The Forum for Family Businesses

Family Business Forum is directed above all at entrepreneurs and is a real economic and cultural laboratory, focused on family businesses, with the participation of some of the leading Italian entrepreneurs and managers and distinguished representatives from the academic world.
Family Business Forum is structured around different moments: workshops, plenary sessions and visits to local companies.

The Workshops are working and training groups directed at top managers and business people. They will be held on the morning of the 20th October from 9am to 1 pm. Enrolment is compulsory whether in presence or in streaming. Click here to see available workshops…

The Plenary sessions will be held on the afternoon of the 20th October (from 2:30 pm to 7pm) and the morning of the 21st October ( from 9 am to 2pm). The Plenary Sessions will feature leaders from the worlds of business and scientific research who will tackle current problems facing family business. It is a moment dedicated to ideas and to public reflexion. In presence and streaming. Enrolment is compulsory for those wishing to attend in person.  Click here to see the programme…

Visits to chosen companies aim to allow participants to get to know the situation in the area in which the Family Business Forum is currently being held. Companies are selected by Forum Management and the Steering Committee from amongst those distinguished as examples for family businesses as a whole. Arper, Keyline, Irinox and Tecnica have been selected for this edition. Since we are still in a delicate moment regarding public hygienic safety, the visits were recorded by the Forum team. They will be made available on the web site on the 20th of October, the opening day of FBF. Meanwhile, you can begin to acquaint yourselves with their histories by consulting some introductory articles. Click here to see available visits…

Fbf Formats

Workshop: working and training groups will delve into typical topics relating to family enterprises.

Plenary: work carried out in the main location. Work continues in a kind of marathon, subdivided into: Talks (modelled on Ted talks, lasting from 8 to 10 minutes, without the moderation of journalists, introduced by a very short video presentation); Dialogues, lasting 20 minutes in which two or a maximum of three people take part with a journalist moderator; Interviews, a conversation between a journalist and a guest, usually an entrepreneur but also possibly an ambassador or institutional representative, lasting from 20 to 30 minutes.

Company visits: a series of video interviews featuring selected representatives of companies chosen by Forum management and the Steering Committee on the basis of how well they can succeed in being positive models for businesses as a whole. Companies are chosen according to the criteria of rules of governance, generational transitions and business management.


To participate in the plenary,
free registration is required

For information send an email to

In attendance
Sant’Artemio, Treviso


Thursday 20th October 2:30pm


What role does a business play today?

Enrico Carraro, Chair of the Veneto Region Confederation of Italian Industry and of the Carraro Group

In an increasingly complex world in which the scale of values is changing, the role of business must also change and it can no longer be considered merely the creator of jobs and wealth.

TED Talk

 Family businesses: where are we at?

Guido Corbetta, Professor of Business Strategy and Strategy of Family Businesses,
 Bocconi University

For some time now, research has shown that the greatest resistance to family businesses occurs in the most critical moments. The strong and weak points of the principal kinds of business will be analysed. Focus on the North-East and Veneto.

TED Talk

Why are so many offspring reluctant to join the family business?

Salvatore Sciascia, Professor of Business Economics and Co-Director of the Family Business Lab, Liuc University Cattaneo

Only 1 in 10 members of the new generation intends to join the family business within five years after getting a degree. Does this fact, which emerged from a study undertaken at Liuc University, demonstrate a crisis in entrepreneurial vocation? Or maybe not?

TED Talk

The Well-being of the Entrepreneur and of the Family Business

Cristiana Compagno, Professor of Economics and Business Management, Udine University

We have all changed because of the pandemic. This is also true, as is the way of things, of businessmen and businesswomen. This delicate but crucial topic involves fundamental implications from many points of view, for example, in terms of company performance, stability of organizational and institutional structures, and of family cohesion.


Reading from “The Opposing Class” by Alberto Albertini

Antonella Questa, actress

The son of an entrepreneur would like to study but the family convince him to immediately join their business. Stuck between his father and an uncle, the founding partners, and a manager who has been hired with the sole aim of cutting back on employees to make the company more appetizing for sale, the author finds himself, suddenly grown up, having to begin everything all over from the start. His mistakes are revealed in the hope that other families may avoid them.


Relations between generations and between shareholders and managers

Alberto Albertini, author of “The Opposing Class”, Fabio Innocenzi Managing Director of Banca Finit, Cristina Scocchia, Managing Director Illy Caffè

TED Talk

Why I choose Italy

Luca D’Alessandro, Co-founder and CEO of Phonic Vibes

Having grown up with a family business background, he chose to give birth to his own startup, together with a team of friends in their thirties. He is responsible for important innovations in the fields of soundproofing and recycling. He has never even remotely considered leaving Italy


The Role of Communication in Business Families

Auro Palomba, Chair of Community

In family businesses, shareholders and managers spend more time, energy and attention on communicating with their own stakeholders, rather than with the market. More often than not, they don’t communicate at all in order to avoid internal conflict thereby leaving room for conjecture.


Family values, an international comparison

Matthew Fleming, Partner and Family Member Stonehage Fleming. Veronica Squinzi, Co- Managing Director of Mapei

There are some who aim, above all, for transparency, while some prefer honesty and others, again, aim for rules. When underwriting a family agreement it is important to establish shared values since they are not always the same for all.

TED Meeting

The Integration of different cultures in order to become big (and strong)

Matteo Storchi, Chair and CEO of Comer Industries

It has become increasingly important for Italian companies to grow in size. This process must include acquisitions which require not only vision and financial capacity but also the willingness to confront other cultures and to understand them. Italy has demonstrated know-how in this field.


