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Giovanna Faso (Class of 2001) - Moderator
Head of Engineering Operations, Tech Excellence, OLX Group

Giovanna received her BA/BSc (Hons) Events Management and Mass Communication from tin London Metropolitan University in 2006, her Master of Business Administration, MBA from Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School in 2018, her Master’s Degree
Digital Media; Technology and Cultural Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science, BS - Computer Science at IU International University of Applied Sciences.

Giovanna is a practitioner currently based in Lisbon leading Tech Excellence at the OLX Group. With over 15 years experience of working in Product&Tech in London, she finds herself specialising in organizational behaviour with a focus on the product and software delivery arena. Her experiences range from small start-ups all the way to publicly traded global corporations.

Diva Tommei (Class of 2001)
Investment Director Information Technology ICT, Enea Tech

Diva received her B.S. in Biotechnology from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2005, her M.S. in Genomic Technology from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2007, and her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge in 2013. Diva attended the NASA university program Singularity University in 2010 and has been an honorary member of the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club since 2013.

Diva has over ten years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor. She is currently the Investment Director for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Enea Tech.

She was nominated “Top 50 Women in European Tech” by Forbes in 2018 and has given two TEDx talks, one in Rome (2017) and one in Matera (2018). She was also awarded the Young Global Innovator Award by MIT Tech Review in 2017 and has worked with Huawei on their artificial intelligence campaign (2017) as well as with Land Rover on their sustainability campaign (2019). In 2019 Diva was awarded the Pleiade International Award in the field of Innovation and New Technologies.

Varun Baker (Class of 2001)
Co-founder & Managing Director, Farm Credibly

Varun received his Bachelor of Science and Computer Science and Electronics in 2006 from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

Varun, has over 15 years of enterprise-level industry experience in business communications and operational management, with a strong focus on software engineering. He designs and builds web services, mobile applications, and website architectures based on open standards.

Varun‘s experience in applying technology to solve agricultural issues started over 12 years ago as co-founder of the Slashroots Foundation where he was tackling issues such as the theft of crops and livestock from farms in Jamaica. Benefitting from close interactions with farmers who have shared their challenges has provided insights that help to shape the work that Farm Credibly is doing today. Farm Credibly leverages blockchain technology to provide access to loans for unbanked farmers in Jamaica.

Karim El Malki (Class of 1990)
Founder, Athonet

Karim received his B.Eng. (Hon.s) in Electronic & Electrical Engineering - Microelectronics/Communications from Brunel University London in 1994 and a PH.D. in Telecoms - Computer Science from The University of Sheffield in 1998.

In his earlier career, Karim was a University Lecturer in Mobile Communications (U.K.) with a research focus on IP Mobility & VoIP and then became responsible for Ericsson’s earliest efforts on Mobile Network evolution and "All-IP" migration. He also has previous experience in product development including DSP coding (author of IPR, implementor, and designer of widely adopted echo cancellation algorithm), ASIC/FPGA design, ATM Access Network design, and standardisation.

Karim is the Founder of Athonet - Private 5G & LTE. Previously President of Athonet USA and President of Athonet Italy. Winner of 4 prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2019 for their innovative Athonet Connectivity Platform: putting you in control of your Private LTE network.
Athonet provides a complete in-house software-based LTE/5G connectivity platform that runs in cloud or virtualised data centre environments and on ruggedized hardware. Athonet platform allows customers to break free from the restrictive, expensive, proprietary telco-centric architecture of legacy solutions and embrace the true potential of wireless networks – capturing new sources of revenue whilst also massively reducing CapEx and OpEx.

Karim was selected by WIRED magazine in 2015 as one of the 17 leading global influencers expanding human possibility through technology. Awarded a Medal from the President of the Republic of Italy.

Mattias Ljungman (Class of 1991, St. Stephen’s School Trustee)
Founder and Partner, Moonfire Ventures

Mattias received his Honours BA in Geography and Economics from McGill University in 1996 and a Masters in Business and Economics in 1999 from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Mattias is the Founder of Moonfire Ventures, a European seed fund focused on helping founders at the very start of their journeys to create the right foundations for exponential growth. Before Moonfire he co-founded the multi-billion-dollar fund Atomico with Niklas Zennstrom, the founder of Skype. At Atomico, Mattias and his team worked hard to inspire founders to think even bigger and Mattias aims to do the same at Moonfire, founded in 2019. Mattias firmly believes that VCs need to create powerful tech platforms to hone, scale, and optimise everything they do. Every work process at Moonfire from discovery to evaluation to support is tech and data-driven approach.

