“Due to Vittorio Colao’s appointment as Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition in the new Italian Government, he has had to withdraw from the conversation with Cameron Hepburn on March 4th. We thank Vittorio for his willingness to take part in the OMS series and congratulate him on his new position”.
Vice Chairman Europe, General Atlantic
Vittorio Colao is the Vice Chairman of Europe at Growth Equity investor General Atlantic, the Chair of the Compensation Committee of Unilever PLC/NV, and a Non- Executive Director of Verizon Communications in the US.
Vittorio was the CEO of Vodafone Group from 2008 to 2018. He has worked at Vodafone and predecessor companies since 1996 and was also the Group CEO of RCS MediaGroup in Italy between 2004 and 2006. He served as Vice-Chairman of the European Roundtable of Industrialists until 2018. Vittorio started his career at McKinsey, where he was made a partner in 1995. He served as NED on the Boards of Finmeccanica (Leonardo) and RAS (Allianz Italy).
He is a trustee and executive board member of Bocconi University in Milan, an advisor of the Oxford Martin School in the UK and he chairs, since 2008, the advisory Board of Cometa (charity dedicated to children) in Como, Italy. He serves as an Advisor to the new MedTech degree of Humanitas-Politecnico in Milan.
In 2014 Vittorio was awarded Italy’s Knighthood for professional merits. He has also been appointed He4She Impact champion (UN, 2015), won the GSMA award for Refugees support (2017), and recognized FT HERoes champion (2017) and Stonewall LGBT+ Global Senior Champion (2018).
Trained as a Carabinieri Officer at the Mountain Troops Military School in Italy, Vittorio is an avid cyclist and a semi-retired windsurfer.
Professor Cameron Hepburn
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
Cameron Hepburn is Professor of Environmental Economics, Lead Researcher on the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastic and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition, and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He also serves as the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme, based at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School.
Cameron has published widely on energy, resources and environmental challenges across disciplines including engineering, biology, philosophy, economics, public policy and law, drawing on degrees in law and engineering (Melbourne University) and masters and doctorate in economics (Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar). He has co-founded three successful businesses and provides advice on energy and environmental policy to government ministers (e.g. China, India, UK and Australia) and international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN).
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