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Italyuntold is based on an innovative operating model. Beyond working with our own scientific committee, we are also an open platform that gathers and develops high-level contributions from well-known external experts in different sectors. Our objective is to debate and discuss the ‘untold’ qualities of Italy with those personalities who have the most in-depth knowledge of the topic.

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Francesco Briganti

PRESIDENT

Elisa Fenzi

SECRETARY GENERAL

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Francesco was born in 1975 and has been working as a lobbyist in Brussels for over 18 years. After working for the EU office of the Veneto region in Brussels, he moved to work for the European lobbying group for private welfare, insurances, and finance. Today Francesco is Secretary General of thE Cross Border Benefits Alliance-Europe (CBBA-Europe), a Federation founded by himself and composed of multinationals, insurance companies, finance institutions, and welfare funds, based both in the EU and US.
He has a degree in Law with a Master in International Relations and a Ph.D. in European law (2015). Francesco has worked with a wide variety of stakeholders, including Governments, lobbying groups, Universities, associations, and Think Tanks. In recent years, he has been giving lobbying lessons in different European Universities and so far has been a speaker in more than 300 conferences around the world.

Elisa born in Verona, graduated in Law with a Master degree in International Relations. She currently works as a corporate affairs manager for SSE plc, a leading energy utility in the UK. Previous to that, she worked in the external relations of a chemical multinational company, Afton Chemical. Elisa has lived for 7 years in Brussels, where she worked for European and Italian institutions, including the European Parliament and the EU office of the Veneto Region. Before moving to London, she also worked in an American Public affairs Consultancy, Burson Marsteller.
Elisa is married with three children, she is passionate about politics and strongly believes in her country that closely follows also at distance.

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Elisa Fenzi

SEGRETARIO GENERALE

Elisa born in Verona, graduated in Law with a Master degree in International Relations. She currently works as a corporate affairs manager for SSE plc, a leading energy utility in the UK. Previous to that, she worked in the external relations of a chemical multinational company, afton Chemical. Elisa has lived for 7 years in Brussels, where she worked for European and Italian institutions, including the European Parliament and the EU office of the Veneto Region. Before moving to London, she also worked in an American Public affairs Consultancy, Burson Marsteller.
Elisa is married with three children, she is passionate about politics and strongly believes in her country that closely follows also at distance.

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Letter from the President

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Micaela Berretti

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Serena Martucci

PRESS OFFICER

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Through multiple degrees and an international education, She has developed an expertise in international relations. After having been raised in Assisi, she obtained a Diploma in Interpretation and Translation, with a major in English and French, from the Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori (SSIT) in Florence in 1990. In 1993, she graduated with a Degree in Modern Languages, with a major in English and French, from the Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne (IULM) in Milan. In 1995, she moved to France to obtain a Diplome Européen d’Histoire des Idées et des Doctrines Politiques at the Université de Droit, Economie et Sciences Politiques Aix en Provence-Marseille. After returning to Italy, she obtained a post-graduate Degree in Advanced Studies in International Relations at the Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale (S.I.O.I.) in Rome in 2001 and a Degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Law and Economics from the University of Perugia in 2002.

 

Since 2003, she has been working as an expert in external and international relations for the Italian Senate. Prior to that, between 2002 and 2003, she was an external relations consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR – Branch Office Italy – External Relations and Public Information Unit). From 1998 to 1999, she worked at UNESCO in Paris as a consultant to the Division for Social Sciences, Research and Policy, collaborating in several ‘MOST’ (Management of Social Transformations) projects on multicultural and multiethnic societies in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in several Central Asian Republics.

Throughout her career, she has also regularly collaborated as a consultant in external and international relations and media relations with NGOs, international political institutes, public and private bodies, coordinating social transformation projects, organizing conferences and events in Italy and abroad, and teaching in the field of international relations.

Since 2015 she has been the President of BEAWARENOW, a non-profit association responsible for promoting and protecting human rights.

Professional journalist, expert in digital strategies and media relations.
Neapolitan, she holds a degree in Communication Sciences with a thesis on “Marketing and communication of NGOs” and a Master in Business Administration (ASFOR accredited).
Today she lives in Rome and deals with video communication for the press office of Roma Capitale.
In the past she worked as a journalist for the newspaper “Il Mattino”, for local radio and TV and in 2008 she moved to Cagliari to become part of the central editorial office of the free press newspaper Epolis (eleven regional newspapers) for which she was engaged in national, economic and foreign news. She worked in the Healthcare team of Burson Marsteller, where she managed crises and media relations for some international companies and in a PR agency in Milan dealing with automotive and food. She has collaborated in the communication sector of public and private entities and institutes, including the Department of Youth Policies of the Campania Region, Promofirenze, a special company of the Florence Chamber of Commerce and the Privacy Guarantor.
Over the years, she has specialized in digital communication, working for Nutricia, a company of the Danone group, for which she has managed online and offline communication campaigns and strategies for ecommerce.
Always in search of new places and stories to tell, she has travelled for work in Europe, Japan, China, Thailand, Central America, USA and collaborates with a newspaper that deals with the promotion of national and international tourism.

