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Elena Di Giovanni

Vice president e Partner

Elena Di Giovanni is the co-founder of Comin & Partners. She has gained international experience in institutional relations, corporate communication, media relations and cultural promotion.

During her career she has worked as Director of Communications and external Relations for the Foundation La Biennale of Venice,  AlmavivA, Expo 2015 and she was also Press Office Manager for Mondadori periodicals.

She currently holds a position in the board of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (GNAM) and is a professor at the LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome.  Ms. Di Giovanni is also co-chair of the Friends of the American Academy, board member of Venetian Heritage and communication advisor of Diplomatia.

She started her professional career in Weber Shandwich, where she managed several communications campaigns for companies and national and international institutions, from Campari to Sergio Tacchini, from the launch of Nespresso in Italy to the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism.

She headed the press office for periodicals for Mondadori Editore between 1999 and 2002, when she began working for the La Biennale of Venice as Director of Communications and External Relations and as Spokeswoman for the President of the Foundation. She acted as coordinator of all communication activities  (press office, advertising, web, sponsors and events) for the Biennale from cinema to visual arts, and was also in charge of all relations with institutions and the territory.

From 2006 to 2012 she worked to promote Italian culture abroad, living in Brazil and Germany and focusing on political and diplomatic relations and developing social and cultural projects in San Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Berlin.

She was communications director for AlmavivA from 2012 to 2013. During this period she worked on starting up the company in Brazil, targeting digital and crisis communication and was the director of the national and international press office in Expo 2015 (2013-2014).

Achievements

  • Strategic planning of institutional communications for companies, foundations and international events (Shandwick: Campari, Sergio Tacchini, Nestlé; the Biennale di Venice Foundation; AlmavivA; Expo 2015);
  • Coordination of national and international media relations for large public and private companies (Shandwick, Mondadori, the Biennale di Venice Foundation, AlmavivA, Expo 2015);
  • Repositioning of one of the most important cultural institutions in Italy, the Biennale di Venice Foundation, from Institution to Learned Society to Foundation, working with the relating institutions.
  • Political communications for Tunisia in Italy during the election campaign of President Ben Alì (Shandwick for the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism);
  • Spokeswoman of the Biennale di Venice Foundation Presidents (Bernabè, Croff)
  • Placement of the Directors of Mondadori periodicals and launch of new newspapers and periodicals (Mondadori) and Joint Venture communications management (Mondadori-Hearst and Mondadori-IlSole24ore);
  • Launch of the Nespresso brand in Italy and stakeholder engagement;
  • Development of cultural sponsorship projects and promotion of “Made in Italy” partnerships (the Italian Embassy in Brazil and Germany, the Biennale di Venice Foundation);
  • Local marketing events (the Biennale di Venice Foundation, AlmavivA, Expo 2015);
  • Design and creation of two volumes with Electa and one with the Brazilian publishing company DBA;
  • Planning of crisis communication activities (AlmavivA).
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