President 2017, 2018/19
Marcel Kaminstein is an American born in the US, but he spent most of his summers in Italy since his mother is from Rome and is fluent in English and Italian. He did his undergraduate studies at American University of Rome and received an International Business Degree in 2002. In 2004, he became Manager and Coordinator Special Events Luxury Division for Starboard Cruise Services an LVMH company, specializing in cruise ship duty free retail specifically producing jewelry trunk show programs for manufacturers like Cartier and EFFY. In 2006 he spun off his department to create CBG, an organization that creates and manages Brands and operates the logistics for ships worldwide. Marcel has successfully lobbied to have created a customs ruling in the US to specifically address his companies niche logistical process. In 2015 Marcel joined the AICR Board as secretary and was assigned the role of VP in November 2015. In December 2016 Marcel stepped in as acting President for the duration of the term and then was elected as President in May 2018. Current AICR successes include, creation of the business networking events, inclusion of student memberships, recreation of the AICR website and the strengthening of AICR-US Embassy community relations.
2016-2018 Board of Directors
Marco Maximilian Elser was born in Rome of an American father and Italian mother, then moved to New York City, only to return to Rome about 32 years ago. He received a Degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1981. His professional experience includes being head of international market sales for Kinetix Measurements in New York, first vice president for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in Rome and London, and head of international market and credit institutions sales for Northeast Securities in New York. Marco joined AdviCorp in 2002 where he set up its capital markets for which he was responsible until the end of 2014. In 2015 he joined Lonsin Capital, a London-based investment banking boutique. Marco was the President of the Harvard Club of Italy until June 2014 and his passion in life is polo. He speaks English, Italian, French, and Spanish fluently. Marco has been a member of the AICR Board of Directors since 2004 and its VP from 2004 to 2012. He is married to Flaminia Cuturi, also a member of AICR.
2016-2018 Board of Directors
Fabio Ferrari was born in Rome, Italy. He went to high school at Avogardo in Rome and studied at Redford High School in Detroit, MI as an exchange student. His post graduate studies were in Architecture and Regional Planning and a one year course in Engineering at the La Sapienza University. His professional experience includes various management positions in the technical and sales departments of international engineering companies belonging to multinational groups such as ENI, General Electric Power Systems and ENEL. Inside 27 years of continuous international activity, six of which were spent as an expatriate in Kazakhstan, Turkey and Moscow, Fabio has had the chance to work with US companies in both the US and locations abroad, including CIS, Indonesia, and Peru. Since September of 2009 he has worked in Rome as consultant in the design/construction and real estate fields. He speaks English and Italian fluently. He has been a member of the AICR since 2009 and is serving his first year of a two year term as an AICR Board Member. He is enthusiastic about making our organization more dynamic by helping to develop our web image and presence, as well as encouraging interesting people to join.
2018-2020 Board of Directors
Stela Taneva was born in Bulgaria. She has been living in Italy for almost 30 years. The first ten years she lived in Milan where she graduated in psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan. She continued her studies in Rome where she specialized in strategic psychotherapy. She continued her training with Ericksonian hypnosis, sexology, legal psychology and effective communication techniques. She mainly works as a freelancer with clinical activities, psychotherapy, training and counseling. She commits herself with passion to create events dedicated to personal development and the improvement of quality of conscious life. She is interested in books (she reads over 200 books a year with different genres), art, music and travel.
She is a member of the American International Club of Rome for several years and she is part of other international communities. She has two citizenships. She speaks English fluently.
She aims to organize cultural activities for the club, events dedicated to socialization with the opportunity to make short trips outside Rome, to create contacts with other international communities in Rome and to share each other's events in order to enrich the culture, exchange knowledge and increase awareness of the members.
2017-2019 Board of Directors
Damiana was the “Dirigente” (executive) for the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Fulbright Scholar. She enjoyed living the American life in San Francisco, Boston, Washington, and New York and continues wonderful friendships with friends in the States.
She is now the President of the Associazione Italiana Fulbright (www.fulbrightitalia.it Italian Fulbright Alumni). She organizes prestigious events and presentations, with distinguished experts and government figures. When not working, she enjoys relaxing at her beach house, gardening and vibrant dance lessons!
2016-2018 Board of Directors
Scotti Rhodes is thrilled to be living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and feels fortunate to have been able to continue her work as a publicist for her New York theater clients since moving to Rome over nine years ago. Although her clients are primarily actors, playwrights and theater companies, she has worked with international artists over the years since starting her own business, including an engagement from a Rome based modern dance company known as Compagnia di Danza Vera Stasi which introduced her to the Eternal City. Her publicity involves strategies that garner opportunities for her clients in a highly competitive market, as well as writing press releases to elicit reviews, feature stories and listings. She has been a publicist for award winning New York International Fringe Festival productions in addition to a plethora of original plays and revivals. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Berkeley. Having grown up in Los Angeles with family in the film industry, she retains a passion for American cinema and is also an enthusiast of art, music, fashion, travel, cooking and yoga.
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Loretta Dusini is a native New Yorker who has been living in Rome for almost 15 years. She graduated from City University of New York in International Business after having studied one year abroad at the University of Bologna in Italy. Loretta’s work experience includes the Chamber of Commerce in New York as Marketing Manager, followed by Trade Analyst at the Chamber of Commerce in Chicago. Loretta then began a new challenge in Rome at the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican as Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Mission followed by a Political Appointment as Special Assistant to Ambassador Jim Nicholson (also former Secretary for Veterans Affairs). She is currently at the U.S. Embassy in Rome as Global Employment Advisor.
Loretta’s mother tongue is English. She also speaks fluent Italian and studied Spanish and French. Her interests include art, history and politics. Loretta is fulfilling her fourth year on the American International Club of Rome Board of Directors. She loves the cinema, sports and is an avid kick-boxer.