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Fashion Mentors

Francesco Bottigliero

Gabriele Cavargna Bontosi

Daniela Chillemi

Stefania D'Andrea

Francesco is CEO of FieraDigitale, a company he co-founded with Pitti Immagine, the creators of the project e-PITTI.com. He is also Chief Digital Officer at Brunello Cucinelli. Francesco has spent 10+ years in the digital arena, founding some of the most important interactive agencies creating and implementing digital projects for several companies as part of Fortune Global 500.

Gabriele has 10+ years international experience in Consulting (Accenture), Yachting (Azimut Benetti) & Luxury Retail (Kering Group). Naturally passionate about innovation, after his MBA he joined the Kering Group, working within the WW Retail teams of Bottega Veneta (first) and Brioni (currently) to expedite their digital transformation at the intersection of business & technology. He also serves as equity partner of iStarter.

Daniela has 15+ years of experience as Brand & Merchandiser Manager, Licensing Manager, and Brand Strategist in Dolce & Gabbana and in Gianni Versace. As a consultant she has developed tailored strategies in retail, as well as implemented business development activities for the launch of new products.

Stefania has 15+ years of experience working for fashion and luxury international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Pirelli PZero, Fossil, Morellato and L’Oréal, defining marketing and communication strategies. Business developer and creator of a digital start up for the beauty sector, she is currently working in vente-privee as Marketing Manager for the italian market.

Andrea Di Nicolò

Lara Dittfeld

Barbara Falcomer

Francesco Fiume

Andrea has 20+ years of experience in digital marketing in luxury industry. He is currently Global Head of Digital, Ecommerce & CRM at Trussardi, and previously he has been Head of Global Corporate Digital Marketing in Tod’s for several years.

Lara has worked for 10+ years for leading fashion brands such as Kenzo, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and Versace, dealing with accessories licensing, marketing, and communication strategies at an international level.

Barbara has 25+ years of experience in sales and marketing departments of global companies such as Mediaset, Beiersdorf, Coty Inc., and at Montblanc (Richemont Group) where she was CEO/Managing Director for the Italian subsidiary for 10 years.

Francesco has 10+ years of experience in sales and marketing, focusing especially on sportswear and streetwear. He is the founder and Senior Digital Strategist of the web lifestyle project strettoblaster.com and has been the Managing Director of the Italian branch of Marc Ecko for 6 years. He has also worked as Country Manager for New Era Cap, and for Nike’s branding activities.

Julien Gineau

Licia & Francio

Anna Lottersberger

Simone Lovati

Julien has 15+ years in the sportswear and streetwear business, having worked internationally between Europe, Asia and U.S., with a deep knowledge of trends and product development. Julien has worked for brands likes Sir Benni Miles, Zoo York, Marc Ecko, Avirex.

Licia and Francio are fashion designers in charge of two proprietary brands, L’F Shoes and Licia Florio, for which they ideate and create the complete line of products sold on ilflor.com. They have a strong background in fashion, art, and internet marketing, actively collaborating as consultants for product development, Art Direction, and communication strategies with major companies in fashion.

Anna is a fashion designer and the Head of the Fashion Cluster at Domus Academy. Before that she was in Singapore for 4 years where she worked as the Head of the School of Fashion and Design at MDIS. Anna received a Ph.D. in Design (Textiles) from Politecnico di Milano with a project in collaboration with Loro Piana. She co-founded the brand IL SISTEMA DEGLI OGGETTI.

Simone is CEO and founder of Fashionbi, the world leader in business intelligence for the Fashion industry.  He is also the Head of Digital & Head of Communication at Cerved. He has 15+ years experience managing international projects for leading brands such as IBM, Oracle, Mv Agusta, BMW Motorrad, Piaggio Group, Nintendo, Terme di Milano, Benetton, Millward Brown, Dolce & Gabbana, and Furla.

Gabriele Lunati

Jarvis Macchi

Alessandro Pacetti

Marie-Pierre Schickel

Gabriele has 20+ years of experience in online media, mainly regarding new technologies and Internet networking. He focuses his activity on digital communication, e-business, editorial management and digital communication strategies. He is currently Worldwide Digital & E-Commerce Director for Moncler, and previously he was Global Digital & E-Commerce Director for Dolce & Gabbana and Benetton.

