Guest

Pedro Pina

Vice-President, Head of YouTube EMEA

Pedro Pina is a Portuguese-born marketer who has lived and worked outside of Portugal throughout his 30+ year career. He is married and has a two year-old baby daughter, Maria.

He joined Google in 2013 as Global Client Partner overseeing a team spread around the world, dedicated to lead Google’s deep engagement with Europe’s biggest giants in advertising, such as Unilever, L’Oreal, Nestle, LVMH, VW and BMW among many others.

In July 2021 he was picked to lead YouTube’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Beyond his day job, Pedro leads for Google the LGBTQ+ chapter across the region and he is also a member of the EMEA’s DEI Council.

In 2019, he was named one of the ten most influential LGBTQ+ executives in the UK by the British LGBTQ+ awards. In the same year he was named the world’s top LGBT+ executive role model on the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executive Role Models Global List.

Pedro is a Board Member of OutRight Action International, an Advisory Member for the Outvertising Council in the UK and a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Victoria & Albert Museum of Art.

Prior to joining Google, Pedro worked at McCann Worldgroup, France Telecom, Yum, PepsiCo and P&G. 

Pedro graduated from UCP in Lisbon and has an MBA from INSEAD, Paris.

Tasmin Ali

Digital Content Creator

Born in Arezzo in 1999 but raised in the heart of Rome, Tasmin Ali is known as the Tik Toker with the veil. She attended the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations at Roma Tre University. Her choice of studies was by no means conincidental. From an early age, Tasnim longed to become a journalist so as to provide a voice in defence of all Muslim and non-Muslim women who suffered discrimination of whatever kind. Her activity on social media is perfectly in line with what she hopes one day to become. Her satirical sketches on Tik Tok have become famous for highlighting the prejudices that still exist against some religious beliefs.

Tasnim is also active on Instagram where, by showcasing her origins and posting photos, she attempts to raise awareness among her followers of discrimination towards the Muslim people. With the increase in her popularity, there came inevitably the first negative comments, which however did little to dampen her enthusiasm for pursuing her dream.

In January 2021 Tasnim became correspondent for Ogni Mattina, TV8’s morning programme on Sky, and thanks to her determination, she is already working with many prestigious brands.

Marcello Macchia

Director, actor, author, writer and filmmaker

Marcello Macchia, alias Maccio Capatonda, was born in Chieti in 1978. He is a director, actor, author, writer and filmmaker. At the age of 12 he began his love affair with the camera and shot his first artistic “experiments”. Initially he ventured into horror films, set in and around the streets of Chieti and the Abruzzo countryside, but they had the opposite effect of instilling fear into his audience. They made people laugh. So he ventured into comedy. Moving to Milan, he continued experimenting and eventually gave life to the “capatondiano” style, made up of parodies, puns and nonsense. His first videos, broadcast on “Mai dire..” on Italia Uno, turned him into a viral sensation. His phrases became catchphrases and some expressions even entered day-to day language. The characters he invented became the new gods of popular imagination: Rupert Sciamenna, Anna Pannocchia, Ektor Baboden, Riccardino Fruffolo, Ivo Avido and Herbert Ballerina, who would later become his sidekick, to name just a handful.

Through his production company Shortcut Productions, he has worked with Fox, Rai 3, La7, All Music and made commercials for major brands.  Following the series INTRALCI, a hugely popular cycnical soap-com parody of soap operas, LEGGEREZZE, DRAMMI MEDICALI with Elio and the gothic horror LA VILLA DI LATO that was anything but scary, he conceived and produced two – almost three – seasons for MTV of the highly successful MARIO – UNA SERIE DI MACCIO CAPATONDA, acclaimed by both crictics and audiences. On social media he scores high: over 1.2 million followers on Facebook and almost 490,000 on Instagram.

His film debut in January 2015 was with ITALIANO MEDIO, distributed by Medusa, which he wrote, directed and starred in, and which took 2 million euros in its first weekend. With Infinity he produced the social campaign I TRAILERS di Maccio Capatonda, parodies in trailer format of the films in the Infinity catalogue, returning to the origins that had launched him with the Gialappas. The campaign was a huge success, with more than 800,000 views on YouTube.

He is the writer, director and actor of MARIOTTIDE – LA SITCOM, produced with Lotus Production, which went online in October 2016 on Infinity. In March of the same year he released his second film OMICIDIO ALL’ITALIANA, nominated for “Best Comedy” at the Nastro D’argento 2017 awards. In 2016 and 2019 he voiced the protagonist Red for the animated features ANGRY BIRDS I and II, produced by SONY PICTURES USA. The first will be presented at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2018 he voiced PUPAZZI SENZA GLORIA (Inglorious Puppets) and appeared in a new series on Sky Atlantic entitled THE GENERI, a journey through different film genres, also broadcast on Now Tv.

During the 2020 quarantine, he shot six episodes of the web success TGCASA 40ena , chalking up 1.5 million views. He wrote “LIBRO” for Mondadori Electa, which sold over 50,000 copies. He also shot three comedy videos for WWF, Amazon and Tavernello, reaching impressive numbers on social media with exceptionally high engagement and impressions that have crowned Maccio the undisputed KING of the web and social media.

Cristino Battista

Creative Partnerships Manager, TikTok

Cristino Battista currently works as Creative Partnerships Manager at Tik Tok and he is responsible for building long term partnerships with the top creative agencies and brands. His task is educating partners about the creative opportunities provided by Tik Tok and helping them achieve the best-in-class creative work within the platform.

