Team

“I have joined Look Lateral because I agree with its mission of providing transparency and liquidity to the art market, while allowing investors to participate to the long run growth of art prices even with small amounts of money.”

Andrea Beltratti ~ Look Lateral Board Member, Director of the Executive Master in Finance at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Chairman of Eurizon Capital S.G.R.

Comprised of a vibrant heritage of art professionals, industry leaders and leading academics, our dynamic team will lead the contemporary art world beyond its physical and e-commerce boundaries. We will become the art market’s trusted point of reference and create genuine opportunity for everyone, especially new entrants. Look Lateral global venture has the backing of experts in the global art, technology and finance sectors.

CHIEFS AND BOARD

Niccolò Filippo Veneri Savoia

Niccolò Filippo Veneri Savoia

Founder / Art - CEO

Niccolò established Look Lateral in 2011 to continue his family’s long-standing tradition of art appreciation. His knowledge of the global art market makes him ideally placed at managing Look Lateral’s mission in such a dynamic environment. Niccolò approaches the vibrant world of art by merging its valuable experience with the last technology outcomes to disrupt the current paradigms and make fine art democratic and accessible to everyone.

Andrea Beltratti, Ph.D.

Andrea Beltratti, Ph.D.

Advisor and Board Member

Andrea Beltratti is Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of the Corporate and Financial Institutions department at SDA Bocconi School of Management. He has over 20 years experience in the finance industry. He has been Chairman of the Management Board of Banca Intesa San Paolo and is currently Chairman of Eurizon Capital S.G.R.

Tino Cennamo

Tino Cennamo

Advisor and Board Member

Tino Cennamo has over 30 years experience as a Company Executive and Management Consultant for prominent international Technology, Media and Entertainment companies, such as Walt Disney (Buena Vista HE Italy), RAI (Italian State Television), Bertelsmann (Bmg), Future Publishing UK and Apple Computer. He brings expertise in media, digital business and publishing.

David Drake

David Drake

Advisor and Board Member

David Drake has acted as GP & LP investor with his partners in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds through his family office LDJ Capital. His investments currently have 50+ global directors that maintain relations with institutions and family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets under management.

Pietro Ferrazzi

Pietro Ferrazzi

Chief Content Officer and Board Member

Pietro Ferrazzi is a lawyer specialised in private company and banking law, and has been working with Look Lateral since its inception. He manages the editorial contents of the Look Lateral paper magazine, supported by his great passion for art and culture. Pietro develops multimedia and editing contents for Look Lateral media.

Stephan Horvath

Stephan Horvath

Chief Marketing Officer

Stephan Horvath has over 20 years of international marketing and c-level experience, working for network agencies and consulting firms. He is adept in combining marketing strategy and innovative technologies to drive businesses in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Nicola Mafessoni

Nicola Mafessoni

Chief Art Officer

Nicola Mafessoni is an experienced art professional working as a director of one of the most renowned Italian art galleries. He has expertise in dealing with contemporary and modern art, supported by over 10 years experience as art advisor for over 100 prominent galleries in the world. He also advises high net worth individuals on investments in fine art produced by the most promising artists.
Antonio Mele, Ph.D.

Antonio Mele, Ph.D.

Chief Analytics Officer and Board Member

Antonio Mele is a Professor of Finance at the Swiss Finance Institute based in Lugano (USI). He also spent a decade as Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the co-inventor of fixed income volatility counterparts to the equity VIX adopted by Chicago Board Options Exchange and S&P Dow Jones Indexes.

Mike Monohan, MBA

Mike Monohan, MBA

Chief Business Officer

Mike Monohan is the former Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft’s Enterprise Services division in The Netherlands and Middle East, having served for six years at top management level. He is an expert of finance, business development, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Mike supports as advisor, co-founder and/or board member projects as Tezos CryptoDelegate, StableGuard.io, Magic AI, Meaningful Investing Inc., ClickTick Inc. He earned an Executive MBA at Harvard Business School and MBA from University of Washington Foster School of Business.