Jarvis has 15+ years of experience as a journalist and digital communication consultant. He has been the Global Digital PR Manager of Tod’s for 3 years and is currently the Head of Digital at Pinko. He’s the author of “Luxury 2.0, the new digital strategy of luxury brands” (Lupetti Edizioni – 2010) and “Luxury 2.0, digital evolution” (Lupetti Edizioni – 2013).

Alessandro has 10+ years of experience in online media, marketing, and communication projects, with a strong focus on luxury, digital communication, e-commerce, and digital strategies definition. He is the digital PR and Social Media Manager at Hogan and actively collaborates with leading universities on topics such as brand strategy, design, and advertising.

Marie-Pierre is the Business Cluster head and founding Program Leader of the Master in Luxury Brand Management in Domus Academy.

Her 20+ years of experience span from Management Consulting, to Strategic Marketing & Branding and Post Graduate Education. Design-thinking, customer empathy, actionable insights and business viability are her mantra. Her widely transversal background makes her at ease both in highly strategic and operational contexts and in a wide range of lifestyle industries, among which luxury and fashion.

Gabriele Sportoletti

Anna Maria Tartaglia

Ishwari Thopte

Roberta Trinchero

Gabriele has spent 35 years in the fashion world in industrial companies covering roles from the commercial director till the managing director. His last experience in China has completed the wide experience in international fashion business.
He invested in the chinese market because he guesses the italian companies need an italian high profile culture and professionality to support their activity in this part of the world following the great change of this country.

Chief Marketing and Communications Director with proven experience gained in Luxury, Fashion, Beauty, Art, Retail and Lifestyle for companies including Superga, Trussardi, Salvatore Ferragamo and Value Retail. Excellent knowledge of international strategy, business organization and management, business plan and income statements, brand positioning and management, marketing and integrated communication, licensing, fashion retail and cool hunting.

Author of the book The Luxury …. Magic & Marketing – Present and Future of Essential Superfluous (Ed. Franco Angeli – 5 editions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015).

Ishwari is the Fashion Tech Project Officer at Centre for Fashion Enterprise, London’s pioneering fashion business incubator. She has 9+ years of experience in design, styling, branding, digital marketing and social media, from hi-end fashion and tech startups, non-profits, SMEs, to high street and luxury lifestyle brands. She currently runs CFE’s fashion tech acceleration programmes & events while focusing on creating a thriving fashion technology ecosystem in London.

Roberta has 20+ years of experience in the field of fashion, within both product design and sales. She is head of business of Private Label for the Miroglio Group, developing the brand Fiorella Rubino and the retail strategy for Elena Mirò. She is also an active business angel.

Mary Villa

Mary built up her expertise in Marketing and Communications mainly working for sports and sportswear brands such as Nike, Fila, Torino 2006 and adidas. While at adidas, she covered the role of Head of Brand Marketing, giving a crucial and increasing role to Digital & Social Media; she later transitioned to Marketing Operations and Business Development, re-designing and coordinating the go-to-market process for South Europe. Mary has past and current experiences with start-up companies both in technology and design furniture.

Technology Mentors

Elena Antognazza

Hoang C. Huynh

Giulio Frandi

Andrey Golub

Elena has 15+ years of experience in digital marketing and e-commerce. Her previous roles include 8 years with PayPal, first as Head of Marketing for Italy, starting up the country team, then holding various roles in Europe and at the headquarters in San Jose, California. Before that she worked 2 years in the Netherlands as EMEA Internal Customer Communication Manager at UUNET (MCI group).

Hoang is the co-founder of a think tank team called PRSD (pron. PRESIDIO) that operates across different sectors, specialized in designing innovative strategies and services characterized by an high experiential value.
His clients range from large multinationals to small innovative startups, spanning from huge financial groups to the public sector.

Giulio has 15+ years of experience as Managing Director / Business Development Director in the Hi-Tech arena, leading multidisciplinary teams and growing units and/or branches for companies like Xerox, CapGemini, DELL and Sopra Steria. He is an electronic engineer and speaks four languages.

Andrey has 15+ years of experience in product design, hardware, and innovation technology. He is the Co-Founder and CEO at ELSE Corp, a virtual retail company. He has been the Business Intelligence Manager for Zero9 and the CTO of “Moda e Tecnologia”.

