Imperial College London


Faculty of Engineering

Stakeholder Engagement Manager



+44 (0)20 7594 8422a.cupani11




William Penney LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I work at the Data Science Institute (DSI), where I am the first point of contact for requests of partnerships, internal collaborations, information about our activities and opportunities for internships and research.

I am responsible for initiating and supporting collaborations across Imperial for academic grants applications, thematic workshops on activities related to data science, and joint activities with the other Global Institutes. I also engage with external partners (research centres, universities, and governmental bodies) both in the UK and internationally, to coordinate joint activities. Finally, I am responsible for the DSI’s communication strategy, both digital and in print, in various formats.

aBOUT me

I am a scientist by background and worked as a researcher in organic synthesis, process development, scale-up engineering and manufacturing science for several years. I worked in academia (at the University of Padova and Imperial College) and in the private sector (the pharmaceutical company Janssen, the research centre VITO) and still at times miss the lab and the challenge of dive deep into unexplored scientific problems.

I left full-time lab research to work on foresight and corporate engagement for Imperial College. I believe that scientists have a responsibility towards society to make their work accessible and I want to support full-time researchers in achieving this. Together with academics and industry partners, I designed workshop and training opportunities to explore the impact of technological change on businesses. I co-created TechForesight yearly conference and Imperial's presence at World Economic Forum. Our work was often captured creating visual tools that would stimulate discussion on tech developments and social change, such as out Table of Disruptive Technologies.

Other things I do

I am a trained facilitator (Time To Think) and I help shape, develop and run workshops. I am also a professional science communicator (Science Communication: On Line and Media Writing, University of West Anglia, 2017-2018).

Alongside research, I have always had a keen interest in engagement, outreach and teaching activities. I have been a teacher for years, for both children and adults, contributing to the reshaping of a regional learning programme. I took part in several outreach activities with children and young people both in schools and through other organisations (Native Scientist).
I also did science-themed stand-up and delivered talks in pubs and at festivals – enjoying it more than I expected!

I volunteer as a mentor and am completing my training to become a professional coach within the Coaching Academy at Imperial. I am a trained mental health first-aider, so do get in touch if needed.

I am committed to improving research culture thorough inclusive practices and am part of the Inclusion group for Equity in Research in STEMM (TIGERS), pushing for a parliamentary inquiry on funding in STEMM research.