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Patrik Vespignani

Patrik Vespignani

Born in an Italian-Finnish family, Patrik Vespignani defines himself as a visionary and above all as a business creative. Always looking for challenges, for 15 years he has been helping Italian companies to enter the Finnish market. His first work experiences in Italy...

FRANCESCA NONINO

FRANCESCA NONINO

Francesca Nonino, sixth generation of the Nonino family, is responsible for the web communication, the Russian and American markets of the Nonino Distillatori.   After a master degree in economics and finance, with a semester at the Yonsei University of Seoul and an...

Giovanni Sacchi

Giovanni Sacchi

He is the Director of the ICE office in Paris, which is responsible for promoting Italian excellence in France. He also advises on the market situation, organizes promotional events and coordinates the participation of Italian producers in the main fairs and...

Francesco Alfonsi

Francesco Alfonsi

Born in 1959, since November 2019 he is the Head of the ICE office in Berlin. A career dedicated, from 2000 until today, to the development of areas and projects in ICE, for the promotion of Italian companies abroad and for the increase of internationalization. He is...

Stephan Aswald

Stephan Aswald

Stephan Aswald, CEO of Antonio Viani Importe GmbH (founded 1973), has been with the company since 1996. 20 years of experience in purchasing and today he is also responsible for sales. 57 years of life and a heart full of Italianism since 1984, when as a boy he moved...

Filippo Saporito

Filippo Saporito

Filippo Saporito began studying cooking at the age of 14, at the State Professional Hotelier Institute "Pellegrino Artusi" in Chianciano Terme. After five years of Hotel School, interspersed with five summer working seasons in various hotels and restaurants throughout...

Gianfranco Sorrentino

Gianfranco Sorrentino

Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino carries over 45 years of experience in restaurant management at properties including Quisisana Hotel in Capri, Dorchester Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, and Bice Restaurant in New York. In 1990, he...

Alfredo Muccino

Alfredo Muccino

Prior to starting Solid Branding, Alfredo was the CoFounder and Chief Creative Officer of Liquid Agency. At Solid (like he did at Liquid) Alfredo sets the tone for the strategic and creative work the agency delivers, focusing on helping clients build their business...

Diego Meraviglia

Diego Meraviglia

Diego Meraviglia was born and raised in Northern Piemonte, on the border with Switzerland and France, specifically on the shores of lake Maggiore. He has lived and travelled across a great portion of the world including Dubai, Japan, Europe and North America....

Lorenzo Zurino

Lorenzo Zurino

Founder and CEO of The One Company, one of the first Italian companies specializing in the internationalization of companies, Zurino began his career in December 2010, when he opened the Piano di Sorrento office and a second office in Milan. In less than ten years,...

Antonino Laspina

Antonino Laspina

Antonino Laspina was born in 1957 in Aidone, Sicily. He graduated with honors in Political Science, obtained a master’s degree in foreign trade and export management – at Corce in 1980, and then attended the SIOI school of specialization in diplomatic affairs in 1981....

Vittorio Giordano

Vittorio Giordano

Vittorio Giordano’s relationship to the truffle began over 15 years ago while he was living in Italy. He owned a company that sold food to local restaurants. “Urbani came to me and asked me to sell truffles,” Giordano explains. “And I fell in love.” Giordano oversees...

Eugenio Perrier

Eugenio Perrier

Eugenio Perrier has 25+ years of experience growing brands internationally. He is mentor at the NY innovation accelerator Food-X, and member of the advisory boards at multiple startups (Food & Beverage and tech applied to food/cpg). Eugenio is currently a Partner at...

Erica Di Giovancarlo

Erica Di Giovancarlo

With a degree in economics and commerce and a qualification as a chartered accountant, Erica Di Giovancarlo has worked as a professional, focusing on corporate law. Thanks to her training in economics and her dedication to the study of foreign languages, in 1992 she...

Salvatore Cuomo

Salvatore Cuomo

Salvatore Shigeta (born Salvatore Cuomo) is an Italian celebrity chef, restaurateur and media personality in Japan, known for his food-focused television programs and cookbooks, as well as his restaurants throughout Asia. Known in Japan as “The Pizza Man” and “The...

Shigeru Hayashi

Shigeru Hayashi

Shigeru Hayashi lived in Italy for 13 years and has been doing business with Italy for 38 years. After returning to Japan, he was in charge of importing Italian food products into his country. During his second time in Italy as head of the Italian representative...

Tiziana Alamprese

Tiziana Alamprese

Tiziana’s main challenge at work has been to contribute to the changing process of the automotive business in a creative and innovative way. In Fiat Group she has held international positions in the areas of Customer Care, Marketing, Digital and CRM, until she was...

