Gianna Martinengo is an entrepreneur. She considers work, innovation and know-how at the origin of the progress of the entire society. This explains why her priorities have been devoted to social objectives - such as human learning and women progress - not just to business. Her approach privileges applied research, professional growth, partnerships with other centers of expertise in an international context.
After studying at Bocconi University and the Catholic University of Milan, she had her first international experience by specializing at IMSS of Stanford University and as an advisor for C.C.C. in Palo Alto, California. Later, she has been convened as advisor for the European Commission within programs related to the intersection of technologies and human learning.
Since 1983, she has designed and implemented more than 800 ICT-based systems for human learning and communication. She has been committed to 76 European research projects in the ICT sector, in particular inspiring and orienting projects about the effects of technology-centered processes on human understanding and learning. Member of several boards of public and private institutions and companies, Gianna Martinengo is part of the Executive Committee and Board of Fondazione Fiera Milano, and a member of the Program Committee / Scientific Committee of countless conferences, journals and initiatives both in Italy and abroad, author of influential articles in Italian and foreign journals.
Her strong commitment to empower women in technologies was implemented in several important mandates: since 1999 as president of the Women Entrepreneurs of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, coordinator of the Committees Women Entrepreneurs of the Lombardy Region, founder of the Association "Women and Technologies".
Among the awards and honors received: Ambrogino d’oro, European Women's Tertiary Prize, Piazza Mercanti, Rosa Camuna and Mela d'oro .
She is Cavaliere to the "Merit of the Italian Republic".