Cristino has worked for more than 15 years in advertising agencies. He started his career in DLVBBDO Italy as copywriter on brands such as MINI, BMW and Campari. In 2008 he moved to J. Walter Thompson and he started his career through the WPP Group, first as Digital Creative Director on Barilla, UniCredit Bank, Mazda and Campari, and then as EMEA Executive Creative Director of the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobile) team, supervising the digital work of dozens of creatives across Europe.

He has won numerous Italian and international awards, including ADCI, Epica, NY Festival and Cannes Lions.

Alida Pantone

Actress, Producer & Festival Director

Alida Pantone is a professional Actress, Producer and Festival Director (London Rolling Film Festival). Founder of PAL (ProActors London) she strive to support other actors to set and achieve their goals.

She is currently working as News Producer for the London’s correspondence office of RAI, the national public broadcasting company of Italy.

Stefano Andreoli

Television writer and radio speaker

Stefano Andreoli is a writer for television and a radio speaker. He has worked with some of the best known Italian comedians, such as Roberto Benigni, Claudio Bisio, Maurizio Crozza, Geppi Cucciari, Luca & Paolo, Forest the Magician and Gialappa’s band. With Alessandro Bonino he founded Spinoza.it, a satire website with over a million followers. He is on air every day on Radio Monte Carlo’s 7am morning show “Bonjour Bonjour”.

Mario Moroni

Host and entrepreneur

Mario is a host and entrepreneur. In 1999 he opened his first startup OkMusik, one of the first  Italian music portals with a social community.

In his career he worked as a manager for important digital / e-commerce corporate projects such as Giochi Preziosi, San Pellegrino and Infinito.it

He conducts events, podcasts for companies and collaborates with agencies and influencers such as Marco Montemagno for whom he creates video-interviews and special projects.

Every day thousands of people listen to “Il Caffettino podcast”, a daily format of more than 800 episodes on the world of innovation, social and marketing.

He is the author of the best seller Amazon: Startup di Merda. He is LICE ambassador, the Italian league against epilepsy.

Ella Marciello

Creative Director

Ella Marciello is a creative director, author, copywriter, digital strategist and lecturer. Today she is Creative Director for Hinto, spokesperson and creative for Hella Network, and for Startup Italia she is one of the 1000 ‘unstoppable’ women who are changing our country. In February 2022 her first book was published by Hoepli: “Scrittura Ribelle- Anti manuale di scrittura creativa” (Rebellious Writing – An anti-manual for creative writing), with a preface by Paolo Iabichino.

Daniele Cassioli

Water-skiier and physiotherapist

Daniele Cassioli is an Italian water-skiier and physiotherapist, who has won 25 world titles, 25 European titles and 41 Italian titles. He has been blind since birth due to retinis pigmentosa, a genetic disease affecting the eyes.

From an early age Daniele has been putting himself to the test every day, overcoming the numerous obstacles and difficult trials that he inevitably faced by his condition as a sightless person.

He began to play sports at the age of three, dedicating himself first to swimming and later to karate.In 1994 he had his first taste of skiing, with the Verbanese Sciatori Ciechi Group. Subsequently, in the summmer of 1995, he took up water-skiing.

Always a great lover of music, Daniele at the age of 13 obtained a diploma in music theory and solfeggio at the Puccini Conservatory in Gallarate, just outside Milan, where he learned to play the piano with outstanding results. In his spare time he deejayed and began to perform in various clubs around Lombardy.

In 2008 Daniel graduated in Physiotherapy at the University of Insubria in Varese with honours and began to practice physiotherapy professionally as a freelance. Since November 2016 he has been working with CONI at the Institute of Sports Medicine and Science in Rome.

On 9th October 2018 “Il Ventro Contro” (“The Wind Against You”), his first autobiographical novel, was published by De Agostini. The book deals with the difficulties the author had to face and how he managed to overcome them.

In December 2019 he founded Real Eyes Sport ASD, an amateur sports association whose objective is to promote sports activities especially for people with visual disabilities.

In May 2021 he was elected member of the National Board of the Italian Paralympic Committee under the presidency of Luca Pancalli.

Vicky Gitto

ADCI President

His career began in 1997 when he won the first edition of Cannes Young Lions and was immediately taken on board as copywriter at BGS D’Arcy, “Agency of the Year” at the time.

A few years later, he was hired as Creative Director at D’Adda Lorenzini Vigorelli BBDO, where he worked for 5 years to then move to DDB Italy as member of the board and Group Executive Creative Director. At DDB, Vicky and his team created some of the most iconic Ads of those 5 years. In 2005 Vicky left DDB to become President/CCO of VMLY&R Italia as well as member of the Global and EMEA Creative Board.

In 2016 he was elected President of the ADCI – the Italian Art Director’s Club, a role he still covers today as well as that of Italian Representative of the Cannes Lions Festival and Board Member of the European Art Directors Club and of Facebook EMEA Creative Council.

Today Vicky is President and CCO of the Independent Label Gitto/Battaglia_22, a studio he founded in January 2019 with Roberto Battaglia, former-President & ECD of Grey Italia.

ALESSANDRA LANZA

IF! Organising Committee

Alessandra is an university professor in Event Management for the Mimec Masters course at Bocconi University and consultant for marketing, communication and events production.

She has twenty years’ experience in the design and production of online and offline campaigns. She has worked with leading brands investing in communication and with the major ad agencies.

General Manager and Co-founder of IF!, Alessandra is a member of the board of ADCI Servizi and works with both profit and non-profit organisations.