Luigi Greco

Matteo Lo Manto

Francesca Mastrogiacomi

Fabian Niederkofler

Luigi is in charge of the UX design team in a global IT consulting company and has launched “01 tribe”, a mobile design start-up. He has 10+ years of experience in the digital sector, having worked on projects for premium brands and top clients such as Adobe, Alfa Romeo (FGA Group), Bally, BVLGARI, Dolce&Gabbana, L’Espresso Group, Ferrero, MTV, Samsung, SKY, Sony Music, WIND, and VALENTINO.

Matteo has 10+ years experience in the digital design world with a special focus on branding and user experience. He is co-founder of the web agency glueglue™ and the multimodal transport platform Waynaut. He works with companies from various fields, from the ICT to the food and beverage to the arts and culture.

Francesca has 15+ years of experience in the digital landscape, having covered projects from e-commerce to e-learning. She has been working for Google for 10+ years and is currently involved in the Google Digital Academy team, working closely with brands in order to improve their digital customer relationships.

Fabian has 10+ years of experience in branding and user interface design. He co-founded glueglue™ in 2006, a web design and communication agency specialized in branding. He also works as an associate and mentor in startups like Flower Burger® and Waynaut, taking his knowledge from product design and applying it to print design and web interfaces.

Investment Mentors

Marina Atarova

Lando Barbagli

Alessandro Beltramini

Enrico Beltramini

Marina is an entrepreneur and mentor with 5Y+experience of working with early stage tech companies having three main areas of expertise in marketing, strategy and equity investment. She runs a series of workshops and events for fashion tech founders and is a mentor and presenter for the main European startup conferences and accelerators. Marina also runs a tech angel investment club and helped to raise capital for several upcoming tech stars.

As a senior executive who has worked in corporate and entrepreneurial environments during his 15+ years in consumer-driven industries, Lando has built a career out of seizing opportunities that others don’t see. Whether overcoming skepticism to win VC funding and B2B negotiations, creating and monetizing products that change people’s lives, or strategizing business development and highly profitable exits.

Ingersoll Rand board of director member, Alessandro has 15+ years experience in Finance within manufacturing, logistics and food industry companies such as Heinz, DHL Express, Ingersoll Rand and Accenture operating in different European countries. He is specialized in new product development, investments analysis, due diligence and budgeting.
Alessandro holds a Bachelor degree in economics from the University Cattolica, Milan as well as Executive Master degree from SDA Bocconi, Milan. He is also a co-founder of MyriJoy™, start-up specialized in production and sales (eCommerce) of patented art mosaic kits.

Former Gucci Board member. Advisor and investor in fashion and technology start-ups. Executive at Gucci, Fiat, and PA Consulting Group in New York, Turin and London. Enrico holds an MBA from the University of Stirling in Scotland (UK) and a PhD in Business Science from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, in England (UK).

Tony Gherardelli

Paolo Ivancevich

Domenico Laudonia

Rino Malaponti

Tony is the Head of Innovation Promotion at Intesa Sanpaolo. He has 20+ years of experience in the marketing world, having worked as Director of Communications in I.NET, Kataweb, and Inferentia. He has also been Marketing Director of Burson-Marsteller, Partner and Managing Director of GAS Communication, as well as Quintessentially Italy.

Paolo has been a member of the boards of investment companies, banks, and fund management companies. A former Executive Manager of important Italian banks, including Banco di Napoli and Banco di Sicilia, in addition to CEO of Diners Club Europe, Paolo is the Founder and CEO of Captha, which provides training in the banking and financing sector, and Novenero, a corporate finance advisory company. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Siena.

Domenico has 20+ years of experience in strategic and operative marketing, sales, and business development within global corporations active in both domestic and multinational markets such as Vodafone, Deutsche Bank, RAI Television, Qualcomm and Sisal Payment Institution. He is also the co-founder of Italian Brand Factory.

Rino has worked for 20+ year for Management Consulting and Software Vendor companies (Andersen Consulting, Siebel, Oracle), assisting large Company Front-Office digital transformation initiatives at international level. Core skills are related to business leverage of packaged enterprise software applications and communication services.