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04 April 2024

Order of the Star of Italy Knighthood for Innovation and Formula One expert

Paolo Aversa, Professor of Strategy has been recognised for his academic achievements and contribution to Italy.

Paolo Aversa, stands in front of the Business School's main building, holding his Star of Italy medal in a case
Professor Aversa with the Star of Italy Award

Paolo Aversa, Professor of Strategy at King’s Business School has been awarded the Knighthood ‘Order of the Star of Italy’ at a ceremony at the Italian Consul’s residence in London. The Order honours Italians abroad who have excelled in the promotion of national prestige, fostering friendly relations and co-operation with other countries and ties with Italy.

Professor Aversa is a leading academic expert on innovation and strategy in motorsport and Formula 1, where Italy and the United Kingdom are widely regarded as global leaders. He was one of the first Italians to appear on international business school magazine Poets and Quants ‘Top 40 under 40’ list.

Professor Aversa’s ‘Star of Italy’ award also recognises his use of his skills and knowledge to support the wider community. During the COVID pandemic he volunteered with “Task Force Italia” to develop a national strategic resilience plan and worked with the Consulate General of Italy to provide coaching and skills development support for Italians in the UK who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. He also worked with the Polytechnic University of Milan and the CRUI Foundation to create a free online module to help Italian university instructors manage the abrupt transition to online teaching.

The results achieved in the university and research fields make Prof. Aversa one of the best expressions of Italian excellence operating in foreign universities and research centers. In light of the results achieved and the prestige that Dr. Aversa enjoys in the academic world of this country (the United Kingdom), he is considered worthy of being awarded the honor of the Order of the Star of Italy.

from the official citation for Professor Aversa's Star of Italy award

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Paolo Aversa

Professor of Strategy