EMANUELE NENNA

IF! Organising Committee

Born in Milan in 1973, Emanuele Nenna has been working in communication since 1995.

Starting out as copywriter, he rose to CEO and partner in several international agencies (Nurun, Tribal DDB, Rapp Collins), before setting up Now Available with two partners in 2008. It was Italy’s first agency of neutral advertising, and in 2014 became The Big Now, with offices in Milan, Rome and in Accra. In 2018 The Big Now joined the Dentsu Aegis Group, and at the beginning of 2020 the agency became part of the dentsumcgarrybowen network.

Member of the Dentsu Italy EXEC Committee, he leads the group of dentsu creative brands in Italy. He is currently co-founder of IF! and president of UNA – Aziende della Comunicazione Unite, the association representing at national and international level the communication industry, counting with more than 200 associates.

Stefano Ferri

Journalist

Stefano Ferri is a journalist and communication consultant. In 2004 he received the Hilton Award for journalism specializing in business tourism, and in 2006 the Italia for Events Award for the industry press. He is the author of four novels, the most recent of which, to be released in mid-November, autobiographically recounts his experience as a “man dressed as a woman”: Crossdresser – Stefano and Stefania, the two parts of me.

Other two of his novels have been translated and distributed in 14 countries. For many years he has been active in support of civil rights, giving testimony on newspapers, TV and social media.

Sebastiano Leddi

Editor in Chief & Founder Perimetro

Born in 1980 in Ponte dell’Olio not far from Piacenza and raised in Milan, Sebastiano Leddi is today an independent publisher,
In the early 2000s he studied at the Civic School of Cinema, Television and New Media. He grew passionate about the visual arts and started working as producer and director for documentaries, commercials and television. 

In 2011 Sebastiano had his first encounter with photography when Gloria Maria Cappelletti invited him to join the American agency Management + Artists and assist her in handling a roster of international photographers active in documenting the world of fashion.


In 2018 he founded Perimetro, a community magazine that describes the city of Milan through the eyes of numerous photographers.  The magazine’s objective was to record the present day by creating a historical archive of stories that would document our generation.

In 2021 Perimetro expanded its narrative and created parallel publications in Rome, Tokyo, Nairobi and Florence.

CARLA LEVERATTO

IF! Organising Committee

Carla is Creative Partnership Manager at Google in Italy, managing the relationships with creatives teams across the industry ecosystem.

Originally from Argentina, Carla brings more than 16 years of creative industry experience. She began her career in Wunderman as an Art Director for Unilever, Ford, Alitalia and Playstation. Then she joined Young & Rubicam where she enjoyed creating all kinds of materials for film launches for United International Pictures.

Finally she joined Gruppo Roncaglia in 2007 and after working for brands such as Lexus, Bulgari, MAXXI and Save the Children she became Creative Director in 2012.

Since then she has worked with multidisciplinary teams inspiring talents in creating innovative campaigns that allow brands to create lasting relationships with their customers, increasing their business. Some of these clients are: Mercedes-Benz, smart, Mastercard, Playstation, Volkswagen, Unieuro and Enel.

She has been a jury member in various national and international awards such as Cannes Lions, eurobest, New York Festivals and others.

Giacomo Zanni

Creative Lead Google

At the age of 20 he began to take his first steps in the world of television as a programme editor. He discovered a world, he discovered a trade. He attended the Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti where, during his studies, he created a programme that would be broadcast on Rai5 (2 seasons), and a documentary for Sky Arte, “Attori o Corsari”. In 2013 after finishing school, with colleagues he created the YouTube channel Zootropio.

The channel’s first video “The 14 Stereotypes of Soccer”, exceeded one million views in its first week. From then on he devoted his time to YouTube Zootropio, which in just over three years produced over forty branded content videos and commercials for cinema and television. In 2015 he made his first short film “Silent Love”, which today boasts more than ten million views across the world.

Among his latest work he helped writer Roberto Saviano create his YouTube channel. Since 2018 he has been working at Google, today in the Creative Works team as a Creative Lead in support of brands and agencies.

Federico Clapis

Artist

Federico Clapis (born in Milan on 4th April 1987) is an Italian contemporary  artist. He began his career in a way that can be considered decidedly unique way, by opening new itineraries and horizons in the art world.

For years, Clapis worked “undercover” producing viral videos on social media and accumulating millions of followers and views.

In 2015, at the height of his popularity, he decided to move away from pure entertainment and converted his online presence into a tool for the dissemination of his artistic works that he had previously kept hidden.

In 2010, he began a long inner journey to explore the most intimate conditions of the human soul, living in an ashram in India and continuing his research into western culture through existential paths.

Clapis lives his art as a materialisation of his experiences, and as a medium of introspection to share with his followers.

 

Technology, a recurring theme in his best known works, is a contemporary metaphor to explore our timeless emotional states.

In 2021 he took his first steps into the world of cryptoart, where his knowledge of the digital medium allowed him to position himself in a very short time among the world’s leading artists in this new and radical form of art.

NFTs, sculptures, installations and video art become vehicles of a more profound adventure in discovering a shared interiority between the artist and the observer.

 

PAULINE MILLER

Chief Equity Officer Dentsu

Pauline Miller is the Chief Equity Officer, EMEA for global marketing communications company dentsu international. She is responsible for shaping and leading the agency network’s regional DEI strategy and execution, as well as, working closely with clients and partners. She also chairs dentsu EMEA’s DEI Council.

