Sara Sozzani Maino
David Pambianco is CEO of Pambianco Strategie di Impresa. In 1994, he joined the company founded by Carlo Pambianco, now President, and has made a significant contribution to its growth, creating, among others, the publishing division. This division today manages the Pambianconews website, Pambianco Magazine and three magazines dedicated to Design, Beauty and Wine & Food, and is one of the most influential information outlets for professionals and opinion leaders of fashion, luxury, cosmetics and design.
Early in his career he worked at JP Morgan in London.
He graduated in Economics at the Catholic University of Milan. He is married and has two sons.
Sara Sozzani Maino's fashion history began in 1991 at the newly opened 10 Corso Como in Milan. In 1994, she became an intern at “Vogue Italia.
Today, as deputy director of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents, Sara continues to oversee this important international project created with Franca Sozzani in 2009. Vogue Talents is both an editorial and online project; a network that scouts and supports the best emerging creative talents in womenswear, menswear, accessories as well as fashion photography around the world.
A platform that creates connections between designers and the fashion industry, for a decade Vogue Talents has supported the growth of opportunities and new collaborations between the industry and the new generation of young designers around the globe. In coordination with Altaroma, she has overseen the contest Who is on Next? This contest aims to support Made in Italy. It has helped to promote designers such as Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Andrew (now creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo) and many more.
A regular attendee at global talent spotting committees, Sara serves as a judge in several fashion competitions, including LVMH’s prize , the International Talent Support (ITS), Woolmark Prize, Fashion Trust Arabia and many more. As the global fashion market expands, travels throughout Asia and America, with visits to Africa and Australia meeting with up and coming designers is a big part of her work. Her time and attention over the past decade has brought forward relationships of great depth as young careers have grown.
Since September 2018 she has been the International Brand Ambassador for Camera Nazionale della moda Italiana while continuing her duties supporting a variety of initiatives dedicated to talents under the Vogue Italia umbrella. Of special interest is the collaboration with yoox.com focused on sustainability called The Next Green Talent. The Vogue Talents 2019 February issue is dedicated to sustainability. Titled, The New Frontiers of Awareness, this issue is a tool for the new generation to become more conscious of the what is happening now in the field of fashion sustainability, and what new directions this emerging field is undertaking.
Alberto Scaccioni is the General Secretary of the Centro di Firenze per La Moda Italiana, the non-profit organisation established in 1954 to promote and internationalise the Italian fashion system. Since 2006, he has also been Managing Director of EMI-Ente Moda Italia, created on the initiative of CFMI and Sistema Moda Italia to promote, propagate and valorise “Made in Italy” fashion by organising the participation of Italian companies in important fashion events abroad (Moscow, New York, Seoul, Almaty, Tokyo and Hong Kong). Born in Florence, he graduated in Methodology of Social Sciences at the Department of Political Sciences of the “Cesare Alfieri” University of Florence, and also obtained a PhD at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome.
Giulia Pirovano is President of Piattaforma Sistema Formativo Moda and Chief Alumni, Industry Liaison and Career Advice Officer of Galileo Global Education Italia, the group that brings together three of the best in higher education: the Marangoni Institute, NABA and Domus Academy.
In this role, Giulia Pirovano is responsible for developing relations with the fashion, art and design industries, and for coordinating all the departments linked to Career Service and the Alumni Community, a project where Giulia is the manager and promoter for all the group’s companies
Giulia has a degree in foreign languages and literature, and a long and solid experience in the fashion sector, where she has been garnering respect and recognition for more than 30 years, 15 of which as General Manager of the National Chamber for the Fashion Industry. The commitment to the promotion, organisation and management of events for prestigious “Made in Italy” fashion and luxury brands, have also allowed Giulia Pirovano to create important collaborations and a widespread high-level network.
Some of the most important events coordinated and organised by Giulia are the Milan International Fashion Week, Milano Moda Showroom, Milan Fashion Hub, Milano Moda Showroom and Milano Moda Design.
Giulia has also designed and developed the Milan Fashion Incubator for the launch of young designers and creative start-ups, with the support of important public institutions, as well as numerous projects to promote emerging talent.
As Communication and Promotion Director of Assocalzaturifici, the National Association representing shoemakers in Italy, and as Marketing and Communication Director of the MICAM International Fair, she was responsible for the development of trade fair projects in Germany and the USA, as well as marketing and communication activities aimed at promoting the sector at an international level.
