Yesterday I was chatting online with one of my Italian friends and he told me that Stefano Quintarelli was one of the candidates for the seat of president of AGCOM). AGCOM, as you may know, is the Italian regulatory authority, and authority that's been constrained between its willingness to promote the emergence of better and more affordable broadband services in Italy and the continued market dominance of incumbent Telecom Italia who has little incentive to rock the table and in any case little ability to invest.
Stefano is one of the most amazing tech brains I know in Italy. He has a keen understanding of the internet ecosystem, and unlike many of the early movers of the net he is also more than capable of articulating the vision on how things need to move forward. More importantly, he has a genuine curiosity and the right network of contacts abroad to not only learn of what's happening everywhere else but deduce how it might be meaningful and relevant for Italy and Italian players.
I have no idea how these nomination processes work and occur, but for my money Stefano is simply the best candidate for that position. It's time for someone in Italy to force evolution on the status quo, and Stefano is just the right guy to do that.
Edit: Just found out that there's a petition to support Stefano's bid here.