Michele studied Geology at Parma University in Italy. Post-graduation, he worked as a geologist in Italy and Germany before making a very different professional career move. Ferrari. Michele joined Ferrari as an International Area Sales Manager and grew into other positions over the next 6 years. After his time at Ferrari ended, he went on to enter the brand and luxury economy industry. Serving as President/CEO of brands such as Omega, Swatch, Gucci Watches & Jewelry, Girard Perregaux, and Jeanrichard. In 2005, Michele started his own management agency – Sofos Management Sarl. He is now immersed in many different industries on an international level.
While very dedicated to his career, Michele always was passionate about nature, ecology, and sustainability. He has participated in various projects aiming to protect oceans, reforestation, and the development of renewable energy. He was honored to be a member of the National Geographic Society Council of Advisory Board from 2004 to 2009. He now is a member of WWF, Greenpeace, and Global Conservation Corps. In his spare time, he is a passionate photographer with several exhibits done worldwide. And last but not least, the proud creator of three photography books.