Annalisa Gigante

Strategist, Innovation Strategy

Former Head of Innovation


Annalisa Gigante has been an award-winning innovator for 30 years, with a track record of commercial success, launching and building multi-billion-dollar businesses across different industries, including life sciences, chemicals, services, and digital technologies.


She is currently on the board of Cambridge Enterprise and the Henry Royce Institute. She served as CTO and Head of Innovation of LafargeHolcim and was an Executive Committee member at Adecco Group as Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer.


Gigante started her career in consulting at Bain & Company in the consumer and retail practice. Her executive career includes international roles in innovation, business management, strategy, and marketing for Monsanto, Manpower, and Royal DSM. Her key focus areas are sustainability, digital technologies including AI and IoT, new business models, and building high-performing teams. She has been the subject of two Masters’ theses on women top executives, and a recent monograph on Innomaniacs.


Gigante is an advisor and conference speaker on innovation, leadership, and corporate governance. She is Chair of Foundations for Learning, co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors in Switzerland, as well as a RemCo member at Jagex, the Cambridge-based games studio.

She is Italian and an alumnus of Queens’ in Natural Sciences (bio), with an MBA from SDA Bocconi. Gigante is based in Zurich.

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