MEET OUR EXPERTS
Here is the team of experts and professionals that we work with to ensure that our students have access to top quality lectures in a variety of fields of study.
David Petrie is a Scottish-born expat who currentrly teaches at the University of Verona Language Center. He has now worked for the University of Verona for nearly thirty years, where he lectures in English language. But for almost as long he has been teaching, Petrie has also been fighting a war with the Italian university system, against the discrimination that he claims he and his fellow foreign lecturers suffer from the University system. He graduated from Dundee University in 1974. He taught in Greece and at the Universities of Benghazi and Edinburgh. He is a real connaisseur of the EU establishment and of the influence that the Union has had on its participating countries and has been working with the European Court of Justice on several issues linked to employment, human rights and institutions.
Patrizia holds a degree in Culture and Technology for the Fashion Industry from the University of Padova and then moves to Padova and starts working for Benetton. She travelled for work to Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin, Bangkok, Dubai and Dhaka finding inspiration for new fabrics and accessories. In 2012 she started working as a freelance consultant for different fashion brands and starts cooperating with the United Nations as a fashion designer in developing countries such as Iran. In 2014 she starts the Dream Bag Project, where she shares her experience through YouTube and a Blog. In 2015 she founded her first flagship store in Verona, where she creates personalized bags for her customers. She took specialization courses both at Central Saint Martin College of Art in London and is now completing her second degree in Art History at the University of Verona.
Professional player of different instruments, Paolo Alberto graduated from DAMS school of arts and specialized in Music Therapy at the Music Therapy school in Assisi. He also took a Post Graduate course at University of Bristol, and finally a perfectioning course at Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore in Rome. He works with children and elderly people affected by different handicaps. Since 1999 he teaches the Specialization in Music Therapy at “Giovanni Ferrari” Music school for Universitè Europèenne Jean Monnet in Bruxelles. Since 2006 he also teaches Music Therapy at the conservatory in Verona “E.F. Dall’Abaco”. And since 20122 he is the coordinator for the Music Therapy Degree. In 2009 he took part in a workshop in the US with con Arthur Hull on the techniques of Drum Circle. He specialized in Body Percussion with Omero Naranjo Javier e Keith Terry and is in charge of the only Italian official website on music therapy. www.mtonline.it
Paolo Valerio is an actor, director and manager of Teatro Stabile di Verona. He has organized and contributed to the realization of the Festival Shakespeariano as part of the planning of the events for Estate Teatrale Veronese. He has directed plays by Goldoni and Buzzati and followed a Shakespearian path that brought him to direct Romeo and Giuliet, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and The Tempest. Working with Fondazione Arena he has directed Opera pieces in cooperation with La Fenice Theater in Venice, among which: Aida by G. Verdi, Histoire du soldat di Stravinskij; The Happy Prince by O. Wilde; Façade by W. Walton. He holds a bachelor degree as an Actor from the Civica Scuola d’Arte Drammatica “Paolo Grassi” in Milano as well as a degree from the University of Venice. Since 1994 he teaches History of Theater for the Accademia “G.B. Cignaroli” in Verona and since 1999 he also teaches Direction.
Doctor Degl’Innocenti is currently teaching at the University of Verona for the Department of Medicine. He is a researcher in the medical field and specialized in the relationship between food and health. His current studies analyze the effects of industrial food as opposed to organic food on human health.
Antonella is currently the point person for the Slow Food Convivium of Verona, where she teaches a Master Course on wine. In the past, she managed different restaurants in Verona, Padua and Bologna and has a lot of experience in the field. She is a professional sommelier and since 2003 she is also one of the few authorized Enological Guides approved by the Veneto Region. She also work as a consultant for important catering events and is in charge of the wine selection for different restaurants of the area.
Chef Luca is a professional Chef and a teacher at the local cooking high school. He is an experienced teacher and famous for his vast culinary culture. His dishes are creative but still very much connected to the local traditions. He has taken part into many different cooking competitions and won in 2014 the second prize as cook of the year with his special Tagliolini dish.
With a degree in sociology, Martina was a consultant at a local health unit where she coordinated the training of different professional roles in schools and municipalities. In 2008 she graduated at the School for Cooks of Gambero Rosso in Rome with chef Igles Corelli, and worked there as an assistant teacher on the school courses. She was part of the staff of Bruno Barbieri, chef at the restaurant Villa del Quar and at Al Pompiere. She deals with the organization and communication in the context of Cooking events and catering both privately and the companies’ sites. She promotes and organizes Cooking experiences, Cooking team building and events
Patrick Brancaccio is Zacamy Professor of English Emeritus and Associate Member of the French and Italian Department at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has taught literature, theater and co-founded the African-Studies Program at Colby. He supervised the Colby theater program in London for years, and founded the Colby January Program in Verona, Italy. Since 2006 he has taught Italian Literature in Translation to scores of Colby students. Author of numerous academic articles and two books of poetry, Patrick is also an accomplished photographer. He resides in Waterville with his wife, Kate Cone.
Kate Cone is a published author and freelance writer with a Masters in Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She has been writing about craft beer for over 20 years with two editions of What’s Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Craft Breweries (Down East Books, 2016, 1997). She also blogs about food, beer, wine and spirits at What’s Brewing in Maine, her blog for Bangor Daily News. Kate also writes mystery novels, including her works in progress, No One to Bury and When Irish Eyes Are Dying. She has three grown children and lives with her husband Patrick Brancaccio in Waterville, Maine.