We are excited to announce our keynote speakers
Managing General Partner: Conscious Venture Partners
Jeff Cherry is a seasoned CEO, entrepreneur, corporate executive, startup advisor, venture and wall street investor, speaker and writer with a track record of strategic execution and innovation. Over the last 35 years he has built award winning companies in engineering, design, strategic consulting and investment management. He has been a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 executives, government agencies and startups, with a focus on helping teams understand customers and build dynamic, high-performing organizational cultures. Jeff has a unique combination of C-Suite experience and a startup entrepreneur's DNA. In his capacity as general partner of the Conscious Venture Fund he has advised, invested in and helped launch more than 100 early-stage venture backed companies. He has worked with corporate venture programs and has acted as an advisor to a Vatican based startup studio. He is regarded as a leading authority on the ideas of organizational culture and design, stakeholder management and innovation. He has written articles on organizational culture and stakeholder management for Conscious Company Magazine and the Huffington Post and has been profiled on Forbes.com as well as in the Baltimore Sun. He has been honored as one of the top 10 people in technology in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal. In 2018 he was awarded the inaugural Laudato Si Challenge Impact award at the Vatican for entrepreneurs who are leading the charge to change the relationship between business and society. More recently, the tech journal Technical.ly named Jeff their 2020 Baltimore Impact Leader of the Year. The Conscious Venture Lab accelerator which he founded in 2013 was named one of the 10 greatest social impact programs in the world in 2019.
Urban Innovation Expert and former Chairs Office, MD Tech & Innovation Parterships at NYC Housings Authority
Gianluca is a senior executive and international public speaker with 28 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently Managing Director for Tech & Innovation Partnerships in the Chair's Office of the New York City Housing Authority, the largest public housing system in the US and the largest landlord in NYC with 400K tenants. He is a partner of Global Futures Group (GFG), which guides public and private clients in creating smart & sustainable urban communities, building innovation ecosystems, and cross-border business development. GFG is a co-founder of SCNY Urban Tech Summit at Cornell-Tech, New York. Gianluca has advised organizations at the intersection of economic development, technology and business development, working with businesses entering US markets, local and national governments, and private entities, such as Lendlease on the Milan Innovation District, Amundi, The European House -Ambrosetti, New York City’s Mayor’s Office, the World Bank, the Partnership for NYC, and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. He is a former executive of the government of New York City where he led International Trade and Investment as Director of International at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which he joined in 2014. His mandate was to grow the innovation ecosystem by increasing FDI in tech, linking them to the SDGs. During his tenure, he launched programs to lure tech businesses, built a global network of relationships with investors, business and government leaders - engaging with more than 500 companies - and launched IN2.NYC, the first citywide program in the US to provide uncapped H1B visas to foreign founders. Gianluca has 20 years of prior experience in the private sector, mostly in finance as a portfolio manager, investor, startup mentor, entrepreneur and business development leader. From 1998 to 2012, he worked at Muzinich & Co., a world-class credit asset manager, where he led international business development, being responsible for new assets under management in excess of $1.7B. Prior to moving to the U. S. in 1996, he spent four years in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked as a consultant for the EU Commission. Over his entire life, Gianluca has been politically active, both in the US and in Europe, volunteering with fundraising efforts for Democratic campaigns, advising former Italian prime and finance ministers, mayors and liaising between European and US top government officials. He is passionate about sustainability and is a regular speaker at major international urban innovation conferences and a contributor to media such as Crain's, RaiNews 24, CNBC, la Repubblica. He also is an investor and mentor of startups. He speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish and holds an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a BA+MA in Economics, Business and Law from Bocconi University in Milan. Gianluca is a former Fulbright scholar and a dual US/Italian citizen residing in New York City.
See you in Turin
From 20 to 23 September 2022, the global community of Living Labs will meet again in Turin, Italy. As the main business and cultural centre of Piedmont, this thriving city is the perfect place to talk about open innovation, emerging technologies and green transition.
OLLD is not just a gathering of Living Lab professionals, changemakers, shapers, entrepreneurs, and academics. It is a place to develop new ideas and form partnerships. 500 professionals will join to share their thoughts and experiences on the most pressing matters facing our cities and living environments today.
Check out the wonderful venue that will host our OLLD22. Located at a short walking distance from the centre of Turin, Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR) is a thriving hub for creativity, culture, innovation and entertainment.
Make the innovation possible
Sponsor the most important event of the Living Lab global community! A great variety of sponsorship packages have been developed to meet all your needs and interests!
Showcase your potential
Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your organisation and/or project in front of a vibrant international audience! Reserve an exhibition booth or a poster stand at our OLLD22.
Experience the innovation
Together with the City of Turin, we have planned three extensive site visits allowing you to get to experience some of the most interesting parts of Turin innovation ecosystem.
We are also hosting virtual learning sessions. You can enrol in a Spring or Fall course. The online program consists of weekly scheduled sessions to attend as well as assignments in between the weekly sessions to apply the learnings in the various cases brought in by a diverse group of participants and experts. The collaborative platform allows for continuous feedback and interaction.