St. Stephen’s is a multi-talented community, rich in diverse experiences and resources. The Alumni Relations Office is pleased to make connections between aspiring students and recent graduates, mid-year professionals seeking to transition to other fields, or simply those seeking to learn more about a particular sector or industry. If you are interested in becoming a Mentee, we encourage you to fill out this form in order for us to help you make the appropriate connection. 

Below you will find our Mentor profiles - Let’s get connected!

  • Ettore Vulcano, M.D.

    Class of 2001

    Area of Expertise: Surgery; U.S. Medical System

    Location: New York, New York

    Current Position(s):

    • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon – Foot & Ankle Surgery
      Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai Health System
      New York City, NY
    • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
      Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
      New York City, NY

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    Dr. Vulcano is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle as well as deformities of the extremities.


    Dr. Vulcano has diverse and extensive training. He graduated summa cum laude from Campus Biomedico University Medical School, the leading-ranked medical school in Rome Italy, and completed a rigorous orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Insubria in Varese, Italy, also graduating summa cum laude.


    He then completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction in Baltimore, MD, and an additional fellowship in limb lengthening, limb realignment, and complex reconstruction at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, one of the only three centers for limb lengthening and reconstruction in the USA.


    A recipient of national and international awards for excellence in clinical research, Dr. Vulcano has a strong research background in orthopedic surgery. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and delivered presentations at national and international conferences. (Read Ettore’s complete biography at

  • Diana Paredes

    Class of 2002

    Area(s) of Expertise: Finance; Capital Markets; Entrepreneurship;

    Location: London, England

    Current Position(s): CEO and Co-Founder of Suade

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    Diana Paredes is the CEO and Co-Founder of Suade, a benchmark software platform that enables financial institutions to understand and deliver their regulatory requirements. Prior to founding Suade, Diana had a successful career in investment banking, covering all asset classes at Barclays and Merrill Lynch, across sales, trading & structuring. Whilst working in the industry, she saw an opportunity to innovate and launch her current Fintech startup. She believes that a data-driven approach to regulation is the key to preventing the next financial crisis. She has a number of different interests ranging from FinTech to performing arts and social enterprise. She has a BEng and MEng in Civil and Environmental engineering from Imperial College and is fluent in six languages. Overall, she is interested in challenging the way business has been done so far in different sectors in order to create more efficient solutions.

  • Francesco Cesarini

    Class of 1989

    Area(s) of Expertise: Startup Investments; Entrepreneurship; Computer Science; Software Development; Technology

    Location: London, England

    Current Position(s): Founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd.

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    Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, starting as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions, who have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development. Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of 'Erlang Programming' and 'Designing for Scalability with Erlang/OTP' both published by O'Reilly and lectures at Oxford University.

  • Mick Reed

    Class of 1989

    Area(s) of Expertise: Film; Video Production; Broadcast; Televison; Digital Media; Documentaries; Advertising

    Location: New York City

    Current Position(s): Founder and CEO of Clippn

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    Mick Reed (’89) is an award-winning producer with roots in the independent film world and over 20 years of entertainment, broadcast, and corporate credits. He is Founder and CEO of Clippn, a platform that accepts raw clips from videographers and broadcasters and monetizes to over 50% of the global stock footage market. Nonprofit work includes working with children and young adults to introduce them to the world of filmmaking.

  • Fabrizio Catalano

    Class of 2001

    Location: London, England

    Area(s) of Expertise: Law; Entertainment; Music Industry

    Current Position(s): Head of Business Affairs for Universal Music Group
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    After graduating from St Stephen's in 2001, Fabrizio studied law at Durham University, in the UK. He then moved to London where he completed the Legal Practice Course and trained as a solicitor at international city firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Once qualified as a solicitor, he started working and specialising in the entertainment sector, specifically film and music. After leaving Herbert Smith, Fabrizio worked for a company specialised in digital cinema financing and distribution and for a boutique entertainment law firm. Since 2013 he has been at Universal Music Group, looking after all legal and business affairs for their international brand partnerships department.

  • Melissa Owen

    Class of 2012

    Location: Chicago, Illinois

    Area(s) of Expertise: Psychology; Mental Health Care

    Current Position(s): Research Assistant and MediaScience

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    Melissa just graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.  She currently works at a market research company and is planning to begin a Master’s Program in the next couple of years.

