Our Team

Simone Ferriani


Scientific director

Simone Ferriani is Full Professor of Management at the University of Bologna and Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University London. Simone Ferriani received his PhD from the Management Department of the University of Bologna, with a concentration in interorganizational networks and small firms clusters. He has been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and at the Stern School of Business, New York University. After obtaining the PhD he received a Marie Curie Fellowship from the EU to do research at Cass Business School, City University London and a Research Fellowship to work at the Centre for Technology Management of the University of Cambridge. He is also an AIM Fellow and a lifetime member of Clare-Hall College in Cambridge. His research interests include entrepreneurship, creativity, and interorganizational networks.

Alessandro Pastore


Evangelist and mentor coordinator

Alessandro is currently executive director of Camfridge Ltd which aims to become the world-wide leader in high efficient gas-free refrigeration technology based on magnetic properties of solid state materials. Alessandro developed his professional carrier internationally having lived and worked in Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, Germany and UK. Before co-founding Camfridge in 2005 he had been holding the position of Vice President at Siemens Communications for 7 years. He started his professional career at the Telecom Italia Research Lab formerly known as CSELT. Alessandro got a PhD in Automatic Control from Politecnico di Torino and an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris. He is member of the faculty of the Bologna Business School.

Lorenzo Massa


Industry relationships and technology outreach

Lorenzo Massa is Assistant Professor at the department of Strategy and Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Research Scientist at the Chair of Corporate Strategy & Innovation (CSI) – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and visiting professor at the University of Bologna (UNIBO) where he teaches both in MBA and Executive programs. At EPFL he is co-leading the Swiss National Science Foundation research grant named “Business Model Dynamics”, a three years research project involving a network of four universities (EPFL, ETHZ, USI and UNIBO) and focusing on business model innovation in incumbent firms. He completed his Master and Ph.D. in Management at IESE Business School, focusing on research at the nexus between Business Model Innovation and Sustainability. He holds graduate degrees with distinctions in Mechanical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology (B.Eng.) and the University of Genoa (M.Sc. Eng.). As an Engineer he worked for SMS Demag in the Iron and Steel making industry, in the design of Blast Furnaces and continuous casting processes. He is author of several teaching case studies on business model innovation and sustainability (IESE Publishing) which are currently used in IESE MBA as well as Executive MBA programs. His research on the Business Model has been published on the Journal of Management and the Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management.

Giuseppe Conti


Technology transfer

Management and Coordination of Research and Technology Transfer, personnel, projects and activities of the research funding (Regional, national FIRB-PRIN, European FP7, EIT-KICS programs and international projects …), PhD courses, Technology Transfer activities (relations with companies, intellectual property rights, new spin-off companies and business incubation), monitoring and evaluation of research. The Research & Technology Transfer Department consists of over 80 people with a total budget under management of over € 40 million.

Bruno Iafelice


International outreach

Bruno Iafelice is Executive Director of the Italian Institute for Entrepreneurship. He’s an Engineer specialized in information technology with managerial and entrepreneurial competences acquired in Silicon Valley, USA. He’s member of the executive council of the Fulbirght Italian Association and national coordinator of the Entrepreneurship branch. He works as a technology and management consultant in Italy and abroad with a special focus on the field of the information technologies and innovation processes. He holds a Ph.D. in electronics applied to biosensors from the University of Bologna and a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, California, obtained in 2009 with the support of a Fulbright grant. Talks fluently Italian and English.

Simone Napolitano


Program manager

Simone Napolitano is a Post-Doc research fellow at the Management Department of the University of Bologna. He’s been visiting scholar at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and holds a Ph.D. in Management from UNIBO. His main research interests focus on social drivers of innovation and ecosystem processes of value co-creation: in his dissertation thesis, Simone investigates the dynamics of open system strategies and the processes of collective action fostering innovation. Other interests include processes of knowledge transfer between entrepreneurs, team-level configurations and field-level studies on the social construction of peer legitimacy in art worlds. Talks fluently Italian, English and Portuguese.