Welcome to the Osservatorio Scientifico Imprese Femminili (OSIF) which translates to Scientific Observatory on Female Firms. If you care about female entrepreneurship in Italy – either as a policymaker, student or leader of a business association dedicated to women in business – OSIF is your go-to source for research insights and analysis!

Italy is second to last in percentage of female entrepreneurs among high-income countries studied by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. There is scant representation of women entrepreneurs within STEM fields. Women experience higher levels of work family conflicts than men. Young women need to be encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial journeys and need role models. Italy is also home to many migrants – one of the highest in all of Europe – and unemployment levels among this group are alarming. Entrepreneurship is a solution.

If you are keen to see these issues addressed, you have come to the right place! There are very few management scholars researching female entrepreneurship in Italy. We also care deeply and are passionate about addressing the challenges of female entrepreneurship in Italy and globally. We bring a scientific perspective, a long track record (10 years), the ability to customize our research for stakeholders and our reputations associated with University of Rome Tor Vergata in highlighting trends and best practices on female entrepreneurship.


Sara Poggesi OSIF Director

Sara is the Director of OSIF. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Rome Tor Vergata in Public Management and Governance and a Master’s Degree in Economics from La Sapienza University of Rome. Presently, she is Associate Professor in Management, qualified as Full Professor since 2017. Sara has taught courses in management and marketing, both at the bachelors and masters level. Currently, she serves on the board of the PhD Committee in Management and she is co-coordinator of the Marketing & Sales Management track of the Master in Science in Business Administration.

Michela Mari OSIF Vice Director

Michela Mari is Associate Professor of Management at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she currently teaches Management and Service Management at both the bachelors and masters levels. She serves as Vice-Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Real Estate Management and as board member of the PhD Programme in Management. Michela earned her PhD in Business Management and Organizational Behaviour.

Scientific Committee

Gianpaolo Abatecola
Prof. Associato di Economia e gestione delle imprese
Anna Maria Battisti
Prof. Associato di Diritto del Lavoro
Sabrina Cassar
Ricercatrice di Diritto del Lavoro
Maria Cristina Cataudella
Prof. Associato di Diritto del Lavoro
Denita Cepiku
Prof. Associato di Economia aziendale
Martina Conticelli
Prof. Associato di Istituzioni di Diritto Pubblico
Amalia Lucia Fazzari
Ricercatrice di Economia aziendale
Lucia Leonelli
Prof. Associato di Economia degli intermediari finanziari
Giovanna Lucianelli
Ricercatrice di Economia aziendale
Paola Maria Anna Paniccia
Prof. Ordinario di Economia e gestione delle imprese
Massimiliano Pellegrini
Ricercatore di Organizzazione aziendale
Francesco Scafarto
Ricercatore di Economia e gestione delle imprese