Gathering over 400 leaders from all over Europe, our first pan-European forum entitled “Human-Centric Digital Transformation” will be a unique opportunity for discussion and sharing ideas around Social Innovation – applying the latest technologies to solving society’s challenges. On stage, leading figures of the European industrial world will share their insights on the trends and strategies of digital transformation in companies and in our society.

Through the work that Hitachi is developing with its partners in the fields of social infrastructure, mobility, health, water, energy, IoT and AI technologies, we will explore the use of new technologies and our human-centric vision of social, economic and environmental values aligned with Society 5.0


Discover what’s on at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2019 EUROPE

Moderator: Monica Maggioni (Rai)

08.45 – 09.30Registration & Welcome coffee
09.30 – 09.35Welcome remarks
Lorena Dellagiovanna (Country Manager Italy, Hitachi)
09.35 – 09.50Keynote Speech
Alistair Dormer (Executive Vice President, Hitachi, Ltd.)
09.50 – 10.20Keynote speech: Cities of the Future
Carlo Ratti (Director, Senseable City Lab – MIT)
10.20 – 10.40Society 5.0, a Japanese concept for a smart Europe

Yuko Harayama (former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan)

Valerio De Molli (CEO and Managing Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti)
10.40 – 11.30PANEL DISCUSSION – Upgrading social infrastructures

Hicham Abdessamad (CEO, Hitachi Digital Global Holdings Ltd.)
Roberto Cingolani (CTO, Leonardo)
Mauro Ferrari (President, ERC)
Arrigo Giana (CEO, ATM)
Henrik Plougmann Olsen (CEO, Metroselskabet)
Alessandro Russo (President, Gruppo Cap)
11.30 – 12.00Coffee Break
12.00 – 12.20Keynote Speech
Giuseppe Sala (Mayor of Milan)
12.20 – 12.40Keynote Speech
Kazuo Yano (Fellow, Corporate Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.)
12.40 – 13.30PANEL DISCUSSION – Upgrade company infrastructures

Andrew Barr (CEO, Hitachi Rail)
Andrea Ceriani (Head of Operation, Kubota KFM)
Caroline Gorski (Global Partnership Director, Rolls-Royce)
Patrizia Grieco (Chair, Enel)
Ram Ramachander (CCO, Social Innovation Business division for EMEA and CDO, Hitachi Europe)
Petra Sundström (Head of Digital, Sandvik)
13.30 – 14.30Lunch
14.30 – 14.45Introducing Hitachi Social Innovation Business
Hicham Abdessamad
(CEO, Hitachi Digital Global Holdings Corporation)
14.45 – 15.05Exclusive overview on Hitachi Technology
Presenter: Mariangela Pira (Sky)
15.10 – 16.00Exhibition customer meetings and breakout sessions
16.00Closing and remarks / Cocktail


See who will be speaking at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2019 EUROPE
Hicham Abdessamad
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Consulting Corporation, he leads Hitachi’s consulting organization, which operates in over 50 countries around the world and delivers measurable business outcomes across 12 different industries. Hitachi Consulting helps its clients solve complex business challenges with innovative and integrated solutions. He is also the Deputy General Manager of Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business, a key growth area for Hitachi to drive innovation and co-creation with customers as they transform their businesses for the Digital era. In 2018, he was appointed to the role of CEO, Hitachi Global Digital Holdings, the holding company for Hitachi Consulting, Hitachi Vantara, and Hitachi Social Innovation Business. Hicham also serves as a corporate officer for Hitachi, Ltd. and is the Chairman of the Board of oXya, a Hitachi Group Company. Prior to these roles, Hicham was executive vice president of global services at Hitachi Data Systems (now Hitachi Vantara). Earlier in his career, Hicham led the EMC Global Practice for the Open Software and the Information Management Software Division and he also worked at StorageNetworks. Hicham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Suffolk University. He also completed the executive development program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and the executive leadership program at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland 

Andrew Barr
Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. since April 2019. He is also Group CEO of Hitachi Rail, a global, full-service provider of rail services and products, with a presence in 30 countries and over 14,000 colleagues. Prior to this role, he was appointed CEO of the global business, Hitachi Rail STS based in Italy. He also served as COO at Hitachi Rail Europe and Head of Maintenance Delivery. He started his career in rail in 1990 with London Underground Limited, he held posts with UK train operator GNER, at Bombardier Transportation and with the Strategic Rail Authority He was awarded a BSc (Hons.) in Manufacturing Technology and Management from Brunel University and is a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Andrea Ceriani
Andrea Ceriani is the Head of Industrial Operations for Kubota Farm Machinery Europe and leading its digital solutions deployment project. He held management positions in the areas of Product Development, Production Engineering, Production, Quality and Projects Management. In the past 13 years, he has been holding plant management positions mainly in the automotive and agricultural businesses, for French, American and Italian-owned companies. He was born in Italy, graduated in mechanical engineering in France.

