executive Officer, CompuGroup Medical SE
Roberto Ascione, Chief Executive Officer, Healthware International

Giuliana Gavioli, Head of Innovation, B. Braun Avitum Italy
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
Luca Bolognini, Head of Applied Innovation Division, Aizoon Technology Consulting
 16.30 - 17.00
Coffee Break
 17.00 - 17.45

 17:45 - 18:00
Keynote: the challenges of innovation and digital transformation: perspectives from the industrial and the financial sectors

Moderator: Peter Pfannes
, Managing Director, Accenture

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

Pause. Video-Trailer "Unicity and excellence. A journey into the heart of Italian Industry" by Alexander Kockerbeck and Edison Foundation
 18.00 - 18.45 Keynotes and the way forward

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

Vincenzo Boccia, President, Confindustria

Dieter Kempf, President, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

Matthias Machnig, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Benedetto Della Vedova, State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

18.45 - 19.00 Family Photo

19.00 - 21.00 Dinner Buffet & Networking