Thursday, September 12, 2019
at 5 pm, Aula Magna
Amb. Umberto Vattani, VIU President
Prof. Carlo Giupponi, VIU Dean
"iGuzzini. A cultural company fostering social innovation through lighting"
by Adolfo Guzzini, President Emeritus of iGuzzini Illuminazione
VIU President, Amb. Umberto Vattani and VIU Dean, Prof. Carlo Giupponi will welcome the many students, professors and guests from VIU Member Universities for the Fall Term 2019 of the Globalization Program, focused on 'Economics and Technology applied to Cultural Heritage'.
The semester will be inaugurated with a Lectio Magistralis delivered by Adolfo Guzzini.
Adolfo Guzzini is President Emeritus and Member of the Board of Directors of iGuzzini illuminazione, President and partner of the FIMAG Group. He is also Past President of ISTAO (Istituto Adriano Olivetti) since 2011, member of the Executive Board of the Leonardo Committee since 2009 and Past President of In/Arch. Cavaliere del Lavoro since 2004 with an honorary degree in International Economics from the University of Macerata, he has held various positions in the board of Confindustria, is Past President of Confindustria Marche, and is a founding member of Museimpresa.
In 1959 he co-founded with his brothers a decorative lighting company, the then Harvey Creazioni, now iGuzzini, becoming President in 1964 (1964-2018). In the mid-1970s, he began the transformation of the company into an architectural lighting company, becoming the first architectural lighting company in Italy, and promoting the culture of light both by actively participating in the foundation of trade associations (AIFAI-Assoluce, ASSIL, FederlegnoArredo) and by contributing in a significant way as President of AIFAI-Assoluce and in collaboration with Cosmit (Organizing Committee of Salone del Mobile Italiano), to the creation of Euroluce - the first specialized international fair for the lighting sector.
Over the years, he has actively promoted innovation in the company developing collaborations with national and international universities and research centers. In particular, since 1982 he has driven the launch of institutional campaigns to raise public awareness on the importance of light quality, an approach that today is summarized in iGuzzini’s vision Social innovation through lighting.
His commitment to promoting the culture of light and Italian know-how has been recognized with various awards over the years. Among these, the Compasso d'Oro for Career Achievement in 2018, the Leonardo Prize in 2017, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award ( Globalization category), the 'Capo D'Orlando' scientific Prize in the 'Science & Industry' section in 2016, the Olivetti Entrepreneur Award in 2011, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 'Quality of Life' category in 2001, and the Leonardo Prize for quality in 2001.
Friends of VIU faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend the Opening Ceremony and the welcome reception that will follow.
Vaporetto line n°20, boat from San Zaccaria at 4.35 pm.