External speakers

Laura Piovesan

Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Laura Piovesan works at the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s long-term financing institution headquartered in Luxembourg. She is currently Director of the Bank’s Innovation and Competitiveness Department within EIB’s Projects Directorate that is responsible for the due diligences of investments in R&D- intensive sectors, including the engineering, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and telecoms industries, education, health and digital infrastructures. Laura is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy. Prior to joining the EIB she worked for eight years for an Italian engineering company, first as Research Scientist and then as Industrial Economist.