2023 Italian Symposium

Celebrating Italian Excellence, Inspiring the Next Generation

2023 Italian Symposium

About The Event

The Italian Symposium is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase and learn from Italian excellence. Taking place at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Sciences, leaders in the fields of business, art, politics, journalism and finance shared their experience and participated in talks through a series of panel discussions.

Students from universities in the United Italian Societies network had the unique chance to engage and exchange ideas with our esteemed guests, as well as learn from their expertise and ask questions. The event aims to establish a tradition of dialogue between Italian students studying abroad and figures who embody Italian excellence.


London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom


28th February – 2nd March, 2023


Day 1

28 Feb, 2023
15:00 - 16:15

Investing in Italy: Strategies for Attracting New Capital

Speakers: Fabio Gallia, Mauro Moretty and Filippo Taddei


Breaking into Finance: Navigating Career Paths and Securing Success

Speakers: Ursula Marchioni, Filippo Finelli and Alex Lasagna


Sustinable Growth - Innovation and New Generation

Speakers: Elsa Fornero & Alessandra Perrazzelli

Day 2

1 Mar, 2023
15:00 - 16:15

A conversation with: Carlo Nordio, Italian Minister of Justice

Speaker: Carlo Nordio


A Multi-Perspective Look at Italian Journalism

Speakers: Claudio Cerasa, Mariangela Pira, Alessandro Tommasi, Virginia Stagni


Italian Entrepreneurship: Insights from Successful Business Leaders

Speaker: Mario Moretti Polegato

Day 3

2 Mar, 2023

A conversation with: Fabio Caressa, Italian TV Presenter and Sport Journalist

Speaker: Fabio Caressa


Sustainable Gastronomy: Achieving Environmental and Culinary Excellence in Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Speakers: Giorgio Locatelli and Cristina Bowerman


A Conversation with: Marco Montemagno, Podcaster & Entrepreneur

Speaker: Marco Montemagno

18:30 - 20:00

Post-Pandemic Italy: the Road to Economic Recovery

Speaker: Carlo Cottarelli

Our Speakers

Alessandra Perrazzelli

Deputy Director at Banca d'Italia

Alessandro Tommasi

Co-Founder and former CEO at Will Media

Alex Lasagna

Deputy CEO at Algebris Investment

Carlo Cottarelli

Former Director at the IMF

Carlo Nordio

Italian Minister of Justice

Claudio Cerasa

Editor-in-Chief at Il Foglio

Cristina Bowerman

Michelin Starred Chef at Glass Hostaria

Elsa Fornero

Former Italian Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Gender Equality

Fabio Caressa

Italian TV Presenter and Journalist

Fabio Gallia

Senior Advisor at Centerview Partners

Filippo Finelli

Global Head of Commodities Automated Trading Strategies at JP Morgan

Filippo Taddei

Chief Economist for Southern Europe at Goldman Sachs

Giorgio Locatelli

Michelin starred chef at Locanda Locatelli

Marco Montemagno

Tech Entrepreneur, Podcaster & Youtuber

Mariangela Pira

Author, Podcaster & Journalist at Sky Italia

Mario Moretti Polegato

Founder & President at Geox Group

Mauro Moretti

Founder & Managing Partner at Three Hills Capital Partners

Ursula Marchioni

Head of Portfolio Analysis and Solutions at Blackrock

Virginia Stagni

Chief Marketing Officer at Adecco Group Italy

A Few Words

About Us

United Italian Societies is a unique, student-led organization. Our mission is to unite Italian university societies for collaborative projects with political and corporate stakeholders. Our goal is to spotlight Italian excellence and bridge it with emerging talent. Additionally, we act as a conduit, enhancing communication between institutions and students on vital issues, ensuring a perfect blend of innovation and mentorship.

We are a non-profit dedicated to uplifting Italian student societies abroad, adding value to those students who decide to leave Italy and study in a foreign country. Our goal is to promote the circulation of Italian talents globally, connecting them and enriching their international experiences.

The 2023 Italian Symposium was organised in collaboration with the LSESU Italian Society. We are very grateful to the amazing students that have contributed to the creation of this wonderful event.

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