Globunity Event Board of Directors

Founder: Chiara Tilesi

Chiara Tilesi moved to the United States when she was eighteen years old to pursue her studies in Liberal Arts. She attended the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California where, in 1995, she graduated Summa Cum Laude. While in University she had the opportunity to learn the business of production assisting legendary movie producer Dino De Laurentiis. She wrote a book of poetry entitled “Amore, amore mio”, which earned her the Italian prestigious Fiorino D’Oro Award. She produced the Behind the Scenes of Academy Award winner movie “Il Postino”, directed by Stefano Veneruso, which won Best Story and Narration Award at the International Backstage Festival of Bologna. Subsequently, she produced “I’m Sophie and You?”. The film won various awards, and was acquired and broadcast by RAI Television. 1998 was the year Chiara produced the short film entitled “Effetto Lunare”, (What about the Moon?). In 2001 she produced the short film “Strani Accordi”, coproduced and distributed by Universal. The film was a great commercial success. For the first time in Italy a short film got released in 100 theaters. In 2005 Chiara steadfastly started working on her idea for a movie, which resulted in her producing “All the Invisible Children”. The movie was directed, among others, by Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Emir Kusturica, and John Woo, and was released in 120 countries. This movie was produced in favor of the United Nations agencies UNICEF, and Word Food Programme. She also produced the music video “Teach me again”, performed by Elisa and Tina Turner, which was the theme song of the film “All the Invisible Children”. Since 2010, her philanthropic inclination was displayed once again in her position of Event Vice Chair of Rock the Kasbah, benefiting the Eve Branson Foundation, and Virgin Unite, non-profit foundations of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. 2011 she produced “We, People of September” a docu-film about the life of Italian singer/song writer Maestro Franco Califano, which was selected at the Rome Film Festival 2011.

Creative Director: Guillermo Mariotto

Guillermo Mariotto since 1994 has been famous creator of Maison Gattinoni and since 2010 has been Creative Director of Gattinoni Couture collections. The designer was born in Caracas 45 years ago. He subsequently moved to San Francisco where he obtained a degree from the “California College of Arts and Craft”.He then left for Europe where in Milan he joined the Style Office of the Basile brand label, at that time a leader in Italian style throughout the world, where he worked for two years on the maison’s women’s prêt-a-porter collections.In 1988, his meeting with Raniero Gattinoni – who was just beginning the restyling of the historic brand label –set up in 1946 by Madame Fernanda Gattinoni- gave him an opportunity to express himself in the difficult art of Couture and in the creation of unique garments.Following the untimely death of Raniero Gattinoni, the artistic direction of the Gattinoni designer label was entrusted to Guillermo Mariotto who, in 1994, greeted his audience on the catwalk, at the end of a memorable fashion show, with a collection dedicated to “EVA” which subsequently inspired the famous scene of the “Bare Fashion Show” in Robert Altman’s film “PRET A PORTER”. Guillermo Mariotto’s multi-faceted interests in various art forms have resulted in his finding an outlet in numerous other fields including the creation of costumes for television, cinema, theatre and opera. Among the most famous, worth particular note is the opera “Madame Butterfly” staged in 2004 (conducted by Placido Domingo with scenery by Arnaldo Pomodoro) to mark the centenary of Puccini’s masterpiece at Torre del Lago.The television programmes, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Nights on ice”, hosted by Milly Carlucci on Raiuno, from 2004 saw Mariotto among the celebrity cast of judges. Since March 2011, the eclectic designer signature “Le bacchettate di Mariotto” a special section of Gente Magazine. In 2011 the versatile designer starts to work in licensing, signing an agreement with the Florentine company CAR Bomboniere and he launches on Thursday, September 8th 2011 at MACEF (Salone Internazionale della Casa) the first collection of present ware signed by Guillermo Mariotto consisting of wedding favors, gifts and fancy goods. In 2012, the creativity of the designer is expressed through two new collections bearing the brand Guillermo Mariotto. Home textile, produced by Eria of Carpi, is dedicated to the home with contemporary-chic allure. A collection of handbags and small leather goods, produced by the historiacal company of Florence Nannini, is expressed through the attention to detail, the choice of fine leathers and refined the original design. Two collections that describe perfectly the elegance and irony wrapped in the original style of Guillermo Mariotto.