  • Andy Miller

    Class of 1970

    Location: San Francisco Bay Area

    Area(s) of Expertise: Law; Dance; Skiing

    Current Position(s): Attorney at Clyde & Co

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    Andy has been a lawyer since 1982, when he was graduated from Harvard Law School. Most of his legal career has been devoted to general commercial litigation, with a bias towards the defense of complex insurance coverage disputes, but he has also done consumer class actions on the plaintiff and defense sides, products liability, personal injury defense, and a smattering of IP cases. He has also done a bit of work as a neutral, and have a great deal of experience mediating the resolution of high-value commercial cases.


    Before practicing law, Andy studied dance at Connecticut College and The Juilliard School, and danced professionally for a number of years. Even after becoming a lawyer, he remained active in dance into his 40s, both as a board member and administrator of a ballet school and company and as a teacher of modern dance.


    Finally, he has been actively involved in the ski industry for over 30 years, both as a lawyer and, for the last 20, as a ski patroller at a Tahoe-area resort.

  • Fabiana De Rose

    Class of 1990

    Location: Rome, Italy

    Area(s) of Expertise: IT and Business Consultancy; Theater

    Current Position(s): Project Management Office; IT & Business Consultant

     Fabiana De Rose graduated from St. Stephen's in 1990. She went on to study at La Sapienza in Rome where she completed a degree in Political Science with Indirizzo Internazionale. Fabiana De Rose now lives in Rome and works in the field of business consulting, project and account managing.

    In this capacity, she has worked for several consulting firms and for Telecom Italia over the past 14 years.  

    On the side, in her early twenties, she also studied theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has cultivated this passion for the arts, over the years. She has been producing English-language theatre shows in Rome for The Rome Savoyards (the company founded and directed by Sandra Provost), for the past 10 years.

  • Kyojiro Ikeda

    Class of 1999

    Area(s) of Expertise: Biological Sciences, Research, Molecular Biology

    Location: Oxford, UK

    Current Position(s): Postdoctoral Researcher

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    I am son of an artist and Japanese citizen. I was born in Rome where I lived for 28 years. I studied in the Japanese School of Rome until I became student at the St. Stephen's, supported by financial aids. After the IB diploma, I enrolled at La Sapieza where I studied Biological Sciences and did research on HIV. I continued in Vienna with biomedical research on lethal neglected tropical diseases, at the Max F Perutz Laboratories where I defended my PhD in 2013. Since then, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford, where I continue research in the field of biology. In April 2015, I was awarded with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Commission. Since 2017 January, I am also Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.


    I play guitar (electric and classic) and black belt in Kendo. I speak Italian, Japanese and English fluently. Life at St. Stephen's is beautiful, but still there are important decisions to take in those years; I am happy to discuss and help you out on most matters.

  • Samantha Lotti

    Class of 2003

    Area(s) of Expertise: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

    Location: Oak Park, ILLocation: Oak Park, IL

    Current Position(s): Acupuncturist, herbalist and biodynamic craniosacral therapist

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    Samantha Lotti is a liscensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Board certified herbalist, and registered biodynamic craniosacral therapist under the standards of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA). She holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in nutrition. She specializes in using auricular diagnostics and treats a wide range of health disorders. Her clinic, Biodynamic Health Systems, is located in Oak Park, IL.

  • Ascanio Rossini

    Class of 2014

    Areas of Expertise: Finance/Economics

    Location: Milan, Italy

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    I graduated SSS in 2014 and I went on to read Political Economy at King’s College London. Having realized over the course of that year that Politics was not aligned with my interests and career prospects (and having acknowledged that it was too early for me to properly enjoy London) I moved back to Italy. I enrolled in an Economics and Finance Bachelor at Bocconi University (Milan) where I am expected to graduate this year. My keen interest in Finance makes me want to pursue it as a career (at least in the medium term). I am now contemplating studying towards a Masters degree in Finance starting this fall in France or the UK.


    At Bocconi, I have been Vice President of the University’s Finance Society where I was responsible for organizing events with professionals of the industry as well as for establishing partnerships with leading employers. During the summer of my 2nd year, I interned at Italy’s sovereign private equity fund (CDP Equity), a fund that invests in companies that are strategically relevant for the Italian economy. I still play football in my spare time and have recently began golfing with a team of students that occasionally travels around northern Italy to take part in golf tournaments.


