About Me (in a few words)
You can find a more verbose account of my own life on this page.
I have been interested in programming and computers since the age of 12. I started on a Commodore 64, then moved on to IBM-compatibles and Windows, and enjoyed finding out about the gory details of how they all functioned. But I never really thought of IT as a career outlet.
During an industrial placement in London in 1994, I realized that my development skills offered a great opportunity and were greedily requested on the market. At the time I was training part-time as a ballet/contemporary dancer, and found that programming was an easy way of supporting myself financially while trying very hard to make a dancer out of a production manager undergraduate.
In pursuit of my show business dreams I dropped out of University and six months later moved to Rome, where I won a scholarship with a contemporary dance training centre. But when I was confronted with the harsh reality that I could make more money as an IT professional than as a dancer, I made the resolve to devote myself entirely to software development. It was 1999.
I managed to expand my contact network within the IT sector in Rome rather quickly. By the end of 2001 I had started to deliver training courses for IBM throughout Italy, a freelance position that I proudly hold to this day. In the meantime I still nurtured my passion for theatre, dance and especially singing (which I continue studying) and a strong interest in languanges, communication and travelling.
In 2003 I moved to Milan, for no other reason than having a great group of friends there and that it wouldn't make a practical difference for me (I was working all over the country anyway). It's in the capital of fashion that I developed my interest in Brazil and Brazilian culture, as well as learnt to speak Portuguese fluently.
As the political and economical situation in Italy deteriorated, in 2007 I decided to move back to the UK, which I think is still home to one of the world's most respectable democracies, despite all the problems. At present I live in North London and often travel to Italy (Milan, Rome or Turin mainly), where I maintain some of my strongest personal and professional links.