Roberto Cingolani
Roberto Cingolani has been the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of Leonardo since September 2019. In 2005 he was founder of the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with the role of Scientific Director for 14 years. In 2000 he was appointed Full Professor of General Physics at the Engineering Faculty of University of Lecce (Italy). In 2001 he founded the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Lecce. He was staff member at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart and Visiting Professor at Tokyo University (Japan) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, USA). He is author and co-author of more than 1100 papers on international journals and more than 100 patents in the fields of Materials Science, Semiconductor Technologies, Nanotechnologies, Chemistry of Materials, Sensor Technologies, Optoelectronics and Photonics, Robotics. Roberto Cingolani graduated in Physics and obtained his “Diploma di Perfezionamento” (PhD) in Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

Valerio De Molli
Valerio De Molli has been Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of The European House - Ambrosetti since 2000. In 2008, he led the management buyout of The European House - Ambrosetti along with other partners, thereby settling with the founder. He is also Director of London’s Ambrosetti Group Limited, Chairman of The European House - Ambrosetti Middle East, Senior Advisor of the Venture Capital Fund United Ventures, and Mentor of the Kairos Society, an association of young American entrepreneurs. He has been a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) since 2011. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of numerous companies. He gives lectures and seminars on strategy and management for top executives, associations, and universities. He is the author of Towards Excellence. Boards of Directors: A Tool for an Effective System of Corporate Governance. Proposals and Recommendations, published by Sperling & Kupfer in May 2005, and The Fundamentals of Strategic Management - Paradigms of the Corporate System, published by IPSOA in January 2009. He founded and continues to chair important Think Tanks including Observatory on Europe in Brussels, Observatory on the Excellence of Corporate Governance in Italy, Meridiano Sanità, and Cashless Society, among others.

Lorena Dellagiovanna
Lorena Dellagiovanna is Hitachi’s Country Manager for Italy and a member of the Board of Directors of a number of Hitachi Group Companies in Italy operating mainly in the field of energy, water, transportation, healthcare and IoT . Since joining Hitachi, she has been given the opportunity to work in a multi-business environment, gaining experience in different fields and business schemes. Growing from an Italian to an international role, initially she was appointed Finance Director of the Group for Southern Europe in 2007, and then in 2010 she became the inaugural Director of the Shared Services business of the Group for Europe, based in UK in the Hitachi European HQ. In 2015, because of the increasing strategic importance of Italy to the Hitachi Group, she has been appointed Country Manager and moved back to Italy. In 2016 and 2017 Hitachi acquired Ansaldo STS, now Hitachi Rail STS; Ansaldo Breda, now Hitachi Rail SpA; FIAMM, now FIAMM Energy Technology, in addition to smaller acquisitions in the IT, automation and engineering fields.

Alistair Dormer
Alistair Dormer was appointed Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd., leading the Mobility Sector in April 2019. In April 2014, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, CEOof Rail Systems Business Unit of Hitachi, Ltd., responsible for Hitachi’s global rail business. Since 2014 Hitachi’s rail business has globalised and grown by over 300% through the successful acquisition of Ansaldo companies in Italy and through strong organic growth. He joined Hitachi in 2003 firstly to establish Hitachi’s rail business in Europe. He was promoted to CEO of Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. in 2007, having built a successful business in Europe. Previously he worked for Alstom Transport S.A. where he held the position of Business Development Director and prior to this he worked for British Aerospace in the defence sector and the Military. He lives in Tokyo with his family.

