Francesco Bonfiglio

Gaia-X AISBL Association for Data and Cloud

Gaia-X – A European Union for Data Economy

Open Data
Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:10pm – 2:30pm GMT
St James, 4th Floor
francesco bonfiglio

Gaia-X - A European Union for Data Economy

Gaia-X is a non-for-profit organization grouping hundreds of companies across the globe to define a new generation of digital services, based on transparency, controllability and interoperability, to enable the economy of data. Users and providers of technology, together representing the voice of the market, decided to define a common set of rules each service should be verified against, and a technology framework to verify them. The project started defining its specifications in 2021, developed the SW framework in 2022, and is now ready to trigger the creation of the initial Gaia-X marketplaces in Europe. Through Gaia-X, Europe is giving a concrete translation in the market of the meaning of Digital Sovereignty.


Francesco Bonfiglio joined GAIA-X in March 2021 as the new CEO.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the business of consulting and information technology, Francesco brings into Gaia-X his knowledge of the cloud and data market needs, and his vision on how the Association should revolutionise the Digital Economy.

Independent Advisor since 2020, his career was built from the ground up in many Italian and Multinational contexts. Formerly CEO for ENGINEERING, VP at AVANADE, MD in ACCENTURE, CTO for HP EMEA, Director at UNISYS, Technical Director RATIONAL amongst his positions.

With a background in Electronics Engineering, Francesco has held a bottom-up career, covering all roles within the IT, from developer to top-executive, from R&D to business units’ leader. Early supporter of the need for continuous innovation, he is a big fan of the startup ecosystem, active member of evaluation commissions, board member and co-founder of, the first AI Startup Studio in Italy.