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Salvino Salvaggio - board-level advisor and orchestra management expert.

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Meet Salvino Salvaggio

Picture this: a man with a knack for blending the unblendable – business and art, innovation and tradition, high stakes and humble origins. This is Salvino Salvaggio, a maestro of management, innovation maven, and the go-to board-level sage who recently penned the well-received "Orchestra Management in Practice" (Routledge, 2024).

With over three decades of experience in innovation-centric industries, Salvino's career reads like an adventurous symphony, rich with crescendos of achievement and the occasional dramatic pause.

Mark and Salvino discussed Salvino's background and current work. As always, Mark created Salvino's Fantasy Cultural Year, hypothetically visiting Japan!

Salvino embarked on his academic journey at the Université de Liège, where he delved deep into the social sciences, earning a PhD in 1993.

His early professional life saw him juggling roles as a university research assistant, and an entrepreneur, founding several ventures from a publishing company to an electricity supplier. By the late 1990s, Salvino's innovative spark had caught the attention of the consulting world.

Salvino's first notable pivot was joining Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Brussels, where he managed the Innovation Center. Not long after, he was recruited by McKinsey & Co. Here, Salvino's flair for tech-intensive projects blossomed, cementing his reputation as an expert consultant.

The desert sands of Qatar beckoned next. At Ooredoo (formerly Qatar Telecom), Salvino orchestrated value-added services for broadband and mobile users. His real magnum opus began at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), where he was instrumental in launching international ventures and funding mechanisms to support SMEs. His tenure here laid the groundwork for his deep involvement with the Qatar Foundation.

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Salvino's roles crescendoed as he took on increasingly influential positions within Qatar Foundation. As Director of Funding & Industry Analysis, he championed the Product Development Fund. Later, as Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the VP of Research, Development & Innovation, he coordinated a network of research centres, driving strategic initiatives and international collaborations. Salvino's leadership in establishing the national Research, Development and Innovation Council in Qatar stands as a testament to his strategic prowess.

Salvino wrapped up his tenure in Qatar as a Consultant within the CEO's Office, before transitioning to his current role as COO at ADGS in early 2024. Now, he continues to guide the company through the labyrinth of cybersecurity challenges, drawing on his vast reservoir of management experience.

Salvino's intellectual curiosity knows no bounds. As an adjunct professor at Hamad bin Khalifa University, he introduced students to the nuances of Digital Humanities. His board memberships, from the European Parliament Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) to the Italian Business Council of Qatar, showcase his commitment to fostering innovation across borders.

When not steering corporate ships or writing insightful books, Salvino immerses himself in classical music and literature. His diverse publications span scientific journals, gastronomy essays, and even an award-winning novel. Salvino’s personal motto, "My perspective sits at the antipode of that conventional BS called self-improvement," reflects his whimsical yet wise approach to life.

As Salvino himself might quip, his journey has been a symphony of "mistakes and failures from which I learned absolutely nothing, but I would do them again ten more times because they were fun." Indeed, Salvino Salvaggio's story is a testament to the art of embracing life's chaos with grace and grit.

You can reach Salvino on LinkedIn here and by email here.


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