Associate professor in International Management, Università di Trento, Trento, Italy and Honorary Professor in Management, Ural State University of Economics (USUE), Yekaterinburg, Russia.   He graduated in Political Sciences from the University of Padua, Italy, and holds a post-graduate degree (M.A. Pol. St.) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from USUE. After working in the family business and at CUEIM (a research centre linked to the University of Verona), he took a position as Researcher/junior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Trento. Since then he continued his activity at the same Faculty, teaching various subjects in the areas of Marketing and Management. He was Visiting Professor at various universities including Baltic Business School, Linnaeus University, Kalmar campus, Sweden; IMUS, Université de Savoie, Annecy, France; Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa; University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton campus, UK,  Seinäjoen Ammattikorkeakoulu Business School, Seinäjoki, Finland; Univesidade Saõ Tomás de Moçambique, Maputo, Mozambique; Ural State University of Economics, Yekaterinburg, Russia. He is in the management units of various joint programmes, in particular the joint degree programmes: Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development [CoDe – Università di Trento (I), Corvinus University of Budapest (H), University of Ljubljana (SLO) and Universität Regensburg (D)]; (was Academic Director 2011-2013) European Master in Business Studies [EMBS – Università di Trento (I), Université de Savoie (F), Universität Kassel (D) and Universidad de León (E)]; and Joint African Master Programme (JAMP) on local development [Università di Trento; Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria (ZA); Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek (NAM), Universidade São Tomás de Moçambique, Maputo (MOC)]. He was (2010-2013) also President of the Dukenet network (a network of fourteen European universities) He is the author of various publications in the fields of marketing, internationalisation and entrepreneurship. His research interests include: the internationalisation process of SMEs; cross-cultural management; SMEs and entrepreneurship; SMEs and local development. Recipient of Erasmus Mundus scholarship award.