Enrica Monticelli


Expert for Technology, Innovation and Management

Enrica Monticelli is an innovation expert with more than 15 years of experience in technical and managerial roles in a global consumer goods company (Whirlpool). While leading important innovation projects at regional and global level in the refrigeration product category, Enrica had the opportunity to work with distributed and multi-cultural teams. As a result of this experience in 2011 she has been appointed to Open Innovation & External Funding leader role in Whirlpool. In this role, she is responsible for integrating external networks (universities, research centers, private companies) to find solutions to technological challenges as well as pursuing opportunities for government funding to sustain R&D programs. On November 6th, 2012 Enrica won the Tecnovisionarie® 2012 Women Innovation International Award for women who drive innovation in the food and nutrition sector. Motivation of the jury was "reaching a top position in a multinational company for the innovative and proven open to frontier issues such as open innovation ".

She holds a MSc degree in Physics form University of Turin and she has registered five patents related to technologies applied in the food industry. She had the chance to present the results of her job in several countries where international congresses took place : Australia, Spain, Italy


  • Effective Technology transfer
  • Open Innovation for R&D
  • Sustain the R&D investments through external fundings
  • Working with distributed and intercultural teams

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