Born in Genoa in 1970, Ludovica Mantovani grew up in Switzerland, speaks five languages fluently and has a degree in Architecture from ETH Zurich. She now specialises in marketing and communications, particularly with regards to sports and events organisation in the industry. As well as working at UC Sampdoria, which was owned by her family for 23 years, she has been involved in FootballAvenue since 2013. The annual event focuses on football and business and takes place in the main stadiums in Italy. Mantovani is very active in her role as the president of the Torneo Ravano Coppa Paolo Mantovani Foundation, which works to develop, nurture and promote sporting values, with a particular focus on youth football and non-competitive football. Integration, tolerance and respect are at the heart of the foundation’s mission. The largest youth and school football tournament in Europe, over the last 35 years over 100,000 children between the ages of eight and ten from 12 national sports associations have taken part. The event also features educational workshops advocating a “learning through play” approach. On 2 September 2019, she was elected the first president of FIGC’s Women’s Football Division.