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Francesca Colombo

Co-founder and Artistic Director, Stradivari Festival

Arts and culture entrepreneur. Senior consultant in corporate strategy and CSR for non-profit organizations. Board member in many no-profit and cultural Insititutions. Focus on the importance of arts and culture in the education of young generations and in the solution of global issues. Young global leader of the WEF 2011. Expert in arts and culture for the WEF Forum network. Holds seminars and tutorials at universities and postgraduate schools on no-profit and cultural management. Degree in Management Engineering, Politecnico Milano; degree in Piano, Conservatorio Musica Verdi Milan; Erasmus Scholar, Technical University of Munich; Aspen Junior Fellow. Formerly: worked at Teatro alla Scala Opera house for 13 years, including as Head of Co-Production and Digital Asset Management; Executive and Artistic Director, Florence Opera House - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Head of artistic programme for the start-up of Expo 2015 Milan. Founder and General Director, MITO SettembreMusica international music festival, held annually in Italy with more than 270 performances by 4,000 artists. General director of MAST Foundation, a philanthropic organization on innovation, culture and education. Artistic director of the StradivariFestival. Has conceived various artistic initiatives, including the integration of design, architecture and music language at the Triennale Milan. Former Coordinator, Micheli International Piano Competition with Pollini Berio.