Sandro Battisti

Program Manager
Center for Information and Communication Technology
  • FinTech
  • Automotive industry
  • Urban Mobility
  • Street Smart Retail
  • Data-driven innovation
  • Innovation platforms
  • Business ecosystems
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Program Manager at the Smart Cities and Communities Impact Area. Responsible for business opportunities in the Automotive Industry.
  • Co-head of Digital Finance Innovation Lab (DFIL). The lab is a joint endeavour with GFT/Italy, a company that has presence in eleven countries with a Global Delivery Workforce of 5,500 people.
  • Co-head of TECNOPUC-FBK Joint Lab. TECNOPUC is the 1st Technology and Science Park in Brazil by Anprotec, and hosts more than 120 companies and 6,000 people.

  • Over 20 years of experience in innovation management, technology transfer and business development of ICT, developing strong collaborations with universities, research institutions, large companies, and start-ups.
  • Proven track record in fundraising, developing and managing strategic projects in the domains of smart cities, smart retail and digital finance, working in collaboration with several organizations in Brazil, Italy, Finland, the UK, the US, Germany, and France.
  • Considerable international experience with strong track records in leading complex organizations, negotiating with multiple stakeholders, co-founder and board member of startups, and fundraising from public and private sources.
  • Key achievement: launch and management of the High Impact Initiative in “Street Smart Retail” at the EIT Digital, focusing on research, innovation, start-up creation and business development. In the last four years, Street Smart Retail delivered 50+ innovative service solutions to key premium customers in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America.

Academic Background:

  • PhD in Innovation Management from Polytechnic of Milan/Italy
  • MBA in Enterprise Management from IBGEN/Brazil
  • BEng in Electronics Engineering from PUCRS/Brazil


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