Head of Business Development, Financial Times

Virginia KeynoteSpeaker
Monday | 09:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Speaker, FT Talent Challenge, the importance of identifying young talents to bring into the company.

A Business Development Manager and FT Talent Director for Financial Times, Virginia Stagni is the first Italian to win the Europe Grand Prize Winner award.

Born in 1993, with a BSc from Bocconi University and MSc in Media & Communications from London School of Economics, Virginia Stagni is the youngest manager of Financial Times in its over 130 year history, playing a central role in the English magazine’s strategic growth. A key figure in keeping Financial Times one of the most innovative media groups in the marketplace, Stagni oversees developing new business ideas and opportunities for growth that reflect FT’s sustainable business model, with particular attention towards future readers, especially women and those under 30, and recruiting young talent to the company.

Stagni is the founder and director of FT Talent Challenge, an innovative hub that attracts hundreds of young students and professionals from diverse backgrounds all over the world. She is also an advisor for the consulting society FT Strategies, which she co-created with the data department. And Stagni doesn’t stop there: she is also CEO and founder of the wellness startup Good Saints.

In 2021, she was included in the Forbes Italia Under 30 list. Other honors include the 2020 Italia Giovane prize, rewarding Italian excellence in the world at large. Dreamers Who Do: Intrapreneurship and the Future of the News (Bocconi University Press, 2021) is her first book.

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