About The Team

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Stefano Bellasio  

Stefano Bellasio

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Entrepreneur and Engineer. Stefano started his first company 10 years ago in the web hosting industry. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, education and product development, and is now reimagining the intersection of e-learning, cloud skills and technology at Cloud Academy.

Giacomo Marinangeli  

Giacomo Marinangeli

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

With a Computer Science background, Giacomo has a long experience as a Sr. Software Engineer and Project Manager on several IT Projects for small and big companies.
He loves creating products with Python, Django, Linux, PostgreSQL and Javascript.

Anthony Russell  

Anthony Russell

Founder/Advisor

Anthony has 20 years of experience in the IT sector with eight years focused on Cloud Computing and a further 10 years focused on mobility, new media and telecommunications. Anthony helped found the AWS business in Asia starting their regional Technology Partner ecosystem, he has also held program & product management, architectural, development and directorship roles at IBM, Fujitsu, News International, C-Bridge, Whispir and Telstra.

Alex Casalboni  

Alex Casalboni

Sr. Software Engineer

Officially a Sound Engineer and a Musician, Alex has a solid Computer Science background and a deep love for Web Technologies and Data Science.
He was recently embarrassed to discover a passion for Javascript, in spite of his long-term experience on server-side development.

Marco Galletti  

Marco Galletti

Product Manager

Sr. Software Architect with experience working for many IT Companies. Marco is passionate about modern technologies and loves developing and experimenting with the emerging tech tools.
He's interested in swimming, Bitcoin, wearable devices and math.

Marco Zani  

Marco Zani

UI/UX Designer

Marco is a product designer with a strong passion for motion graphics and iOS development. When he’s not busy prototyping interfaces, he’s probably spending his sleeping hours on Xcode, After Effects or whatever it takes to bring his ideas to life.

Alessandro Fasan  

Alessandro Fasan

Head of Global Sales

Alessandro's career started in Engineering, but his passion had to do with growing business. After acquiring relevant Technical and Product Marketing skills, he completed his MBA and started his Sales career in High Tech. Alessandro was one of the first Angel Investors at Cloud Academy and was a Business Advisor to the CEO. He is now at Cloud Academy full time to assist the Company to grow faster.

Franco Filice  

Franco Filice

Global Sales and Business Dev. Manager

Franco, has been working in the high technology industry in Silicon Valley, California for many years. Since the start of the new millennium he focused his career in sales, marketing, and business development areas. Prior to that, he managed engineering and manufacturing teams and holds a U.S. patent. He coaches, plays and loves basketball. He looks forward to talking with YOU!

Bessie Weiss  

Bessie Weiss

Head of Content

Bessie lives at the intersection of content, technology, and education. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals through learning, using Excel to solve any challenge, the Warriors, food, and her family.

Luca Faverio  

Luca Faverio

iOS Developer

Luca is a Computer Engineer who recently discovered a passion for mobile technologies and apps development - especially on iOS - after working as web developer for many years. He is passionate about programming and technologies and loves traveling around the world.

Roberto Turrin  

Roberto Turrin

Head of Technology

Roberto has spent several years working on recommender systems and data-driven solutions. He received his PhD in Computer Engineering in 2008 and, after a two-year experience at Politecnico di Milano as post-doc, he led the research activities of ContentWise to support the development of a B2B recommender system. He is passionate about large-scale data processing technologies and machine learning. He loves practicing sports in his spare time: running, cycling, hiking, skiing, sailing, and windsurfing.

Andrew Larkin  

Andrew Larkin

AWS Content Lead

Andrew is an AWS certified professional who is passionate about helping others learn how to use and gain benefit from AWS technologies. Andrew has worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe. His favorite Amazon leadership principle is "Customer Obsession" as everything AWS starts with the customer. Passions around work are cycling and surfing, and having a laugh about the lessons learnt trying to launch two daughters and a few start ups.

Ben Lambert  

Ben Lambert

DevOps Engineer

Ben is a software engineer with years of experience building web and mobile apps. He learned about DevOps some time ago, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. In addition to DevOps, he’s passionate about information security, as well as virtual and augmented reality systems. When he’s not working he’s hiking, camping, or creating video games.

