About Nicola Villa
Nicola Villa is a Corporate Entrepreneur focused at the intersection between Digital Innovation, Sustainability, Analytics, the Internet of Things and Cognitive Computing. Nicola is an Executive Partner at IBM’s Global Business Services. He runs the European Growth initiative for the Internet of Things. He brings together more than 20 years of experience in helping leading Public and Private sector organisation transition towards becoming a Cognitive organisation.
Prior to that Nicola spent 19 years at Cisco where he set up and managed a number o
f strategic programs: He led e-commerce initiatives in the 90’s, co-founded Cisco’s Internet Business Solution Group, led Connected Urban Development (Cisco’s first step in the sustainability & smart city space, through a Global Partnership with Clinton Global Initiative, MIT and leading cities around the word). He managed the global Public Sector innovation team at Cisco, helped incubate Data & Analytics at Cisco Services and finally helped build Country Digitisation partnership programs with key European Political Leaders.
Nicola is an executive member of the Steering Board of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development Program. Nicola has a strong focus on digital Innovation strategies and is collaborating with both enterprise organisations as well as central government agencies, often at CxO and Cabinet level, in supporting the creation of Innovation & ICT programs, as well as new IT consumption models.
Nicola is an Italian national who studied Business Economics at the Universita’ Cattolica in Milan and at the Brighton University in the UK. He wrote his thesis on Industrial Economics, analyzing the effects of Technical standardization policies on the Internet and on the GSM telephony markets.