JCU and MIP Politecnico di Milano Host "PNRR: The Strategic Role of Human Capital for the Future of Italy"

John Cabot University and MIP Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with ADL Consulting and Talent Garden organized the event “PNRR: il ruolo strategico del ‘Capitale’ umano per il futuro del paese” (PNRR: The Strategic Role of Human Capital for the Future of Italy) on October 13, 2021. The discussion focused on Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza), which is part of the European Union’s Next Generation EU (NGEU) program and aims to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable and resilient.

PNRR The Strategic Role of Human Capital for the Future of Italy

PNRR The Strategic Role of Human Capital for the Future of Italy

The conference, which took place in Rome at the Accademia dei Lincei, Italy’s National Academy of Sciences, located right next door to John Cabot University, featured representatives from Italian government and institutions, the corporate world, and academia.

Alessandro Roncaglia, economist, and member of the Accademia dei Lincei, gave the opening remarks, followed by Vittorio Chiesa, President of MIP Politecnico di Milano, and Franco Pavoncello, President of John Cabot University. Roncaglia, Chiesa, and Pavoncello all mentioned the importance of investing in education in order to train competent professionals as the leaders of tomorrow. They stressed the importance of life-long learning in order to guarantee continued employability. In this regard, President Pavoncello said, “John Cabot University was happy to accept the invitation of a world-class university such as MIP to organize a new Rome-based executive MBA, together with ADL Consulting and Talent Garden.”

Moderated by journalist and TV host Lavinia Spingardi, the event consisted of three roundtables. The main takeaway of the discussion was that investing in higher education and professional training will guarantee economic benefits to the country. A recurring theme of the three roundtables was the idea that human capital is essential to revive the economy. Given that knowledge and competencies are necessary to be a good professional, it will be important to invest in human capital in the fields that impact economic development and work towards a higher inclusion of young people and recent graduates in the workforce.

First Roundtable: Institutions
The first roundtable saw the participation of Alberto Bagnai (Senator of the Italian Republic), Francesco Rutelli (ANICA President), Anna Ascani (Undersecretary at the Ministry of Economic Development), Carlo Albini (Director of People, Organization, and Innovability Enel Group), and Claudio Di Mario

(Founding Partner at ADL Consulting). The speakers talked about the need to invest part of the PNRR fund in education and healthcare and support Italy’s creative industries. Investing in the development of competencies that are up to international standards and promoting the study of STEM subjects would encourage foreign players to fund Italian products. Participants also stressed the need to work towards having a more inclusive society, which would be reflected in the world of work.

President Franco Pavoncello

JCU President Franco Pavoncello

Second Roundtable: Emerging Technologies
The second roundtable featured Marco Leonardi (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and Head of the Department for the Programming and Coordination of the Politics of Economy), Veronica Pamio (Vice President of External Relations & Sustainability at Aeroporti di Roma), Enrico Giovannini (Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility), Massimo Comparini (CEO at Thales Alenia Space), and Lorenzo Maternini (Co-founder and President at Talent Garden). The participants discussed the importance of emerging technologies, data-driven business, and the space economy. They emphasized the need to guarantee the possibility of developing additional skills and competencies to everyone, including people who choose not to pursue higher education. Businesses should also contribute to the development of a skilled workforce, which will benefit them as well.

Third Roundtable: The Corporate World
The third and last roundtable featured Gianni Vittorio Armani, (CEO at IREN), Raffaella Luglini, (General Director at Fondazione Leonardo), Massimo Bruno (Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Ferrovie dello Stato), and Francesco Gianni (Founding Partner at Gianni Origoni). They explained that it is necessary to rethink and restructure Italy’s public administration, so that the funds and the opportunities provided can be used in the best possible way. In addition, it would be good to simplify the process to invest in Italy, in order to make the country more attractive for foreign investors. The speakers concluded by saying that Italy needs to focus on building a strong foundation so that when the Next Generation EU program ends in 2026, the country will be able to sustain itself.

The New Executive MBA Launched by JCU and MIP Politecnico di Milano
The unique Rome-based Executive MBA is for managers and professionals who wish to accelerate their professional growth. The MBA, which will be held in Italian and will begin in June 2022,  was developed in collaboration with ADL Consulting, a firm that focuses on digital lobbying, advocacy, and change management, and Talent Garden, Europe’s largest platform for networking and training in digital innovation. Specializations will include Digital Lobbying & Public Affairs Management, Data-Driven Business Transformation, and Management for the New Space Economy.