meet the

 

TEAM


 

The People Behind The

Silk Road

Coin

Our team represents a balance of genuine expertise in technology, finance, information security and the crypto economy, coupled with banking talents that have been at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Ali Amirliravi

 


Ali is a professional international banker and commodity trading expert (oil, gas, energy) in the Middle Eastern and Russian markets.
Further, he is a highly regarded trader of precious metals and gemstones, and is the founder and chairman of several globally active companies operating under the LIRAVI brand.
Ali is a noted international public speaker who routinely presents to top-tier professional and governmental organizations and media on topics such as geopolitics and global economics.
As the CEO and co-founder of LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin, he is passionate about harnessing the power of emerging technologies to fundamentally improve and optimize the cross-border payment and trade finance industries.

CFO

Dr. Ari Aaltonen

 


Ari is the strategic CFO for LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin. Ari has strong banking, financial services, and manufacturing industry experience and has worked in senior manager positions at Capgemini, Cognizant & Oracle, as well as in CFO, CEO and chairman positions in several start-ups.
During his career he has been delivering both organic and acquisition growth with focus on increasing shareholder value. Ari specializes in strategy, finance and digital technology, building and leading A-class teams, managing financial planning, forecasting, capital management, fund-raising, go-to-market, digital transformation and performance management.
He has extensive C-level and board-level relationships across Europe.

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CSO

Markus Ginsig

 


Markus is the strategic CSO for LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin. He has spent his career in the trading/investment industry as a physical commodity and financial derivatives trader.
As Chief Risk Manager, he served for major multi-commodity groups and upstream/downstream industries (oil/gas/electricity, metals & minerals, grains, softs). Markus was also the strategic advisor for investment banks and family offices dealing in alternative investments. He also managed a global set of top-tier commodity portfolios.
Markus has extensive C-level and board-level experience, as Vice-Chairman, CEO and CRO. He brings innovation management experience in technology markets and trading.

CIO ASIA-PACIFIC & MENA

Tawanda Great Mangere

 


Tawanda has over 20 years’ Global experience across Investment Banking covering Venture Capital, International Trade Finance (Metals, Oil & Gas, TMT and Industrials) Private Equity (Primaries, Secondaries and Co-investments), Structured and Project Finance, M&A, Corporate Advisory Funds and Asset management expertise on the buy and sell side.
He has raised over $5 billion in assets for alternative investments including private equity, private/ opportunistic credit and hedge funds. His experience includes leading a syndicate of venture investors into a select group of global companies with strong technology underpinnings, highly differentiated offerings, and validation from sophisticated buyers.
Tawanda enjoys the benefit of a huge global network across venture capital, Investment banking, entrepreneurs and enterprise, from which he has applied a selective criterion for principal investments, as an Angel and Corporate investor (until recently partner at Meridian Asset Management a firm he co-founded with over 1.5B Assets under Management).
Tawanda started his career with JP Morgan in London before moving into Transaction and Deal Advisory in London, Singapore & New York. Tawanda has worked as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking and Private Equity for Global Investment banks like Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Chase Capital Partners, JPMorgan Cazenove, First Capital and SF Investments (KKR) covering Energy & Resources, Infrastructure, Industrials, Agriculture, Tourism, Transport & Logistics, Financial Services, Power & Utilities.
Prior to joining MP Capital, Tawanda was Head of Investment Risk ASX listed IOOF group with $152.6B FUA. Tawanda has worked across all continents and is fluent in 5 languages.
Tawanda has in recent years taken up advisory work within the Fintech industry covering Global Payments, Ai, and Blockchain technologies. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (UK) and CA Australia, holding an MBA and degrees from Oxford university and Imperial College.
Some of Tawanda’s notable transactions include:
▪ Investcorp acquisition of Minimax Holding GmbH €265mil
▪ European Locomotive Leasing Capital raise €200mil
▪ DLF’s $2.25 billion IPO on the Indian exchanges (NSE and BSE)
▪ KKR $905m acquisition of BIS Industries Sydney
▪ BK Partners South Korea acquisition of ING Groep NV’s $1.7 billion
▪ Cingular Wireless LLC’s US$47-billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless
▪ Williams Companies $3Billion Financial Restructuring
▪ Blackstone acquisition of Waldorf Astoria and Strategic Hotels and Resorts
▪ NorskHydro’s oil and gas merger with Statoil: $29 billion creating combined entity EV of $90B
▪ TechnoPro Holdings, ¥53.1 billion Initial Public Offering
▪ US19.5B Chinalco acquisition of 12% in Rio Tinto
▪ China CITIC Bank’s $5.9 billion IPO and concurrent listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai

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CTO

Stefano Tempesta

 


Stefano leads the technology team and oversees the design and development of the LGR Global platform and the Silk Road Coin.
A technology manager with 20 years of experience in enterprise software solutions, Stefano is an author, public speaker, and an ambassador for beautiful and functional software.
His interests extend to blockchain, IoT and A.I.-related technologies. Stefano is highlighted as one of the world’s top 160 technology visionaries and is an active Microsoft Regional Director. He holds a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Information Technology from the University of Provident and Global MBA from the London School of Business and Finance.