Since 1989 he has been general manager and, since 1995, C.E.O. of Pitti Immagine s.r.l., a non profit-making company that organizes international trade fairs in the fashion sector with over 4,600 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors, 45% of which come from abroad, with a turnover in 2017 of € 38.2 million. The fairs, which are by invitation or open to the public, are reserved for members of the trade and feature clothing and accessories for women/men/children; yarns and fibers for the knitting industry; home accessories; design; crafts; fragrances; food and wines.
Stefania Lazzaroni, General Manager and Member of the Executive Team, joined Fondazione Altagamma in 2013 where she coordinates all the activities and projects as well as the internal and external relations with members and partners. In this position she reports to the the Board of Altagamma and to the Chairman Andrea Illy.
Stefania started her professional path in Burson-Marsteller and then held top-management roles in Italian and Multinational Companies.
She was Communication Director of Viacom/MTV Networks Group, and after that was appointed Director of internal and external commmunication at Sole24Ore group.
After an year experience in New York, she was Corporate Communication Director at Coca Cola HBC.
In 2007 she founded and managed for 6 years her own Communication Agency, Nascent Communications.
In Discovery Network she had the role of Communication, Digital and Talent Management Director.
Gianfranco di Natale
Adriano Franchi is General Manager of Altaroma.
In 1994 he graduated in Law at L.U.I.S.S. Rome, with legal-economic-internationalist orientation.
In 1996 he joined Federconfidi (National Association of the Confindustria System) and specialized in the analysis of credit and credit problems and problems related to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.
In 1998 he became a lawyer and the following year he joined Confindustria where, until 2002, he carried out economic research activity analyzing, in particular, the role and function of the small industry in the Italian productive system and studying the economic policy interventions aimed at removing the constraints that hamper the development of SMEs.
In 2002 he became Head of the Knowledge Area in the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome where he coordinated and supervised the research, documentation and speechwriting activities.
In 2005 he became Managing Director of Altaroma and, subsequently, General Manager, accompanying the process of evolution of the Company from a promoter of Italian high fashion to a scouting platform and support for young talents of Made in Italy.
Gianfranco di Natale graduated in Political Science at the University of Milan.
After a brief experience in a multinational company and a bank, he entered the confindustrial system in 1981 as head of the Research Department of the Novara Industrial Association.
He was subsequently Director of the Knitwear Association, of the Verbano Cusio Ossola Industrial Union, General Manager of Unipro (now Cosmetica Italia) and since 2005 is General Manager of SMI Sistema Moda Italia.
From March 2017 he is General Director for Institutional Affairs of the newly formed Confindustria Moda Federation.
In December 2017 he was awarded the honor of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic, at the proposal of the President of the Council of Ministers.
Since January 2015, Tommaso Cancellara (born 1980), has filled the dual role of General Manager of Assocalzaturifici, the Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association, which represents over 600 footwear manufacturers, and Managing Director of MICAM, the international fashion footwear exhibition which is held twice-yearly in Milan.
After graduating with a degree in Business and Institutional Economics from the University of Lugano, he spent the first few years of his career working for the Ferrari- Maserati Group in the Sales & Marketing Area. After a brief stint in consultancy, from 2010 on, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Technogym, becoming APAC Marketing Manager at the Shanghai office from 2012-2014.
Massimiliano Bizzi was born in 1970 in Bologna and is an instinctive, vital and creative person, just like the city where he was born.
Enrolled in the faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of Bologna, he immediately decided to work in the family business, taking full advantage of his innate talent for design and creative thinking, inherited from both parents. After his experience as a clothes designer and shoemaker in the family’s Collection Privée? brand, he decided to focus on his instincts for the innovation of trade shows, which earned him the proposal from Fiera Milano to design an area of Milano Collezioni dedicated to trendy brands and new designers.
In 2000, the manager decided to focus on contemporary fashion and research, studying a new way of marketing, in a segment now unanimously recognised as the most attractive even by the public, giving life to the WHITE trade show in 2002.
The WHITE trade show is nothing like traditional shows, but right from the beginning appeared to break away from the existing scenario, debuting with 19 exhibitors. In 2005 and 2009, Bizzi was also artistic director of the Parisian Prêt à Porter exhibition in Porte de Versailles.
