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Leadership and Personnel

The MANAGING BOARD of EMbeDS was formed in January 2018 and during 2021 was renewed and extended. The composition of the new board comprises (in alphabetical order):

  • Nicola Bellè is Associate Professor at the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His research focuses on behavioral human resource management. Prior to joining the Sant’Anna School, Nicola was an assistant professor at Bocconi University and a faculty member of the SDA Bocconi School of Management, where he used to serve as the managing editor of the Observatory on Change in Public Administration.
  • Francesca Chiaromonte is the Scientific Coordinator of EMbeDS. At Sant’Anna, she is a Full Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Economics, and the internal referent for the consortium PhD in Data Science. She also teaches Statistics and directs the Institute for Genome Sciences (one of the Huck Institutes) at the Pennsylvanya State University. She develops methods for the analysis of large, high-dimensional and complex data, and applies such methods in several scientific fields – including contemporary “Omics” sciences, Meteorology and Economics. She holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Minnesota (USA) and a Laurea in Statistics and Economic Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
  • Alberto Di Minin is Full Professor of Strategy (Economia e Gestione delle Imprese) at the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE, University of California Berkeley
  • Francesco Lamperti is Assistant Professor of Economic Policy at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His key research area is statistical and computational methods for the analysis of massive, structured and complex data -- with a focus on networks, longitudinal, spatial, functional and/or compositional data used for the study of topics in the STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) domain.
  • Alessia Macchia is the new Director General of Sant’Anna. She graduated in Business Economics from the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD from Sant'Anna, after which she gained extensive experience in the public administration sector and in HR management. In particular, she served as Administrative Director of the USL 2 Lucca Health Unit (2012-2015) and as Director of Human Resources Management of the USL Toscana Nord Ovest Health Unit, managing over 13,200 employees.
  • Andrea Mina is Associate Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Until October 2016 he was University Lecturer in Economics of Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School, of which he is now a Research Fellow. In Cambridge he was also Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research and Director of Economic Studies and Fellow of St Edmund’s College.  He is now Pro-Rector for International Relations of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
  • Sabina Nuti is Full Professor of Health Management at the Institute of Management, coordinator of the Management and Health Laboratory, and the new Rector of Sant’Anna. Her research concerns performance evaluation systems, efficiency and governance mechanism in health care. She coordinates the Interregional performance evaluation systems (, has been a member of Expert Panels and Joint Assessment Frameworks for the European Commission, and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Outcome Program of the National Italian Agency for Regional Health Services.
  • Alessandro Nuvolari is a Full Professor of Economic History and Director of the Institute of Economics. Prior to becoming director, he was the coordinator of the PhD program in Economics at Sant’Anna. A graduate of Bocconi University with a PhD in Economics from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), his research is focused on the role played by science and technology in the emergence and consolidation of economic growth both in historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Andrea Piccaluga is a Full Professor of Innovation Management and the Director of the Institute of Management. In addition, he is the President of Netval (, the Italian network of University Technology Transfer Offices, and has launched the DBA programs at Sant'Anna ( He holds a PhD from Sant'Anna and a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU (University of Sussex, Brighton UK).
  • Chiara Seghieri is Associate Professor Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. She works on a variety of health policy and health care research projects and her current research interests include the use of statistical methods for the measurement and assessment of health care quality and equity using observational data from both sample surveys and administrative records.
  • Caterina Sganga is Associate Professor at the the Institute of DIRPOLIS of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Prior to her appointment at SSSA, she was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies and Department of Economics and Business of Central European University (CEU, 2012-2018). She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Private Law from Sant’Anna, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and an LL.B. and J.D. from University of Pisa. Her key research area is international and comparative intellectual property law, with a focus on European copyright law, IP and new technologies (esp. AI and data science), the balance between IP and human rights, and data ownership and management in the era of big data.
  • Andrea Tenucci is Associate Professor at the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His main fields of research are cost accounting and management in servitizing contexts, strategic management accounting, performance measurement and accounting history. He is furthermore doing research on Integrated Reporting and ESG measures/reporting.
  • Andrea Vandin is Assitant Professor of Computer Science at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He’s an Adjunct Associate Professor at DTU Technical University of Denmark. Before that, I was an Associate Professor within the section Formal Methods for Safe and Secure Systems of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at DTU Technical University of Denmark, as well as a Visiting Professor at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. He investigates several research lines of Computer Science, pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, at the boundaries of the social sciences and biology.

Cristiana Bettelli is our Administrative Officer. Daniele Licari is our Data Engineer.