    Feel free to drop contact me to discuss Bachelor degrees in Finance/Economics and related career prospects.

  • Jessica Zama

    Class of 2002

    Area(s) of Expertise: International private law, Italian civil law (with particular expertise in successions and wills).

    Location: Rome

    Current Position(s): Partner at an international private law firm

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    Jessica Zama completed her higher education in the UK, graduating from the University of Durham in 2005 with a law degree and then completing her professional qualification at the College of Law in Guildford in 2006.


    She worked for the leading Surrey and South-East law firm, TWM Solicitors, in both their Guildford and Wimbledon offices from 2007 to 2011, both as a trainee Solicitor and then after her qualification as a Solicitor. Representing individuals, companies, charities and trusts, she gained a wide range of experience in civil litigation and advocacy in the High Court and County Court, in matters including conveyancing, commercial property, debt recovery, shareholders’ disputes, probate, personal injury claims, intellectual property, insolvency and Landlord and Tenant law. She was also involved in extensive pre-contentious work and dispute resolution.


    She joined the English Law team at Studio Legale Paoletti in September 2011 and is one of the founder members of Oliver & Partners. She is registered with the Ordine degli Avvocati di Roma as an avvocato stabilito (established European lawyer).


    Jessica also works closely with the British Embassy as an “Alternative Provider” of consular services, and is listed as one of the English lawyers in Italy in its directory. Jessica also regularly works with different authorities such as the “Agenzia delle Entrate” (Tax Agency) “Comuni” (Town Halls) and the “Anagrafe” (Civil Registry).

  • Joelle Schon

    Class of 1969

    Area(s) of Expertise: Video editing, Editing 16mm film and video, Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere

    Location: Greater New York City Area

    Current Position(s): Documentary editor

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    Joelle Schon is a creative and experienced editor especially adept at quickly shaping documentary footage into interesting and engaging films. She thoroughly enjoys the problem-solving aspects of editing. For thirty years, she has been editing documentaries; primarily films covering the world of art, including profiles of well-known artists, architects, poets, choreographers, photographers and musicians. The films have aired on PBS, German television networks, been screened at International festivals and are distributed internationally. They have won numerous awards and a recent film opened the Dance on Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Most recently, she has edited award-winning dramatic shorts, PSAs and video shorts for the Web. Joelle is experienced editing 16mm film and video using Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere.

  • Natalia Trossero

    Class of 1997

    Area(s) of Expertise: Masterplanning, Urban Design

    Location: Surrey, UK

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    Natalia Trossero is an Associate Urban Designer with over ten years of experience in designing residential and mixed-use developments, playing a key role in a wide range of projects from large-scale strategic and transport led masterplans, to regeneration schemes and design codes in the UK and overseas. She graduated in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Bath, having previously studied architecture and later earning a masters in planning in Rome.

  • Patrick Hallberg

    Class of 2007

    Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Merchandising, Luxury Goods & Fashion, FMCG

    Location: London, England

    Current Position: Head of Merchandising at Apple EMEA

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    Patrick Hallberg is the Head of Merchandising & ISS for Apple EMEA. Patrick has built a career developing commercial and product strategies for leading companies in the FMCG and luxury goods industries. Before joining Apple, he was Managing Partner of the consulting firm, Vantage Marketing and prior to that spent several years in various key roles at Louis Vuitton. Patrick holds a BSc in International Economics from Bocconi University and an Executive Global MSc in Management from the London School of Economics.

  • Tommaso Cruciani

    Class of 2011

    Area(s) of Expertise: Charter Jet Pilot & Business Aviation Professional

    Location: Rome

    Current Position(s): First Office at Air X Charter

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    After St. Stephen's, I studied at the University of Exeter and graduated with a BA(Hons) International Relations. During my degree and for a year afterwards, I worked part-time in a local air charter and air ambulance company, gaining my first experience in commercial aviation, while getting involved in the university gliding club and training for my licenses.


    My entry into the business aviation industry came with an Apprenticeship at a growing VIP air charter company based in the sunny island of Malta. I worked in the Flight Support Department there for two years, rising to Team Leader, before being promoted to private jet pilot on an Embraer Legacy 600. Today, I enjoy gaining experience flying this amazing aircraft around the world, while pursuing my interest in foreign languages and international affairs.


    Please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss the University of Exeter, International Relations and the aviation industry - I will be happy to help.

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