Martina Ferracane is passionate about policymaking and technological innovation. She was awarded a Ph.D. on the topic of cross-border data flows at Hamburg University, where she also received a Postdoc scholarship to investigate the topic of creative pedagogy in the digital era. In her academic career, she has been affiliated with the European University Institute (Policy Leaders Fellow), Columbia University and the California International Law Center.
During her Max Weber Fellowship, Martina will focus on the regulatory issues connected to data flows, including trade governance, cybersecurity and privacy. She will also work on other topics related to the digital transformation connected to her interests in digital education and entrepreneurship. In fact, Martina founded and manages FabLab Western Sicily, a non-profit organisation which brings digital fabrication to Sicilian kids and she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work with Oral3D, a start-up she co-founded in the area of 3D printing and dentistry. For her work in these areas, she was listed in 2018 among the 15 most influential Italian women on digital issues.
Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers
Martina is a Research Associate at the Brussels-based think-tank ECIPE and she acts regularly as a consultant on digital trade and data flows for several institutions including the United Nations, European Commission, WEF and the World Bank.