An economist and politician, she obtained a degree in Economics and Management at Bocconi University in Milan, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she specialised in economic development and innovation. For many years she studied innovation and creativity, focusing above all on creative cities. She was a consultant for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs on issues relating to E-Government and the knowledge economy, for the European Commission, belonging to the task force on “measuring creativity”, and for other agencies, business associations and regional governments both in Italy and Europe, as well as a number of Italian ministries. In 2013 she was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies, where for five years she dealt with issues linked to employment and welfare, paying particular attention to the relationship between new technologies and employment. From 2009 to 2013 she was a columnist for La Stampa newspaper and she has published various books: Talento da Svendere (Einaudi, 2008), Un Futuro a Colori (Rizzoli, 2014) and La Grande Ignoranza (Rizzoli, 2019). In May 2019 she was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the list “PD-Siamo europei” and joined the Socialists and Democrats group.