Pauline brings more than two decades of experience leading DEI, Culture and Engagement and Talent Development across the banking and insurance sectors before joining dentsu. During her tenure at insurance giant Lloyd’s of London, Miller led the global culture, talent and inclusion teams that spearheaded Lloyd’s Cultural programme and ensured employees from underrepresented communities can succeed at all levels in the business. 

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Pauline is also a respected public speaker advocating for gender equality and serves as a trustee and board advisor for the women’s rights organisation Romildamor and formerly Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation movement for gender equality.

Pauline holds post-graduate credentials in business and occupational psychology. She lives in London with her partner and children.

Francesco Altobelli

CEO of Ondesonore Records

Francesco Altobelli (CEO of Ondesonore Records) works in management and publishing, with focusing in particular on the potential of new forms of communication. He works as writer, composer and arranger with major record companies (Warner, Sony, Universal), authoring tracks for several Italian artists. In 2007 he graduated in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics and, in parallel with his artistic activity, he looks after his patients every day. His slogan: “I live with music in my teeth”.

In 2019 he wrote, arranged and produced the track “Non ci ferma nessuno” (“No-one can stop us”), performed by TV show “Striscia la Notizia” correspondent Luca Abete. Thanks to the exceptionally high number of views, 10,000 full meals were donated through Penny Market to the Food Bank. Together with Marco Salom, he is co-founder & creator of “Musica Italiana”, Italian social media’s club of reference for hosting major artists and experts.

Beatrice Cristalli

Linguist

Beatrice Cristalli is a consultant in educational publishing, a tutor and a linguist. She works with cultural publications, such as Focus Scuola and Focus Junior.

She is the curator of a survey series on the contemporary linguistic panorama for Treccani.it. Her last two research capsules focus on the Italian music industry (itpop, trap) and the Gen Z culture.

She is also a freelance podcaster for Piano P. Since 2017 she has been coordinating the organisation of school activities as part of the Premio Leopardi Committee (CNSL).

Cristalli is the author of the poetry collection Tre di uno (Interno Poesia, 2018), and the essay L’«invenzione» della colpa: L’antropologia leopardiana tra Zibaldone e Operette morali (Franco Cesati, 2019).

Neil Boorman

Head of Creative Lab Europe, TikTok

Neil Boorman is Head of Creative Lab Europe – a team within TikTok dedicated to producing and launching best-in-class creative and marketing campaigns on the platform. He works directly with brands in multiple sectors across Europe to help them thrive in TikTok’s fullscreen, sound-on environment and cut through with its highly engaged community. Neil and his team of planners, creatives, producers, designers, editors and project managers aim to showcase brands’ products and services in a way that chimes with TikTok’s culture and drives results.

Neil’s background is extremely diverse, having witnessed first-hand how cultural moments have evolved on the internet over the past two decades. Formerly a news and media writer and columnist at The Guardian, he has worked with global brands at some of the world’s most established ad and media agencies, including VCCP, GREY, Mother and Wieden + Kennedy. Neil has also helped global charities and organisations, including Christian Aid and Amnesty International, to establish and sustain their digital strategies.

DAVIDE BOSCACCI

IF! Organising Committee

Davide is currently working as Executive Creative Director at Publicis Milan, working on global brands and accounts such as Nescafé, Coca Cola, Kinder and Voltaren (GSK).

Before he had a four-year experience as Group Creative Director at Leo Burnett on the global FCA account for the brands Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, both in Turin and Detroit. Previously he was in JWT Italy, where he has worked on many local and international clients (Indesit, Huggies, Shell and more).

His work has been awarded at major international festivals including Cannes, D&AD, Clio, NY Festival, Epica and Eurobest. He has served as a juror in many festivals including two editions of the Cannes Lions, D&AD, Eurobest and ADCE. Former VP of the Italian Art Directors Club, he is currently board member of UNA (the association of Italian communication agencies).

He is the creator and co-founder of IF!, Italy’s most important festival of creativity.

MARIANNA GHIRLANDA

IF! Organising Committee

Marianna Ghirlanda joined the BBDO group in September 2018 as CEO of DLV BBDO and Proximity Italia, after a long spell at Google, where from 2011 she was Head of Creative Partnerships at Google Italia, overseeing special projects and relations with creative agencies.

Following a degree in architecture, specialising in ergonomics, and a master’s degree in marketing, she started out as a designer. In 2001 she entered the world of communication and spent ten years in creative agencies in Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.

FEDERICO FERRAZZA

Director of Wired Italia

Federico Ferrazza was born in Rome in 1978 and has been director of Wired Italia since June 2015. When he joined Wired in 2010 as head of digital, he had already founded in 2004 – together with three partners – before joining Condé Nast, the media company Galileo Servizi Editoriali, a company that still deals with the production and development of scientific content and strategic consulting in the field of communication.

At Galileo he was in charge of content production and features on technological topics. Consequently, he wrote about these issues for several national newspapers, including Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore and L’Espresso.

In the early years of the new millennium he worked in television, behind the cameras. He created several programmes, such as the quiz shows Greed (Rai 2) and 100% (La7). He has taught New Media and Online Journalism at La Sapienza University and Tor Vergata University in Rome. During his stewardship, Wired Italia in 2017 won the SPD Awards, an event recognised as the “Oscar of Magazines”, the most coveted award: Best Magazine of the Year, beating, among others, The New York Times Magazine, and in 2020 he won five other awards, including Gold as Best Magazine in the Business/Science/Technology category.

