Upcoming Events

The Future of Italian Manufacturing

Friday, March 24th at 4:00 p.m.
Baker Scholars Conference Room
Regents Hall, Room 550
Georgetown University 
Please R.S.V.P.

The Italian Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Georgetown Retail and Luxury Association (GRLA), a student organization, is pleased to sponsor a conversation with Mr. Riccardo Illy, President, Illy Group S.p.A., on ‘The Future of Italian Manufacturing.”

    Riccardo illy
    President of Illy Group s.p.a.

Riccardo Illy joined the family company, Illycaffè S.p.A. in 1977 and mainly focused on the reorganisation of the commercial structure. During the second half of the 80’s, he became the sales director and chose to reassert the uniqueness of the blend, returning to producing a single blend. In those same years, he reestablished and started up a network of Sales Organization in Italy as well as abroad.

He also developed marketing and communication activities and redesigned the business logo. He extended product sales to the alimentary channel and, with the industrialization of the coffee pod/serving, in the workplace channel. Subsequently, he raised to international sales director and re-organised the structure of the subsidiary companies.

In 1992, he became managing director and in 1995, vice-president. Riccardo Illy is also journalist and author of a book, “Dal Caffè all’Espresso” published by Mondadori and translated in English, French and German, for which publication his brother Francesco produced the iconographic content. In 2006 he writes “La Rana cinese” (“The chinese frog”) and in 2008 “Così perdiamo il Nord” “So we lose the north”.

In the past he has held the position of vice-president of the Associazione degli Industriali di Trieste (Industrialist Association of Trieste) and of president of the Seminario Permanente Veronelli From 1993 to 2000, he was Mayor of Trieste and in 2001 was elected MP in the Italian Parliament. In 2003, he was elected President of the Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in charge until April 2008. In 2004, he was elected President of the Assembly of the European Regions.

From 2008 to 2010 he was member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens of the EU in Brussels. From 1997 to 2002, he was president of the Comitato Promotore della Direttrice Ferroviaria Europea Transpadana (a committee dedicated to promoting a fast trans-European railway line via Northern Italy). In 2000, the President of the Republic of Austria conferred him the “Golden Honorary Title”. In the same year, he was awarded the degree Honoris Causa in Political Sciences at the University of Trieste. In 2009, Riccardo Illy was appointed Grande Ufficiale by the President of the Italian Republic. In the same year he is nominated IEDC-Bled School of Management Supervisory Board member.

    Michael R. Czinkota
    Associate professor of
    International Business & Trade
    Mcdonough school of business
    georgetown university

Born and raised in Germany, Doctor Michael R. Czinkota studied law and business administration at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. He holds an MBA in international business and a PhD in logistics from The Ohio State University.  

Having taught international business and trade at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, He is also the chaired professor emeritus for international marketing at the University of Birmingham. He also works with the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, where his research pursues the soul of international marketing, both in field as well as its students.

Dr. Czinkota served in the U.S. government during the Reagan and Bush Administrations and has worked with the U.S. Department of State on terrorism preparedness. In addition, Dr. Czinkota served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the U.S. Government and as Head of the U.S. delegation to the OECD industry committee in Paris. He has joined several corporate boards and has worked with corporations such as AT&T, IBM, GE, Nestlé, and US WEST. Features on the Global Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association, the Global Council of the American Management Association, and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the U.K.

His academic work concentrates on export development strategies, trade negotiations, and trade policy and the linkage of international business and terrorism. He was named one of the top three contributors to the international business literature and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Marketing from the American Marketing Association. His key textbook (co-authored with Prof. Ilkka Ronkainen) is International Marketing, in its 10th edition with CENGAGE. His blog to contact him and track his work is michaelczinkota.com.


Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges:
A One-Day Student-Centered Workshop

Saturday, March 25, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
White-Gravenor Hall, Room 405 
Georgetown University

This is the second year The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in partnership with the Italia Innovation Program is sponsoring a full day student-centered workshop on Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges. This is an exciting program which brings to campus well-known and established Italian companies and serves as a bridge between business and academia. Last spring, four students were awarded, on a rotating basis, paid internships with Eni, S.p.A.

During this one-day event, the top management of Italian iconic companies, Eni, S.p.A and Domori will present students with an outline of the area the company is seeking innovative input and present the students with a challenge that implies their creative participation. The registered students, divided into small groups, will work together to develop a proposal for a solution. At the end of the day the Eni group winning team will be offered paid internships at their Washington Office. The Domori winning team will receive a 10-week fellowship in Italy to further develop their proposed solution. The award includes accommodations, meals and local transportation.

The Participating Italian Companies


Eni S.p.A., an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome. It has operations in 79 countries and is currently the world's 11th largest industrial company. Mr. Gianni Di Giovanni, Eni's U.S.A. Chairman will present a challenge related to renewables. The Eni group winning team will be offered paid internships at their Washington Office. 