Director of multimedia and videos: Stefano Veneruso

Film director and producer Stefano Veneruso began his carrier as assistant Director on Academy Award-winning film The Postman, (Il Postino). Stefano contemporaneously directed its Behind the Scenes, which garnered him a Best Story and Narration award at the Bologna International Backstage Festival. Subsequently, Stefano moved to Los Angeles and studied filmmaking at both UCLA and the AFI at the same time working for the international film production and distribution company Cecchi Gori Pictures. Los Angeles is also the place where Stefano directed his first short film: I’m Sophie and You? The film was awarded several prizes, before it was acquired and broadcast by RAI Television. In 1997 Stefano made his way back to Italy where he produced the compact disc Nei Tuoi Occhi, in commemoration of Massimo Troisi. The CD, a collection of love poems by the world-renown poet Pablo Neruda read by notorious Italian artists, eventually racked up huge commercial rewards and critical accolades. Subsequently, Stefano decided to remain in Italy to write screenplays and specialize in directing commercials. In 1998 Stefano wrote and directed the short film entitled Effetto Lunare, (What about the Moon?). In 2000, Stefano had the honor to work as an assistant to Martin Scorsese on the film Gangs of New York, and in 2001 he directed his third short film Strani Accordi, a Universal production. The film was a commercial hit and for the first time in Italy a short film was run in a hundred theaters. After working as assistant to Mel Gibson on the set of The Passion of The Christ, over the past three years, Stefano directed and produced All the Invisible Children directed among others by Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, John Woo and Ridley Scott. In 2010 Stefano worked as director for the theater Caravaggio “The exile of a man in search of God”. Furthermore, he directed numerous music videos for artists such as Tina Turner and Elisa. Recently, Stefano directed the docu-film on the life of Franco Califano, one of the best Italian singers and song writers, “We, People of September” selected at the Rome Film Festival 2011.

International Affairs Director: Neil Gallagher

Currently acts as Humanitarian Advisor to Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and member of the International Olympic Committee, and wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. Served for many years in the US Government in international relations posts and for 10 years as advisor to the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. Also served for four years as Director of Communications for WFP

African Affairs Director: Roberta Annan
Roberta Annan is the CEO and Founder of Roberta Annan Consulting LLC (RAC). RAC is a global management-consulting firm that is focused on impacting the sustainable social, political and economic development of Africa. She aligns investors with government entities and key strategic stakeholders to encourage the ease of doing business in Africa.
At RAC, Roberta has been responsible for the expansion of several multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises into Africa and the establishment of foundations for several HNWIs. She has worked on projects valued at $6 million to $200 million. Her work spans across numerous industries from fashion to aviation where she has made a significant contribution. Some of her past clients includes President Obasanjo, VistaJet, BNP Baripas, Jordanian Government, EnviroBoard, Vogue Italia, Miss Universe Organizations, and World Fashion 4 Development (WF4D). Her affinity for fashion in Africa has served as a catalyst for her to create a company that is focused on expanding the global footprint of African luxury and premium brands- Frallain, Inc.
Roberta has worked tirelessly to address many societal issues such as education, women empowerment and poverty reduction specifically as they relate to Africa in the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Prior to establishing RAC, Roberta worked for the United Nations where she was recognized for her ability to raise funds and establish formidable relationships with prominent individuals, government officials, and HNWIs. While at the UN, she worked in different capacities within different initiatives such as the South-South News, United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) – Community and Adaptation Learning Mechanism, United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID), and United Nations Digital Health Initiative. She developed an unwavering passion for international development while working for the UN.

As part of her continuous efforts to contribute to the fabric of society, Roberta is involved in several non-for profit organizations that are focused on impacting the sustainable social, political and economic development of Africa. She also serves as an advisor for several organizations such as VistaJet, Invest Africa Club, Nexus Africa, Africa 2.0 and Global Luxury Fund. She has been a recipient of several leadership awards and is part of Young Leader Circle from Africa for Milken Institute.

Roberta is currently enrolled in the Program For Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School and holds a Masters degree (summa cum laude) in Biotechnology from Georgetown University. She received a Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Roberta has lived and worked on four continents. Her passions include traveling, speaking, reading, and volunteering.

