The President is the legal representative of the Foundation and chairs the Supervisory Board, guarantor of the excellence of the Foundation. The Management Committee, chaired by the Director, leads the Foundation. The Scientific Committee evaluates the scientific research activity and reports to the Supervisory Board; the Board of Auditors revises the accounting.



Human Technopole is a private foundation governed by the civil code, by the law n. 232, 2016 (art. 1, comma 116) and by its Statue.

 “The Foundation is committed to promote the development of human technologies and long life, increasing public and private investments in those research fields directed to prevention and health, in agreement with the National Research Program and developing a multidisciplinary and integrated approach in the disciplines of health, genomics, nutrition and data science and decisions, with particular regard to the Human Technopole’s scientific and research project, in connection with the universities and research institutions. The activity of the Foundation follows criteria of economy, effectiveness and publicity” Art.5 of the Statute: scope and activities


The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Instruction University and Research (MIUR) are the founding members of the Foundation.

Foundation Bodies

Foundation Bodies

The Foundation has a dual structure granting operational autonomy to its bodies: the Supervisory Board exerts a role of direction and control, while the Management Committee carries out scientific and administrative affairs.

Foundation Bodies:

  1. President
  2. Supervisory Council
  3. Director
  4. Management Committee
  5. Scientific Committee
  6. Board of Auditors



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; the individual 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 academia and government. Former he was Economic advisor of the Prime Minister and Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, currently adjunct professor at the Luiss Business School. Since 2014 he has been at the forefront in the evaluation of valuable projects for the reconversion of the Expo area, renamed to MIND Milano Innovation District. He was member of the Coordination Committee that supervised the start-up phase of the Human Technopole project until the birth of the Foundation (DPCM, 27 Marzo 2018).

Supervisory Board

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is composed of thirteen members, including the President; it ensures the excellence of the Foundation, supervises the use of resources and the compliance with the rules on the appointment of the Foundation bodies. It carries out a general activity of direction and control over the Foundation.

The first seven members of the Board, including the President, have been nominated with a decree of the Prime Minister of the Italian government on 16 May 2018.


Daniele Franco

State Accountant General


Marco Mancini

former Chief Department at Ministry of Education, University and Research; Professor of Linguistics, "La Sapienza" University, Rome;


Mauro Marè

Professor of Public Economics, Luiss University, Rome


Marcella Panucci

Director General, Confindustria


Donatella Sciuto

Executive Vice Rector, Politecnico of Milano


Roberta Siliquini

former President of Consiglio Superiore Sanità, Ministry of Health; Dean School of Public Health, Torino Italy.




Internationally renowned scientist, with a prestigious academic curriculum and proven management skills of important multidisciplinary scientific infrastructures, the Director of the Foundation is responsible for the implementation of the multiyear strategic plan.

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 given relevant contributions in the field of ribonucleoprotein (RNP) particles that function in the processing of messenger RNA precursors. From 2005 to 2018, he has been 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 has received many awards and honours.

Governance-Management Committee

Management Committee

Composed of four members, including the Director of the Foundation, the Management Committee carries out all scientific and administrative activities necessary to guarantee the progress and achievements of the Foundation.

Besides Mattaj, the other members of the management committee were appointed by the Supervisory Board on the 15th October 2018.


Irene Bozzoni

Full Professor of molecular biology at “La Sapienza” University, Rome


Nando Minella

Head of technical department of Ministry of Education, Universities and Research


Stefano Piccolo

Full Professor of Molecular Biology at University of Padova