Fashion Technology Accelerator

An advisory board for fashion businesses.

Fashion Technology Accelerator has built its advisor board consisting of executive profiles who are experts in the fashion, technology and entrepreneurship sectors.

The board will be able to provide greater skills, capabilities and critical eye during the operations of recruiting and selection of promising new startups.

The board also states the important relationship between FTA and the corporate world.

President - Milano Unica
CEO - Successori Reda

Ercole Botto Poala

Born in 1971, after his university education and the international experience Ercole joins Reda, which is now at the fourth generation, and from 2005 he took the responsibility upon himself becoming the new ceo of the wool factory. During the early years he held different positions: from production to marketing, from new business to design where he has learnt all the details of this job. Strongly attached to his region, like Reda’s woollen fabrics, he would like to improve the idea of an ethical factory, strongly connected to the quality of the product and, at the same time, to the respect of the human relationships, of the environment and, last but not the least, of the tradition. All these elements let Reda’s brand strengthen its position in the world market, becoming today synonymous of luxury and made in Italy.

President - Miroglio

Giuseppe Miroglio

Giuseppe Miroglio is the President of the Miroglio Group. He has been the CEO of the group from December 2006 to July 2013. He is also the President of Miroglio Textile, Vice-President of Miroglio Fashion and of the Joint Venture Ayaydin-Miroglio.

He has started his career in Miroglio in 1997 in London, supervising the activities of Miroglio Fashion UK. During this period he has personally contributed to the development of the sales network of Miroglio, strengthening business ties with the most important department stores of the UK.

Two years later, he has become part of the Board of Directors of Miroglio S.p.A. In 1999, he has started the development of the retail activities of Elena Mirò, one of the most prominent brands of the group.

In 2003, he  has become the Managing Director of Miroglio Fashion, focusing his attention on the brand strategy of the company brands’.

He is currently a shareholder and part of the Board of H-Farm, RCR Cristalleria Italiana, Egea and APRO.

He was born on the 4th of April in 1972 in Turin and he has graduated in Business at the Cattolica University in Milan.

Brand Experience Advisor - H.Edge

Helen Nonini

Widely known as H., she is a well-recognised brand advisor and strategic consultant, bringing out the best of companies’ key assets, shaping them to better fit the present and future.

She starts her career in the financial world passing through the fundraising and non-profit sectors, then landing in the luxury industry.
She also worked as Head of Operations for the luxury concierge company Quintessentially and as PR in companies worldwide.

Industry Head Luxury & Fashion - Google

Tiziana Nunno

As former Strategic consultant and Industry Head of Luxury&Fashion in Google Italy, Tiziana is responsible for supporting the most important Luxury Italian brands in shaping their digital communication strategy to enhance the engagement of their customers.

Key areas of expertise span from e-commerce to pure branding solutions, by leveraging all the signals of consumers navigation  to maximize the return of media investments on the right target audience.

CEO - Piquadro

Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri starts his career in IT while still an engineering student and at the age of twenty he founds Mediacom, a company specializing in optical and computer systems applied to process controls.

In 1987 he starts Piquadro and, after ten years’ production on behalf of prestigious Italian brands, he decides to dedicate himself to leatherware by creating the Piquadro brand and launching it on the Italian market.

In 2007 he oversees the placement of Piquadro shares on the Italian Stock Exchange, where they are still listed.
In 2016 he signs the acquisition of the Florentine leather goods brand The Bridge, creating a Group of around 100 million euros in turnover.

Marco Palmieri’s great sensitivity for the discovery of new talents drives him to create in 2005 Piqubo S.p.A, an investment company that is mainly involved in financing new entrepreneurial activities. With the same purpose, in 2017 Palmieri launches Piquadro MyStartup Funding Program, an open innovation project which promotes innovation and enterprise by rewarding the best business ideas in the area of technology applied to the luggage and fashion accessories industry and rewards the best business idea with 100,000 euros and an acceleration path in Silicon Valley.

Director of Research & Development - YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

Gabriele Tazzari

Gabriele Tazzari leads Research & Development at YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP. He is in charge of product evolution strategy and innovation adoption, focusing particularly on product design and personalisation, apps, mobility, rapid prototyping techniques and technology organisation.

Tazzari began his professional career at Nexus as Area Manager and in 2000 joined YOOX S.p.A. as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the then nascent business. As CTO, Gabriele built and grew the Technology capacities leading a team of several hundred technologists, setting the baseline of the global e-commerce platform covering Europe, US, Japan and China.

From 2011, he started focusing on Innovation as Governance and Innovation Director, working on software performance, scalability, automation and governance models to support the fast-paced growth of software applications and infrastructures. He took on his current role in 2015 and joined the Advisory Board of Fashion Technology Accelerator Milano in January 2018.

Tazzari graduated in electronic engineering from Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.