Paola Bonomo started her career at McKinsey & Company, where she was an advisor to top management teams at leading international companies on strategic positioning, growth, new markets, alliances and acquisitions. She then worked in leadership roles in the digital domain such as Senior Director, European Operations at eBay International; Head of Online Services, Commercial Operations at Vodafone Italia; and Regional Director, Southern Europe at Facebook.
Since 2009 she has invested in technology startups with Italian Angels for Growth, where she focuses on investments in the digital space. In 2015 and 2016, Paola was recognized as one of the Inspiring Fifty, the fifty most inspiring women in European Technology. in 2017, she was recognized with the Business Angel of the year award in Italy and the Golden Aurora award for the best woman business angel in Europe. In 2018, she was a cofounder of Angels4Women.
Paola serves on the Boards of Directors at Telecom Italia S.p.A, AXA Assicuraxaioni S.p.A, Piquadro S.p.A, and other public and private companies. She is also the president of Stanford Club Italia, the local Stanford University alumni chapter.
Paola holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Topic: China as an Innovation Economy: lessons for Europe and Beyond
The study of China’s technological evolution in recent years holds lessons for Western economic systems. Yet, many aspects of the Chinese system are problematic when considered from the point of view of liberal democracies. What are the “Chinese Lessons” we should learn? Paola Bonomo, angel investor, interviews Francesco Grillo, consultant and academic, who has studied China with an open mind over the last several years.