Students Director: Cecile Sportis

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS: 2009: Counselor, Special Advisor for equality between women and men in the context of Development. 2008-2009: short missions in Quebec (coordination of the French events in the context of the 400 anniversary of the Foundation of the city of Quebec and Francophone Summit); in Afghanistan (in charge of the relations with the UN and its agencies. WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME 2001-2004: Chief then Deputy director for Fund-raising and resources in charge of Europe, Middle East and emerging countries. 2004-2005: Deputy Director for Communication, in charge of special events; supervisor for the making and distributing of a fiction movie, «All the Invisible Children» 2005-2008: Director of the Paris representation office.In January –February 2005, I volunteered in the WFP taskforce for the Tsunami and was sent to Djakarta where I was in charge of the relations with Donors and international institutions (EC, BAD etc). Was member of the tender commission of WFP for a year and represented WFP in the task force which negotiated the financial agreement between the UN and the EC.Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 1999-2001: General Secretary of the « Mission Internministérielle pour l’Europe du Sud Est» 1997-1999: Special advisor to the Minister for Development and International Cooperation, in charge of Humanitarian affairs, Women issues, Environment, Human Rights. 1995-1997: Environment Desk, United Nations Direction: organized and participated in the UN Habitat II, Rio+5, and finalization of the Desertification convention text and instituttionalisation 1992-1995: French Embassy in Washington: Secretary General in charge of the management and coordination of our biggest embassy (17 ministries represented, 500 employees, 12 consulates, several French school etc…) 1988-1992: Executive Director of the humanitarian task-force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Presidence of Republic: 1986-88 : advisor to the General Secretary of the President of Republic, in charge of humanitarian affairs and solidarity. 1983-1986: Advisor to the Director of Political Affairs in charge of Human Rights. I wrote a film on Human Rights which was shown in May 1985 at the occasion of the International meeting on Human Rights in Paris. 1981-1983: advisor in the Cabinet of the President of Republic, in charge of Humanitarian, Human Rights, and deputy to Regis Debray on political issues and liberation movements.

Director of Communication: Tullio Camiglieri

Born in Rome, President of Open Gate Italia, a public, regulatory and media affairs agency. 2000 to 2008 he was director of communications, public affairs and pr (Italian and European) of Sky Italy. 1984 to 2000 journalist for Mediaset. News managing editor of TG5 and deputy director of the Parliamentary news. Member of the Committee against audiovisual piracy at the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers. Consultant of Anica (Association of Italian film producers) for the strategy to contrast the audiovisual piracy. Member of the Committee against audiovisual piracy at the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers.

Director of Inspirational Speakers: Marla Maples
She is an actor, television and radio personality, humanitarian and musical artist. She has appeared in over 15 films and has guest starred in numerous TV series, playing opposite Michael J. Fox, Halle Berry, Kirstie Ally, Fran Drescher and even Mickey Rooney to name a few. Marla starred in the Tony Award winning musical “Will Roger’s Follies” on Broadway and most recently performed in the Nora and Delia Ephron play “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at the Westside Theater in NY.She has hosted The Miss U.S.A. Pageant” and “The Miss Universe Pageant” and has shared the co-host seat with renowned hosts like Tom Bergeron and Bill O’Reilly.As a songwriter and performer she released the “One World of Love Benefit Album” with the intention to inspire peace, love and unity through music. Marla had the opportunity to perform her single “One World of Love” on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City for the Turn Up the Peace World Premier. She is about to launch the album “Visions of Eternity” which takes listeners on a mystical music journey and features spiritual teachers like Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Michael Bernard Beckwith. Marla has been on the cover of over 25 magazines and has enjoyed sharing her ideas on health, fitness and spirituality in publications ranging from Vogue to Fitness Magazine. As host of the radio show “Awakenings with Marla” on Contact Talk Radio, Marla shares the voices of those who are dedicated to uplifting humanity. Marla’s heart is set on one day seeing unity in the world and is honored to continue with this vision as a part of Globunity. She has been honored by the Wall Street Journal, Make a Wish Foundation, American Family Housing, Feed the Children, Shelter for the Homeless, and The City of Hope. She has served as honorary chairperson and host for numerous charities and foundations and was named Honorary Citizen of Atlanta.

