CEO and Director
Sergio Carlo Scalpelli has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since October 2022. Since June 2021, Mr. Scalpelli has been the President of cultural planning activities for Linkiestaclub, an Italian digital newspaper.
From January 2001 to May 2021, Mr. Scalpelli was Chief of Institutional and External Relations for Fastweb, the pioneer company of fiber optic connections in Italy, where he worked on the sponsorships of Juventus (2001-2003), Valentino Rossi (2006-2011), Usain Bolt (2018) and the Frecce tricolori (2017-2019). During his time at Fastweb, Mr. Scalpelli was also President of ApBiscom, a news agency which was a joint venture between Fastweb and Associated Press from April 2002 to March 2004. Mr. Scalpelli was a councilor for Sport, Youth and Relationships with the Milan city council from June 1997 to March 2001 and a member of the executive committee of the council. Sergio has been a founder and the first CEO (1996-1999) of one of the most authoritative Italian newspapers: Il Foglio Quotidiano .Throughout the 1990s Mr. Scalpelli was on the editorial boards of the magazines MicroMega, Limes, IdeAzione and Critica Sociale, and he was on the board of directors of Bocconi University. He is President of Teatro Franco Parenti and Centro Brera, both in Milan.
Federico Pisanty has served as Brera Milano Chief Operations Officer since December 2022. In the last 10 years he worked in the social impact industry, exploring the path of hybrid profit and non-profit projects through innovative business models. In 2020 he founded Borgo Office, a 40+ farmhouses marketplace focused on the sale of remote working packages to digital nomads at farmhouses located in villages throughout Italy. The packages contain accommodation along with exclusive on-site experiences and km 0 food & wine excellences.
Previously, he served as COO for “University”, the first aggregate of Italian college website since 1999, where he developed several youth employment acceleration solutions for graduates about to start their job career, such as the “Recr Index”, supported by Regione Lombardia. Mr Pisanty has also served as COO for Equilibrii, international geopolitics think tank. Mr. Pisanty received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bocconi University, that is also based in Milan much like Brera, where he is based.
Amedeo Montonati has served as our Chief Financial Officer since July 2022. Since October 2021, Mr. Montonati has been the Associate Director of AOGB Professional Services Group, a CPA international firm based in Hong Kong. Mr. Montonati worked for years in the finance consultancy sector for international financial firms and in the associated government administration industry. A native of Milan, he has extensive expertise in accounting, corporate finance, corporate tax, management and administration, consultancy and corporate services. He previously worked for Hawksford Financial Services, a leading firm for financial services and trust funds, and as a Manager for The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao. Mr. Montonati received his Master’s in Business Administration with specialization in finance from the University of South Australia. He holds a professional certificate in International Tax Law from the University of Leiden, and a professional certification in Accounting Principles and Standards from the CFI Corporate Financial Institute. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of South Australiaand underwent his initial University program in International Business at the Melbourne Polytechnic, in Australia.
Daniel J. McClory
Daniel J. McClory is a Founder of our Irish parent company Brera Holdings Ltd. and has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2022. A US-Italian dual citizen, he is also the founder, CEO and Chairman of Boustead & Company Limited, an international investment bank. Dan is a founder and executive chairman of The RoyaLand Company Inc. a Bermuda-based Web 3.0 initiative with six European royal families as partners. Over the past 20 years Dan has served as Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets and Head of China at Boustead Securities LLC, Bonwick Capital Partners, LLC, Burnham Securities Inc. and Hunter Wise Securities, LLC. His teams have ranked in the Top Ten of league tables for placement agents, won ‘Deal of the Year’ at the M&A Advisor Awards, and completed IPOs and transactions for clients listed on NASDAQ, the NYSE, the London Stock Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and the Irish Stock Exchange. Mr. McClory serves on the Boards of the USA Track & Field Foundation, the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, and the Alder Foundation, where he listed the first-ever foreign-funded, venture philanthropy- backed IPO on Bovespa’s Social Stock Exchange in Brazil. Mr. McClory earned a B.S. in English and a Masters in Language and International Trade from Eastern Michigan University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the school.
