The Institute for Competitiveness (I-Com) is a think-tank founded in 2005 by a group of scholars, professionals and managers, with offices in Rome and Brussels. The objective of I-Com is to promote debates and analyses on competitiveness concerning innovation, in the Italian, European and international politico-economic contexts. The main areas of interest of I-Com are: digitalization, energy, innovation, health and institutions. In 2017, I-Com joined the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance, a worldwide network of 25 independent think-tanks from five different continents, each active in the fields of innovation and international trade. The president of I-Com is the economist Stefano da Empoli.
Stefano DA EMPOLIPresident
Stefano DA EMPOLI, PresidentStefano is the president and principal policy analyst at I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, a think tank based in Rome and Brussels which he founded in 2005. He currently teaches political economy and economic policy at the Roma Tre University, in Rome. Stefano is a graduate of the Coripe Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics (Piemonte, Italy), where he received a Masters Degree in Economics, and the George Mason University (Virginia, USA) where he obtained his MA (Economics). Stefano has served in key advisory or expert positions on a number of taskforces or scientific boards, including: Vice President of the Health City Institute; Scientific Director of the La Scossa Association; Board member of the European Foundation EYPROM; Expert Member of the Eurelectric Task Force on Investment; Expert Member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature in the Italian Ministry of the Environment; Director at the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation. He has authored numerous publications on economic themes, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions, and his opinions and analysis has featured in major Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, il Sole24 Ore, Huffington Post Italia and more. Stefano has also undertaken study and consultancy assignments for Italian and international public institutions, including the Senate of the Republic, the Department for EU policies, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the OECD, leading companies and non-profit organizations.
Franco D’AMOREDeputy Vice President
Franco D’AMORE, Deputy Vice PresidentHe is Vice President and Director of Energy Area of the Institute for competitiveness, an independent Research Institute that he helped to establish in 2005 and that promotes themes and analysis on competitiveness with an innovative emphasis, within the European and international policy-economic framework . He is a member of the Scientific Committee of UNCEM – Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani. He works or has worked as a consultant for public institutions and private authorities on issues of local development, innovation and European planning. He carried out numerous studies and research on energy and environmental issues, with a particular focus on sustainability of energy systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, on policies for the containment of greenhouse gases emissions and energy innovation. To the study and analysis activities added an intense activity of implementing projects in the field of energy and environment, for both private and public authorities. Before dealing with energy he worked in the area of research of optical properties of matter for photonic applications. He graduated in physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1998). Later he earned a Master’s degree at the European School of advanced studies in material Science (University of Pavia – 2000) and a Master’s in Energy resources management (SAFE – 2004).
Silvia COMPAGNUCCIVice President
Silvia COMPAGNUCCI, Vice Presidentxxx
Roberto GAGLIARDINISecretary General
and Communications Director