Why HoC ?
Access to resources and opportunities is inequitable.
New geopolitical balances challenge social & economic order
Sustainable growth is a must but difficult to achieve.
Tackling these challenges requires nurturing new forms of humble and inclusive leadership; understanding cultural and economic historical trends, and; gaining a sense of the richness of life which is not limited to a material ulity.
What is it ?
The Harbour of Cultures is an immersive and experiential retreat
focused on discovering, exploring and expanding
the core of future leadership traits.
Three visionary programmes based on
intellectual and organizational challenges
Geopolitical and social safety
Gain a cutting edge understanding of new world order in relation to technological and cultural innovation.
Social innovation for entrepreneurs
Make the city a space for social innovation and regeneration to achieve new economic and social orders.
Address today’s most pressing challenges with a new approach to management and gain pragmatic tools to boost civic and economic development.
Who is it for ?
The Harbour of Cultures is for curious, explorative and entrepreneurial minds, be these young innovators who want to collaborate on HOC’s social innovation activities or accomplished business leader who want to pause, reflect and change the way in which they operate by attending HOC’s learning activities.
Through art, culture, diversity, social entrepreneurship and innovative approaches to management, HOC will engage partners in co-designing unique and tailored learning experiences ‘on the ground’, where local challenges are used as material to regenerate minds, urban spaces, business models and dispute the conventional boundaries of today’s disciplines and sectorial experiences.
Who are we ?
Chair in Accounting Governance & Social Innovation @ University of Edinburgh Business School
Chair in Accounting Governance & Social Innovation @ University of Edinburgh Business School
His research sits at the crossroad between material accounting visualizations and decision making, strategizing, and governance. His interests span from the emergence and diffusion of accounting and managerial practices in historical and contemporary settings to the management of ambiguity and uncertainty in megaprojects. As Fulbright New Century Scholar at the University of Stanford, he conducted research on changes in business models and education.
In his TEDxOxbridge talk on ‘Governing socie-ties’, Prof. Quattrone offers a comparison between corporate and collegiate forms of governance showing how decision-making and deliberation processes can be rethought to rely on collective forms of intelligence that engage participants rather than alienating them.
Professor Quattrone has published widely on the interface between management control and information technologies (especially ERPs) and his works have appeared in world-leading journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Organization Studies, and Administrative Science Quarterly. His research on the Jesuit administrative and accounting practices has been featured in the Financial Times where he recently commented on the future of corporate reporting and audit.
He is a member of the Major Project Leadership Academies of the UK Cabinet and of the Victorian Government in Australia. He sits on the Advisory Group on the Future of Corporate Reporting at the Financial Reporting Council in the UK and teaches, consults, and researches in the area of Major Programme Management, especially in relation to issues of reporting, governance and leadership in relation to the management of risk and uncertainty.
In his role of Dean of Special Projects at the University of Edinburgh, he coordinated the efforts to develop and fund the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a major interdisciplinary institute aimed at rethinking the economy, education and societies in collaboration with relevant external partners.
Senior Fellow @ Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Tony Meggs, the CEO of the UK government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority describes the MPLA as, “the best leadership programme in the UK, and the best project delivery programme in the world”. Paul’s role as Academy Director for the MPLA means he is accountable for the programme’s design and delivery and since leading its inception in 2012, the MPLA is credited with improving the success of UK government’s £500 billion portfolio of major projects.
Paul recently completed a research project for the Department of Health into the benefits of major health ICT investments and is currently investigating the anatomy of large-scale transformation projects. Paul continues to advise international governments, such as the Canadian federal government and the Nigerian federal government, and other public bodies on the delivery of major projects. He also provides external evaluation and challenge on major infrastructure planning and delivery, such as supporting the delivery of the UK’s Geological Disposal Facility for highly active radioactive waste, and on large-scale transformation projects, such as for Walmart, the world’s biggest company.
Paul also co-directs with Tracey Camilleri the ‘Orchestrating Major Projects’ Programme which engages Director Generals across UK Government to act as sponsors and improve the operating environment that enables the delivery of major projects. His work with the UK government extends to developing and delivering workshops for the Civil Service’s permanent secretaries, for Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee and with individual departments to bring together senior politicians and their senior officials. Prior to this, Paul set up Oxford’s MSc in Major Programme Management and ran this as Director of Graduate Studies for its first seven years where he continues to teach and supervise students.
In addition to being on the Board of the Association for Project Management, Paul chairs the Professional Standards and Knowledge Committee, which includes in its remit overseeing the development of the Chartered Standard for the project profession.
Paul’s experience in working on and researching large scale projects stretches back to the EPSRC-funded ‘Super Value Goods Initiative’ (1993-1996) and leading the ‘Lean Wing’ project for Airbus (1996-1999).
Professor of Strategy @ Cass Business School, London
Prof. Furnari works with executives in the areas of strategic leadership, business models, organization design, collaboration across silos, negotiation and influence skills, and generative networking for business. He has been involved in the design and delivery of several Executive Education and Strategic Leadership programs for international corporations, including global banks, global executive search firms, and large UK manufacturing and media companies.