Director and CSO
Alessandro Aleotti has served as our Chief Strategy Officer and a member of our board of directors since July 2022. Mr Aleotti has served as the President of Brera FC since its founding in 2000. Mr. Aleotti founded the MilanoMetropoli newspaper in 1997 and was its editor and director until 2004. Mr. Aleotti is the author of numerous essays on economic issues, including a history of the Italian stock exchange, as well as three books on the philosophy of football. From February 2005 to November 2010, Mr. Aleotti was director of the Milania think tank, as well as a contributor, as a columnist, to numerous newspapers and television. In 1990, Mr. Aleotti co-founded Datanord Multimedia, a dotcom company, and served as president until the company was sold and subsequently listed on the Italian Stock Exchange. Mr. Aleotti received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bocconi University.
Alberto Libanori has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2022. Since April 2022, Dr. Libanori has served as Senior Advisor to international investment bank Boustead & Company Limited. Dr. Libanori has also been a member of the board of directors for Mainz Biomed N.V. (Nasdaq: MYNZ) since November 2021.
Previously, Dr. Libanori founded and helped with the strategic exits of a number of technology start-ups including Atelier Mnemist SAS and Cutech, which was acquired by Symrise. He also has 10 years’ work experience at the science-business interface in venture capital, business development & licensing, M&A and IPOs, focusing on lifesciences, med-tech and cosmeceuticals, working with L’Oréal Research and Innovation, M-Ventures, and Novartis Venture Funds. Dr. Libanori has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Nature Electronics, Advanced Materials, and ACS Nano, and is the holder of two patents. Based in Los Angeles, Dr. Libanori holds both a PhD and MS in Bioengineering from UCLA, with a focus on wearable and implantable bioelectronics and biomaterials for regenerative medicine, an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge University, and a bachelor’s in Bimolecular Sciences (Hons) from St Andrews University. Dr. Libanori is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese, alongside his native Italian.
INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS NOMINEES
Pietro Bersani has been nominated to serve as a member of our Board of Directors, where he is chairman of the Audit Committee. Since June 2020, Mr. Bersani has served as a member of the board of directors of Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: KRBP) and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2022, after serving as the interim Chief Executive Officer in January 2022. From April 2020 to January 2022, Mr. Bersani was a Partner with B2B CFO Partners, LLC, which provides strategic management advisory services to owners of privately held companies. From October 2016 to July 2018 and November 2019 to March 2020, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of K.P. Diamond Eagle, Inc., a consulting firm specialized in development of innovative commercial and private aviation business models. Mr. Bersani served as a Senior Director within Alvarez & Marsal’s Private Equity Performance Improvement Practice, LLP between August 2018 and October 2019. Mr. Bersani is a Certified Public Accountant and is also a Certified Public Auditor and a Chartered Certified Accountant in Italy where he developed a significant knowledge of U.S. GAAP and IFRS. A Milan native, Mr. Bersani earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business economics from Bocconi University.
Christopher P. Gardner
Christopher P. Gardner has been nominated to serve as a member of our Board of Directors. Since 2021, Mr. Gardner has been the senior managing director at Sutter Securities, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Boustead & Company Limited. Mr Gardner’s first book, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, published in May 2006, became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 Bestseller that has been translated into over 40 languages and inspired the critically acclaimed film of the same name, starring Will Smith as Mr. Gardner. Mr. Gardner’s second bestselling book, “Stay Where You Are”, was published in May 2009.
His third book “Permission to Dream” was published in 2021 and is being translated into and republished in Italian.
Mr. Gardner has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and in 1987 established the brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co, which he sold in 2006. Mr Gardner has also served on the board of the National Fatherhood Initiative and the National Education Foundation.
Goran Pandev has been nominated to serve as a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Pandev is a professional football (soccer) player who began his career with FK Belasica during the 2000-01 season and has played for Lazio, Inter Milan, Genoa, and Parma, among others, while also being the captain of the North Macedonian national team until he retired in 2021. After Lazio, Mr. Pandev moved to Inter Milan in 2010 where he collected a host of honors including winning the Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League in 2010 as part of a treble for the club.
In 2021, he became the first Macedonian to score 100 goals in one of the top five European football leagues, and has scored the most goals of any North Macedonian national team player with a total of 38. In 2010, Mr. Pandev founded Akademija Pandev, a North Macedonian football club that plays in the Macedonian First League that reached the qualifiers to the UEFA Europa League during the 2019-2020 season and the UEFA Europa Conference League during the 2022-2023 season.