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BUSINESS ARCHITECT

Rob Fotheringham

 


Rob is an experienced business architect having held chief architect positions within an international Financial Service company and a UK public sector organisation.
He owns a consultancy business in the UK delivering architecture and transformation services to a range of clients which has included Visa Europe where he was Lead Business Architect for the Digital Business unit.
He has also been Head of Enterprise Architecture consulting for a global system integrator and has developed the business and technical architecture for a number of start-up organisations across a range of financial services sectors

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COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Etienne Daignault

 


Etienne has more than 18 years of experience in financial services as a lawyer, consultant and compliance specialist.
He has worked for law firms, investment banks, brokerage firms and Fintechs in Canada, France and the UK. He is currently European head of Regulatory Compliance at one of Europe’s leading banks.
Etienne holds a master’s degree from UCLA and civil and common law degrees from McGill University.

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MARKETING DIRECTOR

Owen McCall

 


Owen is a creative and dynamic marketing and business development executive with years of experience in the technology and blockchain sectors.
He works passionately to demystify and promote new technologies and disruptive DLT solutions.
An established speaker, media personality and podcast host, Owen also contributes written articles and opinions to leading technology and legal outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology & communications from Simon Fraser University (SFU), and a master’s degree in international law from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

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MERGERS AND ACQUISITION DIRECTOR

Dr. Malcolm Mclelland

 


Malcolm is a financial economist with over 25 years of experience in consulting, research, and teaching. His consulting work spans merger and acquisition analysis and structuring, negotiation of private debt and equity placements, and valuation of privately-held debt and equity interests. Since 2010, he has been involved in international capital markets advisory services with clients based in Brazil, the USA, and Asia where he advises on the effects of economic factors on profits and asset prices, risk pricing, and valuations of private market assets and transactions.
Dr. McLelland’s research generally involves topics relating to international capital markets, asset pricing theory, financial reporting, and valuation in private capital markets. He is the author of the book International Cost of Capital Estimation: Methods Based on Modern Asset Pricing Theory and his research has been published in Business Valuation Review, Review of Accounting & Finance, Managerial Finance, and on the Social Science Research Network. Dr. McLelland has held a variety of academic appointments including positions at Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Purdue University, Indiana University, and Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology.
Dr. McLelland was graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Business (Accounting) and from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting and Econometrics).

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GLOBAL HEAD OF DIGITAL PRODUCT

Anthony Mccarthy

 


Specialising in Cash, Liquidity and Treasury Management, Anthony brings over 20 years of cross-border banking initiatives, with his own unique boutique financial consultancy for some of the largest banks in Europe,
focusing on cross-border money movement and cash pooling.
As an entrepreneur in his own right, with a passion for macro/micro finance
and credit as CEO of a niche Crowdfinacing platform in Switzerland. With an eye for operational and regulatory detail, Anthony brings a wealth and depth of classical banking knowledge and combines these skills with the vast future opportunities of DTL, blockchain and AI, afforded to trade finance and the digital currency global ecosystem.
Academic analytical acumen is seeded in a degree in Electronics and Semi-conductors, further supported by a business school post-grad in Business Information and Technology Systems.

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SALES DIRECTOR

Laura Ansaldi

 


Laura has extensive international experience in financial services, strategy and IT consulting. She started her career at Accenture, where she developed solid consulting skills, then she covered managing and directional roles at several international consulting companies, where she strengthened her business development and customer relations capabilities.
Digital innovation and business sustainability are the main pillars that drive Laura’s career, allowing her to reach a successful track record of acquisitions and creation of new businesses from scratch, as well as a solid and trusted international network of customers.
Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, statistics and econometrics from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and completed an MBA at the Zürich Elite Business School.

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TRADE FINANCE STRATEGIST

Aamir Ali Khan

 


Aamir is a professional banker and financial professional over 21 years of cross-sector experience in strategic risk analysis, sales, marketing, and business development of Corporate & SME accounts in the banking sector. He currently spearheads functions as Credit Hub Manager with Habib Bank.
Aamir has demonstrable expertise in credit risk management, product
development, branch operations, and marketing solutions across the
financial services sector.
Further, he has extensive experience in strategic planning, identification of new business avenues & profit maximization, marketing & sales of lending products, including: trade, working capital, and long-term financing facilities.

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SENIOR SUPPLY CHAIN SPECIALIST

Rafael Vela

 


Rafael is an SCM, procurement, operations, and logistics professional with extensive international executive experience. forming and directing multinational procurement, logistics, operations, and supply chain organizations.
He is a seasoned professional with solid history of success as a consultant and on-staff leader in multinational manufacturing, service, and technology environments.
Rafael has a strong ability to create and execute programs and initiatives that enhance business operations. Further, he is highly adept at developing and leading teams that meet and exceed established goals and expectations.
Rafael has demonstrated his skills in managing projects from inception to final delivery while maintaining budgets and schedules.
He also has an extensive background in Lean management, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, and sustainability.

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SENIOR DATA CONSULTANT

Cynthia Dookie

 


Cynthia is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and is a technical strategist and solution architect with over thirty years in the management and support of the delivery of financial software solutions across the Caribbean.
With an acumen for bridging the gap between business requirements (what non-technical users need) and technical solutions can diagnose and propose technical and re-engineering solutions within an effective and practical path due to an extensive understanding and exposure of the process flows of the financial sector activities, its regulatory challenges and the need to ensure the internal monetization of data through operational efficiency, fraud detection, risk management and customer relationship management.
Proficient in data mining and the aggregation and dis-aggregation of data, Cynthia brings her ability to propose conceptual data models to support the decision processes.
Emerging from a transactional centric environment, has spent the last few years in the research of the distributed ledger, which resulted in the presentation and publication of an idea at Saner 2020, and is at present the blockchain strategist for a warehousing start-up. Cynthia is a graduate of the Boston University Brussels Graduate Centre and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

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DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

Michael Sabelli

 


Michael is a published fiction writer and has had his non-fiction appear in numerous publications.
Beyond writing, he creates exciting content across different mediums that all have a passionate storytelling component. As a communications professional, Michael has worked with leading international companies in their respective industries and markets. He developed and executed strategic communications plans setting the tone for the company’s culture and enhancing employee and customer engagement.
Michael has a master’s degree in Identity and Integration from Universiteit van Amsterdam and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University. He has worked across Europe, North and South America, China, and Russia.

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CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Ali Amirliravi

 


Ali is a professional international banker and commodity trading expert (oil, gas, energy) in the Middle Eastern and Russian markets.
Further, he is a highly regarded trader of precious metals and gemstones, and is the founder and chairman of several globally active companies operating under the LIRAVI brand.
Ali is a noted international public speaker who routinely presents to top-tier professional and governmental organizations and media on topics such as geopolitics and global economics.
As the CEO and co-founder of LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin, he is passionate about harnessing the power of emerging technologies to fundamentally improve and optimize the cross-border payment and trade finance industries.

CFO

Dr. Ari Aaltonen

 


Ari is the strategic CFO for LGR Global and the Silk Road Coin. Ari has strong banking, financial services, and manufacturing industry experience and has worked in senior manager positions at Capgemini, Cognizant & Oracle, as well as in CFO, CEO and chairman positions in several start-ups.
During his career he has been delivering both organic and acquisition growth with focus on increasing shareholder value. Ari specializes in strategy, finance and digital technology, building and leading A-class teams, managing financial planning, forecasting, capital management, fund-raising, go-to-market, digital transformation and performance management.
He has extensive C-level and board-level relationships across Europe.

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CIO ASIA-PACIFIC & MENA

Tawanda Great Mangere

 


