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Interview with Alberto Garuccio

by | Mar 29, 2021 | Interviews,

Alberto Garuccio

Alberto Garuccio

Head of Innovation Ecosystem and Open Insurance at Reale Mutua Assicurazioni

Key Topics:Fintech, Insurtech, Digital, Innovation, Startup

Married, 42 years old, based in Turin, Alberto is a manager with a background in Business Innovation and Finance and over 20 years’ experience across Financial Services industry. Former KPMG, FCA, Banca Sella and Intesa Sanpaolo, he is actually Head of Open Insurance and Ecosystem at Reale Group. First Italian to win BAI Global Innovation Award in 2017, he was ExCo Digital Strategy Italian Representative of European Banking Federation. Tech and Exponential Growth obsessed, he is co-founder of 4 startups and part of top tier international innovation and entrepreneurship programs, such as Techstars, Founder Institute, Enactus, Seedstars and SingularityU Venture.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

My background is in finance and innovation. As a manager in main corporate and consultancy corporation I lead a lot of digital transformation and change management programs. I were one of the thought leadership member at intesa sanpaolo, 3rd European bank for capitalization, launching in 2014 the new bank innovation center. I lead the venture building practice at intesa sanpaolo, crating the first intrapreneurial startup (Jumple- a startup dedicated to provide services based on humanoid robotic). I’m consultant about exponential organization and advisor at SingularityU. I co founder of 4 startup on tech and esg field. I always tried to mix competencies and experiences in other industries to find new point of view in financial sectors. I love reading and writing article on innovation and tech applied to financial services and sharing original contents created by myself.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

I’m passionate about Fintech and Insurtech sector. I love to understand and try to envisage how the financial services sector will evolve in the future. Today this transformation is not due only by new technologies, but also to other relevant topics like new approach in company organization (entrepreneurship, funding and growth strategies) and new relevant trend (ESG and impact economy for instance).

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

It’s a melting pot of different perspectives, starting from truly expert in fintech and insurtech sector like  Spiros Margaris, Florian Graillot, Matteo Carbone, Nigel Walsh, Sabine Van der Linden to relevant players focused in entrepreneurship space like Techstars or Andreessen Horowitz.

Outside of key topics, who else influences you?

I’m influenced by great people with amazing and impactful ideas – people who are able to realise those ideas. I think that looking into other sectors is the key to learn and understand how to transform financial services industry.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I’m involved in financial service events and networks. I’m advisor in top-tier international innovation and entrepreneurship programs. I am also an exponential organisation consultant.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story? What resource do you use to stay ahead of the trend?

I use Inoreader app on which I configured a dedicated RSS aggregation of relevant sources (article, reports) related to financial services. I usually read books on innovation and entrepreneurship. I’m used to looking at relevant podcasts/webinars.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Whitepaper, article, report and studies, speaking opportunities, product innovation, video interview with main journal or financial service brands.

What brands have you worked with?

Financial services brands.

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

I am keen to provide a quote for content or news article, co-create long form content, share or create a social post, speak at an event, online chat, podcast or a webinar. I am also open to writing a product review for either FinTech or InsurTech solutions.

What are your passions outside of work?

Spend free-time with my family, painting. I love food, my wife is a foodblogger. We have a passion for Japan, I started to learn Japanese even if it is very difficult to learn.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

By email or through my social networks (linkedin, twitter)