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Serena Martucci

PRESS OFFICER

Professional journalist, expert in digital strategies and media relations.
Neapolitan, she holds a degree in Communication Sciences with a thesis on “Marketing and communication of NGOs” and a Master in Business Administration (ASFOR accredited).
Today she lives in Rome and deals with video communication for the press office of Roma Capitale.
In the past she worked as a journalist for the newspaper “Il Mattino”, for local radio and TV and in 2008 she moved to Cagliari to become part of the central editorial office of the free press newspaper Epolis (eleven regional newspapers) for which she was engaged in national, economic and foreign news. She worked in the Healthcare team of Burson Marsteller, where she managed crises and media relations for some international companies and in a PR agency in Milan dealing with automotive and food. She has collaborated in the communication sector of public and private entities and institutes, including the Department of Youth Policies of the Campania Region, Promofirenze, a special company of the Florence Chamber of Commerce and the Privacy Guarantor.
Over the years, she has specialized in digital communication, working for Nutricia, a company of the Danone group, for which she has managed online and offline communication campaigns and strategies for ecommerce.
Always in search of new places and stories to tell, she has travelled for work in Europe, Japan, China, Thailand, Central America, USA and collaborates with a newspaper that deals with the promotion of national and international tourism.

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Laura Polverari

PRESS OFFICER

Giovanni Roma

NON-PROFIT/VOLUNTARY SECTOR AND CULTURE

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Laura Polverari was born in Fano in 1980, she graduated in Science of Communications at the Bologna University. She is a journalist, at present she is working as a freelance press officer & Media relations for institutions, companies, and associations. Laura offers consultancy in digital communication and writes for digital newspapers about sustainability and innovation issues. Her first job experiences and post-graduate formation were before in Tunis, where she worked in a press office for an international agency for corporations, and then in Madrid, where she attended a Master in political and institutional Communication. Politics and Latin America are her two passions. In Spain, she collaborated with communication agencies, NGOs, and was a research scholar in Ortega y Gasset Institute. Back in Rome, she brought her international work experiences to the Italian Congress, working for ten years in many communication offices for commissions and parliamentary groups. She directed a press office and she was the digital content manager for a Media relation agency with whom she is still collaborating.

Giovanni is a legal expert and cooperated with institutions, associations and individuals. He has been the Vice-Chair of the Rome conservatory “Santa Cecilia”, member of some Italian Government committees operating between Rome and Brussels and advisor of the Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP). He also worked as advisor at the Italian senate.
He is author of publications on legal and political matters. He graduated cum laude in constitutional law, and he specialized in parliamentary law with honors.
Always engaged in the catholic and social associationism, he is a Benedictine oblate and he has been promoting the Scriptures of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta for ten years. He has also been among the activists of the Italian Catholic University Federation (FUCI).
As a young professional, he was candidate for mayor of Rome and got almost twenty-thousands votes.
He lives in Rome. He is a happy father of two children: Gabriele and Carola. Carola is special not only because she is affected by a rare disease: from her experience, an Association and several initiatives were launched in order to support the medical research.
Finally, Giovanni writes and publishes poems.

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Giovanni Roma

TERZO SETTORE E ASSOCIAZIONISMO

Giovanni is a legal expert and cooperated with institutions, associations and individuals. He has been the Vice-Chair of the Rome conservatory “Santa Cecilia”, member of some Italian Government committees operating between Rome and Brussels and advisor of the Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP). He also worked as advisor at the Italian senate.
He is author of publications on legal and political matters. He graduated cum laude in constitutional law, and he specialized in parliamentary law with honors.
Always engaged in the catholic and social associationism, he is a Benedictine oblate and he has been promoting the Scriptures of Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta for ten years. He has also been among the activists of the Italian Catholic University Federation (FUCI).
As a young professional, he was candidate for mayor of Rome and got almost twenty-thousands votes.
He lives in Rome. He is a happy father of two children: Gabriele and Carola. Carola is special not only because she is affected by a rare disease: from her experience, an Association and several initiatives were launched in order to support the medical research.
Finally, Giovanni writes and publishes poems.

