CEO OF EDIFIS
Andrea Aiello, born in Milan in 1972, graduated in Literature at the Università Statale of Milan, member of the editorial team of Michelin Guide Italy until 2006 when he leaves Michelin for the editorial start-up of retail&food, the first Italian magazine about retail modern spaces: from shopping centers to airports. In 2012 the media company Edifis Spa acquire retail&food, and Andrea became editor-in-chief of others Edifis magazines: Artù, l’Orafo Italiano.He was among the founders of ICSC/CNCC Next Generation Italy and Board Member of ANES Italian national association of b2b publishing.Andrea loves his four children, friends, good books, TV series, restaurants, gin tonic, mountains, seaside and travel.
Born in Milan on 28.10.1973 spent his childhood on Como Lake, returned to Milan after graduation followed the course in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, then moved to his passion, design and architecture achieving his master’s degree in Industrial Design. During the master collaborated with colleagues from all over the world in an international and cosmopolitan environment. Before he even finished the courses, he worked with two companies in the eyewear industry and industrial design. In 2000, after a period of six months spent in London to improve his English and one year as an athlete for the Navy during military service, played the role of designer and project manager dealing whit events & exhibit design (Omnia Design). In 2004 created the firm of his dreams Designers since the beginning followed all the phases related to managing the relationship with customers and suppliers to design to production/construction site.
Eleonora Cozzella, graduate with a degree in Philosophy at La Sapienza University and specialized in Journalism at Luiss, has been coordinating since 2006 the site Food & Wine of the Group Espresso-Repubblica; she writes for Guida I ristoranti d'Italia of Espresso, collaborates with several Italian and international magazines on topics of food and wine. She is panel leader for Italy of the international jury which annually ranks the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Over the years, her passions have turned into real specializations in specific areas of food: pizza in particular (she teaches at the Università della Pizza -University of Pizza), Pasta (subject of the book she is writing) and Gelato (she is often member of juries for gelato competitions). She coordinates and leads food and wine events like the ‘Identità di pasta’ - Identity of pasta - and ICWC, the Gelato World Cup.
Dr. Francesca Zampollo is a Food Design researcher, consultant, keen public speaker, teacher, HuffingtonPost writer, and YouTuber. She is the founder of the Online School of Food Design©, the first and only provider of online education on Food Design. Francesca has a PhD in Design Theory applied to Food Design and is an award winning Food Designer. She is currently developing Food Design Thinking, a branch of Design Thinking she has theorized in 2012. She is the founding editor of the International Journal of Food Design, and the founder of the International Food Design Society (2009). Francesca has organized the first, second, and third International Conference on Food Design, and has taught Design Theory and Food Design at London Metropolitan University and Auckland University of Technology as a senior lecturer.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Massimo Barbieri during his career path was always actively involved in growth projects of chains in the restaurant business. Massimo is in Burger King Restaurants Italia since 2015 and today he is in charge for Business Development and Institutional Relations. Previously he was Operations, Franchising & Training Director: in these 2 years the Brand grew in Italy from 122 to 148 units. Previously he was Retail & Franchising Manager for ci Gusta!, overseeing a growth from 32 to 50 stores, all out of Italy. With the same responsibility he was in the team of Cibiamogroup, a multi-brand Italian company which manages brands such as Cibiamo Time, La bottega del Caffè, Virgin Active Cafè and Mondadori Cafè: in 2 years the growth of this multi-brand chain marked over +30%, increasing from 60 to 81 locations. A veteran of McDonald’s, where he was a member of the team with several different responsibilities – thanks to a job rotation process – in Departments such as Operations, Training, Franchising, Corporate Relations, he spent there over 15 years (with a happy break in Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company) during which the Brand grew in Italy from 30 to over 400 stores.
DESITA FOUNDER AND CEO - PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
Expert in Design for Business, he is supporting entrepreneurs helping them realize their projects. Founder & CEO of DESITA, the International Foodservice & Retail Consultancy Company specialized in concept design, franchising and contract. Vice President and International Coordinator of IREF Italia, the European Franchise & Partnership Network Organization. Ambassador to Italy of Franchise Arabia. Ambassador to Italy of MENAFA, the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association. Representative for the sustainable business to Italy of H.H. Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, aka “Green Sheikh”, member of the Ruling Family of the Emirate of Ajman –UAE. Speaker at: TEDx Milano, BIFEX Beirut, Franchising EXPO Dubai, Detrop Thessaloniki. Blogger.