Marco Ferrarini

Author and screenwriter

He has published with Feltrinelli, Gribaudo, Guerini e Associati, DeA Planeta and Prospero Editore. He wrote “Sono Guido e non guido”, directed by Alessandro Maria Buonomo, presented at the Turin Film Festival in 2016, followed by Davide Romeo Meraviglia’s “Empty Man”, produced by LAMP and presented at the Giffoni Film Festival in 2021.

In 2017 he co-wrote for Officine della Comunicazione the documentary series “Divina Bellezza”, hosted by Alberto Angela and produced in collaboration with RAI Com and GEDI Group.

He also brought “Pink Different” (Fox Life) to the small screen as well as “Cucina da Uomini” (Food Network).

He looks after branded content for Show Reel Agency, working with creative talent such as Roberto Saviano, TheShow and The Pozzolis Family, and is responsible for special projects such as “Diversity Media Awards”, “The Beauty House” and “I giovani e la Rete”, a debate on the role of the web between the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella and a group of creators in live streaming from the Quirinale palace.

Marina Cuollo

Writer and content creator

Marina Cuollo was born in Naples in 1981.

She has a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in biological processes and biomolecules. Writer, radio host, podcast author and content creator, she writes for various newspapers and has a column on Vanity Fair. Through social media she deals with discrimination and prejudice in the world of physical disability and “A Disabilandia si tromba” is her debut book, published by Sperling & Kupfer.

Sergio Spaccavento

Chief Creative Officer @ Conversion E3, author and mythomaniac

Sergio Spaccavento is an advertising creative, scriptwriter for television, radio and cinema, university lecturer and speaker at international conferences. He is Chief Creative Officer and partner of agency Conversion E3 (DIGITOUCH GROUP).

He was co-author and co-scriptwriter of the movies “Italiano Medio” and “Murder Italian-style”, of Maccio Capatonda’s  television series “Mario and Mariottide” and of Franco Trentalance’s theatrical presentation “Sex and the secret of happiness”. He has written sketches for Lo  ZOO di Radio 105, and was author of the essay “What the fuck are you laughing about? Conversations on Freedom of the Press”.

Jack Blanga

IF! Organising Committee

Twenty years of experience in major communication groups, independent agencies and consultancy, beginning as copywriter and moving up to ECD and Content Director. Recipient of over 80 Italian and international awards, including Grand Prix ADC*E and ADCI, D&Ad Yellow Pencil and Cannes Future Lions. Jury member at Cannes, New York, South Korea and Italy.

Board Member of ADCI – Art Directors Club Italiano since 2018. Coordinator of a Master in Creative Direction at IED, with whom he co-authored two books: Tanto Copy, very content and L’insight, questo frainteso.  

Today he provides major international brands, small and medium enterprises and start ups with the best ideas and strategies to help them have a positive effect on both their business and society.

 

Chadia Rodriguez

Rapper

Born in Spain of Moroccan parents, Chadia Rodriguez distinguished herself in the Italian trap trend, to which she brought a touch of femininity without surrendering the expressive impetuosity that characterises the genre, and impressed everyone for her lyrics and her cheeky and sexually explicit attitude, that puts her on an equal footing with her colleagues from overseas and which is still very rare in Italy, making her amass one success after another.

She made her debut in 2019 with “Avere 20 anni”, with which she was consecrated as the #1 rapper on the Italian female scene. In May  2020 she released “Bella così”, featuring Federica Carta, certified Gold Disc with over 14 million streams on Spotify and more than 17 million views on YouTube, the song that started Chadia’s fight against bullying and body shaming and that earned her a candidacy for the Amnesty International Italia “Voices for Freedom” award.

In February 2021 she published “Donne che odiano le donne”, with which the artist launched a powerful message of female solidarity. It was followed by the single “Non mi uccidere”, released last April, part of the soundtrack of the homonymous film directed by Andrea De Sica and starring Alice Pagani.

Andrea Crocioni

Editor-in-chief & Co-Founder, Touchpoint

Andrea Crocioni was born in Milan on 19th November 1977. He graduated from high school in scientific studies and  was awarded a degree in Contemporary History at the University of Milan in 2003.

He began his career as a journalist in 2003 and turned professional at “Pubblicità “Italia” magazine in 2008. In the same year,  he joined the “Brand Portal” advertising group as press office manager.

In 2010 he rejoined the editorial staff of “Pubblicità Italia” and in 2013 was appointed  editorial staff coordinator of “Today Pubblicità Italia”. He was appointed editor-in-chief at “Pubblicità Italia” and “Today Pubblicità Italia” in 2017.

In April 2019 he co-founded the Oltre La Media Group, publishers of “Touchpoint Today” and “Touchpoint Magazine”, periodicals dedicated to the world of business innovation and creativity.  He is director of both magazines.

Gianpietro Vigorelli

Creative director, co-founder of agency DLV BBDO

Gianpietro Vigorelli is a creative director and co-founder of DLV BBDO. He was born in Milan on 21st November 1951, and after working in various international agencies, in 1987 he was taken on as Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he worked on the Coop, Renault and Swatch brands. In 1994 he moved to Young & Rubicam, where he created spots for Barilla, working with testimonials such as Alberto Tomba and Cindy Crawford, and filming with directors such as John Landis.