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Leonardo Lorusso

HUMAN CAPITAL

Giulio Veggi

EVENT COORDINATOR

Leonardo acquired a consistent knowledge of the European policies in the filed of Education (mainly on the lifelong learning and adult education) as responsible (attachè) for the Conference of the Italian regions at the Education Committee of the European Council. Duties were focused on the overseeing of the European policies and opportunities in the field of education, employment, youth, culture, social and sport through policy advice, capacity-building and advocacy, technical assistance.
He is also engaged in several collaborations with Academia on the education policies: Contract Professor PHD School in Economy and International Trade – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and PHD School in Education and Job Market – Università di Bergamo, Visiting Professor PHD School in Lifelong Learning – Teachers College of the Columbia University on Lifelong Education – Columbia University New York (2018). Author with Professors V.J. Marsick, K.E. Watkins, S. Spennati “Quando il lavoro cambia: investire nell’apprendimento permanente” (The future of Work: the lifelearning approach) with Preface of the President of the European Parliament, Commissioner for Education and Culture and Commissioner for Transport (2018).
Today, his main research interest lies on the provision of data analysis and intelligence on skills and labour markets for up- and re-skilling adult in lifelong learning.

Giulio Veggi, 27, graduated in Law from Bocconi University in Milan with a thesis on school-work alternation. During the academic career he worked as legal manager and HR manager for JEME Bocconi, a first level academic association in the consulting field.

After a period of study in European disciplines at the Université Libre in Brussels, he worked at the Technical Secretariat of the Minister of Education.

He has always been passionate about public policies in schools and youth.

After the work experience dedicated to the fight against youth unemployment in Italy in McKinsey & Company and Generation Italy (project by Intesa Sanpaolo), today he works as a professor of law and economics at high schools and high schools in Milan and Turin (state and equal schools – Salesian and non -).

As Junior Manager of Junior Achievement he coordinates UNICEF’s projects in the field of entrepreneurial education at the schools of Milan and is called upon by the schools of many regions to lend his contribution as an innovation consultant for the Education sector.

He gained experience at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the Council of Europe, at the European Court of Human Rights and at the European Institutions also with NGOs involved in education and minors. Today he is a member of the European network of “EU Experts” with a focus on education and young people.

In Italy he has always expressed his civic commitment in the context of associations and Think Tanks in which he takes care of dossiers related to the issues of education and training for teachers and minors as a referent.

Today he is also a member of the Legislative Office of the National Youth Council, of the working group on the condition of young people in prisons and of the Interministerial Committee for the Economics and Finance Olympics at the Ministry of Education.

Giulio Veggi

EVENT COORDINATOR

Giulio Veggi, dopo importanti esperienze estere a Bruxelles e Strasburgo e presso l’Ambasciata d’italia, e’ stato program manager per la Fondazione Generation di McKinsey&company occupandosi di politiche giovanili e corsi professionali.

 

Attualmente ricopre la carica di junior manager per l’UNICEF (educazione imprenditoriale per giovani) ed e’ membro del Consiglio Nazionale Giovani presso la Presidenza del Consiglio.

Federico Grandesso

JOURNALIST AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RELATIONS WITH ASIA

Anelise Sanchez

JOURNALIST IN CHARGE OF THE RELATIONS WITH BRAZIL

Federico Grandesso works as a correspondent for the Chinese press agency Xinhua (Brussels office) and the European weekly New Europe. For these two magazines he has regularly published interviews for years with personalities from international politics as well as with actors and directors he met during prestigious film festivals such as Venice, Cannes and Berlin; he has also written for national newspapers such as Le Soir Magazine (Belgium), Daily Mail (GB) and Together Magazine (Belgium).

Federico is currently a Board Member and contact person for the European Union and Asia of the Fellini Foundation for Cinema (Sion-Switzerland), this position has led him to organize exhibitions on Fellini in Singapore, Jakarta, Brussels, Bangkok and Calcutta.

During his career, Federico was an Academic Guest at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and for four years he took care of communication for the Veneto Region (Brussels office), also managing exhibition and film projects; still in the field of communication and press office, he then carried out projects with Fujitsu Belgium, the Catholic University of Milan and the Ministry of Health.

Anelise Sanchez was born in São Paulo, in 1976. Before graduating, she began her professional career in Brazil, collaborating with some of the most important communication and public relations agencies in the country, dealing with international companies. 

 

She lives in Rome since 2001, where she graduated in Social and Institutional Communication at La Sapienza University. She also holds a Master in Corporate Communication and Public Relations at the European Institute of Design, she is enrolled in the Lazio Journalists’ Order and her thesis won, from the University of Bari, the prize dedicated to the journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 

In Rome she worked for “Metropoli” (weekly supplement of the newspaper la Repubblica), she wrote for “Internazionale” and collaborated with Rai News 24 and Associated Press, besides dedicating herself to European projects related to multiculturalism, such as the European news agency Migra and UNAR (National Office against Racial Discrimination). She has been a correspondent for several Brazilian newspapers and periodicals such as Forbes Brasil, Folha de São Paulo, Elle, and Caros Amigos. She has written numerous articles on travel and tourism topics for the Brazilian portal UOL Viagem of the Folha de São Paulo publishing group. 