David M. Otto

David M. Otto

Chief Legal Officer

David Otto has over 30 years experience in corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and governance law. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is the founding Managing Partner at Martin Davis PLLC, a boutique law firm based in Seattle, WA, focusing on emerging technologies as blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Paul Rapino, MBA

Paul Rapino, MBA

Chief Sales Officer

Paul Rapino is the former Financial Services Director at Microsoft Corporation. In his 15+ years experience he led the digital sales and strategy divisions boodting sales in industries as finance, automotive, retail, sports and media. He also worked for ventures highly focused on technology to drive digital transformation. Use cases included “Internet of Things (IoT)”, data analytics and new technology solutions for business and consumer channels.

Joe Roets

Joe Roets

Chief Technology Officer

Joe Roets is the inventor of Dragonchain technology, a revolutionary blockchain paradigm superior in terms of scalability, interoperability and supported applications. He will support the creation of a Dragonchain-based infrastructure for the tokenization of artworks and a marketplace for their trade. He is a pioneer of blockchain technology business-oriented applications and recently concluded a $22m tokens sale to foster the Dragonchain development and large-scale uptake.

Carl A.R. Weir

Carl A.R. Weir

Head of FIMART and Board Member

Carl Weir brings experience in fintech and blockchain technology, and has already proved the latter’s application to solve everyday problems. As an art aficionado and collector, he will support the integration of large art collections with Look Lateral platform, leading the processes of tokenization and provenance, as well as the FIMART.

OPERATIONS

Simone Baroni

Simone Baroni

Analytics and Software Engineer

Simone Baroni is an Italian ICT Developer, supporting Look Lateral with his valuable knowledge in software design and development. He will contribute to the effective creation of FIMART, integrating this with Dragonchain technology, while also engineering the front-end and back-end functional layers.

Nicole Bertani

Nicole Bertani

Art Director

Nicole Bertani is a designer specialized in graphic contents creation and branding. Her approach is characterized by a strong creativity and capability to generate original visual contents by using fresh and innovative styles. She has extensive experience as graphic designer and art director at prominent companies.
Jacopo Caracci

Jacopo Caracci

Art Director and Designer

Jacopo Caracci is a visual designer and art director operating in Italy. He is in charge of managing the Look Lateral visual identity, supperted by his extensive experience as web graphic designer and art director at numerous companies.
Enrico Cavaliere

Enrico Cavaliere

Art Manager

Enrico Cavaliere is a fine art expert leadind his own Art Brokerage company. Previously, he worked for both Christie’s and Sotheby’s in their respective London headquarters, focusing on market research/analysis, client interaction, as well as sale planning and execution through both auction and private sale channels. He holds a MLitt in Art History and Art Business from the University of Glasgow.

Carlo Rossi Chauvenet

Carlo Rossi Chauvenet

Legal Advisor

Carlo Rossi Chauvenet is a business lawyer specialising in Corporate, M&A, Intellectual Property and Social Entrepreneurship law. He is currently partner at Milan-based law firm CRC LEX.

Matteo Daste

Matteo Daste

Legal Advisor

Matteo Daste is one of the most skilled advisors for high technology initiatives in the Silicon Valley. He operates as partner for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, providing legal advice to highly promising start-up companies. He supervises all legal aspects related to Look Lateral business.

Flavia Fiocchi

Flavia Fiocchi

Editor

Flavia Fiocchi is a freelance journalist and writer who has been supporting Look Lateral Magazine as Editor-in-Chief since 2013. She writes about culture, events and art. She is also an expert in art fairs and exhibitions management.

Carlo Alberto Oppici

Carlo Alberto Oppici

Business Innovation Manager

Carlo Alberto Oppici is an experienced project manager currently working at Gruppo Finservice S.p.A., a leading management consulting firm. He has helped many companies find their optimal business model, as well as business development and funding profile through the implementation of cutting edge technologies.

Chiara Rizzolo

Chiara Rizzolo

Marketing and Content Manager

Chiara Rizzolo, after a multidisciplinary experience as a hotel Art Director and Communication Manager, is specialized in creative contents ranging from poetry to photography, from graphic design to systemic counseling and Family mediation. As a passionate art lover since early childhood, she will manage the creation and sharing of Look Lateral marketing contents and narratives.

Michael Patrick Venables

Michael Patrick Venables

Advisor and Content Manager

Michael Patrick Venables is a professional copywriter specialized in natural languages, storytelling and technology contents. During his career he has served companies as HBO and Microsoft Corporation, while constantly writing articles for Forbes and Wired magazines about technology and innovation.