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Speakers - 2019

The LEVEL UP! 2019 speaker lineup will be revealed soon!

After a very amazing start in 2018 (over 25 AAA developers from all around the world), next edition of conference will gather 50+ of the best worldwide games industry creators in 4 tracks.

Mario Palmero

Unreal Engine Technical Evangelist @ Epic Games

Mario Palmero worked as game and app design teacher at Escuela de Profesiones Artisticas (SUR) in Madrid.


Game Design Director @ King

Fawzi is a passionate Creative Director, Game designer, Manager, author, public speaker and retired e-sports player.



Mila Irek is among the most respected exponents of the new generation of lead quest designers for video games.



Highly experienced leader, developer and video games enthusiast.



Arno is Senior Character Artist at Guerrilla Games in Amsterdam.


Game Developer @ Stray Fawn Studio

Philomena Schwab is a game designer and community manager from Zurich, Switzerland.

Tatiana Delgado

Game Designer @ Founder Out of The Blue

Tatiana Delgado Yunquera, with over 16 years’ experience in the gaming industry as a Game Designer.

Patrick Gladys

Senior Environment Artist @ Cloud Imperium Games

His career began at Crytek where he contributed to projects like Crysis 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and others.

Anne Toole

Narrative Designer, Writers Guild Award-winner

Anne Toole, Narrative designer, Writers Guild Award-winner, Member of IGDA (International Game Developers Association).

Luca Raffaelli

Journalist, essayist and screenwriter, expert in comics and animation - La Repubblica

Renowned as one of the greatest Italian experts in comics and animation film, Luca Raffaelli is a writer, essayist, screenwriter, and director.

Federico Ferrarese

concept artist 2D

Federico is a 2D concept artist, specialized in Mecha design.

Christian Steve Scampini


Christian is a professional concept artist with over 20 years of experience in the artistic field, of which more than a half part dedicated to video games.

Francesco Lavanga

CEO & Co-founder, Hologriffe SRL

Francesco is specialized in communication, pr, and sales with an international career.

Sari Lindberg

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist @ Remedy Entertainment Plc

After her Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Sari started working as Sales Assistant for Hansa World and then as Training Specialist for Frosmo Ltd, a Helsinki-based software and service company.

Andreas Firnigl

Coffee boy, cleaner and CEO @ Nosebleed Interactive

Andreas started his 17-year game industry career as a tester on driving games, with his first commercial credit on Big Mutha Truckers for Gamecube.

Jon Kimmich

CEO @ Software Illuminati LLC

Jon has been an investor, consultant and advisor to startups, accelerators and governmental organizations as well as established developers in the mobile and game sectors.

Luca Palmili

Unity3D Teacher @ AIV - Accademia Italiana Videogiochi

After taking his degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Luca started working as Real-time graphics developer and Interaction designer.

Oskar Edlund

3D artist @ Machinegames

Oskar Edlund is a 3D artist from Sweden.

Kim Aava

Lead 3D Artist @ DICE

Lead 3D Artist, specialist in environment and asset creation.

Tommaso Bonanni

FOUNDER and CEO @ Caracal Games

Tommaso is the mind behind Downward (2017) and OkunoKA (2018), ambitious projects for PC and Nintendo Switch, both appreciated by critics and winners of several awards.

Ante Vrdelja

Chief Marketing Officer @ Croteam

Ante is developing marketing strategies and leading the execution of marketing programs at Croteam, Croatia’s powerhouse studio behind Serious Sam and The Talos Principle.

Damjan Mravunac

Music composer / sound effects designer @ Croteam

Damjan Mravunac has been at the helm of Croteam's audio department for the past 20 years and has worked with many other dev teams across the globescoring more than 50 video games in his career.

Siro Toracchio

Mobile Marketing & Analytics Specialist

Multipotentialite marketing consultant helping startups and companies to launch mobile digital products, with a focus for games.

Nicola Sirago

2D Technical Artist @ Social Point - Take-Two Interactive

Nicola is a passionate designer and self-taught developer with a university background in arts, with both creative and analytical skills.



Stefano Cozzi has been in publishing and community management for over 12 years.

Tony Zander

Product & Development @ Vectr Ventures

 Tony Zander has over 20 years of experience shipping multiple AAA titles and emerging technologies.


OWNER @ UNBIT, CTO @ AIV, software developer @ Mindesk

Owner at Unbit and co-founder at Holey, Roberto is also lead programmer and Chief Executive Officer at AIV - Italian Video games Academy since 2015.

