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Ruben Sacerdoti

Ruben Sacerdoti

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Director of the Department for the business internationalisation, Emilia-Romagna Regional Government

Ruben Sacerdoti graduated from the University of Bologna and obtained his Master Degree in International Economics at the University of Torino. From 2003 he is the Director of the Department for the Business Internationalization of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, managing a staff of 20 people and a budget of around 10 million euros per year. An important part of its the activity is concentrated in defining and managing projects devoted to favour the international cooperation between the Emilia-Romagna Regional High Technology Network (HTN) and International partners, mainly in advanced countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

He started his activity as a researcher in ASTER, the Regional Technology Agency, and ERVET, Emilia-Romagna Regional Development Agency. Finally he moved to the corporate consultancy in the field of innovation, finance, start-up high-tech and venture capital. From 2001 he spent two years at the European Commission, DG Enterprise as Project officer of Innovation Policy C-1 Unit, managing PAXIS, the Pilot Action of VFP finalized at high-tech start-ups promotion in EU and NACs.