1. Brighter in its leadership team
From September 1st, a new management team will oversee ISPI’s operations: Francesco Rocchetti as Secretary General, 3 Directors (Francesca Delicata, Corporate Programs; Serena Massimi, Rome Med and International Conferences; Antonio Villafranca, Studies) and Francesca Robbiati as Head of General Services. Paolo Magri, in his capacity as ISPI Executive Vice-President, will be in charge of international development, fundraising, and flagship initiatives. In agreement with the Board, he will also ensure the institute’s strategic management and overall direction. A younger, larger, and more diverse management to increase the firepower of an enlarged ISPI with 12 new staff members onboard over the next 6 months.
2. Brighter in mastering the digital era
11 million video views on social media, 4 million visitors to our website, a new widespread podcast, Rome MED 2020 as a year-long virtual initiative, 100% online courses and master degrees: these are the numbers of ISPI's digital experience so far. The Institute is fully committed to building upon these results and “stay digital” for most of its future activities. A newly-created virtual conference room and a state-of-the art media room will be operational from early September to meet the Institute’s enhanced digital needs and get the best out of this new phase.
3. Brighter and even more shining internationally
Alongside Rome MED Dialogues – now in its 6th edition – over the last years ISPI has further improved its international standing as the Italian think tank in the “European Briefings” project (with Bruegel, Clingendael, DGAP and Institut Montaigne among others) and in the “4x4 Directors Forum” (with IFRI, RUSI, Bruegel and four leading African think-tanks), and as partner in several EU-funded research projects. ISPI has also recently chaired the Working Group on the future of think tanks in a worldwide post-COVID19 initiative led by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Within Italy’s 2021 G20 Presidency, from December 1st, ISPI will take over from the Saudi Kapsarc the role of national coordinator/chair of the Think 20 (T20) and work side by side with hundreds of think tanks from all over the world.
4. Brighter, with an enlarged and modern venue
Palazzo Clerici, ISPI’s magnificent venue since 1941, can accommodate 1,000+ people in its 6 conference rooms and over 60 staff members. Upon completion of the post-lockdown renovation works, in addition to the virtual conference room and the newly-created media corner, next September the Institute will inaugurate a brand new conference room with a capacity of over 200 people and 12 new workstations to support ISPI’s ambitious plans for the forthcoming future.
5. Brighter in our partnership with ISPI’s corporate members
ISPI’s growth over the last decades was made possible by companies and institutions which have all confirmed their support to ISPI in spite of the post-COVID19 recession. This engagement is further enhanced by the new members which have joined the Institute in 2020: Artom Strategies, Assoimmobiliare, BNL-BNP Paribas, Cattolica Assicurazioni, Engie, F2A, Finlombarda, IBM, Pfizer, Simest and SARI. They are all near and dear to us even – and even more – today.