I am passionate about many things but two of them especially: public policy and technological innovation. As a researcher and policy advisor, my life-long commitment is to work in the intersection between these two areas. I am certain that, with the right policy framework, the digital transformation can bring positive change in all corners of the world.

I also like to engage directly with activities on the ground and I believe that practical experience is the best way to provide wise and relevant policy advice. About three years ago, I started FabLab Western Sicily: a social project that is bringing innovation and creativity in Sicilian schools through digital fabrication. In addition, in 2017, I co-founded Oral3D: a start-up that aims to make 3D printing accessible to all dentists. Thanks to these initiatives, I was selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Science and Healthcare and listed among the 15 most influential Italian women on digital issues.

Last but not least, I am an incurable globe-trotter. I love travelling as much as I love living in new countries and diving into their culture. In the past 8 years, I lived in Sweden, Spain, Thailand, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and the United States... and I recently decided to come back to my home country, Italy. I am now a Policy Leaders Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence where I am wrapping up my PhD thesis.


The Cost of Data Protectionism

Keywords: data flows, productivity, trade in services

Co-Authors: Janez Kren, Erik van der Marel
Date: October 2018

Op-Ed at Vox EU. It summarizes the results of two academic papers on the impact of data policies on productivity and trade in services.

The Digital Trade Restrictiveness Index

Keywords: digital trade, protectionism

Co-Authors: Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Erik van der Marel
Date: April 2018

The Digital Trade Restrictiveness Index summarises the level of restrictions on digital trade in 64 economies.

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Public Speaking

Una ricetta per formare giovani creatori [in Italian]

Keywords: education, digital skills

Date: November 2018

TEDx talk at TEDxLakeComo about the future of education and the experience of innovative learning proposed by FabLab Western Sicily.

The Inquiry: Can We Control 3D Printing?

Keywords: 3D printing

Date: August 2018

Interview by BBC "The Inquiry" on the future of 3D printing.

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My Foundation

FabLab Western Sicily is a non-profit organization created to bring positive change in one of the least developed regions of Europe: Sicily. FabLab WS brings students close to new technologies and empowers them to be digital creators and active users of digital tools. All courses we offer are free so that all students can access them.

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In the

“With very little, you can change a lot”: An Interview with Martina Francesca Ferracane, STG Policy Leaders Fellow

Keywords: digital skills, Oral3D

Date: December 2018

Interview by the European University Institute Times about Martina's work and plans for the future.

La ragazza 3D che fa scuola con il laser [in Italian]

Keywords: Oral 3D, Forbes, FabLab Western Sicily

Date: March 2018

Interview by La Repubblica about Forbes award and FabLab Western Sicily.

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