GOLDEN For Impact Foundation
A non-profit research foundation for Human Value Creation

The Evolution of GOLDEN

The GOLDEN program was established in 2010 and went through several evolutionary stages, building on (and integrating) previous experiences, to constantly sharpen the engagement delivery approach



Network and research protocol development



Grant applications and eco-systems change approach


Company deployment

Refinement of research tools and tailored projects

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Institutional Collaboration

Intensified cooperation with international organizations

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Research Through Education

Merging field research with innovative executive education designs

PHASE 6 - from

Integrated Impact Development

Engaging business and social enterprise in cross-fertilization, experimentation and impact generation

PHASE 7 - from

Database 3.0 Exploitation

AI driven, data-focused research became core focus in cooperation with the Leonardo Centre at Imperial College


GOLDEN integrates a variety of skills and expertise. We are academic researchers across business-, social-, environmental- and neuro-sciences, innovation leaders, entrepreneurs, social impact experts, development experts, impact venture capitalists, consultants, human capital specialists, impact finance


Maurizio Zollo

Founder - President
Maurizio Zollo is the Head of the Imperial College Business School's Department of Management and Entrepreneurship  - which includes the research areas of innovation and Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Organisational Behaviour - and Scientific Director of the Leonardo Centre. He is also former President of the European Academy of Management (EURAM)  after having served as editor of the European Management Review, EURAM’s official journal. He helped establish the European Academy of Business in Society and served for a decade on its Executive Committee. He is also a co-founder of the Stakeholder Strategy interest group of the Strategic Management Society and a past member of Executive Committee of the strategy division of the Academy of Management. Before joining Imperial College London, he served at Bocconi University from 2007 to 2019. He also served for 10 years on the faculty of INSEAD in the strategy department. He holds a Ph.D. degree in management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Maurizio also is a member of the Core Members Group.
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Frank Brück

Founder - Executive Vice-President

Frank Brueck is in charge of the Program Management of GOLDEN. He holds a Master and Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics (WU) and serves as Honorary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. He currently is Visiting Researcher at the Leonardo Centre for Business in Society at Imperial College London and as Director of the Ikigai Corporation in Cape Town South Africa. He is an experienced trainer, consultant and lecturer in Sustainability, CSR, Intercultural Management, and Organisational Cultural Change.


Livio Scalvini

Founder - Vice-President
Livio Scalvini is Executive Director of the Leonardo Centre at Imperial College London and CEO  and Co - Founder of Golden4Impact. He has served as Founder and CEO of Corporate Venture Capital, Head and Executive Director of Venture Capital, Global Director of Corporate Innovation, Head of Strategy and Marketing in Investment Banking for International Financial Institutions in Europe (Italy, France, UK). As a Global Director of Corporate Innovation in Intesa Sanpaolo he has shaped and delivered acceleration platforms fo more than 1.200 tech and social start ups, created and managed Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital funds, as well as innovation advisory teams for multinational companies. He has been Managing Director of Research and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Italy). Currently Contract Professor in Entrepreneurial Finance in East Piedmont University. He holds a Master in Macroeconomics and Executive Education in Exponential Technologies (Singularity University, San Francisco, US) Social Entrepreneurship (Ashoka, Austria). Former Steering Committee Member of Master in Engineering and Innovation in S.S.S. Anna Pisa, Italy. He is author of managerial publications in Strategic Planning and in Dynamics of financial markets.

Adda van Zanden

Ambassador Netherlands
Adriana Caldana

Adriana Caldana

Research Project Lead - GOLDEN Ambassador Brazil - FEA-RP-University of Sao Paulo
Andrew Spicer

Andrew Spicer

Scientific Committee Member - GOLDEN Ambassador USA - University of South Carolina
Anne Jaqueminet

Anne Jaqueminet

Scientific Committee Member - Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Flore Bridoux

Scientific Committee Member - Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Jonatan Pinkse

Scientific Committee Member - University of Manchester, UK
Kerstin Neumann

Kerstin Neumann

Research Program Lead - GOLDEN Ambassador Austria - University of Innsbruck, Austria
Lara Liboni

Lara Liboni

Research Project Lead - GOLDEN Ambassador Brazil - FEA-RP-University of Sao Paulo
Luciana Cezarino

Luciana Oranges Cezarino

Research Project Lead - Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Magali Delmas

Scientific Committee Member - UCLA, USA

Marek Rei

Scientific Committee Member - Machine Learning Expert - Imperial College London, UK

Marcus Wagner

Scientific Committee Member - University of Augsburg, Germany

Matteo Burato

Project Lead - Imperial College London, UK
Mauro Brunelli

Mauro Brunetti

Program Lead - Ambassador Italy
Patrick Strooband

Patrick Stroobandt

Ambassador Benelux
Roberta Ribero

Roberta Ribero

Project Lead

Rodolphe Durand

Scientific Committee Member - HEC Paris, France

Simone Cenci

Scientific Committee Member - Data Scientist - Imperial College London, UK
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Thomas Lyon

Scientific Committee Member - University of Michigan, USA

Timothy Smith

Scientific Committee Member - University of Minnesota, USA

Valeria Berchicci

Program Lead - Imperial College London, UK

Vincenzo Vastola

Research Project Lead - Montpellier Business School, France

Wendy Chapple

Scientific Committee Member - WU Vienna, Austria

Board of Trustees

Outstanding quality of research, ambitious strategy, coherence of positive impact, rigorous standard of accountability are guaranteed through a Board of Trustees of intellectual global leaders in academia and business.


Paul Adler

University of South Carolina, USA

John Ehrenfeld


Enrico Giovannini

Università di Tor Vergata, IT

Andrew Van der Ven

University of Minnesota, USA

Sandra Waddock

Boston College, USA

Anne Tsui

University of Notre Dame, IN


GOLDEN aims at scaling impact at a global level through a partnership strategy with


Research centers and academic institutions


Industrial clusters and associations


Social accelerators


Impact investors networks


Sustainability specialist advisors