With more than 30 years' experience in the business of consulting and information technology, Francesco brings his knowledge of the cloud and data market needs, and his vision on how Gaia-X should revolutionize it. Independent Advisor since 2020, he has spent his previous professional life as an executive in many Italian and Multinational contexts. Formerly Chief Executive Officer for ENGINEERING D.HUB (Hybrid Cloud and Digital Transformation company within the largest Italian System Integrator Group), Vice President for Technology Services at AVANADE and Managing Director within the ACCENTURE Group, Chief Technology Officer for HEWLETT-PACKARD EMEA, SW Factory Director at UNISYS, Technical Director and Methodology Evangelist at RATIONAL SOFTWARE amongst his positions.
President of the National Interuniversity Consortium for Computer Science. EIC of the International Journal on Big Data and of the International Journal of Knowledge and Learning. Associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Service-oriented Computing and of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. ACM Distinguished Scientist and recipient of the Chester Sall Award from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He received the doctorate honoris causa from INSA – Lyon (France) for his contribution to Big Data teaching and research. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber-physical systems, secure service-oriented architectures, privacy-preserving big data analytics and cyber-physical systems security, where he published more than 700 scientific papers and books.