HT Foundation

The Human Technopole Foundation  was established by financial law n. 232, 11 December 2016. The founding members of the Foundation are the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, University and Research which are responsible for supervising the Foundation.

The purpose of the Foundation, as indicated in art.1, c. 116 of the above mentioned law, is the creation of a multidisciplinary scientific and research infrastructure of national interest, integrated in the fields of health, genomics, nutrition, data  and decision science and in the implementation of the Human Technopole scientific and research project (“HT Project”).

The Statute and the Regulations of the Human Technopole Foundation provide for a governance system structured according to a dualistic model.

In particular, the Supervisory Board, chaired by the President of the Foundation, is the body responsible for the general direction and control of the Foundation’s activities, while the Management Committee, chaired by the Director of the Foundation, is the administrative body and has the competence in carrying out the activities necessary to guarantee the ordinary progress and achievement of the Foundation’s purpose.


Marco Simoni

The President is the legal representative of the Foundation, serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, is responsible for strategic thrust and manages institutional and public relations and promotes training and dissemination activities concerning the social and economic impact of the Foundation’s scientific research and public engagement.

Marco Simoni is the first President of the Foundation, nominated on 16 May 2018 with a decree of the Prime Minister of the Italian Government.

Marco Simoni is a political economist with experience in government and academia. He holds a degree in Political Science from La Sapienza University in Rome and a PhD in Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Luiss University in Rome where he teaches on European and International Political Economy. From 2007 to 2016, he was a faculty member at the London School of Economics, where he also taught and researched in the same field, up to the title of Associate Professor.

He interrupted his academic activity to serve, between 2014 and 2018, as the Advisor to the Prime Minister of Italy – first Matteo Renzi and then Paolo Gentiloni – on International Economic relations and Industrial Policy. In this role, he contributed to the economic agenda of the Prime Minister, managing national and international policy and legislative dossiers, coordinating relevant ministries and public agencies.

Simoni is the author of scientific publications on topics of political economy and he wrote a book on the crisis of Italian capitalism published in 2012 by Marsilio. He regularly contributes op-eds in the national press.

Supervisory board

The Supervisory Board ensures the excellence of the Foundation, compliance with the rules on the appointment of its bodies, verifies the use of resources, oversees the general coordination of the internal control functions and manages the scientific evaluation process of the Foundation’s activities and carries out a general activity of direction and control.

The Supervisory Board is a collegial body made up, when fully operational, of thirteen members, including the President.

The members of the Supervisory Board are appointed as follows: seven by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers, including two members designated by the Minister of Economy and Finance, one by the Minister of Health and one by the Minister of Education, University and Research; the remainder are appointed by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers, after consultation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, University and Research, and according to the Statute.

Each member of the Supervisory Board remains in office for four years and until the new members are appointed. Each member can be confirmed once. The Supervisory Board meets approximately every 45 days and extraordinarily if necessary.

The Board is currently made up of ten members, including the President.

  • Massimo Inguscio
    Full Prof. of Physics at the Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome
  • Marco Mancini
    Deputy Rector for Organizational Autonomy, Administrative Innovation & Resource Planning, Prof. “Glottology and Linguistics”, Department of Modern Literature and Culture, “La Sapienza” University,Rome
  • Mauro Marè
    Professor of Public Economics, Luiss University, Rome
  • Marcella Panucci
    Chief of Staff Minister for Public Administration
  • Maria Grazia Roncarolo
    Director Centre for Definitive and Curative Medicine and professor Pediatrics and Medicine at Stanford University
  • Donatella Sciuto
    Executive deputy Rector, Politecnico of Milano
  • Roberta Siliquini
    Dean School of Public Health, Torino Italy, former President of the National Health Council, Ministry of Health
  • Gianluca Vago
    Presidente Fondazione CNAO, former rector University of Milan
  • Alessandro Vespignani
    Physics professor at Northeastern University, founding director of Northeastern Network Science Institute in Boston


Iain Mattaj

The Director of the Foundation is responsible for the implementation of the multiyear strategic plan and chairs the Management Committee.

Iain Mattaj is the first Director of the Foundation, nominated on 18 June 2018 by the Supervisory Board on the outcome of an international competition.