Gianpietro and his working partner in 1997 were invited to be the co-authors of that year’s edition of the Festival di San Remo. In June 1997 he co-founded with his old friends, Maurizio D’Adda and Riccardo Lorenzini, agency D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli. In March 2000 he was nominated Vice-President and Creative Director of the new D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli, BBDO. On the film set, he directed campaigns for Yogurt Danone, C.D, Portatile Philips, Letti Pirelli, Renault, Buondì Motta, Pupa Roan, Barilla and Te Ati. In 2010 he left the presidency of BBDO and decided to concentrate on promoting Italian brands. Together with other businessmen he now devotes his energies to the growth and financial support of Italian and international startups. As a writer, he has published a novel, ‘Ferro’.

MAIN CAMPAIGNS: Baci Perugina (1984), Derby, Honeywell, Yogurt Danone, Renault, Swatch, Osama Scrittura, Tuborg, Coop (directed by Woody Allen), Dinamic Art, WWF, Pubblicità Progresso  campaign against racism, Renault Clio, Ferrarelle, Glassex, Johnson & Johnson, Galbani, Banca di Roma, Lea & Perrins, Closed Jeans, Simmenthal, Jagermeister, Carapelli, Mondadori, Pasta Barilla “Viva il Blu”, Ray-Ban, Profumo Moschino, I.P., Gioielli Damiani, Biasia,TIM Telecom Italia Mobile, BMW, Campari., Fabi, Nolita, Mercedes.

Eugenia Nicolosi

Journalist

Journalist and activist, she champions women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community. 

She writes for both La Repubblica and Gaypost.it; in particular her work features stories and initiatives related to transfeminism, gender equality and gender discrimination. She is involved in politics at different levels and uses social media to write about topics that concern women in traditional media.

Andrea Fenn

Co-CEO Adiacent China

Andrea is an award-winning digital strategist and founder of Fireworks, a Shanghai-based technology marketing company. Since 2021, Fireworks has been part of VAR Group, an Italian listed digital transformation company with over 2bn euros in revenue.

He has been living in China for 15 years, most of the time spent working with the country’s evolving digital landscape. Prior to Fireworks, he was a founding member of the APAC social media team at Ogilvy, a researcher of Chinese social media at Leiden University and a journalist for CNN and China Daily.

A regular member of the Campaign Asia Digital A-List, he speaks at public events, business schools and management training courses globally. He is content consultant and trainer at the Alibaba Global Ecommerce Talent programme.

Andrea was born in Prato, Italy and has dual Italian-British nationality. He is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.

Mihnea Gheorghiu

Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Italy & Le Pub Amsterdam

Mihnea got into advertising when he was 19 in Bucharest, Romania.

In the years that followed, he worked in Hamburg, Paris, London, Madrid, Toronto, New York and Amsterdam. The work he created and creative directed over the years has won 50 Cannes Lions, among hundreds of other awards (D&AD, Clio, One Show, ANDY, NYF, LIAA, Eurobest, Epica) and generated mean comments on some advertising blogs.

Mihnea likes to think of new things to say or new ways to say the same things. He really enjoys that stuff. That, and raccoons. Mihnea thinks that raccoons are cool.

Since 2017, he’s been in Publicis Milan, overseeing the global work for DIESEL and Heineken, first as Global CD, then as Global ECD and finally being appointed as Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Italy and Le Pub Amsterdam in 2021. 

 

Federica Cacciola

Actress, writer, presenter

Born in Taormina in 1986, Fedrica Cacciola is an actress, writer and presenter.

She began studying acting at the age of 15 and after high school moved to Milan, where she graduated in literature and philosophy, obtaining at the same time a diploma in performing arts. In 2008 she made her debut as a professional actress, and went on to take part in over 20 productions.

She became known to the public in 2014 with the satirical character Martina Dell’Ombra, picking up over 50 million views on the web.
In 2016 she won the “Premio Satira di Forte dei Marmi” and in 2018 she was declared Revelation of the Year by Mario Sesti at the “Splendor Awards”.

On television she was writer and co-host, together with Serena Dandini, of “La tv delle ragazze- Gli Stati Generali” (Rai3), regular correspondent for “Nemo- Nessuno Escluso” (Rai 2) and wrote and starred in “Pink Different” (FoxLife). She has appeared in programmes such as “Le parole della settimana” (Rai 3), “Accordi e Disaccordi” (La9) and “Kudos” (Rai4).

Her film work includes Paolo Virzì’s “Notti Magiche” and the series “Romolo+Giuly: La Guerra Mondiale Italiana” on Fox Italia.

She has had a regular column on FattoQuotidiano.it.

In 2018 she published her first novel, “Fake-a true story”.

Luca Pagano

CEO e Co-founder QLASH

Luca Pagano was born in Treviso in 1978. At the age of 21 he discovered Texas Hold’em poker and immediately fell in love with the game, obtaining his first significant wins online on PokerStars. In the early 2000s he chalked up success after success at the card table that would lead him in 10 years to hold the record for placings in the European Poker Tour.

In addition to his career as a professional player, he is both a TV celebrity and a successful entrepreneur. He commentated the hugely popular Poker1 programme and hosted the reality talent show ‘The House of Aces’. In 2006 he created PaganoEvents, a company organising events in various casinos across Italy, Slovenia, Malta and San Marino.

In 2017 Luca founded the QLASH esports team together with former poker player Eugene Katchalov. Within a few years, it has become a national and international touchstone for competitive success, events organisation and communicative potential. In Villorba di Treviso he built QLASH House, one of the largest gaming venues in Europe.

RUDY BANDIERA

Populariser and creator

I am a populariser and creator who marries the concept of infotainment, so much so that I have been described as a mix between Alberto Angela and Fiorello. 