Prof. Furnari does research on innovation, business models, organization design and on how to leverage networks for business and collaboration. His research has been published in world-leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management, Organization Studies (among others). Prof. Furnari’s papers have received prestigious awards, including the 2014 AMR Best Paper Award for the best paper published in 2014 in the Academy of Management Review (the highest-ranked academic journal in management in the world).
At Cass, Prof. Furnari teaches “Corporate Strategy for a Globalized World” in the Executive MBA program and “Research Methods for Business” in the MSc in Management program. In 2013, he received a Staff Recognition Award for the outstanding quality of his teaching. Prior joining Cass, he was an IRI Foundation Fellow and later a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago. He was also a research fellow at Bocconi University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management.
Prof. Furnari has also served as a consultant for small start-ups and large companies in a variety of sectors, including creative and high-tech industries.
Photographer, Painter & Film Maker
Fabio G. Ficano
President, Lufrarise & Associates
Fabio Ficano is an eclectic entrepreneur, investor and tireless business development partner, recognized for his expertise in creating and advancing new businesses, ventures and partnerships. He excels at bringing together complex projects with multiple and frequently competing stakeholders to successful outcome and resolution. He is specialized in relationship management, including government and industry affairs, and as result of his extensive experience, Ficano offers his clients access to a vast network of domestic and international corporation
heads, venture partners, government entities and officials, foreign counsel, Silicon Valley and European-based businesses. Key areas of focus for Ficano include clean/green technology, renewable energy, large infrastructure projects, security technology, transportation and most recently recruitment technologies.
Ficano holds the title of “Knight Commander of the Italian Republic”, awarded to him in 2009, on the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, bestowed by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, making him one of the youngest citizens to receive such an honor.
Fabio Ficano is Founder and President of LufraRise; a firm specialized in business development, government and industry affairs and multi-stakeholder projects with particular emphasis on in the relationship between the public and the private sector and in bi-lateral investments between U.S. and European enterprises.
Ficano is also Co-founder and Managing Director of Elettranova Inc., co-founder and Managing Partner of Moncada Energy USA and Moncada Energy Malaysia & Philippines and President and Founder of BICA (Best of Italy Consumer Association). Ficano is Chair of International Relations and Renewable Energy Initiatives for the Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council (SVIEC), a member of the “U.S.–Italy Bilateral Climate and Energy Partnership”; an agency created by the
U.S. Department of State and the Italian Government to pursue joint research programs on climate change and low-emission technology, and a commissioner for the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Best Commission.
Previously Ficano held the role of Senior Fellow at Palantir Technologies, an IT firm specialized in data analysis serving government agencies, law enforcement, the intelligence community and financial institutions. From 2004 to 2007 Ficano was Director of Government Affairs at URS Europe and from 2001 through 2007 served as Special Delegate for one of the Italian Regions in the United States promoting investments, tourism and international exchange between Federal and State’s Agencies and the Region. He was also Co-founder and Managing Director of VM Relazioni Instituzionali USA from 2007 until 2012.
In 1998, Ficano co-founded Gusto & Fantasia in Montreal Canada; a firm specialized in selecting and certifying European vendors and products on behalf of leading American food corporations. The company grew from 0 to 300 employees in two years and it was subsequently acquired by its main client, a Fortune 500 Company.
Ficano currently resides with his family in San Francisco, California and holds dual EU/US citizenship.
Entrepreneur and civil engineer @ Fondazione Sambuca
Marco Giammona graduated with honors in 1989 in Civil Engineering at the University of Palermo and currently works as a civil engineer and entrepreneur in the construction industry.
He is a well-established and experienced designer, construction supervisor and business consultant, thus resulting in a versatile and all-around professional, capable of managing the entire building process from concept to market.
His expertise is furthermore supported by a large portfolio of complex structural masonry, steel, and concrete projects which mainly apply to the building refurbishment and restoration field.
His expertise is furthermore supported by a large portfolio built in the last decade, made of complex restoration projects of prominent historical buildings. The most notable of these are Palazzo Sambuca, Palazzo Moncada di Paternò, Palazzo Lancia di Brolo and the ongoing project of the spectacular Palazzo Butera.
Architecture, Engineering and Management themes in conferences, debates, interviews and roundtables where he is requested for his renowned expertise.
He is the President of Fondazione Sambuca to actively participate on the global discussions about Contemporary Art, Architecture and design, City Planning, Social environment.
Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi Collection
Where is it ?
The Harbour of Cultures is in Palermo, in Sicily – the crossroad of diverse cultural trends and at the core of centuries of developments reflected in the DNA of so many great minds of today. Palermo, the site of this unique and courageous journey of intellectual regeneration and social innovation, was once central to the history of human kind. HOC aims to turn Palermo’s peripherical position in the modern world into a resource for exploring new forms of integration through art, culture, history and economics.
HOC will be held at the marvelous site of Palazzo Butera. The setting is a symbol of how change is possible even in places where it is unthinkable, and will draw on art, culture, and history to rethink leadership, negotiation, finance, business and social cohabitation.
How to help ?
How can you help plant seeds of regeneration?
We are at the beginning of a long journey. We do not think education and innovation is something to sell but something that requires co-creation by engaged and diverse thought leaders. Are you ready to create something new and leave a legacy? Join us in co-designing activities and tailored leadership programmes to shape a new social contract (or new form of inclusive capitalism).