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Work History

Jul 2013Present

Managing Partner

Plan Architecture & Design (PAD)

Joined this amazing and talented Team since July 2013 and currently involved in the managing of several private projects, as well as expanding and promoting our business in the Region. Projects successfully realized included VIP Villas (Architectural and ID Works), Restaurants, High End Projects for members of the Royal Family (Confidential), as well as Consultancy and Supervision.

Jul 2006Jun 2013

Area Manager Middle East

Italian Style Qatar / Design Duemila S.p.A

Italian Style Qatar W.L.L. is the Doha based branch of Design Duemila S.p.A. which specializes in bespoke fit-outs for selective clientele in which luxury and exclusivity characterize their requirements.  Projects include Interiors of Luxury Residences, Hotels, Yachts, Embassies, Offices and Royal Palaces for clients Worldwide.

My return to the Middle East, was to restructure and bring new life to the existing Doha office in Qatar, in a fast growing and lucrative market; and to maximize and improve its potential to acquire new projects, by consolidating older connections, ensuring a stronger presence, and establishing important links within the government and elite of Qatar.

Of the more prestigious projects to date in Qatar, was the refurbishment of the Diwan Amiri which was awarded through the Private Engineering Office (PEO).  I personally finalized the contractual deal of the refurbishment of one of the Government Palaces. A total area of 6,000M2 of luxurious Interior Design completed in less than one year.  This project alone has been instrumental in our success through the global economic downturn of the last few years.

As Area Manager for the Middle East I have been responsible for activities related to  projects based in Doha, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  Managing the running of the office independently from the head office, and performing well as team leader to other project managers responsible for individual projects (many of which run concurrently), requires exceptional organization and delegation of duties.  These include; submitting a project proposal (usually directly to the client), negotiating and finalizing the contractual aspects of various projects; then on to the implementation, supervision and the management of each work site.  Even though each regional office runs independently, my position requires constant co-ordination with the regional offices and the head office in Rome to ensure that the commercial aspects of the projects are maintained and that budgets and expenditures are adhered to and properly monitored.  Over the many years with this company, I am proud that I continued to contribute to establishing a more organized and efficient system to deliver the best service possible to our prestigious clients.

Special Projects Qatar:

Refurbishment of Diwan Amiri, Royal Palace, Qatar - PEO

The Oyster at The Pearl of Qatar / UDC Projects / Marmar Government Palace – PEO /Al Fardan Towers – SPA Chakra plus Executive and VIP Offices / Residential Villas for VIP’s of the State of Qatar / Coordination of Special Projects at Wajbah

Bahrain:

Gudaibiya Government Palace – MOH Sakhir Old Palace Refurbishment & HRM Offices  – SPD/MOH Private Museum – HH/MOH VIP Lounge at the Bahrain International Airport / Several Private Villas in particular for Members of the Royal Family

Jul 2005Jul 2006

Area Manager

Design Duemila S.p.A

As Area Manager in Moscow, I was involved in all administrative and financial matters concerning the office in Moscow, managing a staff of approximately fifty employees, divided between the operative sites and the representative office; with power of attorney on company related decisions and full control of the finances, including staff salaries and office expenses.

In addition to completing various prestigious projects, there was also a great deal of company restructuring to be done in order to increase workflow and ensure productivity.  Once the relocation of the office was secured and a more efficient, structured and organized workplace was achieved, I handed over responsibility to a new resident Manager after one year, to return to the Middle East and head the office in Doha Qatar.

Apr 2000Jul 2005

Project Manager / Resident Manager

Design Duemila S.p.A

In April 2000, I had the opportunity to join this International Company, with its head-offices in Rome, Italy.  Initially employed as Project Manager then later promoted to Resident Manager, I handled the Bahrain office and was responsible for all its projects, as well as various projects in Qatar and Saudi Arabia and overseeing workshop production for overseas, as far as Moscow, New York and Venezuela. Responsible for coordinating the production of Gypsum and Fixed Joinery locally; in the organization of the workshops concerned; heading a team of more than 100 skilled labourers which included Foremen, Carpenters, Painters, Electricians, Gypsum workers and Italian specialists.

Sep 1997Mar 2000

Interior Designer, Sites & Project Manager

Decorpoint International

Resident in Dubai for two and a half years.

Hired in Italy for this Italian Company specialized in Interior Design and based in Dubai, first as conceptual Interior Designer and then as Sites and Project Manager.  Main projects managed and successfully executed in Dubai (U.A.E.):  The Meridien Hotel in Jumairah as well as several Private Villas and Palaces.

Jan 1997Dec 1997

Graphic Designer

C&G Advertising

During my studies I worked for this small firm as graphic designer, creating concept designs, logo’s, page layouts and working in the creative laboratory.

Jan 1996Dec 1997

Graphic Designer

La Decalcomania S.p.A.

Again during my studies, I worked part-time for this printing press in order to gain some experience in the field.

Education

19951997

Specialization as Technician in Graphic Design and Visual Communications

W.S.D. (Universite Europeene Jean Monnet – A.I.S.B.L.)
19891994

Diploma in Artistic and Cultural studies

Liceo Artistico A. Frattini

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