Elia Montanari works at the European Space Agency where he is Head of Management and Control in what can be defined as the 'venture arm of the ESA'. He and his team support and foster the development of commercial Space application as part of ESA Space Solution. Most recently, Elia and his team launched the ASPIRE WITH ESA accelerator and runs the prestigious ESA Investor Forum.
Elia received a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Alma Mater University of Bologna and a Master in Business Administration from Henley Business School. Most recently Elia is pursuing Development Economics research as part of the MITx in an effort to provide his contribution to sustainable development.