Ana Roš - Chef

Ana Roš – Chef

With her career plan to become a diplomat, Ana Roš’ life changed dramatically when she and her husband inherited his family’s restaurant, Hiša Franko, in the Soça Valley in Slovenia, close to the Italian border.

Elda Da Re – Fashion Entrepreneur

Elda Da Re is a fashion powerhouse! At eighty-years young, Elda founded her knitwear company, St Georges, in the Veneto region of north-east Italy in the mid-1950s. Today the company, with Elda still at its helm, the company continues to evolve but never losing sight of her passion for quality and “Made In Italy” philosophy.

Federico Bellini – Venice Biennale Dramaturge

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale is held in the magical city of Venice every two years, and attracts over half a million visitors from around the world.

Alexander Wong

Alexander Wong – Architect & Interior Designer

Imagine being the Number One person in the world, for something? Typically, you first think of a sports person; the fastest runner, or swimmer, in the world. Well, how about the Number One interior designer in the world; now that’s someone I want to meet!

Marie France Van Damme

Marie France Van Damme – Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

Before departing on a recent trip to Hong Kong, my aunt gave me an article from Hello magazine about Montreal-born, Hong Kong-based, fashion designer, Marie France Van Damme. I instantly became fascinated by Marie France’s story and soon found myself at her super stylish, Kowloon atelier!

Amanda Lee Falkenberg

Amanda Lee Falkenberg – Composer

She started playing the piano at the age of two and a half and as a child dreamed of becoming a famous concert pianist, until a series of interesting career opportunities lead her to discover her incredible ability for music composition.

Portrait of Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura – Chef

When a friend of mine who is Deputy Editor of a prestigious Australian magazine, told me she managed to line-up an interview with the chef from the No. 1 restaurant on the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, I politely begged her if I could tag along too.

Marco Quaglia – Actor

Twenty-five years ago, I was a young drama graduate attending a Shakespeare summer school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. After school on the first day, I went to a local pub with a bunch of other international students and there I met fellow classmate, Marco Quaglia.

Gillian Dowland

Gillian Dowland – Jewellery Designer

Driving around Dubai recently, I was fascinated by how the city’s planning was resulting in very distinct commercial areas such as the Dubai Design District (D3), Business Bay, and the Dubai Gold and Diamond Park. It is in this latter commercial hub where I meet Australian jewellery designer, Gillian Dowland, in her showroom.