Domori is a renowned Italian chocolate company that specializes in the production of a chocolate that maintains the natural essence of cocoa intact.  Domori has headquarters in None, near Turin, and since 2006 it has been a member of the Illy SpA group. Mr. Riccardo Illy, President of Illy S.p.A. will present a challenge related to corporate ethics and sustainability of their product. The Domori winning team will receive  a 2-month research summer fellowship, to be spent in Italy, between the headquarter of the company in Turin and the Domori Innovation Lab in Treviso, located in the Italia Innovation Program campus.

Dr. Franco Peracchi, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Georgetown will provide students advice and guidance during the workshop.

The Workshop will serve as a bridge between business and academia and offers students a great opportunity to be intellectually engaged in finding solutions to challenges confronting the business world.  ​We are limiting the number of participants to 50 students. The application deadline has passed. Lunch will be served.

A dialogue between two great writers:
Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature & 
Claudio Magris, author of the Danube,
led by Charlie Rose, famous journalist & television host.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University
3700 O Street NW Washington, DC 20057
Please R.S.V.P. 

    Mario Vargas Llosa
    2010 Nobel Laureate in literature

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, and also spent parts of his youth in Cochabamba (Bolivia), Piura in northern Peru and Lima. He made his debut as a novelist with The Time of the Hero (1962), set in Leoncio Prado military Academy, where he had been a student.  The book received an immediate international recognition. 

His many other works include the novels Conversation in The Cathedral, The Green House, The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, Who Killed Palomino Molero?, The Storyteller, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, The Dream of the Celt, The Discreet Hero and the theatre plays La Chunga, Kathie and the Hippopotamus,The Young Lady from Tacna, among others.

He has also published several books of essays.  He writes for El País (Piedra de Toque), and the cultural magazine Letras Libres (Extemporáneos) published in Mexico and in Spain.  His books have been translated into more than forty languages. Mario Vargas Llosa has also been an outspoken participant in the world of politics, as a prolific essayist and candidate for elected office.

He has received a long list of prestigious literary awards, including the Leopoldo Alas Prize (1959), the Rómulo Gallegos Prize (1967), the National Critics' Prize (1967), the Critics' Annual Prize for Theatre (1981), the Prince of Asturias Prize (1986), the Miguel de Cervantes Prize (1994) -- the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, the Jerusalem Prize (1995), the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (1996), the PEN/Nabokov Award (2002), the Nobel Prize (2010) and many Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from the most prestigious universities.


    Claudio Magris
    Author of danube

Claudio Magris, was born in Trieste in 1939. He graduated from the University of Turin, where he majored in German studies. For several years he taught modern German Literature at both the Universiy of Torino and of Trieste. His master thesis, Il mito absuburgico nella letteratura austriaca moderna (Einaudi 1963) is still considered a milestone in the field of Austrian literature studies.

In 1986 he published his first novel, Danube, which was translated in 24 languages. He is the author of numerous novels and essays, translated into many languages as well as a columnist for the Corriere della Sera and other European newspapers.

His numerous publications include: Lontano da dove, Joseph Roth e la tradizione ebraico-orientale, L'anello di Clarisse, Illazioni su una sciabola, Inferences from a Sabre, A different sea, Blindly, Three Plays, La storia non è finita. Etica, politica, laicità, Blameless, Istantanee, and others.

He has received several honorary degrees and numerous awards, among them: Premio Strega, Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung, Praemium Erasmianum, Premio Principe de Asturias, Premio Campiello, Premio FIL de Literatura Guadalajara, Premio Qualità della Lettura (Corriere della Sera), Taormina International Award for Literary Excellence, and Kafka Prize, to name a few.


    Charlie rose
    anchor and executive editor of
    charlie rose PBS Program

Charlie Rose is anchor and executive editor of CHARLIE ROSE, the nightly one-hour program that engages in one-on-one, in-depth conversations and round-table discussions, and the newly launched CHARLIE ROSE: THE WEEK, chronicling the best stories and interviews of the past seven days. He also co-anchors CBS THIS MORNING, is a correspondent for 60 Minutes and fills in for Scott Pelley on the CBS EVENING NEWS.

Since 1991, Charlie Rose has aired countless hours with Nobel Laureates, and extraordinary men and women of science, politics, art, business, sports, technology, literature and entertainment. These conversations have made the broadcast a cultural and intellectual archive.

He is the recipient of the Legion d'honneur, 2014 Vincent Scully Prize, and numerous awards from the scientific and journalism communities, and many honorary degrees including Georgetown, N. C. State, Fordham and others.   Charlie Rose won an Emmy Award and Peabody Prize for his 2013 interview with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. He was the recipient of the 2015 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize.

Charlie Rose was born in Henderson, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in History and a J.D. from the School of Law. He maintains a home in Henderson where his father, a businessman, and his mother are buried.  His primary residence is in New York City.