What we stand for

To ensure the highest level of quality of our services, AI°FI works with experts who meet very demanding criteria.

Proven experience

At least 15 years of professional experience in large international groups: the companies, all different, share a certain approach in the way they operate and organise themselves.
They have a specific jargon that you need to master to be at ease when working with their managers.

Bi-culturality

A minimum of 5 years personal and professional experience in France and Italy: to really know a culture well, it is essential to have actually lived and worked in a country. This is a fundamental requirement to master not only the current language, but above all the codes and registers of communication.

Bilingualism

An excellent command of both languages is essential not only to be at ease in both environments, but also for a true understanding of both cultures. All our partners are bilingual in French and Italian: they have mastered all the nuances of the two languages, everyday language and business jargon. They can also lead in English.

Sara Gallinari

Founder of Ai°fi and Trainer in Intercultural Management

I am an Italian national and studied in Italy (Master in Business Economics at L.Bocconi). I have more than 15 years of experience in HR roles in large international groups in industry (Heineken, BTicino, Legrand) and transport (RATP Group), in Italy and in France – where I have lived and worked since 2007.

My expertise: design and facilitation of training programmes (especially in the HR and intercultural fields), talent management in an international context, HR project management in an international environment and management of the HR aspect in tenders.

In 2017, I decided to share my expertise in intercultural communication and management, especially in the relationship between France and Italy, by creating AI°FI – Accompagnement Interculturel France-Italie.

AI°FI’s mission is to support companies throughout their economic relations with Italy: cultural diagnosis, consulting, training and individual and team coaching, executive searches, legal advice, and support in implementing corporate HR processes in an Italian subsidiary.

Sara Gallinari

Founder of Ai°fi and Trainer in Intercultural Management

I am an Italian national and studied in Italy (Master in Business Economics at L.Bocconi). I have more than 15 years of experience in HR roles in large international groups in industry (Heineken, BTicino, Legrand) and transport (RATP Group), in Italy and in France – where I have lived and worked since 2007.

My expertise: design and facilitation of training programmes (especially in the HR and intercultural fields), talent management in an international context, HR project management in an international environment and management of the HR aspect in tenders.

In 2017, I decided to share my expertise in intercultural communication and management, especially in the relationship between France and Italy, by creating AI°FI – Accompagnement Interculturel France-Italie.

AI°FI’s mission is to support companies throughout their economic relations with Italy: cultural diagnosis, consulting, training and individual and team coaching, executive searches, legal advice, and support in implementing corporate HR processes in an Italian subsidiary.

The team

Indira Bonvini

Indira Bonvini

Coach In Intercultural Management

Indira is Italian and studied in Milan (Master in Business Economics at L.Bocconi) and Paris (CEP at Sciences Po). She is a certified coach (2015, Transformance Pro) and has 20 years of experience as a HR manager in large international groups in industry (Schlumberger) and luxury (Chanel, LVMH-Dior Parfums) in France, Italy, USA and UK.

Since 2014, Indira has been President of the HR consultancy Portofino Consulting and works as a coach in intercultural management in various companies, especially in the luxury and industrial sectors. She is a lecturer in intercultural management at the Ecole des Mines de Paris and Head of the Career Advice HR Department of the Alumni Association of the L.Bocconi Business School in Paris.

Her expertise: HR due diligence, HR qualitative studies.

Elisa Domenighini

Elisa Domenighini

Executive Coach and Change Facilitator

Elisa is an Italian national who completed her studies in Paris (Master in Change Management at HEC). She is a certified coach (DESU in Executive Coaching at Paris 8) and has more than 20 years of experience in Communication and Project Management within large international groups in the industry in France (Butagaz-Royal Dutch Shell, Publicis Conseil – EuroRSCG). 

For the past 10 years, Elisa has been President of the HR consultancy Ozo and has worked with both international groups and SMEs in France and Italy, particularly in the luxury sector and in sales networks. She helps management teams to (re)give meaning, to adopt new behaviours and to (re)create pride of belonging in changing contexts.