In 2007, together with Brenda Bellei, his partner in life and work, he founded M. Seventy, a company that manages the show. In 2008, he chose a group of designers for WHITE who at that time were unknown, and who have now become international names, such as Anthony Vaccarello, Pierre Ancy, Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Marios Schwab, Jonathan Saunders. Together with the research team, Massimiliano Bizzi has always been engaged in scouting for buyers which has brought lots of new talents to the show, including Stella Jean, Uma Wang, KTZ Kokon To Zai, Nasir Mazhar, Filles à Papa.
Innovation, creativity, and the avant-garde are the key words for understanding Bizzi’s work for WHITE: the entrepreneur’s perfect intuition has made him one of the pioneers in scouting, focusing all his attention on future fashion hopefuls, inviting young designers to the show to meet with the most prestigious buyers in the world. Bizzi and WHITE have presented labels such as Lucio Vanotti, Sunnei, Julian Zigerli, Aalto, Tonsure, Cottweiler, all of which were later selected for important competitions such as the LVMH Prize and International Woolmark Prize. In 2009, the manager entered into an important partnership with the City of Milan, obtaining the patronage and continuing with the expansion of the show.
Since the first editions of White, Bizzi has gambled on the potential of the Tortona area by creating the Tortona Fashion District, and winning the challenge as demonstrated by the significant expansion of the last show which ended on 24 September. Covering an area of about 22,000 square meters, WHITE presented 562 brands (375 Italian brands and 187 foreign brands) exhibited in four locations, including Tortona 27 | Superstudio Più, Tortona 31 | Opificio, Tortona 35 | Hotel Nhow and Tortona 54 | Ex Ansaldo and attracted a record attendance of more than 27,000 visitors, with the support of Confartigianato Imprese and ICE Agenzia.
Since 1973 she has been working in the Unic Group (A Confindustria Association) in the area of corporate strategy, marketing and international marketing supporting on the assertion of Italian tanning companies on international markets and in charge for external and institutional relations.
In 1991 she becomes director of Unac, the Italian Accessories and Components Association.
She has created LP Fashion Studio, an innovative showroom devoted to the trends that have emerged in leather fashion and it contributes a unique dynamic resource for all designers and researchers in the leather sector, especially devoted to sustainability aspect of this industry, and she managed several designers contest.
She is journalist and collaborates with the house magazines of the Group.
She had been appointed General Director of UNIC from 2016 and CEO of LINEAPELLE (International Exhibitioon) from July 2017. She is CEO of ICEC (Institute of Certification) and member of the management board of Italian leather research Institute (Stazione Sperimentale Pelli di Napoli).
She takes part at the Italian Committee of Fashion and Accessory established by the Minister of Economic Development – that gather the main corporations, associations and exhibitions of fashion, accessories, jewels.
She has built and supported the tanning industry by promoting and carrying out programs and projects in order to make the sector more and more advanced, attentive to the environment, to the health and to the ethic economy.
She has experience in international and institutional relations.
Fashion is a complex and global system, an increasingly debated reality in rapid evolution.
Online solutions, responsible innovation, sustainability, creative and production capacity, economic system, consumer experience, communication and sales mechanisms…these are only a small part of the themes that make up the industry as a whole.
Schools must constantly question themselves about the future as this is their mission and must train new professionals who will be able to meet the most urgent needs of the labour market and who can reinvent themselves and reinvent the System in their professional path.
In this context, Italy is at the centre of a creative and production system that involves all professionals of the sector, this conversation is aimed at an exchange of ideas between the main players focusing on the scenarios and actions put into place to overcome the challenges of the System.
Fulvia Bacchi, CEO Lineapelle, UNIC
Massimiliano Bizzi, CEO White
Tommaso Cancellara, CEO Micam, General Secretary Assocalzaturifici
Gianfranco Di Natale, General Director Confindustria Moda
Adriano Franchi, General Director Altaroma
Stefania Lazzaroni, General Director Altagamma
Raffaello Napoleone, CEO Pitti Immagine
Giulia Pirovano, President Piattaforma Sistema Formativo Moda
Alberto Scaccioni, General Secretary, Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana
Sara Sozzani Maino, International Brand Ambassador for National Chamber of Fashion
David Pambianco, CEO Pambianco Strategie di Impresa