Mauro Ferrari
Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., has been appointed President of the European Research Council (ERC), starting from 1 January 2020. Previously he was President and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute (USA), where he directed more than 2,300 employees and credentialed clinicians engaged in basic science and over 1,000 clinical research protocols in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurology, and many others domains of medicine. He also served as Executive Vice President of the Houston Methodist Hospital System, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top twenty hospitals in the USA. Concurrently, Mauro Ferrari serves as Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School in Manhattan, New York. His laboratory develops new drugs for cancer. He is recognized as the pioneer of nanomedicine and transport oncophysics. He has published over 500 scientific articles and 7 books, and is the inventor of over 50 patents issued in the USA and worldwide. He has won numerous scientific awards and recognitions. Born in Italy, Mauro Ferrari holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Padua, a Master and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended medical school at The Ohio State University. He received his executive leadership education at the Harvard Business School, and the CEO Academy of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arrigo Giana
Arrigo Giana has been General Manager of Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) since 2018. He has solid skills in the management of business processes and an in-depth knowledge of economic and financial issues. During his 25-year career, he has acquired a wide experience in the service sector and related industrial sectors. Among previous positions, from 2014 to 2018, he was CEO of Cotral, a public transport operator in the Lazio region. During this period, the company has gone from a pre- bankrupt situation to a stable economic balance sheet. In 2016 it closed with profits of about 8 million euros, thanks to a volume of transactions obtained through the revision of organizational and industrial processes. At the same time, all service quality indicators have improved significantly. From 2000 to 2013 he had already worked for Azienda Trasporti Milanesi: as Director of Administration, Finance and Control, with direct responsibility also for the Purchasing and Logistics area (2006-2013); he was Manager for Planning and Control and Manager for Sales Network (2000-2006), also responsible for the Group's strategic projects. Among other things, he defined the contract’s agreements for the management of the Copenhagen Metro. From 1997 to 2000 he was Financial Controller at DHL International, responsible for budgeting, reporting and multi-year planning activities. From 1992 to 1997 he was a consultant at UNIT Management Consultants, for Business Economics and Strategic Planning Areas. Arrigo Giana is President of Agens (Confindustria), the main Italian association representing production and service companies. He has a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Industrial Companies from the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan.

Maria Patrizia Grieco
Maria Patrizia Grieco has been the Chairman of the board of directors of Enel since May 2014. She was appointed Chairman of the Italian Corporate Governance Committee in 2017. The purpose of the Committee is the promotion of good corporate governance practices of Italian listed companies. She is also deputy chair and member of the steering committee of Assonime and member of the board of directors of Bocconi University. She has been a director of Fiat Industrial and CIR and she is currently on the boards of Anima Holding, Ferrari and Amplifon. From 2008 to 2013, she was Chief Executive Officer of Olivetti, where she also held the role of Chairman from 2011. Subsequently, she held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Informatica, Partner of Value Partners and Chief Executive Officer of the Group Value Team (today NTT Data). She started her career in 1977 at Italtel, where in 1994 she became chief of the Legal and General Affairs directorate. In 1999, she was appointed General Manager to re-organize and reposition the company, and in 2002 she became Chief Executive Officer. He has a degree in law from the University of Milan.

Yuko Harayama
Yuko Harayama is a Member of the Scientific Steering Committee at The French National Research Agency (ANR - Agence Nationale de la Recherche), in France. From 2013 to 2018 she was Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) at the Cabinet Office of Japan. Among previous positions, she was Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD (2010-2012); Specially Appointed Fellow at the Japan Science and Technology Agency – JST (2009-2010); Member of the Board of Education, Sendai-City, Japan (2008-2010); Member of the Board of Directors at Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, France (2007-2010). From 2002 to 2013, she was a Professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University. Born in 1951, Yuko Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education and a Ph.D in Economics, both from the University of Geneva. Earlier, she gained a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Besançon in France.

Monica Maggioni
Monica Maggioni has been Chief Executive Officer of Rai Com since February 2019. She was President of Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana from August 2015 until July 2018, with the task of developing relations and strategies with international organizations, including the top management of public service Broadcasters. A professional journalist, she was a special correspondent, writer, documentary filmmaker, and editor of TV news. She joined Rai in 1992 and, from 1994 to 1996, she worked in Lyon in the editorial staff of Euronews, before returning to Rai at TV7, the weekly magazine of TG1. She received numerous awards and recognitions including the Agnes Prize and the Luigi Barzini Prize for special envoys. She wrote the books “Dentro la guerra” (Longanesi), “La fine della verità” (Longanesi), “Terrore mediatico” (Laterza); she is the author of several publications including “Twitter and jihad” (ISPI). In June 2017 she was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of Euronews on behalf of Rai. She was born in Milan in 1964, she has a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature.

Henrik Plougmann Olsen
Chief Executive Officer of Metroselskabet and Greater Copenhagen Light Rail. Prior to his role at Metroselskabet he held a position at The Municipality of Copenhagen as director of the Finance Administration working with urban development and traffic planning and member of the executive board. He graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a master in political science in 1996.

Mariangela Pira
Mariangela Pira is a journalist, anchorwoman and reporter for Sky TG24. At Class CNBC she has conducted, on Sky, the focus on financial markets and windows on stock exchanges and markets for "TGCOM24". She was responsible for Class Editori's Desk China. She began her career at Ansa in New York. For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was the presenter of the Italian Diplomacy Newsletter. She writes about China, where she lived in 2004 and 2005, collaborating with Milano Finanza, Panorama and Venerdì di Repubblica. For Hoepli published "The New Chinese Revolution".

