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Education, Honors & Awards
Università Commerciale 'Luigi Bocconi'
Business Administration (1995)
Minor- Scientific Studies
Banca Prossima - Banca Intesa Aspen Institute Newman's Own Foundation Serious fun Children's Network
Maria Serena Porcari is the CEO of the Dynamo Foundation, a Venture Philanthropy Foundation, founded by the Intek Group in Milan. Since April 2004, she has been in charge of the start-up of the Foundation and of its main project, the Dynamo Camp in cooperation with the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps (today SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman). Serena is Founder and Vice Chairman of Associazione Dynamo Camp Onlus. As CEO of Dynamo Camp, she targeted the 8 M€ fundraising campaign for starting-up Dynamo Camp operations and she is guiding the process for becoming sustainable, raising every year more than 4 M€. Today Dynamo Camp employs more than 100 people and manages 640 volunteers a year, reaching completely with its therapeutic recreational programs free of charge more than 4300 children with severe and chronicle illnesses parents and siblings. Since 2009, she is chairman of Dynamo Academy, a social enterprise established to promote social responsibility in Italy. It contributes with its activities to the sustainability of Dynamo Camp. At present she is active in implementing a third social enterprise in the food business. Before joining Fondazione Dynamo, Maria Serena Porcari was a Certified Consultant within the BCS Organisation (Business Consulting Services) in IBM Italy and worked as Client Executive for several Industrial Organisations. Since February 2002, Maria Serena took the responsibility over three delivery and offering Groups (Customer Relationship Management, Financial Management Solutions and Human Capital Solutions) within the Solution Department of GlobalValue (an IBM and FIAT Company). The Solutions managed large projects on Business Transformation, Innovation and Information Technology with all the Companies of the FIAT Group. Maria Serena was responsible of more than 70 Million Dollar total Turnover. In IBM, Maria Serena managed the Centre for IBM e-business Innovation for Italy. Maria Serena was responsible for the business plan, the launch and the development of the Centre. She managed a group of more than 70 professionals, with creative, consulting and technological skills. The Centre over - achieved its targets both in 2000 and 2001. Projects were mainly with Banking and Finance companies. Maria Serena joined the Executive Program, Innovating Health for Tomorrow, INSEAD, France, sponsored by J&J Foundation. Maria Serena has an MBA with the Henley Management College (IBM Corporate MBA), Great Britain. She completed the Master in International Management awarded by the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). Maria Serena graduated in Business Administration at University “L. BOCCONI”, Italy 110/110 (summa) cum laude. Maria Serena is a Dottore Commercialista (Chartered Accountant) and speaks fluent English and German. M.Serena is community advisor of the Newman’s Own Foundation, Westport, CT, USA M.Serena is Board Member of Serious Fun Children Network, founded by Paul Newman (previous Association Hole in the Wall Camps), NY, USA. She is member of the “Executive Commitee” and she is co-chair of the “Program and Grants Committee”. M.Serena is Board Member of the Serious Fun Children Network Europe. M.Serena is Vice President of FITS (Fondazione per l’Innovazione del Terzo Settore) of Banca Prossima. She is part of the Aspen Junior Fellows community since 2003. M.Serena is independent Board Member of VITA SpA. M.Serena is co-founder of The Hub – Milano, part of the-hub.net, the global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures for a better world. Maria Serena is married and has 3 children.
Maria Serena is CEO of Fondazione Dynamo, a foundation dedicated to supporting the design and development of enterprise organizations that address social issues such as education, health, social services and environment, while promoting new employment. Results-oriented, Maria is highly skilled at venture philanthropy, fundraising, project selection, project evaluation, project implementation, and governance management. Maria has an MBA from Henley Business School and has completed the Executive Training Program in Healthcare Administration from INSEAD; she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universita Commerciale, class of 1995. Maria serves as Vice President of FITS Fondazione per I'Innovazione del Terzo Settore. She is eager to network with like-minded professional women and enjoys fundraising. Maria loves spending time with her three beautiful children.