1. What is your role at UAS Labs?
I am UAS Labs’ Technical Marketing Manager for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
My main responsibilities include improving UAS Labs’ presence and visibility, strengthening our long-term relationships with existing customers and searching for new companies who would be interested in our clinical evidence, expertise and probiotic capabilities.
With the help of a wonderful product development team, I assist customers in the launch of new probiotic finished goods and provide them with regulatory and technical assistance.
UAS Labs’ vertical integration diversifies not only our product offerings, but my daily activities as well. Every day I switch between dealing with raw materials to turnkey supplements.
2. What Languages do you speak?
I speak fluent Italian, English, Spanish and German – although, my German is a bit rusty. A couple of years ago I started studying Arabic, but didn’t have the time to master it. One day I will focus on it again.
3. Tell us about where you live?
I was born and raised in Milan, which, with its 1.5 million inhabitants, is the second largest city in Italy. About fourteen years ago I moved to Lentate sul Seveso. Lentate is a peaceful rural town located between Milan and Lake Como, less than 20 miles from the Swiss border.
You’ve probably never heard of it because it’s a small town where nothing really happens.
4. Favorite Food?
If you expected me to answer “pizza” I suggest you shouldn’t bet on it. I spent almost seven years as pescatarian and I still love eating fish. My favorite dish is pasta with shrimp and pistachio pesto.
5. If you could recommend one place to visit in Italy, where would it be?
This is a hard one. Can I suggest that you visit me and I’ll show you the natural, architectural and historical beauties of my own country?
6. What is one thing that surprises you when you visit the United States?
I still remember the first time I landed at New York and a shop assistant welcomed me asking “How are you today?” I stared at him wondering if we had met before. Funny, isn’t it? We don’t have this habit here in Europe, but I reckon we should implement it. It’s so nice!
Also – Everything is huge in the States! Skyscrapers (the highest Italian one has only 50 floors), roads, cars… Even our fermentation plant in Madison is worth mentioning in this category. It’s really impressive!
7. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love mountaineering. Whether it be hiking, climbing or skiing, reaching the summit is a unique emotion every time. I could spend hours up there admiring breathtaking landscapes, birds flying below and deer jumping on the rocks while experiencing a peculiar feeling that embraces joy blended with enthusiasm.
8. Any Pets?
I have a golden fish named Ernest, in honor of Ernest Hemingway’s “The old man and the sea” and Oscar Wilde’s “The importance of being Earnest”.
9. What is something you have done or plan to do on your “bucket list”?
Last August I spent a breathtaking holiday in Svalbard, the northernmost inhabited archipelago, only 560 miles from the North Pole. There are more Polar bears than inhabitants there and it’s strictly forbidden to leave Longyearbyen if not accompanied by someone armed with a rifle, and able to use it! It was really an amazing, and emotional adventure in the remote North.
10. What is your hidden talent?
“Putting on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart”.
With this quote Henri Cartier-Bresson described perfectly what photography means for me. I love taking pictures of people and seizing a moment, which freezes their emotions and moods.
11. If you could pick a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
Dexterity, for sure! I’ve always wanted to be handy, but I can’t even use a hammer to pound a nail.
12. What do you enjoy most about working at UAS Labs?
The people and the friendly atmosphere! I work as a remote employee, 7 hours ahead of both our offices, but I never feel alone. My colleagues are really nice and competent professionals with such a variety of backgrounds that I learn a lot from all of them. I can say that I have friends in the US and every time we gather for our annual meetings, it is so pleasant and fun to spend time with them.