His key investments include Supercell, Klarna, Truecaller, Viagogo, and Climate Corp.

Harinda Katugaha (Class of 1998)
Founder, Qlik.me

Harinda received his B.Comm. in Finance from the University of Windsor in 2003, his Executive MBA from INSEAD in 2013, and has currently paused his Doctorate at Bocconi University to work on his latest startup.

Harinda bootstrapped his first start-up, IDAMA, and spun it off after 2.5 years of rapid growth. More recently, he launched Qlik.me, the first programmatic advertising platform for the Influencer community. He works with Gaming and media companies such as Warner Bros., Wargaming, and Traplight. He has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and Loyola University Chicago. He was also a TedxSpeaker at TedxColombo in 2017 where he gave a talk on the importance of diversity of life experience which goes to broaden neurodiversity.

Harinda has over 16 years of management and consulting experience working with a variety of organizations on 4 continents. His experience spans startups (both operating and advising) and in a previous life, managed over $4B in various financial assets.

The Future of Art: How can we create more inclusive spaces in the art world?

In this online event, we examined the current state of the art world and creative industries with a focus on inclusivity--from racial and gender inclusivity to sustainability featuring St. Stephen's Alumni.

Isotta Page ‘14

Isotta Page is an artist and podcaster. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh (MA Fine Art) in June 2020. In April 2021, she launched ‘Art Is…a podcast for artists’, an open-ended channel for emerging artists to brainstorm the future of the art world and the creative industries. What began as an initiative to reclaim control over her professional and creative development in the wake of the pandemic grew into a public research project fostering transparency and open dialogue in the art world. The focus of Isotta’s podcast, now in its third season, has been showcasing creative thought leaders, demystifying art business practices and exploring innovative tech tools from NFT’s to the Metaverse.

Isotta recently launched ‘Intention’, a digital first community for emerging artists and art enthusiasts. She is working with a software developer to build bespoke features for creatives to more effectively build professional networks, share ideas, constructive feedback and foster interdisciplinary creative collaboration online.

Isotta’s art practice currently investigates classical and industrial motifs through sculptural forms. She seeks to reinterpret these opposing visual languages by playfully subverting them as architectural and archeological tropes. Isotta enjoys working with reclaimed materials, cold cast resin and metal. Her most recent focus has been developing a large-scale sculpture garden in Umbria along with an upcoming series of portable outdoor sculptures.

Rachel Nicholson ‘06

Rachel Nicholson is currently Director of Visitor Engagement and Research at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In this role, she provides strategic leadership on exhibition and collection interpretation, digital learning, visitor research, and evaluation to make the museum experience accessible, relevant, and meaningful to a diverse public.

Rachel previously worked in Interpretation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and earned her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Nicola Formichetti ‘96

Uber stylist and creative director Nicola Formichetti has positioned himself at the center of the fashion industry by engaging effortlessly with millennial consumers, through his use of social media and his engagement with global aesthetics and demographics. He is an award-winning and acclaimed fashion designer, creative director, stylist and editor, responsible for well-known cultural flashpoints including Lady Gaga’s “meat dress” and boundary-pushing visual campaigns.

Nicola has held top design roles at Uniqlo, Diesel, Mugler and Haus of Gaga. He has imagined visual collaborations with Pepsi, Nike, MAC, Barney’s and H&M and had editor positions at Vogue Japan Hommes, Dazed and Confused, V, Another Magazine, Arena Homme +, and Harper's Bazaar. Nicola is also the creator of Nicopanda, a gender-neutral high concept streetwear brand, modeled after Nicola’s own image.

Nicola was among the honourees for the 2018 Emery Awards, which recognise individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding leadership within the LGBTQ+ community. Since 2009 he is Lady Gaga’s Fashion Director and recently oversaw her collaboration with Dom Perignon.

Pietro Pantalani ‘13

Pietro is Associate Director of LGDR, a modern and contemporary art gallery and dealership founded by Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy, Amalia Dayan, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Previously, Pietro held positions at Lévy Gorvy, ML Fine Art, and Phillips Auctioneers.

