President - Genextra S.p.A.
After working in the financial, insurance, merchant banking and asset management sectors (Montedison Group, Morgan Greenfeld, IMI, Capitalia, Sviluppo Finanziaria), Francesco Micheli was among the first in Italy to identify high technology and telecommunications with strong and strategic development opportunities. In 2000, he founded e.Biscom-FastWeb. Now he is working in bio and nanotechnology sectors through a start-up, Genextra, of which he is Chairman. Micheli carried out musical studies in piano and composition alongside humanities-based high school and afterwards obtained a degree in political science at the Catholic University of Milan. Micheli is a member of the boards of directors of various companies including Allianz and Futurimpresa SGR and many cultural or philanthropic institutions including “Teatro alla Scala” Foundation, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, MilanoMusica, “Amici della Scala” Foundation Teatro Parenti Foundation, Vidas, Neuroscience Foundation, Basso Foundation, and Mazzotta Foundation. As President of the Milan Conservatory of Music, Micheli founded and is now president of the "MITO TorinoMilano Settembre Musica", the international Festival established after the twinning of the two cities. Through the Foundation (which bears the name of his father, who was a musician and teacher at the Milan Conservatory) he launched the Umberto Micheli International Piano Competition, which was chaired by Luciano Berio and created by Maurizio Pollini and Enzo Restagno.