I have written on innovation, technology and communication as well as produced and written videos. I am an anchorman, teacher, gamer and TEDx speaker, and Rudy Bandiera is my REAL name.

As a speaker I have taken part in dozens of events, such as TEDx Bologna, Senate of the Republic, Chamber of Deputies, and I have been anchorman and testimonial -among others – for Google, Accenture, Oracle, ENEL Energia, Randstad, Confindustria, SAS, Juventus, SAP, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1, Zurich and TEDx Roma.

I have taken lectures, masters and seminars everywhere, including IED, Ca’ Foscari, University of Pisa, UNIBO and CUOA business school. 

I have taught “theories and techniques of digital public relations” at IUSVE University, in Venice and Verona. 

I am the founder, owner and administrator of the largest LinkedIn group aimed at SMM with approximately 25,000 subscribers; I have a LinkedIn newsletter with 18,000 subscribers, a Telegram channel with over 3000 subscribers, a “traditional” newsletter with 3000 readers, and I have written and interpreted dozens of podcasts that can be found today on Spotify and Audible. 

I am the founding partner together with Riccardo “Skande” Scandellari of NetPropaganda Laboratory and Academy.

Adiana Lè

ARTIST and winner AW LAB IS ME

Adriana was born in Arzignano VI in 1995. Passionate about music and dance, she moved to Canada at the age of 17 and joined the celebrated Culture Shock crew. In 2019, back in Italy to continue her artistic education, she joined Coca-Cola Future Legend with the single “Black Heart”, won the AMA Festival award and the Honiro Ent Auditions in Naples with “Bumaye” and “Rockstar”. In April 2020 she released her latest single “Baby Please” for Real Talk. With this track she reached the final of the “Firestone Road To the Main Stage” competition, while with the single “Bumaye” she was selected for “Amnesty International – Voices For Freedom 2020”. This was followed recently by her winning the AW LAB IS ME Music Edition and her collaboration with Low Kidd for “Niente di Me”. Her career has been marked by awareness, tenacity and the will of one who knows she has great talent.

Riccardo Pirrone

Irresponsible for Communication and Digital Strategy

CEO of KiRweb, a creative agency in Rome
He’s not a marketer, neither is he an advertiser, nor a troll, nor a copywriter, nor a digital entrepreneur.
The web is his job, and always has been. And the web cannot be labled. He’s known as Taffo’s Social Media Manager, and Taffo is Italy’s most irreverent undertakers, but today he works on the digital communication strategies of numerous Italian companies and international NGOs. He often gives lectures and speeches at marketing events and Italian universities.
He also created a training course in how to NOT become trivial Social Media Managers and today the course has more than 2000 students: www.kirsocial.it
He writes for “Il Sole 24 ORE” and has also published his first and last book. 

Giuseppe Mastromatteo

Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Italia

After a period spent as a sound engineer assistant, in 1996 he graduated in art direction and began working for major national and international advertising agencies. He began in Young & Rubicam, then moved to D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli and later from 2000, in DDB, DLVBBDO and Armando Testa in Milan as Creative Director. In 2009 he moved to New York to serve as Global Creative Director for Jaguar and other luxury brands of the Havas Group Two years later, he returned to Italy as Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and in 2013 he was appointed Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Italia.

His portfolio boasts national and international awards, including Cannes Young Lions, Grand Prix at ADCI, New York Festivals, Epica, Cannes Lions, Clio and D&AD.

During his long career, he has written about art, taught advertising and worked with the Triennale Museum in Milan. Passionate about photography, in 2005 he took up a career as an artist. Today, his works are exhibited in contemporary art galleries in Milan, Paris, Istanbul and New York.

Marco Salom

Director, Executive producer, Composer,Father.

Marco Salom trained in the 90s at the FILMMASTER group where he worked on TV commercials production, music videos, conception and production of television programmes, musical events and sponsorships of international artists.

He has directed award-winning video clips for major performers, such as Luciano Ligabue, Elisa, Skin, Eros Ramazzotti, Planet Funk, Paolo Conte and  Andrea Bocelli.

In 2011 he directed “Ligabue Campovolo il film 3D”, distributed by Medusa in 385 cinemas and the highest-grossing musical docufilm ever.

Co-founder and creator with Francesco Altobelli of “Musica Italiana”, social media’s benchmark music club (Clubhouse) which hosts major artists and live jam sessions.

NICOLAS BALLARIO

Journalist and curator of contemporary art

Born in 1984, Nicolas Ballario deals with contemporary art applied to the media. His professional birthplace was Oliviero Toscani’s factory ‘La Sterpaia’, and soon became cultural director. He has worked with all the major art institutions and has written for numerous newspapers. In 2016 he was the youngest person ever to win the Bassani Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for journalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of culture and the environment.

He is currently creator and presenter of the contemporary art programmes of Radio Uno Rai and writes for Rolling Stone, Corriere della Sera ‘Living’ and Il Giornale dell’Arte. In 2019 he hosted LA7’s format on photography “Camera Oscura”, while in 2020 and 2021 he presented Sky Arte’s “Io ti vedo, ti mi senti?”, “The Square” and “Italia Contemporanea”. He is CEO of the recently founded art events company “Piuma” and curates exhibitions and catalogues.

Artribune magazine has included him in the ‘Best of’ category for excellence in the art world for two consecutive years: in 2019 for radio and in 2020 for television projects.

