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Course Porfolio

For different academic programs in Italy and in the US, I have been teaching the following courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level (syllabi are available upon request):

  • PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
  • PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE
  • INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
  • INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
  • DOING BUSINESS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
  • DOING BUSINESS IN ITALY
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNON
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORGANIZATIONS
  • SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • E-COMMERCE
  • EU FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL POLICIES AND ECONOMICS
  • ITALY’S FOOD SECTOR
  • GLOBAL FASHION MARKETING

Corporate Visits

My courses envision on-site visits which can last from half a day to a three-day weekend. My classes at Temple Rome or at The American University of Rome regularly have gone to the following places:

Brussels to visit the European Union institutions and interact with top officials of the Commission, the Council of the EU or the Parliament, as well as with NATO officials.

London where the students get to interact with V-P of leading international banks (eg, ING), the US Executive Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, US Embassy officials and editors of the Financial Times; they also get to visit the HQs of Bloomberg in the City.

Sicily where we visit City Hall to meet the Mayor of Catania, the owners of the TORRISI coffee-roasting company, the top management of oil refining companies in Augusta where we also take a tour of the harbor on a Coast Guard boat, the international marketing director of the ORANFRESH company producing orange-squeezing machines worldwide, a printing company, the dairy company ZAPPALA' and the COLLERONI fruit packaging company in Pedagaggi.

Over the years I have organized long weekend trips to Milan to visit the 2015 EXPO grounds while also giving a chance to the students to meet with the US Commissioner General for the Expo, the US Consul General, the Mayor of Milan, the President of the City Assembly, managers of leading Italian companies such as CAMPARI, MOLTENI, ROCKWELL AUTOMATION, etc.

In a series of visits to the North-Eastern region of Italy, my students have met with the owner of the GEOX company, with his son who runs the DIADORA sportswear company, the international marketing managers of BENETTON, of the TOGNANA ceramic company and of the DE LONGHI appliance company. We have also been welcomed by the Patriarch of Venice and the Mayor of the city.

Several times I have led groups of students to Genoa to become directly acquainted with the business model of the Cinqueterre national park as well as with the particulars of the harbor and of local companies such as SOGEGROSS, ANSALDO, SELEX ES, ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and many others. On those occasions my students have met with the Mayor of Genoa, the President of the Liguria Region and the Cardinal of that diocese.

Two or three times a year I take my students to the Umbria Region to visit the MONINI oil company, the NOVELLI wine company and the GRAZIA ceramic firm.

Upon the request of Clarkson University, I have organized study trips to the Campania Region where I have locked in private visits to the GAROFALO pasta company, the LA TORRENTE tomato canning company, the world-renowned VILLA MASSA limoncello company, as well as the KITON men’s high fashion company. These tours usually envision a stop at the Vesuvius volcano, a visit to Sorrento or Capri and to the archeological site of Pompei.

I have also organized other long weekend trips to Rimini/San Marino, Pescara, Florence and even Paris. Depending on the needs of the students I am able to put together an itinerary with intensive visits to companies in tune with the specific interests of the group in question. I can do the same for other universities which might lack the contacts in the business sectors of Italy and Europe at large.

In Rome I can organize ad hoc visits either to institutions (eg, Senate, Chamber of Deputies, Prime Minister’s Office, HQs of the President of the Republic, City Hall, US Embassy, etc.) or to companies which operate in various sectors such as food, fashion and hi-tech.

As I have already done with some Villanova students, I can also organize practicum sessions for students who want to do some hands-on work for companies located in the province of Rome. The Villanova students conducted research work in groups and wrote marketing plans for companies in the wine and food sector in Rome or near-by.

Lecture Series

I believe that my students should have direct exposure to the decision-makers who forge the economic and political policies of the business environment. My teaching style is very hands-on and, therefore, my students are given direct access to top political and business leaders.

In that spirit, for the various universities for which I have taught and am teaching, I have organized a series of Distinguished Lectures. Some of the more prestigious speakers are the following:

The Hon. Pietro Grasso, President of the Italian Senate and Vice-President of the Italian Republic, welcomed to the Senate floor the faculty, administrators and students of The American University of Rome on November 9, 2015, as well as the Temple Rome students on February 9, 2015.

The Hon. Giuliano Poletti, Italian Labor and Welfare Minister, spoke at The American University of Rome on March 11, 2015; the topic of his Distinguished Lecture was  “The Jobs Act and the Reform of Italy’s Labor Legislation".

The Hon. Stefania Giannini, Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research, came to Temple University Rome Center on November 11, 2014 and spoke on “The Role of Women in Modern Italian Society”.

The Hon. Cecile Kyenge, Italian Minister for Integration, came to The American University of Rome on February 10, 2014 to talk about “The Italian Melting Pot”.

Dr. Patrizia Grieco, President of the Italian Electrical Company ENEL, came to Temple Rome on June 6, 2015 to discuss “ENEL’s Business Strategy”.

The Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, and the Hon. Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania, came to Temple Rome on March 26, 2014, on the occasion of their visit to Pope Francis to invite him to the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

The Hon. Ken Hackett, US Ambassador to the Holy See, came to The American University of Rome on November 25, 2013, and to Temple Rome both on October 6, 2014 and on March 18, 2015; the topics of his lectures were “The Pope’s Visit to the United States” and “US-Vatican Relations”.

The Hon. Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, visited Temple Rome on September 16, 2014 to talk about “The Marino Administration’s City Policy”.

Amb. David Lane, US Representative to the UN Agencies in Rome, was present at The American University of Rome on September 30, 2013 to illustrate “The US Government’s Role within the FAO and WFP”.

The Hon. John Phillips, US Ambassador to Italy, talked about “US-Italy Relations” at The American University of Rome on November 4, 2013.

I was also the person entrusted with the task of organizing a symposium at Temple Rome to discuss the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia; the panel was made up of US Ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett, Temple University President Neil Theobald, and Prof. Stephan Kampowski.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Temple Rome, I organized a symposium at the NATO Defense College along with an event in City Hall and a cocktail party at Villa Taverna, the US Ambassador’s residence.

Internships

In the course of the last decade I have put together a network of companies and institutions which have been offering internships to some students of mine though the latter might only be able to speak English. The list of companies spans over a wide range of sectors: legal, financial, political, media as well as non-profit. These are non-paid internships which, however, grant an American student the opportunity of adding an international work experience to his/her resumé.

The companies I have arranged internships with are: the financial advisory firm ADVICORP, the food and wine gourmet company GAMBERO ROSSO, the media company WHERE ROME, the law office of Stigi & Stiefel, the Rosauer law office, the non-profit organization for the deaf-and-mute CABSS, the head hunting firm MCS, the crowd-funding company LOVEITALY, the Foresti-Home Collection textile company and various Members of the Italian Parliament.

If you are interested in learning more about what internship opportunities I currently have, contact me and send me an updated copy of your CV.

 

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