May 09 2022


10:30 am - 10:50 am

Apertura dei lavori e saluti di Benvenuto


  • Virginia Stagni
    Virginia Stagni
    Head of Business Development & FT Talent Challenge Director, Financial Times

    Born in 1993, with a BSc from Bocconi University and MSc in Media & Communications from London School of Economics, Virginia Stagni is the youngest manager of Financial Times in its over 130 year history, playing a central role in the global financial newspaper’s strategic growth. As Head of Business Development & FT Talent Director in the Commercial Department, she has the key role in keeping Financial Times one of the most innovative media groups in the marketplace, Stagni oversees developing new business ideas and opportunities for growth that reflect FT’s sustainable business model, with particular attention towards future readers, especially women and those under 30, and recruiting young talent to the company.

    Stagni is the founder and director of FT Talent Challenge, an innovative hub that attracts hundreds of young students and professionals from diverse backgrounds all over the world. She is also an advisor for the consulting society FT Strategies, which she co-created with the data department. And Stagni doesn’t stop there: she holds a board position for the International Media and News Association (INMA) and seats on other advisory boards – from consumer products groups to startups.

    She was selected for the Forbes Italia Under 30 list in 2021, Fortune Under 40 2021 list, and in 2020 she received the “International Media and News Association (INMA) 30 Under 30” award, for the category of Business Intelligence, recognized as one of best innovators under 30 in the field of digital media. Other honours include the 2020 Italia Giovane prize, rewarding Italian excellence in the world at large.

    She is also a TED Talk Speaker, an author and essayist: Dreamers Who Do: Intrapreneurship and the Future of the News (Bocconi University Press, 2021) is her first book. She has a monthly column for La Repubblica – Italian Tech “Dreamers Who Do” and she writes for other publications.

  • John Ridding
    John Ridding
    CEO, Financial Times

    John Ridding has been Chief Executive of the Financial Times since June 2006, having been with the company for more than 20 years in both editorial and executive positions . Under his stewardship the Financial Times has expanded its global operation and developed its digital channels with investment in and the acquisitions of Money-Media, Exec-Appointments, Medley Global Advisors and Assanka. He was appointed Chief Executive of the FT Group in December 2012. Before taking up his current post, Mr Ridding was the Editor and Publisher of the Financial Times, Asia, as well as Chairman of Pearson in Asia. He led the launch of the Asia edition of the FT in 2003, and steered it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. Mr Ridding also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has over 1.9m registered users and is the leading international source of business news in China. More recently, he developed China Confidential – a premium source of intelligence about Chinese trade and business. In his Pearson Asia role Mr Ridding established a series of collaborative ventures between group companies. These include a series of business publications, including the FT/Longman Chinese/English financial dictionary. He also launched a series of financial journalism training courses, including programmes with Beijing University and Fudan University in Shanghai. During his FT career Mr Ridding has been a companies reporter, Paris Correspondent, Korea Correspondent, Deputy Editor and Managing Editor. Before joining the FT, Mr Ridding worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the Economics desk and the Asia Pacific desk. He graduated from Oxford University with first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics. Mr Ridding is a member of the Global Board and Chairman of the UK AdvisoryBoard of Room to Read, a charity which supports education and literacy in developing countries.

  • Mirja Cartia d’Asero
    Mirja Cartia d’Asero
    Chief Executive Officer, Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A

    Mirja Cartia d’Asero is Chief Executive Officer of Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A. since 27 April 2022 and already a member of the Board of Directors since 23 July 2020.
    She has gained significant experience of over 25 years in the finance sector with a particular focus in the real estate sector, first as a lawyer and then as a manager and entrepreneur.

    During her first 10 years of career, worked as a lawyer for international law firms in the banking & finance and real estate areas in Italy and London. In the following 12 years, worked for an international investment bank in the real estate finance area.
    Since 2015 she has held the role of Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of a company (ReStar) specialized in NPLs with underlying real estate.

    In November 2019, ReStar was acquired by Guber Bank, where she was Head of Real Estate. From 2014 to date, held various roles as an Independent Director in listed companies, covering positions on Board internal committees.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 09 2022
  • Time: 4:30 am - 4:50 am

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