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Advisory Board

Luca Beltramino

Uptime Institute
Senior Vice President Global Programs

Luca Beltramino is a veteran in the data center industry having held several senior management positions in companies like Telecity Group, now part of Equinix, Supernap and Interxion.
In his current role Luca leads Uptime Institute’s “TIER-Ready” Global Strategy on Edge, Modular and Prefab Data Centers.

This includes global strategy, marketing, communication, commercial alliances and sales operations. In 2015 he co-founded the OPEN HUB MED, the first and only Neutral Internet Hub of the Mediterranean basin. In December 2018, Beltramino received his Non-Executive Director master diploma from the Financial Times, London and is part of the Financial Times NED Club. He holds an AOS Accredited Data Center Operation Specialist diploma from Uptime Institute. In October 2018 he was appointed Ambassador of the city of Genova in the world with a focus on high tech.

Sherif Rizkalla

Supernap Italia
Chairman & CEO

Sherif Rizkalla was appointed CEO of SUPERNAP Italia in 2019 after having served most recently as Marketing Senior Vice President for the Enterprise Business Unit of Du, the leading Emirates mobile & fixed telephone operator. He was responsible for developing the telco and ICT business of Du in the UAE

enterprise market, and for growing Du’s share both horizontally in the segment and vertically developing new services. Previously Sherif was Marketing Director for the B2B market in Wind Tre SpA, following the merger of Wind Telecomunicazioni and H3G Italy. He joined Wind in January 2009 and held several leadership roles as Procurement Director, Marketing Director for the Large Enterprise and Head of Sales and Marketing for the Large Enterprise Business. Before joining Wind, Sherif spent 12 years in Alcatel-Lucent, where he held various positions in sales, marketing and solution architecture, in Italy and the Middle East. He has extensive knowledge and experience in enterprise business and telecommunication networks with a special emphasis on broadband Internet access technologies. During his career with Alcatel, Sherif spent several years in France where he managed and led the Broadband Division Client Projects. He began his career with Alcatel in the United States as a network engineer. Sherif studied Computer Engineering at George Mason University in the United States. He also holds a master’s degree from George Mason in Data and Mobile Communications Networks Analysis and Design.

Luigi Bellani

Noovle Spa
Data Center, Colocation & Operation Executive Vice President

Luigi Bellani is a veteran of the Italian datacenter industry. During the last 18 years he has held various data center governance roles in Telecom Italia and Telecom Italia Mobile. Since January 2021 he holds the position of Data Center, Colocation & IT Operation Vice President at Noovle, the cloud company part of TIM Group which

represents the Italian center of excellence for cloud and edge computing. In this role Luigi ensures the design, construction and management of TIM/Noovle’s Data Centers and enables the services offered by the colocation business unit and the DC network. He also guarantees the overall services of IT Operations: from monitoring to technical support (including operating systems, middleware, DBMS and Data Management devices), proactive monitoring of events and first and second level management of infrastructure incidents.

Alberto Ariatta

Ariatta – Ingegneria dei Sistemi
Co-Founder & Partner

Born in Milan in 1961, Alberto graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico of Milan in 1985. At Ariatta Alberto holds the role of Technical Director, overseeing all the electrical systems engineering services carried out by the company. In addition to this position, Alberto coordinates all projects,

especially those that involve the design of mission critical environments for Data Centers and Telecommunications.

Riccardo Degli Effetti

Amazon Web Services
Data Centre Operations Regional Leader

Riccardo has over 20 years of experience in DC design, construction, consolidation and operations and brings a wealth of technical and managerial knowledge matured while working for the biggest brands in technology and Data Centres globally. Some of the companies Riccardo has worked for

include Redbus Interhouse, Bloomberg LP, Telecity Group (now Equinix), Rackspace and CBRE. Today Riccardo leads all aspects of the operation of a large estate of Data Centres in the UK for Amazon Web Services.

Maurizio Bucci

Sky Italia
Power Engineering Manager

Maurizio Bucci is the Power Engineering Manager at Sky Italia where he is responsible for the strategic planning and operations of Sky Italy’s data centers. His background is in mechanical engineering with over 20 years of experience in Mechanical and Electrical DC infrastructure design,

construction, consolidation and operations.
Prior to Sky Italy, Maurizio cut his teeth at Telecom Italia where he held different M&E positions.

Massimo Alessio Mauri

Facility & Energy Manager

Massimo overlooks the procurement of technical resources and general services with a special focus on safety and energy management of Cineca, which is the largest Super Computing center in Italy and one of the most important worldwide. Since 2019 Massimo has been responsible for the design

and support activities for the construction of the new Cineca Data Center which will be housed at the Bologna Technopole.

Ettore Primicino


Ettore is an industry veteran with over twenty years’ experience in business development and operations of data centers. In his career he has held senior management roles for leading enterprises such as CBRE and HP Critical Facilities, developing a wide array of reliable and energy efficient data centre solutions

Today, among other initiatives, Ettore is part of DatacentreSpeak Consultants, a boutique data center consultancy founded with the objective to deliver value to customers in the data centre and mission critical arena through the development of data center transformation strategies.

Pietro Matteo Foglio

Founder & CEO

Born in Milan in 1964 and graduated from Politecnico di Milano and Escuela Politecnica de Madrid, Pietro has always been passionate about all aspects of technological innovation, sustainability and efficiency in mission critical buildings. In 2006 Pietro founded In-Site,

one of Italy’s leading integrated engineering companies which specialises in the design and construction of complex infrastructures in which technological aspects play a central role. He has designed and led the implementation of Data Centers, Disaster Recovery, Security Operation and Network Operation Centers all over Italy.

Alfonso Romano

Senior Business Program Manager

Alfonso Romano is a Senior Business Program Manager in Microsoft, which he joined in late 2020. Among many other projects in EMEA, Alfonso is working on the new Azure Region for Italy in terms of infrastructure deployment for public launch and beyond.

Prior to Microsoft Alfonso worked at Amazon Web Services for 4 years as their Italian Infrastructure Country Manager and launched AWS Italian Cloud Region in April 2020. During his tenure Alfonso has also been in charge of all new AWS Regions for EMEA. He successfully deployed Sweden in 2019 and kick-started South Africa, which was launched in 2020 a few weeks ahead of Italy. Before getting into the Data Center world in 2016, Alfonso worked in Intel as Engineering Manager in Intel’s production plants in both Ireland and Arizona (USA).

Alberto Caccia

CAP DC Italia
Managing Director

Alberto is the Managing Director of CAP DC Italia where he’s in charge of strategy, global development and coordination of Data Center projects delivered by the company. Alberto has extensive experience in managing mission critical projects, covering the whole project life cycle, from site selection to handover.

With a background in building engineering and specialization in Project Management (PMP), Alberto has held several management positions in engineering companies within the Mission Critical Facilities industry. He is also responsible of the Project & Construction Management team in Lombardini22 S.p.A.

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