Daniel Ek, Fabiola Gianotti and John Elkann will be the honoured guests of the OGR-SEI Torino Forum.
Fabiola Gianotti received a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Milan and since 1998 she is a research physicist at CERN. She was project leader of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider between March 2009 and February 2013. On 4 July 2012, she announced the discovery of the Higgs boson in an historical seminar at CERN. She is a corresponding member of the Italian, French and US Academies of Sciences. She was also made a Grand Cross Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Prizes and awards
She has 12 honorary degrees from Universities from all over the world and she received the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2013. She received also the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society. Fabiola was ranked fifth Person of the Year 2012 by Time Magazine and she was included among the 100 most powerful women by Forbes in 2013 and 2017. She is currently a member of the External Science and Technology Advisory Group to the International Monetary Fund. In January 2016, Fabiola became the Director-General of CERN, the first woman ever in this role.
Daniel Ek is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the board of directors of Spotify. As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Mr. Ek is responsible for guiding the vision and strategy of the Company and leading the management team. He has been a member of the board of directors since July 21, 2008, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2019.
Prior to founding Spotify in 2006, Mr. Ek founded Advertigo, an online advertising company, acquired by TradeDoubler. He held various senior roles at the Nordic auction company Tradera, which was acquired by eBay. Finally, Ek served also as Chief Technology Officer at Stardoll, a fashion and entertainment community for pre-teens.
Born in New York in 1976, Mr. Elkann obtained a scientific baccalaureate from the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris, and graduated in Engineering from Politecnico of Turin. While at university, he gained work experience in various companies of the Fiat Group in the UK and Poland (manufacturing) as well as in France (sales and marketing).
An international career
He started his professional career in 2001 at General Electric as a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, with assignments in Asia, the USA and Europe. He is also a board member of PartnerRe Ltd. and The Economist Group. John is a member of MoMA and Chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation, a philanthropic institution supporting education and entrepreneurship.
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