Pietro obtained an MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford with a dissertation titled "Politics of Ecology in the Global Present: A Cause for Curatorial Concern.” He holds a BA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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Chapter 01: News from the Board of Trustees | Welcome to St. Stephen's

Welcome Head of School-Elect Jill Muti

The St. Stephen’s community looks forward to welcoming Head-Elect Jill Muti when she arrives in Rome later this summer.

For the last eighteen years, Ms. Muti has been the Head of Ashley Hall, a Pre-K-12th-grade independent school for girls serving 685 students. In this capacity, she has managed the budget, staffing, and all aspects of student life and has had hands-on leadership in virtually every dimension of the School's program, including strategic planning and development. 

Chapter 02: War in Ukraine | A Comment on Our Times, Cortile 2022 Highlights

The Fight for Ukraine: A Journey to the End of the Night

It was a day after Russia invaded when Alex texted.

Now a successful attorney, my good friend is Ukrainian. In childhood, he was a refugee, encamped in Italy before being relocated to Texas. “Remember that thing you wrote about whether individuals shape history?” he asked. I had to admit that I did not. “I do,” he said.

By Jen Hollis - Teacher of IB History
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Chapter 02: War in Ukraine | A Comment on Our Times

Ukraine Facts at a Glance



In March of 2014, Russia invaded and subsequently annexed a region of Ukraine called Crimea, which Russia believed belonged to them. It was annexed through a Crimean parliament vote, followed by a 97% win referendum. The annexation, however, is still widely disputed by Ukraine and the International Community. (NPR)  It remains the only time a European nation has used military force to seize territory since World War II.

By Aslan Stephenson ‘25
Chapter 02: War in Ukraine | Putin's Mind, A Comment on Our Times, Cortile 2022 Highlights

Opinion - Putin’s Mind: A Psychological Assessment

With Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine,

Russia's rise towards autocracy hit a new high. Putin has threatened any country attempting to intervene with dire consequences, which some fear may include the use of nuclear weapons, during this full-scale military invasion.

By Emma C. Jansen ‘24
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Chapter 02: War in Ukraine | A Comment on Our Times

When Will It End?

A chill ran down my spine on February 24th as I watched the invasion of my home country in absolute horror.

Many said it wouldn’t happen. It did. Our president, Volodymyr Zelensky, appealed to the Russian people in a last-ditch effort to stave off the inevitable in those early morning hours in late February.

By Unnamed SSS Student
Chapter 03: Around School | Boarding Activities

Boarding: Holiday dinner & weekend activities

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Chapter 03: Around School | Fall Trips, Boarding Activities

Boarding: Lago Albano & Fall trips

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Chapter 03: Around School | Service, Field Trips

Field Trips & CAS

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Chapter 04: Technology Today | Blockchain, Technology

The Blockchain

Generation Z is growing up in a technologically advanced world.

Even though we are supposed to know the latest technology and advancements, many things you read about are still unclear and confusing.

By Emma C. Jansen ‘24
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Chapter 04: Technology Today | Love of Crypto, Technology

For the Love of Crypto

Cryptocurrency is one of the world’s greatest inventions.

However, there is a lot of false information about it. For many, it remains mysterious and something not well understood. Because of that, many people choose to stay away from it, believing they will lose a lot of money. But is that really the case?

By Matteo Torralba ‘24
Chapter 04: Technology Today | NFT, Technology

I’ll Have an NFT, Please

In the last couple of months, interest in NFTs has skyrocketed.

If you haven’t heard of or know anything about this latest craze, the concept is relatively simple. NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, which is essentially a virtual or digital collectible (e.g., art). If you are to buy a particular NFT, that means you are the only certified holder of it. It’s a pretty cool phenomenon.

By Francesco Saviotti ‘23
Chapter 04: Technology Today | New Technologies

New Technologies on the Horizon

Blockchain technology offers many exciting possibilities in various industries–from finance and law to music and fashion,and we’ve read a few use cases in this chapter. Below, you’ll find a few more technologies that are my top picks I believe we should keep an eye on for the impact each has the potential of having on human welfare.

By Francesco Saviotti ‘23
Chapter 05: The Dr. Helen Pope Lyceum | The Lyceum, Classics

The Aventinus Minor Project: An Educational and Community Archaeology Project

Learning about human societies - past, present, and future.