Internationally renowned scientist, Professor Mattaj’s research over the years has made relevant contributions in the field of ribonucleoprotein (RNP) particles that function in the processing of messenger RNA precursors. From 2005 to 2018, he was the Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European flagship laboratory for the life sciences, world-renowned for its outstanding research in molecular biology and for hosting a significant number of Nobel Prize winners over the last twenty years, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 for the cryo-EM.
Thanks to his outstanding results, Iain Mattaj received many awards and honours.

Management committee

The Management Committee carries out the administrative activity needed to guarantee the ordinary progress and achievements of the Foundation.

The Committee is made up of five members, including the Director.

The members of the Management Committee are chosen through a competitive procedure among those in possession of suitable and documented requirements of professionalism and integrity, as well as of proven legal, administrative, economic and/or business experience or knowledge in the organisation and management of scientific research centres public health institutes.

Each member of the Management Committee remains in office for four years and until the new members are appointed. Each member can be confirmed once.

The members of the Management Committee are nominated by the Supervisory Board.

  • Irene Bozzoni
    Full Professor of molecular biology at “La Sapienza” University, Rome
  • Nando Minnella
    Economist, former Head of technical secretariat, Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
  • Stefano Piccolo
    Full Professor of Molecular Biology at University of Padova
  • Fabio Terragni
    Partner and Director, Alchema

SAB Coordinator

Walter Ricciardi
Walter Ricciardi

Walter Ricciardi

Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome.
From January 2019 Head of Department of Woman and Child Health and Public Health of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome.
From October 2019 President of the Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission.
In May 2018 he has been elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) by the General Assembly of the WFPHA.
In November 2017 he was appointed Italian Representative in the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation.
In 2016 he was appointed Principal Investigator of the EC Grant N° 733274 “TO REACH” the first health services and health systems research programme funded by the European Commission.
In December 2015, he was appointed Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Policy, Governance and Leadership at the Institute of Public Health, Medical School, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Rome.
From August 2015 to December 2018 he was the President of the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), where he was Commissioner from July 2014 to July 2015.
In May 2013 he was appointed Member of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (European Commission, DG – SANTE) and in December 2016 he has been awarded a three-year second mandate.
In 2011 he was appointed Member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research to the WHO European Regional Director and from 2011 to 2014 he was Member of the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners of the United States of America.
In 2010 he was elected President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and in 2011 he was re-elected for a second term up to 2014. Since 2014 he is Past President of EUPHA.
He was member of the Higher Health Council (Consiglio Superiore di Sanità) of the Italian Ministry of Health in the years 2003-2006 and the Italian Minister of Health appointed him Chair of the Public Health Section of the Council itself from 2010 to 2014.
He manages several undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities including a Master of Science programme and International Courses in Epidemiology.
He is Editor of the European Journal of Public Health, of the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice and Founding Editor of the Italian Journal of Public Health and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health.
In May 2019 he received the “Laurea Honoris Causa” at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is appointed by the Supervisory Board, is a consultative body of the Human Technopole Foundation, is called to express its opinion on the scientific research activities of the institute and carries out, on a temporary basis and no later than 1 January 2022, the functions and powers provided for in the Statute for the Scientific Committee

The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are chosen among those possessing the following personal, moral and professional requirements: wide international scientific recognition, undisputed competence in the scientific and research areas of interest to Human Technopole, moral and professional integrity and proven experience in the administration of research centres.

The Scientific Advisory Board is currently made up of five members, including the Coordinator.

Board Of Auditors

The Board of Auditors is made up of three effective members and three alternates. They are appointed among those included in the register of statutory auditors of the Prime Minister, following a proposal of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and subject to prior designation on behalf of the Founders of the Foundation. Each Founder selects one effective member and one alternate.

The Board of Auditors oversees the Foundation’s administration and accounting, it prepares final balance sheet reports and presents them to the Management Committee and carries out cash checks.

Supervisory Body

The Supervisory Body monitors the operation and compliance with the organization and management models referred to in Article 6, paragraph 1, letter b) of Legislative Decree 8 June 2001, no. 231 and has autonomous powers of initiative and control pursuant to art. 2 of the Foundation Statute.