Olmo Cerri – who is currently working on his final dissertation at CERN in Geneva before graduating in Physics at the Scuola Normale Superiore – was selected by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the 2017 edition of the “Future Makers” initiative, that took place on 19-22 June in the company’s office in Milan.

Cerri – who has been offered PhD positions at Harvard, MIT, and CalTech – is one of 100 outstanding 23-to-26-year-old students accurately selected by the BCG from a pool of 25,000 candidates for undertaking a training aimed at forming the potential leaders of the future.

Last winter, the Scuola Normale invited BCG recruiters to present the event, before a stringent succession of interviews and aptitude tests started. First, all candidates had to download a game/test app built to assess their logic and relational skills; those who passed this phase went through a second selection, based on their curriculum vitae and cover letter, giving access to a group interview with BCG psychologists and recruiters. The last step in the process consisted of an English test and a final interview with the head of the human resources.

These young talents from different faculties of the most prestigious universities in Italy and Europe attended a programme rich in meetings where they had the chance to discuss matters of international relevance with experts from institutional and production institutions. This year’s initiative involved, among the others, Carlo Calenda, the Italian Minister of Economic Development, Diego Piacentini, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Francesco Starace, Enel’s CEO, Bebe Vio, Paralympic athlete, and Christian Greco, Director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin.

The BCG is a multinational corporation born in 1963; today it is a global leader in the strategic consulting field, with 85 offices in 48 countries. The “Future Makers” initiative was born in 2016 in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Italian office.