Programme: Milan 2021

Milan 2021

This year’s 17th roundtable main event will take us to Milan with a virtual get-together on the 18th March 16:00 to 18:00 and later this year on the 1st and 2nd of December 2021. The event will be generously hosted by Bocconi University with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Terra Firma Associates, Agenda Consulting and Devex.

As with previous roundtables, to take advantage of the large numbers of international organizations present in Milan, a career fair on the 3rd of December will be open to all participating multi-lateral organizations.

As always, the Roundtable organizers encourage you to share interesting and innovative initiatives you have been working on in the area of career development and talent management by contributing to the clinics, especially those with a strong link to the 2021 theme. We strive to present a balanced programme, with a healthy mix of contributions from the UN, EU, IFIs, the private sector, and academia and would encourage you to send suggestions for clinics to Michael Emery  and Rafael Trejo.


Milan is a cosmopolitan, modern and forward-looking city world-renowned as a European capital of fashion, design, architecture, finance, modern art and music. The city is deeply rooted in a flourishing past, it hosts authentic treasures and has long been the center where you can find the finest Italy has to offer. Milan is the ideal place to discover Italian excellence and to show off your best outfit: there is no such thing as being overdressed here in particular when visiting Europe’s largest opera house, “La Scala”. During your visit you will also have the chance to learn more about Leonardo Da Vinci, Giuseppe Verdi, Alessandro Manzoni as well as visit Milan Cathedral, the second largest church in Italy after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the third largest catholic church in the world. Lastly, coming to Milan will also be an opportunity to trample on a bull depicted on the ground of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele that will bring you good luck. 


This year the CDR will take place at SDA Bocconi School of Management’s new Campus: an innovative urban space, a meeting point for excellence in research, education and architecture. A tower, four buildings, a sports center and a big park have been designed by Sanaa’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, and built on a 50-thousand-square-meter area. They feature harmony of curves, wide glass surfaces and high-tech infrastructures. But there is more to it. The Campus is also Near Zero Energy, a very best example of environmental sustainability. All the buildings are designed to enhance ideal sun lighting and natural ventilation, so as to minimize the use of artificial light and reduce energy consumption. Rainwater is also collected and reused. The Campus covers over 35-thousand-squaremeters indoor, with 39 wide automated classrooms, two big halls (one seating 300, the other 150), offices and common areas whose safety and efficiency standards few other institutions in Italy and Europe can match.

Thanks to its large spaces and innovative technology infrastructure, the Campus guarantees maximum safety and protection, enabling the School to provide the ideal learning environment for both online and on-campus participants.


SDA Bocconi School of Management is at 10 Via Sarfatti, in Milan. The building contains the classrooms for the Masters and Executive Education Courses, as well as working and dining facilities for course participants, Department offices, Division offices, and the Director’s and Dean’s offices. 

Arriving from Linate Airport

Take bus no. 73 and depart at Piazza 5 Giornate, then take tram no. 9.

Arriving from Malpensa Airport

Take the Malpensa Shuttle bus to Stazione Centrale, then underground line 3 (yellow line) towards S. Donato. Depart at Porta Romana station and take tram no. 9.

Alternatively, take the Malpensa Express train to Cadorna station, then underground line 2 (green line) towards Famagosta.

Arriving from Stazione Centrale (Central Railway Station)

Take underground line 3 (yellow line) towards S. Donato, depart at Porta Romana station and take tram no. 9.

Arriving by motorway

Take Tangenziale Ovest and exit at Viale Liguria.

Lastly, please find below some useful links you might include as additional info:

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–          Attractions:

–          Getting around:

Dr. Maurizio Mongardi – HR & Operation Director at Bocconi – with the Health & Safety Protocol for the 1st semester of the Academic Year 2021/22 that will be applied also for the activities delivered by SDA Bocconi.

In particular, among other safety measures it is crucial to communicate that to access the Campus the Green Pass will be mandatory. Following the latest government provisions, the ‘Green Pass’ (EU Green Pass – EU digital COVID certificate) is mandatory for visitors, students, teachers and university employees, starting from 1 September 2021.

The Green Pass is a certificate that officially confirms one of the following situations:

– You have received a COVID-19 vaccine, even just the first dose. Only vaccines approved by EMA are accepted and recognized (link to recognized vaccines)

– You took a rapid antigen or PCR swab test within the past 48 hours, and it came back negative. The test must be performed by an authorised center.

– You have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months and have the relevant medical documentation.

We are confident that, despite these constraints and the small sacrifices required, we will be able to offer you the best possible experience on our beautiful Campus and welcome you in the best possible way.

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