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I was born in Taranto, Puglia. I left home when I was 18 and went to Rome to pursue university studies in Literature and Art and to practice ballet at a professional level after having spent 10 years of studying in a local gym in Taranto. That was a terrible experience, perhaps I wasn’t ready for such an adventure at the time and the affordability of life was also an issue. So I went back to Puglia, dropped my dancing and artistic career and spent a few years studying and living in Lecce, a truly beautiful and culture-rich little town. I graduated in Development Economics with Statistics and also spent a summer in India as a volounteer working at a project to match children with education funding.
At the time, I developed a passion for languages and international experiences, so I spent a substantial part of my Master Degree in Lecce making the most of available European scolarships. I spent a few months in Malta working for the Ministery of Transport and then in Seville working for an NGO. In Malta I met a determined and likeminded Spanish man who is now my husband and father of my child. After my Master graduation, we both decided to go and live in the UK. I managed to obtain a fully salaried PhD scholarship and so started my academic career at the Manchester Business School. After two years, I received an offer from one of the largest banks in the UK and joined them in the Corporate Banking business. That required us to move to Birmimgham but just for nearly a couple of years. As mine and my husband’s career developed in the financial service sector, we both ended up in the City of London and we definitively love the buzz, intellectual stimulation and the elegance of this career context.
Outside of my main career, I have recently launched a small CV consulting business helping Italians to get their application material in great shape for international career opportunities. I didn’t speak English until I was 20 when I learnt by extreme effort and determination. Then I managed to build a successful career and it was also thanks to the fact that i have aways made an extra-effort to understand the ‘rules of the games’ everywhere i worked. I am now passionate in helping other ambitious Italian reach successful careers outside of Italy. I also mentor graduate students in the UK and employees within my bank to help them develop personally and professionally.