board of directors

Corrado Priami

Founder, President and CEO

Corrado Priami is professor of computer science at the University of Trento since 2001. The results of his PhD thesis on stochastic pi-calculus were the basis for the foundation of COSBI. He managed projects for over euro 40 million (about euro 20 million for industrial projects). He was in the BoD of the University of Trento and of the Trento School of Management. He published over 190 scientific papers, gave more than 90 invited talks and lectures, regularly serves in advisory and scientific boards as well as in reviewing panels for international funding agencies and institutions. He got a master and PhD in computer science from the University of Pisa. He was post-doc at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris (1996-97), researcher and associate professor at the University of Verona (1997-2001), visiting scholar at Microsoft Corp (2004), and will be visiting professor at Stanford University (2016-17).

Luca Cardelli

Microsoft Research Cambridge

Luca Cardelli has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh. He worked at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, from 1982 to 1985, and at Digital Equipment Corporation, Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, from 1985 to 1997, before assuming a position at Microsoft Research, in Cambridge UK, where he was head of the Programming Principles and Tools and Security groups until 2012. Since 2014 he is also a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford. His main interests are in programming languages and concurrency, and more recently in programmable biology and nanotechnology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, an Elected Member of the Academia Europaea, and an Elected Member of the Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets.

Pierpaolo Degano

University of Pisa

Pierpaolo Degano is full Professor in Computer Science; head of the PhD programme and of the Italian Committee of PhD programmes. he served as head of the CS department in Pisa; as chairman the Italian Association of the Professors of CS; as chairman of many conferences and editor of their proceedings; as a member of steering committees of research association and of several international committees for evaluating academic institutions, projects, researchers and professors; co-founder of the IFIP TC1 WG 1.7 on Theo. Found. of Security Analysis & Design and of the POST conference. Prof. Degano is member of the Editorial Board of Theo. Comp. Sci.-C,  of the Monographs & Texts in Theo. Comp. Sci., and of Mondo Digitale. His main research topics include programming language semantics, security and computational biology, on which he published more than 200 papers. He participated, often as project leader, in several research projects.

Fabio Santini

Microsoft Corporation

Fabio Santini is Developer Experience and Evangelism Lead in Microsoft Italy, he leads the commitment towards youth, developers and IT professionals in defining activities and strategies than aim at providing the technological tools that are necessary for translating ideas into plans of action. His team focuses on innovation as a mean of entrepreneurship. Fabio Santini spent 14 years in Microsoft, before his last role he was Server & Tools (now Cloud & Enterprise) Director. He was previously part of Enterprise and Partner division as a Business Productivity Sales Manager, Developer Evangelist for Developer Platform Evangelism Division and lead the Partner Technology Advisor and Partner Strategy and Program Teams for SMS&P Before Microsoft he was R&D Manager in a software house. He loves to spend free time with his 2 sons, play football and go to the cinema.

scientific advisory board

Karim Azer


Karim Azer is the US Head of Systems Pharmacology at Sanofi. His current work is focused on the development of systems pharmacology models in various disease areas, as well as developing novel methodologies and technologies that facilitate the application and communication of these models in Pharma. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 18 years, employing a wide variety of modeling, both mechanistic and empirical, and computer science approaches to address drug discovery and development questions in R&D.

Pier Paolo Di Fiore

Fondazione IFOM - Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare

Pier Paolo Di Fiore is group leader at IFOM, an internationally competitive research institute in Milan, which he founded in 1998, and Director of the Molecular Medicine Program at IEO, a leading cancer care center in Milan. He is also Full Professor of General Pathology at the University of Milan, and co-founder of the post- graduate European School of Molecular Medicine. Di Fiore has dedicated his scientific career to deciphering the molecular mechanisms of cellular transformation, with emphasis on growth factor receptor signaling, endocytosis and stem cell biology. He recently uncovered a link between endocytosis and cancer by demonstrating that the endocytic protein and cell fate determinant, Numb, is a key tumor suppressor protein in breast cancer that functions at the level of the SC compartment. He has also identified several genomic signatures that form the basis of new clinical tools for the early detection of cancer and prognosis prediction.

Michael Müller

University of East Anglia

Michael Müller is professor of molecular nutrition and systems nutrition at the University of East Anglia (Norwich/UK) and director of the Food and Health Alliance at the Norwich Research Park. He was Professor of Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics at the Wageningen University, NL from 2000-2013 and scientific director of the Netherlands Nutrigenomics Centre from 2003 - 2013. He is a renowned expert in the area of molecular nutrition related to lipid homeostasis, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology with a strong background in liver and gut (patho)physiology. His work has focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying genome-wide effects of in particular fatty acids and proteins on metabolic health and more recently on the role of nutrition on the gut-liver axis and the intestinal microbiome. Prof. Müller was a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is member of several scientific advisory boards.

assembly of parties

Paolo Collini

University of Trento

Paolo Collini has been the Rector of the University of Trento since 1 st  April 2015, after being Vice Rector and Pro- Rector for Teaching activities. He has been a member of the Academic Senate for various mandates and he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics. Further, he has been the Director of the School of International Studies and Vice Director of the Department of Computer Science and Business Studies. He graduated in Economics at the University Ca’ Foscari, he then attended a Master of Science in Business Administration at the Boston University School of Management and then a PhD course in Business Economics at the University of Venice. He has been full Professor at the University of Trento since 2009. He has been active with many Italian and international universities and member of various important associations, such as AIDEA (Italian Academy of Business Economics), SIDREA (Italian Society of Professors of Business Administration and Economics), SIR (Italian Society of the History of Business Administration) and AIDEA - Giovani (of which he has been President). As for his scientific publishing activity, he is member of important editorial boards and scientific committees.

Jim Karkanias

Microsoft Corporation

Jim Karkanias is a Partner at Microsoft, leading Program Management for Information Management and Machine Learning in the Cloud + Enterprise Division at Microsoft.  His background spans science (neuroscience), engineering (bioengineering, code development), technology (neural nets, machine learning, robotics, quantum physics) and business (including a start-up in the 90s, head of clinical operations for the human health division at Merck, etc.) – and now he is combining a bit of all of that at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 2006 to apply his industry expertise to a new venture – the Health Solutions Group – which aimed to revolutionize healthcare through paradigm shifting approaches that integrate next generation business, process, and technology. Jim now leads Program Management for Microsoft Applied Technology in C+E, an entire division at Microsoft dedicated to - through data, services, and machine learning - activating the business value trapped in your organization.