The American University of Rome’s Institute for Business, Government and Culture was launched yesterday, September 18, 2013, at the Centro Studi Americani following a ceremony awarding Equinox Chairman and Alitalia Vice President Salvatore Mancuso an honorary Doctorate of Business degree. The event, chaired by AUR’s President Richard Hodges, was part of the Carlucci Entrepreneurship Forum, an annual debate providing AUR students with the opportunity to meet international business leaders and discuss subjects that could affect the global landscape and business environment. This year’s forum was titled “Crafting a Pro-Growth Agenda for Italy” and was attended by a crowd of AUR business students, members of AUR’s Board of Trustees, the Institute’s advisory committee members, personalities from the international business community in Rome and friends of Salvatore Mancuso and AUR.
AUR’s Institute for Business, Government and Culture will be a leading organization dedicated to emerging global issues and providing innovative business and policy solutions for twenty-first century Italy. Leveraging AUR’s strong international executive network in the business and cultural arenas, the Institute will provide cutting-edge research that guides business and regulatory practice, while giving students unique curricular, networking, internship and consulting experiences that will accelerate their professional development.
The Forum was moderated by Paolo Catalfamo, Chairman of Investar and Chairman of the Institute’s Advisory Board. Salvatore Mancuso was the leading panelist joined by Stefano Lucchini, ENI Board member; Gianni Di Giovanni, CEO of AGI Press Agency; and Paolo Fiorentino, COO of Unicredit.
The next Institute event will be a conference in Milan entitled “Undervalued Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for Investment.” The half day event, scheduled for early November will feature an international panel of leaders from the field of private equity, banking and legal affairs. The primary purpose of the event is to spur Italian growth through investment.