Ram Ramachander
In his role as Chief Commercial Officer, is responsible for Hitachi’s Social Innovation business in EMEA (focused on IoT, big data analytics and AI) across several vertical sectors and industries, including energy, manufacturing, transport, smart spaces & smart cities. Since starting at Hitachi, he has successfully incubated and commercialised several IoT and AI-based solutions. He spent the 12 years prior to joining Hitachi as a successful entrepreneur building big data analytics and AI-based software businesses with investment from both UK and Silicon Valley. He has over 25 years’ experience in the software and ICT industry, both in large corporations and start-ups.

Carlo Ratti
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. Carlo Ratti holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, June 2016, with Matthew Claudel). He has written for international media including New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.

Alessandro Russo
Alessandro Russo is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cap Holding, in house company that manages the water service of the Metropolitan City of Milan. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Metropolitana Milanese (MM), a company controlled by the Municipality of Milan, which is a leader in Italy in civil engineering; MM manages the integrated water service and the public housing of the City of Milan. Since 2018 he has been Vice-President of Utilitalia, Coordinator of the Association's Water Board and President of Confservizi Lombardia. Since 2014 he has been Vice President of Ape, the European association that gathers all public water service operators. In recent years he has been involved in social contexts and housing policies, as director of Fondazione Triulza, Fondazione Housing Sociale and Domus. Alongside his experience as a manager with commercial and economic responsibilities in companies of diverse sectors, he developed his professional career in the public sector where, as deputy mayor of the city of Solaro. he chaired the Department of Housing, Youth and Sport in ANCI Lombardy by coordinating the policies of local authorities in Lombardy regarding public housing, sports and youth. Alessandro Russo was born in 1982, he has a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan.

Giuseppe Sala
Giuseppe Sala has been Mayor of Milan since June 2016. He began his career by taking managerial positions at international companies as Pirelli and Telecom Italia. In January 2009 he started working in the public sector. He was appointed General Manager of the City of Milan and held this position until his appointment as CEO of Milan Expo 2015, in June 2010. In May 2013, he was appointed the Government's Sole Commissioner for Milan Expo 2015, a role he maintained in conjunction with that of Chief Executive Officer. Giuseppe Sala, born in Milan in 1958, holds a degree in Economics and Business from "Luigi Bocconi" University.

Petra Sundström
Petra Sundström, Head of Digital Business Development at Sandvik, has extensive experience of Global digitalization and IoT initiatives from leading roles in both industry and academia. At Sandvik, Petra is responsible for leading the development and execution of Product Area Crushing & Screening's digital agenda, driving the cultural and organizational shift required. Before Sandvik, Petra led a similar initiative as part of the CTO team at Husqvarna Group. Up to 2014 she conducted internationally recognized research in the direction of digitalization and IoT (Internet of Things) as part of everyday life. This, at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, and the Christian Doppler Laboratory at Salzburg University in Salzburg, Austria. Petra Sundström is on top of her work at Sandvik, also Chairman of the board of directors for IoT Sweden – A state founded Innovation initiative in the direction of what IoT will bring to the public sector in Sweden and Globally.

Kazuo Yano
Kazuo Yano received the B. S., M. S., and Ph. D degrees from Waseda University, Japan, in 1982, 1984, 1993, respectively. From 1991 to 1992 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Arizona State University. He is now a Fellow, Corporate Officer, Hitachi Ltd. He is known for the pioneering works in semiconductor field, such as the world-first room- temperature single-electron memories in 1993. In 2003, he has pioneered the measurement and analysis of social big data. The wearable sensor for this purpose has been introduced in a Harvard Business Review. He has succeeded quantifying the happiness, which has been used in more than 30 companies. His recent work is on the multi-purpose artificial intelligence, which has been applied to over 60 cases. He has applied over 350 patents and his papers are cited by over 2500 papers. His book, “The New Invisible Hand,” is cited as one of top-10 business books in Japan in 2014. He received 1994 IEEE Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE Jack Raper Award, Kujin Award from Hitachi Henjinkai in 1995, 2007 MBE Erice Prize, the Best Paper Award of International Conference on ASE/IEEE Social Informatics 2012. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Via Giacomo Watt, 15 – Milan, Italy

Once a mechanical component factory, MEGAWATT is a breath-taking event space covering over ​​3,400 square meters in via Watt, a short distance from the Zona Tortona in south-west Milan. Built at the end of the 1960s and used as a production plant until 9 years ago, the expansive hall is characterized by sober and rigorous architecture, steel ceiling vents, and illuminated dramatic shelving – a tangible remnant of its industrial past.

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