Deputy Mayor for Innovation and Smart City - City of Torino
Paola is the Deputy Mayor of Innovation, Smart City and ICT Systems of the City of Torino. She is the woman behind the strategy of innovation and digitization of the city of Torino. She has brought a new vision for the city that is now turning into a laboratory for testing frontier innovations open to the world, but especially brought an administration vision that is always looking to citizen participation. She helped to develop and launch the city participative platform named DecidiTorino, where citizens can vote and suggest ideas, at the same time she's working to reinforce the transparency and participation of the city developing a new strategy of digitalization of the Municipality simplifying the communication between citizens and the city through the platform TorinoFacile. A cutting-edge city vision who have seen the experimentation of the autonomous car in 2018 thanks to the implementation of a 5G infrastructure for the city and the opening of the Torino City Lab, an initiative-platform aimed at creating simplified conditions for companies interested in conducting testing in real conditions of innovative solutions for urban living. Promoted by the City of Turin, it involves a vast local partnership of subjects from public and private sectors interested in supporting and growing the local innovation ecosystem and frontier innovation. Torino has also reached a new record in 2018 with the Drones show presented during the San Giovanni’s fest that has seen 200 drones fly on Piazza Castello and conquer the nominee as a first time seen event in Europe, after that the city opened a dedicated space to the drones testing named DORALab. DORALab aims to promote and support the development of testing activities on technologies used for the flight of drones, helping to promote, in this way, research in the field of remote piloted aircraft and the development of a sector, such as aerospace, strategic for the economic system of the territory of Turin. She holds a PhD in Business Administration and she is Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Torino. She founded and direct the ICxT's innovation laboratory at the University of Turin and participate to the startup of ESCP Europe Business School In Torino. She has been visiting lecturer at GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University) London and at the University of Westminster, she published more than 80 papers on innovation and innovative business models. She is mother of three incredible children and loves everything linked to sports and outdoors activity to enjoy with her family.