Director of Diplomatic Relations: Antonio Morabito

Antonio Morabito was born in Reggio Calabria. Student of the Capranica College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, he has degree in Philosophy. Graduated in Political Science at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome. In service to the United Nation office for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1987-1989)Member of the Italian delegation at the General Assembly of the United Nations Jakarta in service to the Embassy of Italy (1989-1993).
Consul of Italy in Mendoza, Argentina (1993-1996).
Rome (1997-2000) in service to the Diplomatic Advisor’s office of the President of the Council of Ministers.
At the Italian Embassy in Tehran (2000-2003).
In Rome from 2003 as Coordinator for communication strategies, programming, publishing and University Cooperation of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation.
Since 2006, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Family Policies.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008 and then Minister Plenipotentiary in 2009.
From October 1st 2010 he is the Ambassador of Italy to the Principality of Monaco Anthony Morabito is married and has two children.

Director of Maestros: Matteo Pompili

After a period of studies in England where he collaborated with ESPN UK channel he returned to Italy where he worked for a short period as communication assistant for Venice Days, Venice Film Festival’s independent section. He helped the Ministry of Patriots ‘and Veterans’ Affairs (South Korea) to make a documentary about the war in Korea. In 2005 he was called to join the International Rome Film Festival’s team, when the event was about to start organizing its first edition. In the first Festival’s edition has held the positions of PA to the General Manager and Head of Mobility. From the second edition has held the position of Premiere coordinator first and Official Selection coordinator then, managing relations with talents and their participation at the festival.

Director of Logistic: Francesca Arena

She shaped her passions for music and entertainment turning them into her occupation. After living in NYC for two years she returns to Italy and begins working in an agency, planning events and concerts as production director. Coordinating events and tours with national and international artists in venues all over Europe. The year 2000 marks the beginning of her collaboration actor-comedian, Giorgio Panariello as his road manager but also as his right hand. Functioning as a liason between the artist and the network, she’s quickly enrolled in the production of some programs of RaiUno network. From 2006 to 2009 she joins the publicity department RaiUno heading the the press office and the promotion of the network’s TV series. Presently she is executive producer of a Talk Show on a local TV station (Tuscany)

Director of International Relations: Giovanni Morricone
Giovanni Morricone was born in Rome in 1966. Since early childhood has developed an interest towards photography, developing his own little lab at  home where he could do the job from start to finish.
After having taken a degree in Political Science he turned into filmmaking doing  several short films and working as an assistant to director Giuseppe Tornatore.  He did also undertake Summer Classes at NYU-­‐Tisch School of the Arts, before  enrolling to Columbia University film school where he took his MFA (Master of  fine arts) in directing. His thesis short film “What happened to the Communists?“ was one of the finalist that year at Columbia University Film Festival.
After his degree, he went back to Italy and started working as a director for the  Soap Opera “Un posto al sole” where he was shooting 25 minutes x day.  During  the years he kept on being called back, “interrupted” by a call by the famous  Italian Film Studio “Medusa” to direct his first feature film, written by two first  time writers , “Al Cuore si Comanda” and leading a national famous cast of  Claudia Gerini, Pierfrancesco Favino and Sabrina Impacciatore.
After his movie, he went on to direct Concerts all over the world, for live  projection, for television, and for DVD. He did direct this work in venues like  “Arena di Verona”, San Marco Square in Venice, UN General Assembly, Tokyo,  Adelaide-­‐Australia, Seoul in Korea, Taiwan, Munich in Germany, Mexico City in  Mexico, Santiago in Chile.
Morricone was called to become head writer of a television “Sitcom” that has  four televisions channel. There he developed original television series like “Party  Planning” about an divorced house-­‐wife who has to rebuild her life and ends up  creating this new business, remaining involved a in a series of murders  happened in the house where her first party is taking place.
Morricone also has directed a few Operettas and has been teaching Master  classes at the Conservatory of Saint Cecile, the most important music school of  Italy and at the EID -­‐ European Institute of Design and New York Film Academy.  Morricone has now moved to NYC where he is currently living and developing  original screenplays to break in this market.