Currently, she created and manages post-italy.com, a portal in Portuguese that enhances Italian culture, traditions, customs and landscapes, which has become a reference for Brazilians traveling to Italy and is partner of Viagem e Turismo, the tourism magazine of the Abril publisher most widespread in Brazil, and is part of NEOS association – Associated Travel Journalists.

Anelise Sanchez

JOURNALIST IN CHARGE OF THE RELATIONS WITH BRAZIL

Anelise Sanchez was born in São Paulo, in 1976. Before graduating, she began her professional career in Brazil, collaborating with some of the most important communication and public relations agencies in the country, dealing with international companies. 

 

She lives in Rome since 2001, where she graduated in Social and Institutional Communication at La Sapienza University. She also holds a Master in Corporate Communication and Public Relations at the European Institute of Design, she is enrolled in the Lazio Journalists’ Order and her thesis won, from the University of Bari, the prize dedicated to the journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 

In Rome she worked for “Metropoli” (weekly supplement of the newspaper la Repubblica), she wrote for “Internazionale” and collaborated with Rai News 24 and Associated Press, besides dedicating herself to European projects related to multiculturalism, such as the European news agency Migra and UNAR (National Office against Racial Discrimination). She has been a correspondent for several Brazilian newspapers and periodicals such as Forbes Brasil, Folha de São Paulo, Elle, and Caros Amigos. She has written numerous articles on travel and tourism topics for the Brazilian portal UOL Viagem of the Folha de São Paulo publishing group. 

Currently, she created and manages post-italy.com, a portal in Portuguese that enhances Italian culture, traditions, customs and landscapes, which has become a reference for Brazilians traveling to Italy and is partner of Viagem e Turismo, the tourism magazine of the Abril publisher most widespread in Brazil, and is part of NEOS association – Associated Travel Journalists.

Matteo Pederzoli

SENIOR ADVISOR FOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Anelise Sanchez

JOURNALIST IN CHARGE OF THE RELATIONS WITH BRAZIL

Matteo Pederzoli has a 20 year-plus demonstrated track record in the executive management and strategic development of multinational organizations in various sectors. 

He has gained this experience on the field, via PR and government relations campaigns out of Brussels and with global reach, and the planning of major events, such as the Olympic Games and World Expos, on behalf of the European institutions and the Holy See among others.

Matteo has a degree in Intercultural Communication with a master’s in International Affairs. He spent his formative and young professional years in the United States, most of which in Washington DC, collaborating with the State Department, a global think tank and some business associations. He has a passion and penchant for creative stakeholder engagement which has resulted in award-winning film productions and public art initiatives, presented to the public in about twenty countries in both the traditional and TEDx formats.

Anelise Sanchez was born in São Paulo, in 1976. Before graduating, she began her professional career in Brazil, collaborating with some of the most important communication and public relations agencies in the country, dealing with international companies. 

 

She lives in Rome since 2001, where she graduated in Social and Institutional Communication at La Sapienza University. She also holds a Master in Corporate Communication and Public Relations at the European Institute of Design, she is enrolled in the Lazio Journalists’ Order and her thesis won, from the University of Bari, the prize dedicated to the journalist Anna Politkovskaya. 

In Rome she worked for “Metropoli” (weekly supplement of the newspaper la Repubblica), she wrote for “Internazionale” and collaborated with Rai News 24 and Associated Press, besides dedicating herself to European projects related to multiculturalism, such as the European news agency Migra and UNAR (National Office against Racial Discrimination). She has been a correspondent for several Brazilian newspapers and periodicals such as Forbes Brasil, Folha de São Paulo, Elle, and Caros Amigos. She has written numerous articles on travel and tourism topics for the Brazilian portal UOL Viagem of the Folha de São Paulo publishing group. 

Currently, she created and manages post-italy.com, a portal in Portuguese that enhances Italian culture, traditions, customs and landscapes, which has become a reference for Brazilians traveling to Italy and is partner of Viagem e Turismo, the tourism magazine of the Abril publisher most widespread in Brazil, and is part of NEOS association – Associated Travel Journalists.

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Mission & Identity

ItalyUntold is a Think Tank whose main purpose is to unveil the unknown excellences and primacies of Italy to both the international and domestic community, with the aim of strengthening the country’s economic, cultural and social system.

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Scientific Committee

Scientific and academic experts, divided by subject, who research and write about Italy’s excellences.

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Members

Members are the beating heart of the Think Tank. They are passionate about our country and willing to share different stories about an Italy of excellences which are unknown to most people.