The Prime Talks, hosted by FEUP as part of its FEUP Prime programme, are a moment of sharing experience on topics relevant to companies and which aim to disseminate a culture of innovation and knowledge produced by FEUP Partner companies in collaboration with the Faculty.

In the 2nd Webinar on Engineering Innovation we will be able to listen to Gian Luigi Cattaneo, Vice President HR IBM Europe Middle East and Africa, and Etienne Huret, MD of Natixis in Portugal. They will talk about the important skills’ challenge for the future graduates and how this affects and stimulates the relationship between companies and the universities.

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Gian Luigi Cattaneo

He is Vice President HR IBM Europe Middle East and Africa based in Madrid (Spain). Previosly he had been for 4 years GBS Global Talent VP based in NY.  With over 20 years of diverse experience in HR Management at world wide level, he is an expert on HR Strategy, Employee and Labor Relations, Compensation & Benefits, Leadership Development. Over his career he had  been on assignment twice in US, he served as HR Director of IBM Italy and he lived two years in Sao Paolo Brazil where he had the responsibility of the IBM Latin America HR team. Gian Luigi holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Milan University.

Etienne Huret

He was appointed Managing Director of Natixis in Portugal in July 2020. Etienne has 27 years of banking experience, 15 years as a consultant, leading large transformation programs and 12 years as IT Head and Senior Leader in the global offshoring and nearshoring centers of Société Générale. Across his different roles, in countries such as Portugal, Belgium, Romania and India, Etienne has strived to promote an inclusive and innovative mindset, with special focus on diversity in leadership and in technology, LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities.