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Massimo Agus, photographer and professor, received his B.F.A. in Architecture from the University of Florence in 1975. Dr. Agus teaches courses in Photography History at the University of Siena, and courses in Photographic Technique at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence.

Massimo Avuri has a degree in Foreign Language and Literature from the University of Florence and a specialization in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from the University of Siena for Foreigners.

He has worked as an editorial consultant for French and German language fiction and has translated two novels by the French author Henri-Frédéric Blanc. After a long stay in Germany, where he taught Italian language courses at public and private schools, he served as a collaborator and Italian language expert for the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo at the University of Florence. Currently, he is a professor of Italian language at NYU Florence, where he has contributed to the creation of teaching materials.

Fancesca M. Baldry, Collection Manager of the Acton Collection at Villa La Pietra, NYU, received her PhD in Art History and History of Conservation from the University of Florence in 1996. She has worked extensively in European museums and teaches courses in the field of Art History, including "Florentine Villas", and "Art Collecting and Museology".

Dorothea Barrett  received her PhD in Literature from Cambridge University (UK). She has been teaching for NYU in Florence since Fall 2001 and offers "Postmodern Fiction: International Perspective" and "Survey of Modern Italian Literature".

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Domenico Cannalire graduated in Humanities and Philosophy from the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” and he later obtained a postgraduate specialization in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from the University of Siena for Foreigners. Having studied filmmaking and holding a diploma from "Scuola Nazionale di Cinema Indipendente' in Florence, he is also the creator of video productions for Italian language learning purposes, which will soon be published by NYU. Currently, he is a professor of Italian language at NYU Florence.

Alessandra Capodacqua received her degree in English Language and Literature from the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples (Italy). She is a photographer and a curator of exhibitions. She teaches photography courses at all levels for NYU in Florence.  

RENATA CARLONI, Master Degree in Philosophy and Post-graduate Degrees in Language Teaching and Media and Communication, is currently the Language Coordinator at New York University in Florence. Before being appointed at NYU in Florence she ran private companies in the field of education and media, coordinated EU-funded projects and taught Italian language at the University of Florence. At NYU in Florence, and in collaboration with the Italian Dept at home campus, she supervises the Italian Language Program and the exchange initiatives with Italian schools and universities. Her field of research is the teaching and acquisition of Italian as a second/foreign language. She published several articles as well as teaching materials. She runs regular training workshops for Italian Language Faculty in Florence and in New York. Recently she acted as General Editor of the new Italian Language Textbook, “Allora”, for learning the Italian language at New York University that was published by New York University Press in 2013, and also wrote several chapters for this book. The publication is the result of a collective effort on both sides of the Atlantic: Florence and Washington Square and reinforced the shared beliefs and teaching practices of the language programs.

Lisa Cesarani received her PhD in American Literature from NYU in May 2000. In addition to teaching "Cultural Foundations" in the Liberal Studies Program in Florence, she is also the Assistant Director for Academic Support at NYU in Florence. 

Silvia Chegia obtained a Master of Arts degree with first-class honors in Italian Literature in 1990 at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia at the University of Florence. She afterwards received a Diploma of specialization in teaching Italian as a foreign language at the University of Siena for Foreigners.

She taught Italian at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri at the University of Florence, at the Centro Linguistico at the University of Siena for Foreigners, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo at the University of Florence.

She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Italian language at the NYU Florence where she has been teaching since 1999.

Alessandro Chiaramonte received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Florence where he is currently an associate professor. He teaches "Italian Politics and Government." 

Margherita Ciacci is a professor of Sociology at the University of Florence where she also received her PhD. She teaches "Sociology of Consumerism" and "Sociology of the Arts" and has been a member of the NYU Florence faculty since Fall 1998. 

Nicolò Conti received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Florence. He is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Unitelma Sapienza University in Rome. His main research focus is on parties, political elites and the EU. At NYU Florence, he teaches Western European Politics.

Valentina Contini received her PhD in Italian Studies from the Facolta’ di Lettere e Filosofia of the University of Florence. She taught Italian and Italian Literature at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri and Italian language at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo of the University of Florence. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Italian language at the NYU in Florence where she has been teaching since 1999.

Gabriele Cosentino graduated from the University of Bologna and holds a PhD in Media Culture and Communication from New York University. He has published several articles in edited collections on a variety of topics, including digital media, political communications and cultural globalization, and has taught at NYU campuses in New York
and Florence, and at John Cabot University in Rome.

Nicole Cuddeback has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught Writing I and II in NYU's Liberal Studies Program in Florence since 2000. Author of the book of poems The Saint of Burning Down and works that have appeared in a variety of literary journals, she is also currently pursuing a degree in Archeology at the University of Florence.

Roberto D’Alimonte has been teaching at NYU Florence since 1995. He also teaches a course on the Italian Political System at Luiss University of Milan, and has been teaching at the Political Science Department of the University of Florence from 1974 to 2009. He has been visiting professor in Yale University and Stanford University. His research field is related to electoral systems, elections, and voting behavior in Italy. He has been coordinating a research group together with Stefano Bartolini and Alessandro Chiaramonte on elections and the transformation of Italian Party
System. The group’s research study resulted in a series of books edited by Il Mulino. Professor D’Alimonte is Director of CISE (Italian Center for Electoral Studies), member of ITANES (Italian National Election Studies) and columnist for the Italian newspaper IlSole24Ore.

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Marco Del Rocca studied Italian Literature at the University of Florence and graduated with a thesis about Federigo Tozzi, one of the main Italian authors in the twentieth century. At a later stage, along with his studies in literature, he became interested in teaching Italian as a second language. He has now been teaching Italian to foreigners since 1994 (since 2000 in cooperation with NYU in Florence). A secondary aspect of his professional life (but a
primary issue for what he considers a meaningful life) is his activity as a musician: he plays bass with several jazz/fusion combos and big bands in the florentine area.

Raffaele Donvito (PhD) is Aggregate Professor of Marketing and International Management at the University of Florence. He has been research fellow of the Department of Economics and Management at the University of  Florence since 2000. He has been Professor of Introduction to Marketing at Leonard N. Stern School of Business - New York University in Florence since 2009. His research interests include international marketing, brand management, retail marketing, marketing communication, fashion and luxury marketing. His published research outputs have appeared in refereed international journals including Journal of Business Research, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Marketing Trends, International Journal of Business and Economics, and also in Marketing Trends, EMAC, IMP, KSMS, AMS international conferences proceedings. He is member of the editorial board of Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science, member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, and member of the reviewing committee of Journal of Marketing Trends. He received the Best Conference Paper award at 2010 Global Marketing Conference in Tokyo and
the Marketing Trends Awards at 2007-8 International Congresses on Marketing Trends, in Paris-Venice.

Gabriela Dragnea Horvath has earned her BA and MA in Germanic philology with Honors degree from the University of Bucharest, an MA with Honors degree at the University of Florence, with a concentration on Renaissance literature and philosophy, and a PhD in philosophy, Magna cum Laudae at the Free University, Berlin.

She also attended the Academy of Journalism in Romania and worked as a broadcaster for the German department  of the World Service of Radio Bucharest.She has collaborated with universities like Fairfield, Stony Brooke, Richmond in London and Sarah Lawrence, and is currently teaching for New York University and Gonzaga in Florence programs.She is general editor of the Gonzaga-in-Florence journal: Voyages: Rethinking Nature and Its Expressions.  She has published essays, book reviews, poetry and prose translations and short stories in Italy, Romania, USA,
Great Britain, Australia. She has authored a book in Italian, Shakespeare: ermetismo, mistica, magia (Rome, 2003); has co-translated with Stuart Friebert and Adriana Varga the volume Hands Behind My Back, by Marin Sorescu (Oberlin Translation Series, 1991) and has published on-line her doctoral thesis Theatre and Magic in the Elizabethan Renaissance (Berlin, 2012). Forthcoming with the Droz printing house in Geneva is an essay in French: L’encyclopédie comme instrument du traducteur. Sur la Tipocosmia d’Alessandro Citolini, in the volume De la traduction parfaite. Philosophie et art du traduire du Seizième au Dix-huitième siècle, ed. Charles Le Blanc, Luisa Simonutti. She is currently preparing the final version of an interdisciplinary study entitled: Theatre, Magic and Philosophy: William Shakespeare, John Dee and the Italian Legacy, due to be published by Ashgate in 2014.

Matteo Duni received his PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute. He teaches the courses on "Medieval Church", "Italy during the Renaissance: Florence" and "Magic, Religion and Inquisition" at NYU in Florence. 

Bruce Edelstein, Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research at NYU in Florence, received his PhD in Fine Arts at Harvard University in 1995. Prof. Edelstein has a wide array of research interests in the history of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, including patronage, court culture, and women's studies. Since 1999, he has taught various courses at NYU in Florence, including: "Medici Patronage", "Early Masters of Italian Renaissance Painting", "The Age of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo", "European Architecture of the Renaissance", and, for the Graduate Program, the "Works in Progress Seminar". 

Charles Ewell received his BA from Yale University and his PhD in Humanities/Classical Archaeology from Florida State University in 2000. Dr. Ewell teaches "Etruscan Art and Archaeology" at NYU in Florence, and is director of the summer archaeological excavations at Palazzaccio (Lucca).  

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Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies; Professor of Italian; Director of Graduate Studies

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David Anthony Forgacs joins the Department of Italian Studies as holder of the newly endowed Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies. He earned both his B.A. in English and his M.Phil. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Oxford (1975, 1977) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1979). Previously, he taught at University College London, where he held the established Chair of Italian, at Royal Holloway University of London, University of Cambridge and University of Sussex.

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Dr. Forgacs is the author or editor of numerous works, including The Antonio Gramsci Reader (1989), Italian Cultural Studies (1996), Roberto Rossellini, Magician of the Real (2000) and Italy’s Margins: Photography, Writing and Social Exclusion Since 1861 (forthcoming). He has been awarded numerous research grants from organizations including the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Economic and Social Research Council.  

Giampiero Gallo is Professor of Econometrics at the School of Economics, University of Florence. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Previous appointments were with the Department of Econometrics at the University of Geneva, the World Bank, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of California at San Diego. He has authored several scientific articles on forecasting, financial volatility, and European exchange rate management. At NYU in Florence, he teaches "Statistics", "International Finance", and "Money and Banking". 

Grazia Giannelli received her degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Florence, thesis on the Acquisition of Syntax. She has taught Italian language at the Arizona University and at the University of Florence. Since 2005, she has been teaching courses in Italian language at NYU Florence and from 2008 to 2012 she also taught "Service Learning: Community Service in Florence" in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Silvia Giorgi graduated in 1995 with a degree in Medieval Art History from the University of Siena. After receiving several research fellowships and scholarships in Italy and abroad (Fondazione Longhi in Florence, The University of Siena, The University College London), she received a Ph.D. in Renaissance Iconography from the University of Siena. She further acquired a Masters in Art Management and Communication at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in 1997 and a Certificate in Museum Curatorship in 2000. She is an expert in Medieval and Renaissance Art History as well as Iconography and Iconology, and has published and presented prolifically on these topics. Her current research focuses on Renaissance Iconography in Central Italy and on Sienese Goldsmith’s art. Silvia has taught for several US programs in Florence and Siena, and joined the CET Florence and CET Siena faculty in 2009.

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Richard Ingersoll (b.1949) Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Associate professor at Rice University, 1986-97; currently teaches in art, architecture and sustainable urbanism at NYU in Florence, and Syracuse University in Florence (Italy), and the Politecnico di Milano. His recent publications: World Architecture. A Cross-Cultural History (2013); Sprawltown, Looking for the City on its Edge (2006); World Architecture, 1900-2000. A Critical Mosaic, Volume I:  North America, USA and Canada (2000).

Jeff Kiesner, Assistant Professor at the University of Padova, received his PhD in School Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1997. Dr. Kiesner teaches courses in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and statistical methods for research in psychology. 

Master Teacher of Liberal Studies Program; CAS Honors Program

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University- History

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Patricia Lennox, Ph.D. received the Gallatin Award for Teaching Excellence in spring 2013. In fall 2013 she joined the NYU Global program, teaching courses at NYU in London and NYU Florence. At Gallatin her recent courses included: Practicum in the Fashion Business (co-taught with the Guess Visiting Professor); Fashion’s Fictions: the Texts of Clothing; Monsters in Popular Culture; Myths, Fables and the History of Fairytales. Earlier courses included early modern women and Shakespeare. Recent publications include an an edition of As You Like It; other published work includes articles on Shakespeare on film and television, and book reviews in The Shakespeare Bulletin. Current works in progress: Shakespeare and Costume, co-edited with Bella Mirabella, to be published by Arden, and an article on Prince of the Himalayas, a Chinese film version of Hamlet, set in ancient Tibet. Before joining academia she worked at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute as Diana Vreeland’s assistant.

Nancy A. Leszczynski, Landscape Architect, received her MLA from the University of Virginia in 1991. Ms. Leszczynski teaches courses in art history, including "Gardens and Landscapes of Tuscany" at NYU in Florence. 

Giovanni Liberatore is Professor of Corporate Valuation at the University of Florence. He holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Pisa (1992). As an Adjunct Professor, he teaches "Financial Accounting" at NYU in Florence, and "Management Control" at LUISS Business School in Rome. He has been a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Auditor in Italy since 1992.  

Hin-Yan Liu is a Research Fellow in the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute. He holds a PhD in Law from King's College London, a LLM specialising in Human Rights Law with Distinction from University College London, in addition to a law degree and a psychology degree. Dr Liu's articles have appeared regularly in Oxford and Cambridge Journals and he has two forthcoming books under contract with Hart Publishing, Oxford. He teaches International Human Rights at NYU Florence.

Davide Lombardo is preparing his dissertation at the European University Institute (EUI) in the field of History. He teaches the "Culture of the City: Italian Urban Life" course at NYU in Florence and also continues to lecture at the EUI. 

Stefano Matini is an Italian-American learning and development practitioner with a wealth of experience in stakeholder communication, resolving issues ranging from miscommunication, lack of accountability and poor teamwork, to intercultural barriers, burnout and unproductive conflicts.

After receiving his master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College in Boston, Stefano spent the following 15 years developing organizational communication and development programs for a variety of clients including Adecco, Loro Piana, Sorin Group, Uniti Credit Union, Finint, and Yama Group.

Stefano is the owner of BOND&ROW, an organizational development agency in Chicago covering the EMEA, APAC, and Americas regions. Stefano partners with corporate clients to strengthen stakeholder communication, gain competitive advantage and improve staff performance through multi-day corporate trainings and coaching programs on interpersonal communication, conflict management, leadership, and team building.

As an adjunct professor Stefano teaches Organizational Communication at NYU. He also teaches Human Resources Management, Workplace Psychology, and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Lorenzo dé Medici Institute.

”Communication is the key to changing the world” is Stefano’s personal mantra, as he believes that we can unveil a world of endless opportunities by learning how to communicate effectively with others.

Master Teacher of Liberal Studies Program

MFA, Columbia University - School of the Arts, Nonfiction Writing

BA, Cornell University - College of Arts and Sciences, English Literature

Area of Interests: Literary Essay; Criticism; Experimental Translation

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Domenico Menicucci obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Universita' degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) in 1994, and a PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) in 2001. Since 2005 he is associate professor at Universita' degli Studi di Firenze. His reaserch focuses on applied game theory, and  in particular on industrial organization, auction theory, and mechanism design. He has published papers  (or forthcoming) in several professional journals including the Americal Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Rand Journal of Economics, the European Economic Review, Economic  Theory, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Mauro Mussolin, Adjunct Professor at NYU in Florence, received his PhD in History of Architecture in 2001. Dr. Mussolin teaches courses in Architectural and Art History, including "Holy People, Holy Places", "Renaissance Art", and "Renaissance Architecture". 

Eric Nicholson received his PhD in Renaissance Studies from Yale University (1991), and has performed in and directed numerous early modern plays, as well as published several articles in this same field. At NYU in Florence, he teaches courses on cultural history, early modern drama, and the performance of classic theatre.  

Scott Palmer, Coordinator for Instructional Technology and Digital Initiatives, received his PhD in English from Tufts University in 2006. His areas of specialization include: nineteenth-century transatlantic literature of migration, travel, tourism; early nineteenth-century visual culture (photography, lithography, cartography); race and cultural studies. 

Natalia Piombino received her MA in Italian Studies from UCL London and her PhD in Italian History from Royal Holloway (University of London). She has taught for NYU in Florence Graduate Program a course on La narrazione del Sud nel cinema italiano e nella storiografia (1946-64) and is currently teaching a course on The Italian South.

Professor Raveggi received his BA/MA from Università di Firenze in 2004 and his PhD at Università di Bologna in 2008. Professor Raveggi has published articles and chapters in books on Italo Calvino, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlo Levi, Carlo Collodi, literary theory, postmodern fiction and the Latin-American novel. He wrote a monograph on Calvino and his cultural experience of America, Calvino Americano. Identità e viaggio nel Nuovo Mondo, published in 2012 for Le Lettere.. At NYU Florence He has taught the “Graduate Seminar in 20th Century Italian Literature” and “Readings in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature”. Professor Raveggi is also a novelist and a poet.

Massimo Reale graduated from the University of Florence in Humanities and Philosophy. He teaches both advanced Italian language courses:"Quattro Chiacchiere: Conversations in Italian," and "Advanced Review of Modern Italian."

Giorgio Ricchiuti is Assistant Professor at the University of Florence, where he received his PhD in Development Economics in 2004. At NYU in Florence, Dr. Ricchiuti has taught "Economic Principles I" (Macroeconomics) since 2007. 

Matteo Sansone studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Maiella, Naples. He received his PhD in Italian from Edinburgh University, where he also taught for many years. Since 2001, he has taught "Italian Opera" at NYU in Florence. 

Salvatore Sberna completed a Ph.D in Political Science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Florence with a dissertation on the politics of organized crime, a quantitative and qualitative assessment of organized crime’s impact on local government in Italy. He is research fellow at the European University Institute since May 2012. He is coordinator of the post-graduate ‘APC Program’ on Analysis, Prevention and Control of Organized Crime and Corruption, organized by the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Pisa. He was visiting researcher at the Ex-legi Institute (University of Oxford), and Fulbright visiting researcher at UCLA. His publications include articles in books or journals, and he is currently preparing a manuscript about organized crime and politics in Italy.  Research interests include organized crime, political corruption, violence, democratization, accountability

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Marco Semeghini is a marketing manager with significant experience in the industry of fashion, with a focus on menswear. After graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan, he started his career in the retail sector, covering the role of buyer for La Rinascente, the leading Italian high-range department store chain. Later on, he moved to the luxury sector, first at Gucci, where he started as a menswear buyer for direct stores, and then was promoted to worldwide menswear merchandising manager, subsequently at Tom Ford, where he played a key role in the brand startup phase, and was appointed head of merchandising. His latest role is at​ Canali, the Italian menswear company specializing in sartorial garments, where he has had added to his previous skills the roles of design creative director and product development director.

He regularly holds lessons and seminars at institutions such as Marangoni and Richmond University.

Mara Simonti received her degree in Italian Literature from the University of Florence and a “Certificazione di Competenza
in teaching Italian as foreign language from the University of Siena for Foreigners. She taught Italian Language at the Centro di Cultura per Stranieri of the University of Florence, at Middlebury College – Italian school – in Vermont (USA), at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo of the University of Florence. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Italian Language at the NYU in Florence where she has been teaching since 1999.

Debora Spini received her PhD in the History of Political Thought at the Scuola Superiore di Studio all'Università di S. Anna in Pisa in 1995. She has been a member of the General Studies Program faculty at NYU in Florence since 1998 and teaches the "Social Foundations" course. 

Laura Tarabusi received her degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Florence in 1990. She was the Director of the University of Florence Language Resource Center from 1997 to 2000. Since 2000, she has been teaching courses in Italian language and culture at NYU in Florence, including "Service Learning: Community Service in Florence", and "Conversations in Italian".  

Giuseppe Toscano received his Diploma in Photography at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in 2003, where he teaches all levels of photography courses to NYU in Florence students. He has exhibited in Italy and abroad.  

Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature; Faculty Director, The Humanities Initiative at NYU

Ph.D. 1985, (comparative literature), Johns Hopkins; B.A. 1978 (English), College of William and Mary

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Margherita Velucchi received her degree in Statistics and completed her PhD in Economics from the University of Siena in 2005. At NYU in Florence, Dr. Velucchi teaches "Economic Principles II", "Introduction to Economic Issues", and "Contemporary Issues in Economics: Italy". 

Vito Zagarrio received his PhD in Cinema Studies from NYU in 1995. He is a Professor at the University of Rome 3 DAMS. He teaches the "Italian Cinema" course at NYU in Florence. 

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Marco Semeghini

Marco Semeghini is a marketing manager with significant experience in the industry of fashion, with a focus on menswear. After graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan, he
started his career in the retail sector, covering the role of buyer for La Rinascente, the leading Italian high-range department store chain. Later on, he moved to the luxury sector, first at Gucci, where he started as a menswear buyer for direct stores, and then was promoted to worldwide menswear merchandising manager, subsequently at Tom Ford, where he played a key role in the brand startup phase, and was appointed head of merchandising. His latest role is at​ Canali, the Italian menswear company specializing in sartorial garments, where he has had added to his previous skills the roles of design creative director and product development director.

He regularly holds lessons and seminars at institutions such as Marangoni and Richmond University.



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