By Inge Weustink - Director of the Lyceum, Classics Teacher
Chapter 05: The Dr. Helen Pope Lyceum

Scientific Methods in Archaeology Lessons

During the last week of March, the 9th- and 10th- graders engaged in a presentation followed by an interactive session related to archaeology and the sciences.

By Esme Lundius ‘10 - St. Stephen’s Activities Coordinator, Boarding Department
Chapter 06: Creative Writing | The Arts, Creative Writing

Celebrating the Core Value of Creativity

Creative Writing Teacher Moira Egan is extremely pleased to introduce these pieces by students in the Spring Semester’s Creative Writing Classes.

A wide and wonderful gamut is represented here, including works inspired by works of literature or students’ artwork, the classic yet fun form of ovillejos, and beautiful translations from the Hindi and Chinese.

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Chapter 07: Interview with Outgoing Head of School Eric Mayer

Eric Mayer

Outgoing Head of School

By Natalie Edwards '14 - City of Rome I, Core 9 Teacher and member of the Boarding Faculty
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Chapter 08: Our Life Online | Digital St. Stephen's

Technology for Good

In this online event, we discussed and provided insight into how St.Stephen’s alumni benefit from an adaptive aptitude towards building technologies that truly solve problems, beyond the financial gain.

Chapter 08: Our Life Online | Gaming, Technology

The Wonderful World of Gaming

In gaming, there are several social and emotional advantages.

Although online games are a form of entertainment, with the support and guidance of parents, they can help children develop creativity, cultivate relationships with friends, and improve strategic thinking.

By Francesco Saviotti ‘23
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Chapter 09: Sports | Exercise Critical for a Healthy Mind

Why Exercise is Critical for Maintaining a Healthy Mind

Exercise, be it aerobic or anaerobic, is generally perceived as a positive activity to partake in; yet what does the science say when it comes to its effects on mood, mental health, and general well-being?

By Alexander Carbon ‘22
Chapter 09: Sports | Sports Program at School

Sports lens

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Chapter 09: Sports | Ice Skating is a Passion

The Fire Inside Me

I frequently question what people are passionate about.

And, I mean like insanely in love and an ardent passion towards a sport, music, subject, person, or anything; a kind of passion that lights a fire inside you.

By Clotilde Citrani ‘23
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Chapter 10: Mental Health | Surrounded yourself with Healthy People

To Thyself Be True

The importance of surrounding yourself with healthy people is knowing you are fine just by yourself if you don’t find them

By Emma LeGalle ‘23
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Chapter 10: Mental Health | Impact on Mental Health, The Pandemic

The Impact of the Pandemic on the Mental Health of Adolescents

Psychologist Erik Erickson in his theory of psychosocial development, posits that between the ages of approximately 12 and 18, adolescents search for a sense of self and personal identity and explore their independence.

By Luisa Nannini - LCSW Health and Wellness Counselor
Chapter 11: Service Tributes | In the Spirit of Service

Supporting the Children of Idjwi

“Providing a meal at school is a simple but concrete way to give poor children a chance to learn and thrive.” WFP

By Dr. Helen Pope - Former St. Stephen’s Teacher and Director of the Dr. Helen Pope Lyceum
Chapter 11: Service Tributes | In the Spirit of Service

The House Whose Name is Love

La Casa di Andrea

By Annie Jacquet - Teacher of French and Supervisor of the Reach Out Student Club /Associazione Andrea Tudisco
Chapter 12: The Arts Collective | Book Corner

The Giver by Lois Lowry

HarperCollins Edition 2014

The novel, The Giver, is a fantasy intended for young audiences. It is an exciting story full of twists and turns. But above all, especially in these times, it pushed me to reflect on the pain brought by war and human brutality.

By Vittoria Giusti ‘22
Chapter 12: The Arts Collective | Book Corner

The Plague by Albert Camus

My English class has been reading and studying the novel The Plague by Albert Camus.

Throughout the book–centered around disease, sickness, and consequent suffering–we observe the plague's ‘chillingly rapid’ progression throughout the city and its psychological, social, and emotional effects on those living through it.

By Benedetta Bosco ‘22
Chapter 12: The Arts Collective | Photography, The Arts, Digital St. Stephen's

Liana Miuccio's Photoclasses

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Chapter 12: The Arts Collective | What Students are Watching

Film review: Promising Young Woman (2020)

IMDB Rating: 7.5

‘Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?’