Pio D’Emilia

Pio D’Emilia

Pio d’Emilia is a well-known Italian journalist and yamatologist. He has lived and worked in Asia, mainly Japan, for over 30 years. He arrived in Japan as a young attorney, with a scholarship to study comparative criminal procedure, and his dream was to be a criminal...

Miciyo Yamada

Miciyo Yamada

Miciyo Yamada is a Japanese journalist and she has lived in Italy for more than 36 years. She was an editorial director of “amarena”, a Japanese monthly magazine specialized in the Italian fashion, art and culture, and now writes articles about fashion, interior,...

Cristina Bowerman

Cristina Bowerman

Cristina Bowerman, Italian chef (1 Michelin star) was born in Cerignola, a small Apulian town. After graduating in Law, she moved to San Francisco to continue his law studies and worked on weekends at the Higher Grounds coffee house. Always passionate about cooking,...

Glen Helton

Glen Helton

In his most recent role as CEO for Americana, Glen managed a portfolio of 18 brands, across 13 countries, +1,900 restaurants and more than 37,000 employees. The Americana Restaurant Division operates restaurants of reputable brands like KFC (856), Pizza Hut...

Paul Neuman

Paul Neuman

Video intervento Chief Inspiration Officer of Neuman’s Kitchen, is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the food business in NYC.  His great grandfather, Sandel Lowenthal, was a chef and restaurant owner in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His...

Gennaro Contaldo

Gennaro Contaldo

Gennaro Contaldo, (20 January 1949) is an Italian chef and restaurateur, known for his association with his British protégé, Jamie Oliver, and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their BBC Two television series Two Greedy Italians. Contaldo...

Umberto Bombana

Umberto Bombana

Born in Bergamo, he began to develop his passion for culinary art at the hotel training center and under the guidance of Ezio Santin at the Antica osteria del Ponte, now a starred restaurant on the outskirts of Milan. In 1983 he joined the famous Rex restaurant in Los...

Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich

Born in 1968 in Queens from a family of Istrian emigrant restaurateurs. From an early age he nourished himself with gastronomy, learning the first rudiments of the sector under the guidance of his father, an ultra-pragmatic restaurateur. After college, in an attempt...

Rocco Di Spirito

Rocco Di Spirito

Rocco DiSpirito is a James Beard award-winning chef, champion of the healthy lifestyle and author of the New York Times # 1 bestseller who is dedicated to proving that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. Recently, DiSpirito brought his creative vision...

Daniele Contini

Daniele Contini

Daniele Contini is Country Manager of Just Eat Italy, in this role he has the responsibility to support the brand development on the territory. Leading figure in Italy for digital economy, Contini joined Just Eat in 2015 and today he leads a Company that is constantly...

Antonio Capaldo

Antonio Capaldo

Antonio Capaldo (43) is the Chairman of Feudi di San Gregorio since 2009. Graduated with distinction in Economics in 1999, he then worked for four years at Lazard in Paris. In 2003 he completed his studies at the London School of Economics with a MSC in Management...

Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich

For millions of Americans, Lidia Bastianich has represented Italian cuisine for decades. It has been an indefatigable standard-bearer through cookbooks, popular TV shows, restaurants. Behind her success there is an adventurous and dramatic story, which Lidia, with her...

Francesco Panella

Francesco Panella

Francesco Panella is a Roman restaurateur and entrepreneur, owner of the restaurant Antica Pesa (based in Rome and Brooklyn, known all over the world and very popular among internation stars such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio) and the...

Carolina Vergnano

Carolina Vergnano

Born in Turin in July 1981, Carolina Vergnano has been in charge of International marketing and export Departments in the company since 2005. Together with her brother Enrico and her cousin Pietro, Carolina represents the fourth generation of the Family. Charisma and...

Carmelo Troccoli

Carmelo Troccoli

Born in July 1973, Cilento and father of Antonio and Liana. He began his work experience in Coldiretti in 2002 at the Coldiretti Representation to the Community Institutions in Brussels, as a policy advisor on issues such as intellectual property, international...

Rodrigo Cipriani Foresio

Rodrigo Cipriani Foresio

He joined Alibaba Group in 2015 with the objective to represent the Alibaba ecosystem and to help and support South European companies and brands to open their stores on the group’s e-commerce platforms. First appointed Managing Director Italy, Spain, Portugal and...

Carlo Ferro

Carlo Ferro

Carlo Ferro is the President of ICE Agency. He has over 30 years of managerial career behind him in companies oriented to international competition on global markets: former President and for 15 years CFO of the...