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Gianfranco Chicco

conference hosts

Gianfranco Chicco is a conference director, marketing strategist, speaker and writer, acting as a cultural translator between different worlds. He has been working in digital since 1999, creating experiences that bring people together by bridging the gap between the digital and physical layers.

Gianfranco is the curator of The Craftsman Newsletter, where he interviews and pays homage to those who take the expression of our humanity to a higher level, and is working on a book on what we can learn from Japanese craftsmen to improve how we live and work.

He is the former European Marketing Director of The Webby Awards & The Lovie Awards, and he has been involved in building, curating, and managing international conferences such as the World Business Forum, Social Media Week, the Picnic Festival and Frontiers of Interaction.

Gianfranco holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), and an executive MBA from MIP Politecnico di Milano.

Originally from Argentina, he is also Italian and has lived in Buenos Aires, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Madrid, and now London.

Speaking Topics

Gianfranco Chicco curates and manage conferences, but also does keynote speeches, moderates panels, and acts as an MC. His keynote topics include –

Marketing & Experience Design

  • Slow marketing and how to tell better stories using the right channel for your audience. The value of Newsletters and Podcasts.
  • Review of the latest technological trends and how they are changing our behaviours and relationships with each other, brands, institutions and governments.
  • How to use them to connect better with people, creating business practices that are respectful, ethical, and sustainable.
  • Voice Technology: moving beyond the hype and pitfalls to create better brand experiences.
  • How to create experiences that bring people together by bridging the gap between the digital and physical worlds. This includes community building, product launches, and events.


  • What we can learn from traditional craftsmen to improve how we live and how we work: embodied work, deliberate practice, direct connection with the customer, the community, and nature, the importance of passing on the knowledge, and more.




We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.