John Cabot University Hosts Presentation of Italian Export Forum

Italian Export Forum

Presentation of Italian Export Forum at John Cabot University

John Cabot University was pleased to host a press conference to present the first edition of the Italian Export Forum (IEF) on May 9, 2019.  The mission of the Forum, which will be held on June 14 and 15 in Piano di Sorrento, near Naples, is to support initiatives aimed at promoting the export of Italian products in the world. Led by SACE SIMEST (Gruppo CDP), IFE is the first national forum specifically dedicated to the export sector, which in 2018 was worth about 463 billion euros. Entrepreneurs, managers, and other professionals will gather together to propose solutions in order to strengthen this fundamental part of the Italian economy.

The panel of experts present at the press conference included: Michele Geraci, Italy’s Undersecretary for Economic Development, Vincenzo De Luca, Direttore Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alessandro Decio, CEO of SACE, Lorenzo Zurino, President of IEF and CEO of The One Company, Mario Gasbarrino, President and CEO of UNES/U2 Supermarkets, Ernesto Lanzillo, Director Private Leader of Deloitte, Rossano Bartoli, President of the Lega del Filo d’Oro charity, and Andrea Lardini, President and CEO of Lardini S.p.A. Fiorella Passoni, CEO of Edelman Italia moderated the event.

“It is a great honor for John Cabot University to host this presentation of the first edition of the Italian Export Forum,” said John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello. “This is an important initiative that falls within the mission of JCU, an American university that has operated in Italy since 1972, and that has always been dedicated to promoting international dialogue and fostering friendship between Italy and the United States. JCU is happy to offer its human resources, especially its brilliant students, to help with the organization of the Forum. I thank our friend Lorenzo Zurino, for bringing this idea to JCU and I am sure that this will be the beginning of an important collaboration,” concluded President Pavoncello.

“The Italian Export Forum was born to fill a void in Italy’s economic and institutional landscape,” affirmed Zurino.  “The decision to hold IFE in the South of Italy was not casual because I believe that the export sector can be the key to helping this part of the country grow and flourish,” added Zurino.