President: Wolfango Poggi – email@example.com
Director of Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Milano
Wolfango Poggi, born in 1976, lived in Florence until 2004 and then moved to Milan where he manages the Leonardo da Vinci School and deals with marketing and administration. Degree in Economics and Management of Tourism Services, passionate about tourism, foreign languages, web marketing and sports. He has joined the Asils board in 2009, in 2011 he was appointed treasurer.
Treasurer: Valerio Gruessner
Director of Solemar Academy
Valerio Gruessner, born in Germany and raised in a bilingual family in Sicily, found himself immersed from childhood in the warm and international environment of the Italian school Solemar Sicily. The school was founded by his parents in Mongerbino in 1986.
His study of International Relations gave him the opportunity to sample life in Bologna, Berlin and Sidney. Returning to Sicily in 2012 he became director of the Cefalù school, overseeing its transition into Solemar Academy.
In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, reads Kafka and creates extremely complicated spreadsheets in Excel.
Board of directors:
Director and Administrator of CiaoItaly – Turin
Born in Turin in 1976, Chiara graduated in Theoretical Philosophy from the University of Turin. She has always been passionate about languages and speaks English, French, German and Spanish. Interested and curious about everything concerning human relations, during her university years she devoted herself to volunteering in the social-assistance sector. After gaining significant experience teaching Italian language and culture to foreigners at the Polytechnic and the European Institute of Design in Turin, she founded CiaoItaly in 2008 to turn her passion into a full-time job. Chiara loves reading, writing, cooking, travelling and above all being with people. Her motto is: “Why not?”
Born in Catania in 1966 and graduated from the Scuola Superiore for Interpreters and Translators, he discovered the passion for teaching Italian as Second Language in Florence where he studied. In 1992 he founded the Center for Italian language and culture “Babilonia” in Taormina, Sicily, with the aim of promoting the study of the Italian language, offering the possibility to the foreign lovers of the Italian language and culture to discover “another Italy”.
He was President of ASILS – Association of Italian Schools as Second Language for 2 mandates and Board Member for 3 mandates, Board Member of AATI – American Association of Teachers of Italian, Italian Representative to the European Association ELITE, Italian Representative at the Working Group for CEN – European Committee for Standardization – 329 on Language Study Tour Providers.
He has lectured in presentations and conferences around the world and participated in various national and international conferences concerning the teaching of the Italian and its role within the various associations.
He loves his school, music, literature, women, intelligent and ironic people, traveling, happily being together, food and wine and, above all, his wife and son!
Valerio Gruessner see above.
Fabrizio Fucile General Director at Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri of Rome
Born in Friuli in 1963, Fabrizio Fucile attended Ca’Foscari University in Venice, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Medieval and Humanistic Philology. He then taught religious studies in secondary schools and Italian language and literature in technical institutes and science high school. From 1990 to 1995, he trained as a teacher in a program of Latin and Humanistic Philology Studies at Bergamo University. In 1996 he received his PhD in Italian Studies from Messina
University. During this time he moved to Rome and began teaching Italian as a Second Language at Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri where since 1994 he has been Director and Head of studies. In 2008 the International Rotary Foundation designated him a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation and with gratitude for his significant contribution to promoting better mutual understanding and relations among peoples around the world.
Mr. Fucile has, in addition to his passion for language, a great passion for vocal music and has served as a choir director for more than 30 years.
National Secretary: Fabrizio Fucile – firstname.lastname@example.org
Director and founder of A Door To Italy, Genova
Born in Genoa, Lara became in young years passionate about Slavic languages and cultures. She graduated in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Genoa in 1996.
After a brief experience as “teaching tutor”, at the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages of the University of Genoa, and thanks to his knowledge of the Russian language, she moved to a Monegasque import / export company as project manager.
In Genoa, she returned in 2001. She worked for the Tour Operator ISCRA VIAGGI, specialized in the Incoming field from the Russian and Slavic markets. Here she gained experience in tourism and increased awareness and knowledge of the artistic, cultural and landscape richness of the Genoese and Liguria’s territory.
The A Door to Italy school was founded in 2002 with the two partners and workmates Gaia Turco and Federica Milano, who was already a teacher of Italian to foreigners at universities and Italian cultural institutes abroad.
Lara was already part of the ASILS Board from 2011 to 2013 and she is excited to walk alongside the intense work of the Asils CD again in 2019 and 2020.
Director of Istituto Venezia – Venezia
Since 1995 is in charge, with the firms, of administration and marketing of the school in Venice, that opened also in Trieste since 2006. For about 16 years he participated actively to Asils’s life, being in charge of different roles. He speaks English and French, among his interests fine art and literature.
Marketing manager at Torre di Babele – Rome
He was born in Rome in 1989, after finishing classical high school he moved to Germany where he graduated in Archeology at the Freie Universität of Berlin. In 2015 he moved back to Italy’s capital city and started working at Torre di Babele as marketing manager. He is fluent in German and English and is passionate about music.
Since 2019 he is auditor for ASILS.
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