Honour Committee

The Watson Society recognizes every year people who distinguish for his excellence and who has had a significant positive impact on the Italian-american community. The award was established in 2014 and since then every awarded person joined The Watson Society Honour Committee becoming an TWS honorary member.


Graduated at Bocconi University, MBA Executive at LUISS Business School, he played significant roles in M&A sector, first in KPMG, where he also dealt with acquisition due diligence, then in IBM South Europe – Alliance department working on transnational operations and then moved as investment manager in FinTech, a joint venture between Telecom Italia and MCC – Central Credit Bank (Banca di Roma, then Capitalia).
He has been Board Member of several Italian and foreign companies.
For some years he has been Group CFO of the Terasystem Group, one of the most important Italian technology companies, owned by the EMC2 multinational and the Private Equity Euroqube SA fund, and more recently of the Solgenia Group and the Sacom Group where he dealt with the listing on the AIM segment of Borsa Italiana. In 2012 he estabilished yourCFO Consulting Group, the first CFO Service company in Italy and in the following years, developed yourHR, yourDIGITAL and yourCEO divisions.
Andrea is also Senior Advisor of EnVent Capital Markets and member of IAG – Italian Angels for growth, the largest Business Angel Association in Italy. He is a professor of Business Finance at Cabot University and at the Corporate Finance master academy at 24Ore Business School.


Roberto Race is one of the most famous italian corporate strategist and a guru of public relations and communication. Il Corriere della Sera, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, wrote that Race invented the figure of the external relations director “for hire”, working with some of the most dynamic and innovative companies.  Race is the founder of The Ghost Team, the first international network of ghostwriters for entrepreneurs, managers, diplomats, military leaders and politicians, made up of more than 40 professional writers around the world. The Ghost Team is a new project launched to support managers and executives who need to write compelling books, articles, speeches or blogs. The Ghost Team is actually the first multilingual ghost-writing agency. It includes more than 40 professionals among journalists, translators and designers living all over the world.
He is also cofounder and secretary-general of the  Competere  think tank, which focuses on innovation in the economy. Race is an Former Aspen Junior Fellow in the Aspen Institute Italia. He is also a member of RENA, the Italian network for excellence, Ferpi, the Italian network of public relations professionals, and he is on the Board of INWARD  (International Observatory for Urban Creativity). He is also one of italian delegate at B20 (The Business 20) the official G20 dialogue with the global business community: the most authoritative setting for facing the challenges of the future.
PHOTO CREDIT: Oliviero Toscani 


Rosario Valastro is a Lawyer at the Supreme Court, being elected in 2016 as Vice President of the Italian Red Cross (CRI).
Graduated from the Law School of the University of Catania, he holds a Master's Degree in Science of Public Administration at University of Catania and a Second level Master in Law of the European Union and of Migration at University "Tor Vergata" in Rome.
In his career as a notable member of the Italian Red Cross, he have had covered many important roles. He was President of Red Cross Youth National School, Member of "Youth Steering Committee for the organisation of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth Meeting" (IFRC Secretariat), Red Cross representative at Youth National Council and Member of European Coordination Committee.
Rosario Valastro's commitment in service has been rewarded in many important occasions and he received the Gold medal decoration of Italian Red Cross (2009), Knight of Human Rights (2008), Recognition of Civil Protection, Prize “Precursor of Red Cross Ferdinando Palasciano” (2015), Cross decoration for activity with migrants in Italian Red Cross (2016), Knight of Italian Republic (2017).


Graduated from the Law School of the University of Rome “LUISS Guido Carli”, and received his LLM degree from the “New York Law School”. He is also  a professor of Commercial Law at the University “Mediterranea" and also teaches at the International Academy of Rome and at Temple University. He is also the co-founder and president of the association and non-profit organization “Cesdi – Centro Studi per il Diritto Internazionale” whose main aim is to promote research on the law in general and private international law in particular, founder and chairman of the “REAL”, an organization striving for creating a professional network among all the legal professionals and Law Firms involved in the Real Estate in the whole world, especially in the United States and Italy.
He is an author of numerous publications who writes on various subjects in Italian and English. He has authored the two books, “L’Impresa Internazionale tra Paesi di Common Law e MIST”, and the book “L’Impresa Internazionale nei cosiddetti Paradisi Fiscali".


Gaetano Armao graduated with honors from University of Palermo in 1985, specializes with honors on financial intermediation jurisprudence at the University of Ferrara in 1988, attended the european community and internal public law doctorate at the University of Palermo. Assistant Professor of administrative law at the Political Science faculty of University of Palermo in 1992 and visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of London in 1993.From 1996 he teaches administrative law and public accounting at the University of Palermo and economics public law at the University Mercatorum. He is a fellow member of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Court of Cassation attorney with offices in Palermo and Rome, has been and expert consultant for the European Council and consultant for national and regional governments end for the Parliamentary Antimafia Commission.


Barbara Contini is an official of international organizations and an expert on international politics and security. She received a degree in political science, languages and Japanese from the University of Naples “Orientale” and is an expert in peacekeeping, international negotiations and emergency management. She speaks and writes fluent English, French, Spanish and Japanese, and understands Serbo-Croatian and Arabic. She has various national and international masters regarding international negotiations, industrial contracts, cooperation and development, company management and marketing. In Darfur, she was special envoy of the Italian Prime Minister. Her fame in Italy is due to her role during the war years in Iraq, when she was nominated by the American guided provisional authority Governor of the province of Nasiryah. During the XVI legislature, she was elected Senator of the Republic.

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