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Mr  Giancarlo Innocenzi  BOTTI

President, Invitalia

"The benefits associated to a wide-spread utilization of broadband technologies are widely recognized both at business and academic level. The importance of stimulating broadband penetration is openly accepted since it has been widely demonstrated that there is a strong positive correlation between broadband penetration and economic and social growth. The positive effects of broadband on emerging economies and on social welfare are also contributing to the debate on how to accelerate, regulate and foster broadband development across countries"

Giancarlo Innocenzi Botti is the President of Invitalia, the National Agency for Inward Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development since August 2010. Born in Verona on August 19th, 1945, he holds a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Rome as well as a PHD in Economics and Business and an MBA from the University of California. He also received an Honorary Degree in “Communication Sciences“ from LUMSA University.

His political career started in 1994 when he became member of the Italian Parliament. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Deputy Minister of Communications. He was also appointed Chairman of the Digital Terrestrial Television Commission. From 2005 to 2010 he has been member of the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (AGCOM).

Beside politics, Mr. Innocenzi Botti accumulated great business experience as HR director in Alfa Romeo and Rinascente-Upim Group. Moreover, he acquired a particular know-how in the audiovisual media industry, collaborating with Silvio Berlusconi for the creation of the three main private TV channels - Canale 5, Rete 4, Italia 1 - launching and managing the news department. He has also been president of Sitcom TV and Horizon Entertainment Film and professor on communication systems and technologies at various Italian universities.