25 years at the service of families
with advice and minority capital for development

Gianni Tamburi, Chair of Tamburi Investment Partners


 Giving back to the community

Arianna Alessi and Renzo Rosso, Vice-Chair and Chair of the OTB Foundation

Businesses are often the first to put themselves at the service of the community and not only in the case of emergencies, such as Covid. From the support of local public structures to the restoration of old monuments, to solidarity with the poor: what is the source of such will to give back to the community and which is the best way to act? The case of Otb.

TED Talk

Families: increasingly single and childless

Francesco Billari, Professor of Demography and Chancellor of Bocconi University.

In Italy, there are currently more deaths than births and this is not only due to Covid. For the very first time, in 2021, less than 400 thousand children were born. 15 years ago the birthrate increased by 100 thousand each year. Why are there so many empty cradles? Will this bring about a permanent falling birth rate for the country? Solutions to be adopted.


Parents and their offspring

Remo Ruffini, Chair and Managing Director of Moncler,
and Pietro Ruffini, Founder of Archive

Is it right that a son or daughter is naturally entitled to join the business? Should certain conditions be applied? And how “easy” is it for them to come to terms with an “important” parent? Based on dialogues between a parent and a child and a child and a parent, we shall examine one of the central themes of family business.


Italy’s prospects in the macro-economic global framework

Domenico Siniscalco, Vice-Chair of Morgan Stanley


Carlo Bonomi, Chair of the Confederation of Italian Industry


To participate in the plenary,
free registration is required

For information send an email to

In attendance
Sant’Artemio, Treviso


Friday 21st October 9am


Managing a company from the female point of view

Elvira Bortolomiol, Chair of Bortolomiol and the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Docg Consortium

In its annual report on the gender gap, the World Economic Forum ranked Italy still 63rd out of the 146 countries rated. Weak points remain participation in politics and, above all, in the world of work. A businesswoman narrates her own experience


“Dear dear energy!”

Gianpietro Benedetti, Chair of the Danieli Group, Federico Visentin, Chair Federmeccanica

The increase in the cost of energy is impacting the whole of industry, including steel, at a time in which demand for steel has reached its highest level in recent years, far above pre-pandemic levels. Consequences for Italian growth and demands for action


The State of Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Marco Leonardi, Head of the Department of Programming and Economic and Political Co-ordination

While Italy was preparing for General Elections, Europe released the second tranche of financing for Italy, amounting to 21 billion Euro. While awaiting to discover the new government’s moves, what stage has the activation of Italy’s NRRP reached?


Relations between Italy and Germany

Viktor Elbling, Ambassador of the Federal German Republic in Italy


De-globalization, internazionalization and the supply chain

Regina Corradini D’Arienzo, ceo Simest and Monica Poggio, ceo Bayer Italia

The stoppage that has affected the entire world has brought the phenomenon of globalization and the creation of long supply chains under the microscope. Discussion centres on how businesses are facing the problem, well aware that, in any case, the process of internationalization cannot be reversed

TED Talk

Handling conflicts

Carlo Salvato, Professor of Management, Bocconi University

In everyday life, it’s quite normal to find oneself in conflict with someone but one is not always prepared to handle such situations. Conflicts are particularly serious when they occur within an entrepreneurial family for the effects that they may have on the business itself

TED Talk

Shared Leadership: how to manage the business (well) in pairs

Daniela Montemerlo, Professor of Business Economics Insubria University

In many business families the role of chief administrator is entrusted to two (or more) managing directors. Research has highlighted many ill-defined areas, as well as some rather clearer, of this complex form of leadership. What exactly does it mean to be “Co-leader” and when and how it can work

TED Talk

The Business of Human Capital

Paolo Gubitta, Professor of Business Organisation, Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Padua University

The decline in the birth rate, digital transformation and ecological transition have changed the distribution of competences while new post-pandemic lifestyles have altered the meaning of “work” itself. It has become increasingly difficult for businesses to keep and motivate qualified personnel in line with plans for future development. What strategies and instruments should be adopted? Where do opportunities lie for family businesses?


On being a manager in family businesses

Roberto Giovannini, Partner, KPMG, Head of Consumer and Industrial Markets,
with Marco Zini, Managing Director, San Marco

The managerialization of family businesses is necessary for the said businesses to grow. However, all too often, the expectations of shareholders and those of management fail to coincide, and dialogue between the two parties becomes difficult. The best practices drawn from the experience of someone used to analyzing different situations and someone who has personally lived the role

TED Talk

Innovation guided by the Family

Alfredo De Massis, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business and Director of the Centre for Family Business Management, Bolzano Free University and IMD

When innovation concerns a family business, family issues are added to those implicit to the business itself and the situation can become more complex. However, there are recommended good practices to follow. Here are some of the best examples

Choral Discussion

Families and the economy: changes made and those to come

Magda Bianco, Head of the Customer Care and Financial Education Department of the Bank of Italy, Innocenzo Cipolletta, Chair of Aifi, Barbara Lunghi, Head of Primary Markets Italian Stock Exchange Euronext Group, Piergaetano Marchetti, notary and Emeritus Professor of Commercial Law, Bocconi University

Italian family capitalism has been discussed for decades. Some say it holds back the country’s development while others maintain it propels it; some say that it is too closed and rigid while others believe it capable of facing any kind of change. Opinions change according to the historical and economic period. Based on the experience of several leading Italian professionals, how business families have evolved and which paths they are following at present


The Difficult choice of Consultant Advisors

Josephine Calasso, Adelphi shareholder

The loss of a parent, in this case of a father, and, while attempting to overcome the grief of loss, finding oneself responsible for handling not only his moral but his economic inheritance, without being prepared for what is going on around you. The sincere reflexions of a daughter


Conclusions and Expectations of Businesses

Leopoldo Destro, Chair of Assindustria Venetocentro and Aristoncavi