WHAT WE ARE
MEET ITALY is a community built for Italian-American executives engaged in the fields of Media, Entertainment and Technologies. MEET ITALY is based in the City of Angeles, the heart and soul of Media. The talent and global know-how of our members is an important resource that should be leveraged through recurrent meetings and events designed to create opportunities. At MEET ITALY we come together to tell a unique story and to brainstorm about the future. We come together to learn and network. We also aim to build a cohesive group of Italian-American executives and scientists in the Los Angeles area in collaboration with a diverse set of institutional resources. Our events are co-presented with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and incorporate social and networking aspects along with educational and inspirational elements driven by a select number of guest speakers.
MEET ITALY founders: Valeria Rumori, Director Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Davide Accomazzo, Partner THALASSA CAPITAL, LLC
Davide Accomazzo, a resident of Los Angeles for more than 20 years, is originally from the city of Genoa in Italy, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and merchant banking. He is the Chief Investment Officer for THALASSA CAPITAL, a Registered Investment Advisor and a Family Office. At THALASSA CAPITAL, he runs an investment strategy focused on the Internet of Things. Davide is also a Professor of Finance at Pepperdine University at the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the author of the investment manual "Market Faith" and co-author of the book "Alternative Investments."
Valeria Rumori was appointed Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles in January 2015, her current position. She worked for the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research until 1992. She then continued her career at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Cultural Affairs as Bilateral Agreements and Programs Coordinator for Cultural and Scientific Cooperation with Europe and North America for the Fulbright Commission. She was also the head of the International University Cooperation division from 2012 to 2014. She was Interim Director and Director of the Italian Cultural Institutes in San Francisco and Marseille, France from 2003 to 2012.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles (IIC) was founded in 1984 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote Italian culture in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Directed by Valeria Rumori since 2015, the Institute promotes Italian Language through language courses and events in collaboration with numerous local institutions with the goal of presenting Italy in all of its cultural richness: architecture, cinema, design, literature, music, performing and visual arts, science, and technology.