Tawanda has over 20 years’ Global experience across Investment Banking covering Venture Capital, International Trade Finance (Metals, Oil & Gas, TMT and Industrials) Private Equity (Primaries, Secondaries and Co-investments), Structured and Project Finance, M&A, Corporate Advisory Funds and Asset management expertise on the buy and sell side.
He has raised over $5 billion in assets for alternative investments including private equity, private/ opportunistic credit and hedge funds. His experience includes leading a syndicate of venture investors into a select group of global companies with strong technology underpinnings, highly differentiated offerings, and validation from sophisticated buyers.
Tawanda enjoys the benefit of a huge global network across venture capital, Investment banking, entrepreneurs and enterprise, from which he has applied a selective criterion for principal investments, as an Angel and Corporate investor (until recently partner at Meridian Asset Management a firm he co-founded with over 1.5B Assets under Management).
Tawanda started his career with JP Morgan in London before moving into Transaction and Deal Advisory in London, Singapore & New York. Tawanda has worked as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking and Private Equity for Global Investment banks like Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Chase Capital Partners, JPMorgan Cazenove, First Capital and SF Investments (KKR) covering Energy & Resources, Infrastructure, Industrials, Agriculture, Tourism, Transport & Logistics, Financial Services, Power & Utilities.
Prior to joining MP Capital, Tawanda was Head of Investment Risk ASX listed IOOF group with $152.6B FUA. Tawanda has worked across all continents and is fluent in 5 languages.
Tawanda has in recent years taken up advisory work within the Fintech industry covering Global Payments, Ai, and Blockchain technologies. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (UK) and CA Australia, holding an MBA and degrees from Oxford university and Imperial College.
Some of Tawanda’s notable transactions include:
▪ Investcorp acquisition of Minimax Holding GmbH €265mil
▪ European Locomotive Leasing Capital raise €200mil
▪ DLF’s $2.25 billion IPO on the Indian exchanges (NSE and BSE)
▪ KKR $905m acquisition of BIS Industries Sydney
▪ BK Partners South Korea acquisition of ING Groep NV’s $1.7 billion
▪ Cingular Wireless LLC’s US$47-billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless
▪ Williams Companies $3Billion Financial Restructuring
▪ Blackstone acquisition of Waldorf Astoria and Strategic Hotels and Resorts
▪ NorskHydro’s oil and gas merger with Statoil: $29 billion creating combined entity EV of $90B
▪ TechnoPro Holdings, ¥53.1 billion Initial Public Offering
▪ US19.5B Chinalco acquisition of 12% in Rio Tinto
▪ China CITIC Bank’s $5.9 billion IPO and concurrent listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai

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CTO

Stefano Tempesta

 


Stefano leads the technology team and oversees the design and development of the LGR Global platform and the Silk Road Coin.
A technology manager with 20 years of experience in enterprise software solutions, Stefano is an author, public speaker, and an ambassador for beautiful and functional software.
His interests extend to blockchain, IoT and A.I.-related technologies. Stefano is highlighted as one of the world’s top 160 technology visionaries and is an active Microsoft Regional Director. He holds a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Information Technology from the University of Provident and Global MBA from the London School of Business and Finance.

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BUSINESS ARCHITECT

Rob Fotheringham

 


Rob is an experienced business architect having held chief architect positions within an international Financial Service company and a UK public sector organisation.
He owns a consultancy business in the UK delivering architecture and transformation services to a range of clients which has included Visa Europe where he was Lead Business Architect for the Digital Business unit.
He has also been Head of Enterprise Architecture consulting for a global system integrator and has developed the business and technical architecture for a number of start-up organisations across a range of financial services sectors

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COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Etienne Daignault

 


Etienne has more than 18 years of experience in financial services as a lawyer, consultant and compliance specialist.
He has worked for law firms, investment banks, brokerage firms and Fintechs in Canada, France and the UK. He is currently European head of Regulatory Compliance at one of Europe’s leading banks.
Etienne holds a master’s degree from UCLA and civil and common law degrees from McGill University.

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MARKETING DIRECTOR

Owen McCall

 


Owen is a creative and dynamic marketing and business development executive with years of experience in the technology and blockchain sectors.
He works passionately to demystify and promote new technologies and disruptive DLT solutions.
An established speaker, media personality and podcast host, Owen also contributes written articles and opinions to leading technology and legal outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology & communications from Simon Fraser University (SFU), and a master’s degree in international law from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

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MERGERS AND ACQUISITION DIRECTOR

Dr. Malcolm Mclelland

 


Malcolm is a financial economist with over 25 years of experience in consulting, research, and teaching. His consulting work spans merger and acquisition analysis and structuring, negotiation of private debt and equity placements, and valuation of privately-held debt and equity interests. Since 2010, he has been involved in international capital markets advisory services with clients based in Brazil, the USA, and Asia where he advises on the effects of economic factors on profits and asset prices, risk pricing, and valuations of private market assets and transactions.
Dr. McLelland’s research generally involves topics relating to international capital markets, asset pricing theory, financial reporting, and valuation in private capital markets. He is the author of the book International Cost of Capital Estimation: Methods Based on Modern Asset Pricing Theory and his research has been published in Business Valuation Review, Review of Accounting & Finance, Managerial Finance, and on the Social Science Research Network. Dr. McLelland has held a variety of academic appointments including positions at Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Purdue University, Indiana University, and Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology.
Dr. McLelland was graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Business (Accounting) and from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting and Econometrics).

