Oliviero Toscani was born in Milan, Italy, in 1942 and studied photography and design at the University of the Arts in Zurich from 1961 through 1965. He is internationally renowned as the creative force behind some of the world’s most successful brands, through the years creating what have become some of the most famous corporate images and advertising campaigns. His latest projects include collaborations with the Italian Red Cross, the Istituto Superiore della Sanità and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as campaigns dedicated to improving road safety, fighting anorexia, combating violence against women and raising awareness on the plight of stray dogs. After more than five decades of publishing innovation, advertising, film and television, Toscani now deals with creativity applied to various communication media, producing, with his studio and with Fabrica, editorial projects, books, television programs, exhibitions and workshops.
Massimiliano VentimigliaDigital Strategist
A graduate from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where he earned a degree in Business Economics with a major in Marketing and Communication, Ventimiglia has built his career on his innate passion for innovation and new technologies. He is among the founders of start-up incubator H-FARM, various consulting services companies linked to Digital Transformation and a training centre established in Roncade (Treviso) in 2005. He also created H-ART (now AKQA Italia), one of the largest international experience design agencies, with revenues of 25 million euros and over 200 employees. He also served as Chief Digital Officer in Italy for advertising giant WPP. He has contributed to the creation of - and invested directly in - several successful Italian start-ups, including Travel Appeal. During the course of his career, he has developed skills in digital entrepreneurship and innovation, including business strategy and business modeling, marketing and communication, venture funding and experience design. In May 2018, he founded Onde Alte, an agency that develops economically sustainable projects that seek to generate positive change in society.
Marco Rubiola is an author of creative content (publishing, advertising, video). He wrote with Oliviero Toscani the books “Homofobicus” (Kaos, 2006), “Dire Fare Baciare - Creativity is on the other side of the wind” (Rizzoli, 2016) and the series “Lezioni di fotografia” (“Corriere della Sera”, 2018). He has conceived advertising campaigns for international brands with DDB, OlivieroToscani Studio, La Sterpaia, Independent Ideas and editorial projects for "GQ", "Rolling Stone", "Il Fatto Quotidiano", "Playboy", "Sky" and "Corriere della Sera". He has written and directed numerous videos, commercials, short films and web series; together with Jovanotti, he invented the web graphic-novel “La Fabbrica delle nuvole“. Since January 2018 he collaborates with Oliviero Toscani in the relaunch of Benetton and in the creative direction of Fabrica.
Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator and is since 1996 Creative Director of international communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and London. As an artist and photography curator, Kessels has published over 50 books of his 're-appropriated' images, is editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography and has written the international bestseller "Failed It!" Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as "Loving Your Pictures", "Use me Abuse me", "24HRS of Photos", "Album Beauty", "From Here On" and "Unfinished Father". In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. In 2017 his mid-career retrospective was shown in Turin and Düsseldorf.