Claire Serpi

CEO

Claire Serpi recognises exceptional quality and talent when she sees it from years of experience at leading art institutions around the world. Prior to founding an art consultancy in 2013, she worked at the marketing department of Christie's and contemporary art department of Sotheby's auction houses in London. She was also a research analyst at ArtTactic and consultant lecturer for Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. Moreover, she holds a Bachelor's in Art History and Heritage Management from the American University of Rome as well as a Master's in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, where she was the recipient of a fellowship to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Her understanding of artistic methods is enhanced by laboratory training in conservation under Dr. Roberta Lapucci at S.A.C.I. Art Institute Florence. She is a member of the Association of Art Historians (AAH) as well as the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

raphaëlle GIUSTINiANI

Director of European operations

Raphaëlle Giustiniani has a keen appreciation for the legacy of fine artisanship that distinguishes both her native country of France as well as her adopted home of Italy. Before moving to Rome ten years ago, Raphaelle was lawyer at the Paris Bar Association. She worked in the corporate department of Norton Rose and White & Case law firms. She also lectured in business law at Paris II University (Panthéon – Assas). She is fluent in French, English and Italian, and also speaks German. 

GIOVANNI SERPI

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Giovanni Serpi enjoys growing businesses to an international level, with degrees in International Relations (Bachelor’s, LUISS) and Business Management (Master’s, LUISS).  He comes from a background in economics and finance at international institutions including the energy corporation Eni and the investment division of oldest bank in the world, Monte dei Paschi di Siena. He has an outstanding record for business development in a multinational firm and a global vision for Manimenti. He thrives on the exploration of cultures and languages (he speaks four of them fluently).

NicolÒ Massa Bernucci

Artisan liason, Photographer

Nicolò Massa Bernucci is passionate about giving visibility and voice to underrepresented people and cultures, and holds a Master’s in Participation, Power and Social Change from the University of Brighton. He also holds a Master's in Photography from the European School of Design in Rome. His photojournalism has earned him international recognition, from “Tibetan Children’s Villages” promoted by Luxembourg’s Ministry of Integration to portraits of artisans in “Arteamano” by the Association of Historic Italian Palaces (ADSI). He is one to put action behind his desire for change, as he has also done in fieldwork as a consultant for FAO in Africa. 

WALTER MOLFESE

Videomaker

Walter was born in Maratea in the Italian region of Basilicata, and is very attached to his roots and homeland. Since graduating at the Aeronautical Technical Institute Francesco Baracca as an expert in air transport, he has adopted Forlì as his home, undertaking graduate research in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bologna. He is a fan of both photography and aircraft, of video and time lapse. He is the cofounder of several photo and video projects, the first of which is Timeless Italy (www.italiasenzatempo.it) which portrays the beauty of the Italian landscape untouched by man, exploring places unknown to most. A second project of great importance to him is Everyday Artisans (http://www.waltermolfese.com/artigianiquotidiani/) a series of interviews which stem from the desire to discover and document the artistic spirit and passion that still drive historic craft workshops in Italy. The purpose of the project is to create a collection of short stories that can give proper prominence to professions as unique and fascinating as the artisans themselves. As a contributing video maker for Manimenti, he is pleased to pursue this passion through encountering a larger community of the world's most talented master artisans.

GIOVANNI NAZZARRO

FilmMaker

Giovanni Nazzarro is a filmmaker who has worked internationally on eight feature length films as an assistant director. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Cinematography from École supérieure d'études cinématographiques (College of Cinematography) in Paris. Giovanni's great passion is for stories. Indeed, the rich personal and artistic history behind each artisan workshop is what attracted him to experiment outside of his natural habitat of cinema, and he feels that Italy's artisan protagonists deserve a moment in the spotlight.