Her expertise: change management and executive coaching.

Alessandra Ferrario

Alessandra Ferrario

Support to Expatriate Families

Alessandra is an Italian lawyer specialising in family law. Mother of 3 children, after her own personal expatriation experience to Paris, she identified the need for families (especially women) undergoing expatriation to receive support in everyday life on the spot and even an accompaniment to validate their expatriation period through a professional project.

 In 2016 she jointly founded, AMA – Familles en déplacement (Families on the Move), an agency that assists families moving to France (especially Paris) and Italy (especially Milan) in their search for accommodation and with logistics (administration, schools, the city itself etc.). Her motto: “It’s like having a friend in every city!”

 Her expertise: relocation, administrative and family support.

Alessandra Meacci

Alessandra Meacci

Strategic Organisation Consultant

Alessandra is an Italian national who studied in Milan, Italy (Master in Business Economics at L.Bocconi). She is a certified coach (2015, Centro Universitario Internazionale) and has more than 20 years of experience in business management consulting with leading consultancies (ISTUD, Mercer-Tesi, Impact International) in Italy.

In 2017, Alessandra created the consulting firm PEO-ple Strategy and operates mainly in Italy, both with international groups and with SMEs. She assists them with the design and implementation of a business process and strategy for people, teams and the organisation, so that they can act in coherence and synergy to achieve the company’s objectives.

Her expertise: business process and organisation design, people strategy and diversity.

Alberto Venanzetti

Alberto Venanzetti

Executive Search for Bi-Cultural Profiles

Alberto, an Italian national, studied in Italy (Master in Business Economics at L.Bocconi). He has more than 20 years of experience as a CEO in the financial sector (SF Studio Finanziario-Centrobanca, Banca Intesa San Paolo, KPMG) in Italy.

In 1999 he joined the world of International Executive Search, at Heidrick & Struggles, then in 2003 he worked for TASA/ASA-Amrop Partner, and in 2009 he worked for Search Partners International.

Since 2014, Alberto has been Managing Partner at L+A International Consulting, an international executive search firm in Lugano (Switzerland), active in the fields of real estate, banking, finance and industry.

His expertise: head hunting (French-Italian profiles) and assessment.

Sabrina Annicchiarico

Sabrina Annicchiarico

Intercultural Communication Coach

An Italian national, Sabrina completed her studies in Rome (Master’s degree in Political Science, with a focus on international politics). She is a certified intercultural communication coach (Paris 8) and has 20 years of experience as a Parliamentary Attaché in the Senate of the Italian Republic where she was in charge of legislative activity and communication strategy.

In 2014 she founded her intercultural coaching firm, WorldPipol. She accompanies people in geographical and social mobility and expatriate wives in their process of change and adaptation to a new environment.

Her expertise: intercultural communication, multicultural awareness, professional reconversion and management of expatriate returns.

Gerardo Redaelli

Gerardo Redaelli

Executive Coach

An Italian national, Gerardo has lived in France since 2009. With more than 25 years of corporate experience between France and Italy, Gerardo has developed an expertise in Human Resources and talent development within international groups in complex and constantly changing environments.

In 2017 he decided to train in coaching to dedicate himself fully to human guidance. In 2020 he founded his own firm Exelysio whose mission is to accompany organisations and managers in their path of transformation and change to reach the level of excellence they are aiming for.

His expertise: executive coaching and intercultural coaching.

Studio MMslex

Studio MMslex

Legal Assistance

FrenchLex is a Franco-Italian law firm specialised in the relations between Italy and France and entirely dedicated to the judicial and extra-judicial assistance of French companies in Italy and of Italian companies with commercial interests in France.

The firm operates through the Paris office managed by Aurora Visentin, registered with the Milan and Paris bureaus, the Lyon office managed by Luca Membretti, registered with the Milan and Lyon bureaus and the Nice office managed by Enrico Piccione, registered with the Milan and Nice bureaus.

Expertise: labour law, contracts and taxation.

Partnerships

AI°FI works in partnership with the French leaders in intercultural support: