Marco Mari

Executive Director

Marco is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Italia Innovation, focusing on the research and corporate development chapter.
Marco is always on the lookout for the next opportunity to carry on the heritage and craftsmanship of Italian manufacturing.
Marco studied Law at University of Padova before realizing his entreprenurial spirit was calling and he struck out on his own to start his own business.

Carlotta Borruto

Executive Director

Carlotta is the co-founder and Executive Director of Italia Innovation, with a focus on the educational chapter of the company.
Carlotta is the driving force behind Italia Innovation’s educational programs and dedicates herself to development of learning experiences.
She has a master’s degree in General Management from Bocconi University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics for Arts and Culture.

Gaia Salpietro

Director of Operations and Programs Officer

Gaia comes from an international environment, focusing on the creative sector. She came to the Italia Innovation team in 2018 from Milan, where she was refining her expertise in marketing management inside various public and private organizations.
She has a Master of Science in Economics and Mangement in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment and a bachelor’s degree in Economics for Arts and Culture.

Giovanni Acerbi

New Ventures Director

He joined Italia Innovation at its earliest stage, after completing his studies in Law at University of Trento with a specialization in Food Regulations. He has also been visiting scholar at Vermont Law School.

Anna Pateras

Design Lead

Anna is a design and strategy professional with extensive experience in graphic design, operations, strategic design, and print production. Prior to joining Italia Innovation, Anna spent several years working at international design and technology firms in Toronto, Canada.
She has a Masters of Science in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in Design from York University.

Chiara Guiotto

Marketing Specialist and Alumni Officer

During her academic studies she started her career in marketing and management first working in Munich at a research institute, then in London with a startup and lately on a CSR project for Cattolica Assicurazioni focusing on professional innovation and soft skills development programs.

Caroline DeSantis

Communications and External Relations Manager

Caroline specializes in using her deep understanding of visual communication and history to be Italia Innovation’s communication master. As an art history expert, Caroline is convinced that every message should be communicated with intent and deliberation to create optimal communication.
Graduating from Georgetown University, she took part in the Italia Innovation Program in 2016 and then joined the organization to lead its communication strategy.