Roberto Cingolani, who is the former minister at the helm of Leonardo

Physicist and former manager wanted by Draghi in his government, since October 2022 he has been energy adviser to the Meloni government

A physicist, academic, manager and former minister, at the helm of Leonardo: it is Roberto Cingolani who takes the command bridge of the aerospace and defense group. Born in Milan in 1961, Cingolani is the son of the physicist Aldo Cingolani, full professor of physics at the University of Bari, he spent his childhood in the Apulian capital. It is here that he graduated in physics and also obtained his PhD in 1988 at the University of Bari. In 1990 he perfected his skills at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. From 1988 to 1991 he was a member of the staff of the Max Planck Society of Stuttgart in Germany, under the direction of the Nobel prize winner for physics Professor Klaus von Klitzing. Subsequently he was supposed to move permanently to Japan to work at the Imperial University of Tokyo, but he returns to Italy due to the death of his father. From 1991 to 1999 he was first a researcher and then an associate professor of general physics at the Department of materials science of the University of Salento (at the time called the University of Lecce).

Between 1997 and 2000 he was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan and then at Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. From 2000 to 2005 he was full professor of general physics at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Salento, where he founded and directed the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of Lecce.]In 2001 he worked as an expert for the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rome carrying out some expert reports relating to the Marta Russo case and the Unabomber case. Since December 2005 he has been scientific director of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, of which he is also considered a sort of managing director.

In 2016 he worked on the birth of the Human Technopole in Milan, the project for a research institute for life sciences, created to continue the legacy of Expo 2015. On 27 June 2019 he left the IIT, where he was replaced as director scientific by Giorgio Metta, and was appointed Head of Technologies and Innovation of the multinational company in the defense and aerospace sector Leonardo, becoming operational from 1 September 2019. In April 2019 he joined the board of directors of Illycaffè.

In April 2020 he was appointed non-executive director on the Ferrari board of directors, from which he resigned on 16 February 2021 following his appointment as minister of the environment and ecological transition in the Draghi government. Since 23 October 2022 he has been energy adviser to the Meloni government.