Alessandro Jacques Cortese - CEO, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
Alessandro Jacques Cortese is the Chief Executive Officer of ESTRO, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology and of the ESTRO Cancer Foundation, and was, until June 2015, President of ESAE, the European Society of Association Executives.
Founded in 1980, ESTRO is a non-profit and scientific organization that fosters the role of radiation oncology in order to improve patients’ care in the multimodality treatment of cancer. With over 6,000 members in and outside Europe, ESTRO’s mission is to promote innovation, research, and dissemination of science through its congresses, special meetings, educational courses and publications.
Previously, Alessandro was Director of the Association Management practice at MCI, based in Brussels. In this capacity he was responsible for consulting clients on strategy and products offering, and for the maintenance and development of the competency of the MCI Brussels office in the AM practice.
Alessandro has gained significant experience working with international associations, particularly heading up the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) office of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Within the scope of the collaboration with MCI, Alessandro served in key management and consulting roles for several international associations such as IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events), DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International), CIC (Convention Industry Council) and APICS (The Association for Operations Management).
Before working in the association domain, Alessandro worked as a marketing and communications specialist for AT Kearney and for McCann-Erickson, based in Milan, Italy.
Alessandro Cortese is a graduate from the University Statale degli Studi di Milano, with a degree in political sciences and a master in business administration.
Other academic accomplishments include serving on the Faculty of Economics, Department of Political Economics at the University Statale di Milano as a lecturer of economics of culture.
In 2015, Alessandro co-founded the Executive Master in International Association Management at the Solvay Business School in Brussels.
Alessandro is regularly invited to give talks to industry events and congresses, focusing in particular on strategy and business development, meetings planning and governance for International Associations and Foundations.