Staff

The VERA team is composed of Francesco, Alma, Antonella, Gaia, Giada, Gianluca, Isotta Riccardo and Roberto.

VERA also has an Advisory Board at its disposal, thanks to which it can offer diverse ways of interpreting the phenomena which businesses find themselves needing to handle and overcome.

Since its start, VERA has decided to aim at the creation of an international network, to offer its clients an ensemble of operations and professionalism, which render the selection of requested assistance evermore comprehensive and tailor made.

Different training, diverse professional experiences, often divergent ideas and tastes…What unites us is a passion for our work, a team spirit, and the desire to improve. Every day.

In the workplace we challenge ourselves, because we like to be judged on our results and the quality of what we do.

— Francesco Schlitzer

Managing Partner – Francesco is the founder of VERA. After working in Public Administration, he specialized in...

Managing Partner –

Francesco is the founder of VERA. After working in Public Administration, he specialized in Institutional Relations in Rome and Brussels and in 1998 founded the first consultancy company in Italy specialized in Institutional Relations. From 2005 to 2007 he was appointed head of Institutional Relations and dealings with stakeholders for the Gruppo Autostrade (Toll Highway Network). He is Vice-President of the “L’altraNapoli onlus” association which handles social and urban renewal in the city of Naples. In 2010 he was one of the inventors of rewords®, the first model, developed in Italy, to measure business sustainability and to analyze stakeholder perception.

In 2015 Francesco published, with the Contrasto publishing house, the book Imbizzarriti, which describes his professional experience, alongside Italian artists, to obtain the deregulation of the handling of rights connected to royalties, matured from the economic exploitation of videos and musical works. Of late he has been working on the creation of a working group “Leggi in chiaro” (Clear laws) to sensitize institutions to adopt regulatory language understandable by everybody.

Francesco speaks English.

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— Gaia Frascella

Partner – Gaia is head of Public Affairs. She has solid experience in Institutional Relations consultancy, a...

Partner –

Gaia is head of Public Affairs. She has solid experience in Institutional Relations consultancy, a field she has worked in for eight years for one of the top and first specialized firms in Italy. During her career, she has been responsible for numerous projects for multinational companies in the fields of energy, infrastructure, TLC, Information technology, transport, health and consumer goods. In particular, Gaia has created and followed important stockholder engagement and advocacy. Inside VERA, Gaia handles the coordination of institutional monitoring, analysis of social media and the major clients in the financial and energy sectors.

Gaia speaks English.

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— Roberto Nido

Partner – Roberto is responsible for communications and for strategies and relations with the press for VERA...

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Roberto is responsible for communications and for strategies and relations with the press for VERA clients. After a grant at CNBC, he worked for six years as a journalist at MF-Milano Finanza to then go on to specialize in Communications and media relations as Executive Senior Account in PMS where he followed Italian and international clients, as well as trade associations. From 2011 to 2013 he covered the role of Director of External Relations for the Gruppo Impresa S.p.A.; the General Contractor specialized in the creation of large works in Italy and abroad. He has been a member of the Order of Journalists since 2007.

Roberto speaks English.

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— Gianluca Colace

Corporate and financial communications – Gianluca has expertise in the field of corporate and financial communications. After...

Corporate and financial communications –

Gianluca has expertise in the field of corporate and financial communications. After a collaboration with MS&L Italia, he worked for five years in PMS where he handled media relations for companies active in the areas of: aerospace and defense, betting, health and public administration. From 2014 to 2017, he handled financial communications and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the Gruppo Unipol press office.

Gianluca speaks English.

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— Isotta Comboni

Institutional Affairs – Isotta received her Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan. During her...

Institutional Affairs

Isotta received her Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan. During her training she focused on themes relating to moral and political philosophy, publishing analysis on the topic. Isotta has lived abroad for study purposes in London and Paris, where she improved her knowledge of English and French.

Inside VERA she handles parliamentary monitoring in the economic-financial, energy and environmental sectors, as well as institutional relations in the field of tourism.

Isotta speaks English and French.

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— Alma Pantaleo

Media Relations and Digital PR – Over the course of her career, Alma has gained significant experience...

Media Relations and Digital PR –

Over the course of her career, Alma has gained significant experience in the field of corporate communications, new media and event organizing. She worked for an important political think tank, for a trade association as a blogger and communications representative, and as a copywriter and social media editor for some Public Affairs and Communications agencies. She has also collaborated with several news media and currently writes for Formiche.net. Alma is a member of the order of Journalists /Publicists and the “European Association Press Office & Institutional Communication”.

Alma speaks English and French.

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— Riccardo Passantino

Institutional Affairs – Riccardo has a master’s degree in international affairs for cooperation and development at the...

Institutional Affairs –

Riccardo has a master’s degree in international affairs for cooperation and development at the University of Palermo. During his studies he acquired significant professional experience among diplomatic missions, NGOs and in radio. In 2017 he received his Second Level Master’s Degree in Institutional Relations, Lobbying and Business communications from the Luiss Business School. Inside VERA he is in charge of parliamentary monitoring in the economic-financial, energy and environmental sectors.

Riccardo speaks English.

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— Giada Ucci

Institutional Affairs – Part of VERA from the very beginning, Giada has acquired significant expertise following the...

Institutional Affairs –

Part of VERA from the very beginning, Giada has acquired significant expertise following the company’s main areas of interest. In particular she looks after projects for the development and implementation of institutional activities for clients, handling the analysis of the regulatory impact, the political-legislative context and normative drafting in the area of public games, telecommunications and the life cycle of consumer goods. Giada also coordinates the monitoring of institutions and on the Italian scene for the fields of health, infrastructure and on the sustainability of production processes. In 2008, she received a Second Level Master’s degree in Parliament and Public Policy from the Luiss School of Government in Rome. In addition, she has collaborated with the AIRE office (registry office for citizens residing abroad) of the General Italian Consulate in Lugano.

Giada speaks English.

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— Antonella Pasquale

Office manager – After graduating in accounting from the Maffeo Pantaleoni Technical Institute of Rome, Antonella was head...

Office manager –

After graduating in accounting from the Maffeo Pantaleoni Technical Institute of Rome, Antonella was head of the secretariat and accounting for a company operating in the construction business. Inside VERA, Antonella handles administration, accounting, logistics and relations with banks and suppliers.

Antonella speaks English.

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