Alumna Elena Bottinelliwho graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1991 with a degree in electronic engineering and a specialisation in bioengineering, is the Head of Innovation and Digitalization at Gruppo San Donatoand has been included in the list of the 50 Most Powerful Women by Fortune Italia magazine, which tells the 50 stories of success, commitment and perseverance of the 50 women that are inspiring, across the world, cultural debate not only about the value of diversity in business in general but, more broadly, the fundamental role of women in contemporary society.
According to the magazine, the Alumna distinguished herself
“during the pandemic years, guiding some of the most important Italian hospitals involved in the fight against the virus. She is known for her interest in the development and application of technologies to improve the quality of patient care, like that of telemedicine.”
Before joining Gruppo San Donato, Bottinelli worked for ten years in leading multinationals in the field of medical and orthopaedic devices.
She is one of the founding partners of Leads – Women Leaders in Healthcare – which aims to promote female leadership in the healthcare industry and to help overcome gender inequality, focusing on proportionate representation in senior leadership positions in public and private organisations. In 2019, the famed business magazine “Forbes” included Elena Bottinelli in a list of the 100 most successful Italian women and in 2021 she won the Bellisario award in the Management category
In 2017, she took part in the 6th edition of the Alumni Politecnico di Milano Convention (see the video here), emphasising the importance of the healthcare system. “A city’s first objective is to keep its citizens healthy,” she remarked, speaking about a future in which technology, from wearables to machine learning, will play an increasingly significant role in prevention and health monitoring, facilitating personalised, remote medicine and a system of clinics distributed locally.
“The future is at our fingertips. We should not be afraid of technology, rather we should understand it and use it ethically: it will teach us to make more conscientious decisions.”