Simona Bielli

Head of programmes

Join date December 2017

Simona is Head of Programmes at Nesta Italia.

She leads a portfolio of activities in the areas Education, Arts&Culture, Health.

Before joining Nesta Italia, Simona spent three years in London working as Research and Programme Manager for the Digital Startup team at Nesta, where she managed a number of European-funded projects, specifically in the area of corporate and startup collaborations.

Prior to Nesta, Simona was Head of Operations at Mind the Bridge. She was responsible for managing multiple activities aimed at nurturing the creation and development of startups’ ecosystems both in Europe and US.

In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new places and loves playing sports. She has also been performing different musicals’ characters in amateur acting companies for over 15 years.

City of the future

Context About S+T+ARTS STARTS – acronym of Science + Technology + Arts – is a European Commission initiative launched in 2015...

Research – Making the most of technology in education

Today we publish the research report ‘Making the most of technology in education. Lessons from school systems around the world’, which...

Edtech, Digital Skills and Future of Work

Digital Skills, Future of work, EdTech, inclusion and systemic change are the main themes which have inspired our work in the Education...


We promote the sustainability of social impact projects in the field of arts and culture through new forms of innovative finance What The...

Arts & Culture: evolution and new challenges

What type of resources, needs and issues do define a sector – such as the Arts and Culture – which produces more than 250...

The evolution of Care

These days the national health sector is facing new challenges regarding its ability to offer specific care and assistance services. First...