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5 Alumnae of Politecnico di Milano among the italian"inspiring FIfty"

Entrepreneurs, managers, teachers, researchers, consultants, and representatives of institutions: these are the "magnificent 50", the Inspiring Fifty Italian women who distinguished themselves in the world of innovation in 2021. Fifty women in the STEM field, which is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, bringing together research and industrial fields from digital , artificial intelligence, robotics, life sciences and so on.

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Inspiring Fifty was created in the Netherlands to highlight women at the top of their fields in the technological world . An annual appointment in Europe since 2015, it has spread all over the world and this year took place in Italy the second edition of the event, which received over 200 applications of the highest profile . The Italian edition is held in collaboration with Eni, Dazn and Klecha & Co. Media partner on Corriere della Sera, which dedicates an in-depth analysis to the topic and underlines the motto of the initiative, “If she can see it, she can be it” . That is: if he can see her, he can also become like her, a message to girls looking for new role models to inspire themselves.

The 50 selected professionals work in IT, digital media, e-commerce, physics, aerospace, artificial intelligence, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, finance and so on. They were selected by a jury made up of prominent personalities from the world of business, business and academia.

In the 2021 list, also 5 experts in technology at Politecnico at an international level . Let's see them.


Cristina Canavesi , Alumna in telecommunications engineering, is Co- founder & President at LighTop Tech Corp. Elena Bottinelli, Alumna in electronic engineering is Head of Innovation, Digitalization and Sustainability of the San Donato Group.

Guendalina Cobianchi , SVP Business Development & Partnerships in V-Nova and Alumna in management engineering, comments her nomination with a message to girls: «For me " success" means having followed the intuition and the desire to venture into something that had never been done before , undertaking a path of radical innovation ».

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Monica Dalla Riva , is VP Design & CX at Deutsche Telekom and an Alumna in industrial design, renamed “ the queen of Tlc” by Corriere Comunicazioni . And finally (in alphabetical order by proper name, as the official list has indicated), we find Patrizia Casali , Alumna in biomedical engineering.

Among Inspiring Fifty during the first Italian edition , we find Alumnae Lucia Chierchia and Grazia Vittadini , who talked about themselves in the book ALUMNAE - Engineer and Technologies , together with Prof. Amalia Ercoli Finzi, the pro-rector of the Polytechnic of Milan Donatella Sciuto, to professor Isabella Nova, to Alumnae Valeria Ferrari and Daria Loi and the student of computer engineering Valeria Cagnina .

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Alumna Elena Bottinelli wins the Belisario Award in the Management category

The Examining Commission of the Marisa Bellisario Prize has chosen among the winners of this 33rd edition, Alumna Elena Bottinelli , awarded for the Management category .

Bottinelli, CEO of the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and the IRCCS Galeazzi of Milan , graduated in Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1991. Before joining the San Donato Group, she has worked ten years in leading multinational companies in the medical and orthopedic devices sector.

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She is one of the founding members of Leads - Women Leaders in Healthcare - aiming at promoting female leadership in the health sector and promote the overcoming of gender inequalities , aiming for equality in top positions of public and private organizations. In 2019 the famous business magazine "Forbes" adds Elena Bottinelli in the ranking of the 100 most successful Italian women

In 2017 Elena Bottinelli participated in the 6th edition of the Convention Alumni Politecnico di Milano (the video at this link) , underlining the importance of the health system (which just this last year has been instrumental in tackling the unexpected crisis we have found ourselves facing). "The first objective of cities is to make citizens feel good", she commented, speaking of a future in which technology, from wearables to machine learning, will play an increasingly important role in prevention and health control, facilitating medicine. remote customized and a system of clinics distributed throughout the territory. “The future is within reach. We must not fear technology, but know it and use it ethically: it will teach us to make more informed choices ”.

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The Bellisario Award is an award established in memory of Marisa Bellisario, pioneer of technology in Italy. Since 1989, every year it has been awarded to women who distinguish themselves in the profession, management, science, economy, social, culture and information, entertainment and sport, both nationally and internationally.

“This 33rd Edition - declares Lella Golfo, President of the Marisa Bellisario Foundation - comes after a long and tiring period. These months have been complicated for everyone, especially for women. We are now at a turning point. The right battles, those for women's employment and for gender equality, have finally been put back at the center of the political agendas".

The award ceremony "Women who make a difference" will be held on 1 July and will be hosted by Laura Chimenti, and will be broadcast on 17 July in the late evening on Rai1.