Alberto Cavalli


Alberto Cavalli

Executive Co-Director, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, general director for Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future

After graduating in International Political Sciences at the Cattolica University in Milan, and after a Master Class in Communication, Alberto Cavalli starts his career in fashion working for a well-known Milanese PR Agency.

In 2001 he joins the Dolce & Gabbana International Press Office directed by Carla Buzzi, where he works until 2007 as Press Office Manager.

In parallel he keeps a role as researcher at the University and develops a career as journalist, collaborating with numerous magazines.

In 2007 he decides to change his career; he quits PR and is named “Lifestyle and Luxury Goods Correspondent” by Vedomosti, the leading Russian financial newspaper and by its monthly supplement, the Russian “How to spend it” magazine.

In 2007 he joins Franco Cologni, the worldwide-known top manager of high jewellery and fine watch-making, to direct his Italian non-profit Foundation (Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte) dedicated to the promotion and protection of the finest Italian arts and crafts. In his role as General Manager he creates and follows a number of successful projects, from internships aimed at young artisans to the publishing of books and magazines, from academic research to teaching.

In 2009 he co-curates the book “Mestieri d’arte e Made in Italy. Giacimenti culturali da riscoprire”, followed by “Artefici di bellezza” in 2013 and by “Il Valore del mestiere” in 2014, all published by Marsilio Editori.

From 2010 he is a visiting professor at the Creative Academy in Milan, and from 2014 he teaches “Bellezza Italiana” (the code of Italian beauty) at Milan’s Politecnico University. In

2016 he is named Executive Co-Director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, a private, non-for-profit institution created in Geneva by Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, with the aim to promote, protect and perpetuate the métiers d’art of excellence, bridging them into the future.

He is a member of the Centre du Luxe et de la Création in Paris, and of the Cultural Committee of the International Foundation of High Watch-Making in Geneva.