Mattia Sasso  

Mattia Sasso

Software Engineer

Mattia is a Computer Engineer, passionate about new technologies, software and web development.
He loves creating new things, solving technical problems and he always looks for new challenges.
He's passionate about snowboarding, online games and motorsports.

Sarah Barber  

Sarah Barber

Accounting Contractor

Sarah enjoys making order out of chaos and finding solutions to problems. Though she mostly deals with numbers during her working hours, she loves creating, sculpting, and getting lost in a really good book. Raising two teenage daughters has made her appreciate how important a sense of humor really is.

Stuart Scott  

Stuart Scott

AWS Trainer

Stuart has a long background within the IT industry covering a range of technologies. His most recent passion and interest is that of the cloud, specifically AWS.
He enjoys writing and teaching, which enables him to share his knowledge with the wider community. Stuart holds the AWS SA Certification as well being accredited as an AWS Business & Technical Professional and within TCO and Cloud Economics.

Luca Zacchetti  

Luca Zacchetti

Backend Developer

Luca has several years of experience as developer working for different IT companies with a strong focus in Python, Linux and PostgreSQL. He loves writing simple, clean and pragmatic code which solves complex problems and has a deep passion for DevOps tools and strategies.
Cats lover, he spends his free time riding his motorbike, playing the guitar and cooking good italian food.

Mattia Natali  

Mattia Natali

Full Stack Developer

He is a young high skilled full stack and mobile developer. He loves learning and improving himself to achieve the best result in every challenge.
He also love IT because it is constantly evolving, thus there’s always something new to learn.

John Chell  

John Chell

Cloud Technology Assessment Manager

John enjoys the mixture of creativity and learning science in educational publishing, with a focus on building and organizing assessment. Outside of work, he is an audiophile who loves exploring new music, teaching his daughter new songs and attending and performing in live music shows.

David Santucci  

David Santucci

Data Scientist

David is a computer science engineer who enjoys coding Python and R and is passionate about machine learning and algorithms. He has a fascination for logic puzzles, board games, and Lego, and he is always looking for new technology challenges to improve his skills and satisfy his passion for startups and innovation. He enjoys all team sports, XC skiing, and mountain biking.

Greg DeRenne  

Greg DeRenne

Lab Researcher and Developer

Greg DeRenne is a Lab Researcher and Developer. Greg has worked at seven Bay Area tech startups, two of which were pioneers in rapid-growth, disruptive technologies (wireless web and cloud computing). Greg has devoted the last 15+ years to training and education related roles. He enjoys learning new technologies and building labs and associated content to help others ease their learning curve. Whether it's coaching his three daughters' soccer team (that's football to some of you or helping his buddies negotiate the mountain bike trails of northern California, he enjoys the hands-on element of learning. That is why Greg is passionate about the importance of hands-on labs when learning new cloud technologies.

Giacomo Consonni  

Giacomo Consonni

Computer Engineer

Giacomo is a Computer Engineer who is really passionate about AWS and all Cloud Technologies. He spends most of his weekends "in the clouds" hiking and climbing. Curious about everything, Giacomo loves traveling, learning new things and photography.

Guy Hummel  

Guy Hummel

Research Lead

Guy launched his first training website in 1995 and he's been helping people learn IT technologies ever since. He has been a sysadmin, instructor, sales engineer, IT manager, and entrepreneur. In his most recent venture, he founded and led a cloud-based training infrastructure company that provided virtual labs for some of the largest software vendors in the world. Guy’s passion is making complex technology easy to understand. His activities outside of work have included riding an elephant and skydiving (although not at the same time).

Logan Rakai  

Logan Rakai

Lab Researcher and Developer

Logan has been involved in software development and research for over ten years, including four years in the cloud. He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

Francesco Rizzi  

Francesco Rizzi

Front End Developer

Francesco is the youngest on the team. After working as a full-stack LAMP developer, he decided to focus his efforts on the front-end. A Javascript lover and never tired of learning, he enjoys experimenting with new things always focusing on results.

Fabio Besana  

Fabio Besana

QA Analyst

Fabio loves everything related to the digital world, and he spends much time reading about new technologies. He loves digital photography, sports, chess and PC tuning.

Luca Casartelli  

Luca Casartelli

Full Stack Developer

Luca is a Software Engineer who is passionate about cloud technologies and serverless computing. He spent over 5 years as an entrepreneur and backend developer for his own company. He is addicted to the mountains and loves hiking, climbing and kayaking.

Massimo Luraschi  

Massimo Luraschi

Full Stack Developer

Massimo has a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He has a strong passion for science, having worked as an Avionic System Engineer at AgustaWestland. He then moved to London and lived there for three years working as a developer both in Java and Python, while also obtaining some experience in Data Warehousing. He is interested in automotive and home automation, loves playing and watching basketball and would love to learn surfing.

Andrea Cappelli  

Andrea Cappelli

Data Scientist

Andrea has a passion for data and algorithms. With a background in Physics, he employed his love for math and models to Natural Language Processing and Data Science. He is fascinated by both human and machine intelligence, and the ways they can interact to improve each other. He loves sci-fi books, basketball and traveling to beautiful places.

Pioltello  

Alberto Motta

Frontend Lead Developer

Alberto has a Masters Degree in Law and was supposed to became a lawyer, until he discovered the world of web development - it was love at first site. He's passionate about innovation and loves to work with all the shiny new toys he finds on HackerNews.

Nicola Lamacchia  

Nicola Lamacchia

Full Stack Developer

Nicola enjoys tinkering with software and building his own since he was a kid. He likes to develop for the web using mostly Python and JavaScript. He’s passionate about free and open source software and teaching programming. Among his other interests are electronics, film photography and amateur radio.

Matteo Panza  

Matteo Panza

Data Engineer Solution Architect

Matteo is passionate about technology and data management. He is a Solutions Architect with more than 15 years of experience treating data from all points of view, from birth, to growth, to storing, processing, transforming and analysing. His past experience as a Business Intelligence consultant, in Datawarehousing, ETL & data tool management make him a true Data Scientist.

Walter Traspadini  

Walter Traspadini

Full Stack Developer

Walter has worked for more than 10 years in the IT field, in different areas such as finance, banking, telecommunication, online publishing and start-ups. He has a solid background in enterprise projects, integration and architectures definition, with hands-on experience with different programming languages such as Java, Python, Javascript, Go, cloud services RDBMS and no-sql databases.

Alessio Zappa  

Alessio Zappa

Front End Developer

After obtaining an academic diploma in Media Design from IED Milano, Alessio spent five years as entrepreneur (and cofounder) at Plasticpanda. With ten years of experience in web development, he likes to create tools using mostly Javascript and NodeJS. Passionate about videogames and mangas he also likes movies, TV series and music.

Sarah Blatnik  

Sarah Blatnik

Instructional Designer

Sarah is an educator and instructional design enthusiast. She started her career helping people to learn how to use computer applications and then jumped into the field of Microsoft Certified training. Next, she moved into the realm where telephony and computer training collided while working for a local Indianapolis start-up that specialized in communications technology. She has a passion for helping others to learn by writing engaging content. When she is not working, she loves to travel with her family, walk her dog, or curl up somewhere with a good book.

Christopher Jackson  

Christopher Jackson

Instructional Designer

Chris has over 15 years of experience working with top IT Enterprise businesses. Having worked at Google helping to launch Gmail, YouTube, Maps and more and most recently at Microsoft working directly with Microsoft Azure for both Commercial and Public Sectors, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team in architecting complex solutions and advanced troubleshooting techniques. He holds several Microsoft Certifications including Azure Certifications. In his spare time, Chris enjoys movies, gaming, outdoor activities, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Giacomo Sortino  

Giacomo Sortino

Android Developer

Giacomo is a passionate mobile developer. He started hacking in the “mobile world” from childhood… if other children were asking their parents for a new game, he dreamed of receiving a Nokia communicator for his birthday! After a few years as Backend developer, he found the opportunity to work on B2B tailored projects for BlackBerry Devices. Now he builds Android apps focusing on architecture. Giacomo loves food, TV series, anime and a lot of other geeky stuff.

Eric Raub  

Eric Raub

Lab Researcher and Developer

Eric is a Lab Researcher and Developer working to add to Cloud Academy's library of hands-on labs. He is a Rice University graduate and IT veteran who enjoys the ever-changing landscape of cloud computing. He also relishes live classical music performances, because sometimes great engineering is better heard than seen.