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GLOBAL HEAD OF DIGITAL PRODUCT

Anthony Mccarthy

 


Specialising in Cash, Liquidity and Treasury Management, Anthony brings over 20 years of cross-border banking initiatives, with his own unique boutique financial consultancy for some of the largest banks in Europe,
focusing on cross-border money movement and cash pooling.
As an entrepreneur in his own right, with a passion for macro/micro finance
and credit as CEO of a niche Crowdfinacing platform in Switzerland. With an eye for operational and regulatory detail, Anthony brings a wealth and depth of classical banking knowledge and combines these skills with the vast future opportunities of DTL, blockchain and AI, afforded to trade finance and the digital currency global ecosystem.
Academic analytical acumen is seeded in a degree in Electronics and Semi-conductors, further supported by a business school post-grad in Business Information and Technology Systems.

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SALES DIRECTOR

Laura Ansaldi

 


Laura has extensive international experience in financial services, strategy and IT consulting. She started her career at Accenture, where she developed solid consulting skills, then she covered managing and directional roles at several international consulting companies, where she strengthened her business development and customer relations capabilities.
Digital innovation and business sustainability are the main pillars that drive Laura’s career, allowing her to reach a successful track record of acquisitions and creation of new businesses from scratch, as well as a solid and trusted international network of customers.
Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, statistics and econometrics from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and completed an MBA at the Zürich Elite Business School.

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TRADE FINANCE STRATEGIST

Aamir Ali Khan

 


Aamir is a professional banker and financial professional over 21 years of cross-sector experience in strategic risk analysis, sales, marketing, and business development of Corporate & SME accounts in the banking sector. He currently spearheads functions as Credit Hub Manager with Habib Bank.
Aamir has demonstrable expertise in credit risk management, product
development, branch operations, and marketing solutions across the
financial services sector.
Further, he has extensive experience in strategic planning, identification of new business avenues & profit maximization, marketing & sales of lending products, including: trade, working capital, and long-term financing facilities.

Linkedin-logo-for-website

SENIOR SUPPLY CHAIN SPECIALIST

Rafael Vela

 


Rafael is an SCM, procurement, operations, and logistics professional with extensive international executive experience. forming and directing multinational procurement, logistics, operations, and supply chain organizations. He is a seasoned professional with solid history of success as a consultant and on-staff leader in multinational manufacturing, service, and technology environments. Rafael has a strong ability to create and execute programs and initiatives that enhance business operations. Further, he is highly adept at developing and leading teams that meet and exceed established goals and expectations.Rafael has demonstrated his skills in managing projects from inception to final delivery while maintaining budgets and schedules. He also has an extensive background in Lean management, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, and sustainability.

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SENIOR DATA CONSULTANT

Cynthia Dookie

 


Cynthia is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and is a technical strategist and solution architect with over thirty years in the management and support of the delivery of financial software solutions across the Caribbean.
With an acumen for bridging the gap between business requirements (what non-technical users need) and technical solutions can diagnose and propose technical and re-engineering solutions within an effective and practical path due to an extensive understanding and exposure of the process flows of the financial sector activities, its regulatory challenges and the need to ensure the internal monetization of data through operational efficiency, fraud detection, risk management and customer relationship management.
Proficient in data mining and the aggregation and dis-aggregation of data, Cynthia brings her ability to propose conceptual data models to support the decision processes.
Emerging from a transactional centric environment, has spent the last few years in the research of the distributed ledger, which resulted in the presentation and publication of an idea at Saner 2020, and is at present the blockchain strategist for a warehousing start-up. Cynthia is a graduate of the Boston University Brussels Graduate Centre and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

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DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

Michael Sabelli

 


Michael is a published fiction writer and has had his non-fiction appear in numerous publications.
Beyond writing, he creates exciting content across different mediums that all have a passionate storytelling component. As a communications professional, Michael has worked with leading international companies in their respective industries and markets. He developed and executed strategic communications plans setting the tone for the company’s culture and enhancing employee and customer engagement.
Michael has a master’s degree in Identity and Integration from Universiteit van Amsterdam and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University. He has worked across Europe, North and South America, China, and Russia.

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