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This pillar aims at exploring how the global crisis is impacting and will continue to impact youth's opportunities when it comes to the labour market, as well as at looking at the positive change of new economic movements.

Hikma wants to involve young people in understanding how global economics works, in order to be aware of the role that the youngest play within it. 

New and old challenges will be discussed: how organised crime has become more international and its appeal to youngsters; comprehending the role of education in the economic development of a country; and finally a workshop will be dedicated to economic sustainability and the creation of sustainable business models.


  • “Inequality and education: the key for the development”


  • “Unmasking Organized Crime: Empowering Youth to Break the Cycle"



  • Fashion meets Sustainability:  an innnovative business model

Inequality and education: the key for the development

In this conference, HIKMA intends to investigate the link between the economic and social situation of a country and the level of access to quality education guaranteed to the population.

With its contribution, we would like to understand what is meant when we talk about 'quality' education, what factors influence the level of education positively and negatively, and then ask how a state can intervene to guarantee this right to its citizens.

Convinced of the importance of education as a fundamental right, it is our interest to understand how access to a high standard of education influences both the socio-economic well-being of the individual citizen and the economic situation of the country. We want to offer our audience a deeper understanding of the role of education in the development of a country and the society in which we live. 

Michael Fisher


Michael Fisher is Education Director at Still I Rise. He graduated from the University College London's Institute of Education with an MA in Education & International Development. He currently resides in Brazil. Throughout his career, Mike has lived out his passion for leading learners and teachers. He has been an educator, a writer, a researcher and a manager of educators across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. A running theme of his work has been the pursuit of providing quality education to marginalized communities. This allowed him to find a natural fit in Still I Rise when he joined it as Education Manager in July 2021. In his role now as Chief Schools Officer, Mike leads the teams of teachers, the school managers and the Child Protection and Safeguarding staff as the organization attempts to offer shelter, learning and hope to underprivileged children in different parts of the world.


Giuseppe Pignataro

Giuseppe Pignataro is Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Bologna. He works on issues related to inequality, poverty and redistribution, with analyses at the theoretical and empirical levels applied in different directions. His research is mainly focused on the measurement of inequality and the evaluation of the causal effects of public policies, with some insights related to information and educational or spatial inequality. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Public Finance (DEFAP) from the Catholic University of Milan and a M.Sc. in Economics (CORIPE) from the University of Turin. He is an external member of the Health Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) at the University of York and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Social Impact Agenda for Italy. He is also responsible for the project on access to education for disadvantaged students on behalf of the Emilia Romagna Regional Office for the Right to Study (ERGO). His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Banking and Finance, Health Economics, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Economic Inequality and others.

Unmasking Organized Crime: Empowering Youth to Break the Cycle

The conference explores the topic of the relationship between the younger generation and criminal organizations. First, we would like to provide a brief overview of the structure, operation and sources of profit of mafias in the Italian context and the links between the mafia and politics. Given the pervasive nature of the phenomenon on the international scene as well, the second point will be devoted to outlining the links that exist between criminal organizations in different countries. Then, we analyze the relationships between organized crime and young people, while maintaining a focus on italian panorama: investigating the impact of these organizations on young people and the roles they are assigned; narrating the condition of the children of mafiosi, sometimes victims of myth. This central phase will close with a request to prospect, the expectations for change that the authorities have, in relation to the influence of criminal organizations on young people.

Ignazio de Francisci


He was born in Palermo on 25 August 1952. In 1985, he joined the 'anti-Mafia pool' led by Investigating Magistrate Antonino Caponnetto, along with Falcone, Borsellino, Guarnotta, and Di Lello. He handled the 'maxi-trials' bis and ter against various Cosa Nostra members, worked on several cases of national and international organized crime. Since 1991, he has primarily focused on Cosa Nostra cases, particularly those related to activities in the province of Trapani. In 1995, he participated in the investigations leading to the capture and the life sentence of Bagarella Leoluca. During 1995-1998, he supervised the interrogations of many cooperating witnesses and supported the prosecution in various trials, and the 'maxi quater' trial. Throughout his career, he held positions such as coordinating part of the Anti-Mafia District Directorate, Prosecutor of the Republic of Agrigento, Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic of Palermo, Attorney General at the Palermo Public Prosecutor's Office, and Attorney General at the Court of Appeal in Bologna. In his capacity as Attorney General, he took charge of the investigation into the instigators of the 1980 Bologna massacre and recently concluded the trial at the first instance.


Fashion meets sustainability: an innovative business model 

The aim of the workshop is to analyse the concept of economic sustainability, not only from an environmental point of view, but also in its social sense, referring, to this end, to current criteria and current legislation.

The event will be structured as following:
The first day will be dedicated to an introduction on the topic of sustainability and the analysis
of the main challenges that companies face when deciding to invest in sustainable development in order to remain competitive on the international market. During the second day, the interactive part will take place, during which the involvement of the participants. Attendees will be divided into groups, each of which will represent an international company operating in a specific sector of the market and aspiring to build a sustainable business model. Each company will be asked to develop a business model that achieves an ideal compromise between sustainability and productivity. On the final day, the groups will present their business plans, which will be followed by a final discussion to provide feedback to the students on what they have achieved and to further enrich the experience of those present, providing them with reflections and analysis.

Marisa Parmigiani


Marisa Parmigiani is Head of Sustainability and Stakeholder management for the Unipol Group and General Manager of Unipolis Foundation. She is chairperson of advisory board of OIBR Foundation, a multistakeholderFoundation working on Sustainability Reporting Standard. She is also chairperson of Sustainability Makers, Italian association representing CSRManager. Since 2018, she is executive director of Executive Master in Sustainability and Business Innovation at BBS, before than she has been teaching in various Universities, in bachelors and masters, CSR and Sustainability issues. She is a sustainability expert, with a specialization in finance, but she has also a deep experience in external relationship, at national and international level, and a background in social research and stakeholder engagement. At the start of her career, Marisa consulted on CSR, developing some Italian CSR best practices before working for Coop, consumer’s cooperatives, first as National CSR Manager and then as National Social Policy Director. Past General Secretary of Impronta Etica, the Italian National Partner Organization of CSR Europe.

She has been a member of many working groups and Advisory Boards, nationally and i nternationally, over the last twenty years. Marisa is the author of many articles in books and magazines and has edited three books.


Filippo Dal Fiore

Filippo Dal Fiore is a social science researcher and business consultant. He was involved in technological innovation for 10 years, both as a researcher at MIT in Boston (Senseable City Lab) and as an entrepreneur through the management of an online spin-off project of the same institute. After returning to Italy, he broadened his career path towards the themes of corporate social responsibility and valuing people at work. As well as at the School of Economics, Management and Statistics, he teaches Professional Development and Smart Cities at the Bologna Business School and collaborates with Great Place To Work Institute.

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