DIEGO WALLACH

Chief Creative Officer @ Publicis WW Mexico

Storyteller.
I can proudly highlight we created the most awarded Mexican campaign @Canneslions ever, which just got the GRAND PRIX FOR GOOD, among 9 CANNES LIONS (3 gold ones) and the first-ever D&Ad Yellow Pencil for Mexico, among all the many awards we got in the latest years. I feel that’s also a reward for the team-building talent I’ve been perfecting over the years. I believe putting the right people to work together is also storytelling.

 

Responsible for more than 17 years for all creative development, from strategy to creative work, production assessment for Global, regional and local brands, such as: CITI, Nestlé, Heineken, Coca Cola, GERBER, BMW/MINI, L´OREAL, Barcel, Powerade, Telcel, Kotex, Sanofi, Domecq, T-FAL, Maseca, Del Monte, and The Home Depot; among others. 

 

Profound knowledge of the Financial, Telecommunications, and food Consumer Markets, the latter derived from being directly responsible for advertising campaigns, for both local and global markets. Participating in internal client committees. 

Also responsible for creative work, for which more than 100 creative and effectiveness awards had been attained in festivals such as Cannes Lions, Clio, D&AD, One Show, London, IAB, Epica, FIAP, El Sol, El Ojo de Iberoamérica, Wave Festival, The Mexican Creative Club. (Círculo Creativo de México), and EFFIE; among others.

Nicola Guaglianone

Screenwriter

Nicola Guaglianone is a screenwriter for film and television. He made his film debut in 2016 with Gabriele Mainetti’s award-winning Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot

In 2017 he won the David di Donatello for the story and screenplay of ‘Indivisibili’, directed by Edoardo De Angelis, which premiered at the Giornate degli Autori at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. He is one of the writers of Suburra, the first Italian Netflix series, produced by Cattleya and Rai Fiction.

Among his projects in recent years: Lui è tornato directed by Luca Miniero and produced by Indiana Production; In viaggio con Adele, Alessandro Capitani’s first feature, produced by Paco Cinematografica; Non ci resta che il crimine, by Massimiliano Bruno and produced by IIF; La Befana vien di notte, directed by Michele Soavi and produced by Lucky Red, Benedetta Follia, directed by Carlo Verdone and produced by Filmauro; the blockbuster Il primo Natale, direted by Ficarra & Picone, distributed by Medusa Film, the just-released La befana vien di notte 2, directed by Paola Randi and starring Zoe Massenti and Monica Bellucci, and the highly awaited Freaks Out, Gabriele Mainetti’s second feature, in competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

With his company Miyagi Entertainment he developed the animated short Uccelli criminali, co-produced with Indiana Production and BigRock; with Emons he produced Chiara Lalli and Cecilia Sala’s podcast Polvere. Miyagi Entertainment is the creative producer of the film La befana vien di notte 2.

He is one of the members of the scientific committee of the Leo Benvenuti school of screenwriting, conceived by ANAC (National Association of Film Writers), and he teaches screenwriting at the Writing School for Cinema & Television at LUISS University.

ANTONELLO TAURINO

Actor, tutor, comedian, language enthusiast

Teacher, actor, comedian, tutor – compared to him, Don Quixote was a novice/was practical. Born in Lecce, he graduated in literature with a thesis on Carmelo Bene and obtained a diploma in guitar at the Conservatorio di Milano. In 2005 he moved to Milan, where he attended the “Arsenale” Theatre School, got his diploma in acting  after a three-year SAT 2005-2008 masters with Maestro J. Alschitz and took part in the celebrated TV show Zelig from 2003 to 2019. He has published two books of texts from his shows: “Li Fatti ti Paese”and “Miles Gloriosus”. He has also performed abroad in English with his stand-up show, “Comedian”. He wrote a blog on Smemoranda “S-COOL” and currently has one on Radio Popolare, “La scuola non serve a nulla”. In addition to “Comedian”, he is currently on tour with his theatrical monologues (not all on the same evening): “Miles Gloriosus” (2011), “Trovata una Sega! (2014), “la Scuola non serve a nulla” (2016) and “Sono Bravo con la Lingua” (2020). He still enjoys mornings teaching in middle school. He never takes the elevator.

MASSIMO PICOZZI

Writer and criminologist

Massimo Picozzi (born, Milan 8 August 1956) graduated in medicine and then specialised in psychiatry in clinical criminology and later in sexology. 

As a qualified expert he has dealt with the most notorious criminal cases of recent years, from the murder of Samuele Lorenzi in Cogne to the story of Erika and Omar, from the Beasts of Satan to the death of Sara Scazzi in Avetrana. He is a consultant to the police force on the prevention of violence and negotiation.

He is a television pundit and since 2009 he has been presenting Radio 105’s weekly radio programme CSI Milano. 

In addition to his criminological studies, he also lectures in psycholinguists and communication at the University of Insubria.

He has published 28 books of nonfiction and popular science, which have sold over 600,000 copies.

Antonio Marrari

Head of Marketing AW LAB

I am a creative thinker with a passion for bringing people together, scaling businesses and finding a way to make big things happen.

My career has taken me from luxury to sport style industry, passing by Telco – Gaming – Fashion – Startups. After 15 years of dynamic experiences across a broad range of functions for AAA Brands, 4 years ago I joined AW LAB, part of the Bata Group – world leader in the retail footwear industry with over 5,000 stores in more than 100 countries.

AW LAB is the Bata sport style division but more importantly it is a brand with a clear vision and purpose: our dream is to be the biggest amplifier of the voice of the youth generation. As Head of Marketing, I am responsible for making this dream come true.