Tommaso Valentini

PR & Community Manager @ 3D Clouds

Tommaso Valentini has worked in the gaming industry acquiring deep knowledge of the market, starting from small videogames created by indipendent studios to bigger AAA productions.

Chris Filip

Product Manager, Co-founder @ Game Anglia

Chris is a Product Manager, Game Designer and social entrepreneur based in London.

Francesco Abbonizio

Technical Environment Artist @ CD PROJEKT RED

Francesco Abbonizio is Technical Environment Artist, RPG and fantasy addict.

Michele Caini

Freelance Senior Software Engineer

Graduated cum laude in Computer Engineering at Univesrità degli Studi di Firenze, Michele Caini is a Freelance Senior Software Engineer.

Giuseppe Spezzano

Agile Coach @ Tiny Bull Studio

Giuseppe is Agile coach passionate about video games.

Daniele Dionisi

Game Programmer @ Caracal Games

Daniele created from scratch a e-commerce platform for selling video games for a shop in Naples.

Sergio Rocco

Production Director @ 3D Clouds

After working as 3D artist and Product manager at Artematica and as Lead 3D artist at Milestone, Sergio Rocco joined the team at 3D Clouds.

Nikola Nikita Jeremić

Music Composer @ Waveform Studio

Nikola Nikita Jeremić is a young and aspiring music composer from Serbia. He is a self-educated musician and composer.

Kamil Klinowski

Economist and private investor. Early investor @11Bit_studios @Starward_Industries. PhD candidate at Polish Academy of Sciences

Economist & private investor. PhD candidate at Polish Academy of Sciences. Early investor at various gamedev studios in Poland.

LK Shelley

Managing Partner @ Affiniti Ventures | AV(M)

LK Shelley participated in and transacted investments from US$5-$900M and exited a couple of ventures of her own.

Tobias Sjogren

CEO @ Video Games Consulting

Experienced games executive, Tobias started as a programmer back in 1996 but quickly became focused on management and business development instead.

Christian Fonnesbech

Consulting Executive @ DDM and Head of IP Development @ Nordisk Film Games

Christian Fonnesbech is an independent consultant working with Ip 6 Brand development. He is also head of IP Development at Nordisk Film Games.

Maria Rita Mancaniello

Professor of Psychopedagogy and Pedagogy for Teenagers @ the University of Florence

Maria Rita Mancaniello, Professor of Psychopedagogy and Pedagogy for Teenagers at the University of Florence and Program Coordinator of UNESCO "Human Development and Peace Culture" Transdisciplinary Chair

Diego Ricchiuti

Digital Innovator and Creative Director @ Affinity Project

Co-founder and Creative Director at Affinity Project, an independent software house based in Italy.

Gabriele Capasso

CTO, Hologriffe SRL

Gabriele is a computer scientist with over 10 years of experience in the field. Since 2012, he has been working as a freelance consultant and expert for private and companies.

Ellen Vandenbruwaene

Producer @ Bohemia Interactive

Ellen is a young and talented independent game developer and producer

Mauro Uzzeo

Screenwriter and director active in comics, movie and tv fields.

Born in 1979, Mauro Uzzeo is a renowned screenwriter and director.

Lara Gianotti

Co-founder and Game Designer @ Antab Studio

Lara Gianotti is co-founder and game designer at Antab Studio.

Andrea Tabacco

CEO & Founder @ Antab Studio

Graduated in Comics and Screenwriting at Scuola superiore d’arte applicata del castello Sforzesco in Milan, Andrea Tabacco is CEO and founder of Antab Studio, a Milan-based game studio, founded in 2008.

Simone Silvestri

Environment Artist @ Remedy Entertainment

Born in 1990, Simone studied 3D Graphics at AIV.

Roberto Recchioni

Novelist, screenwriter, cartoonist, illustrator, and critic

Born in Rome in 1974, Roberto Recchioni is a screenwriter and scriptwriter for comics and movies. He is also an illustrator, a movie critic, and a web celeb.

Katja Centomo

Writer, CEO @ Red Whale, Intellectual Property Manager @ Ignition Publishing

Katja Centomo is a transmedia writer in the comic, animated cartoon and narrative for teens field.

Emanuele Sciarretta

Lawyer, specialised in copyright protection, Legal @ Ignition Publishing

Emanuele Sciarretta is a lawyer, specialised in contracts, company law and copyright protection, with an eye on its evolution and new technologies update.

Giuseppe Enrico Franchi

Co-founder and Lead Game Designer @ 34BigThings

Giuseppe Enrico Franchi is co-founder and Lead Game Designer at 34BigThings.

Teddy Florea

Director of Business Development @ Nordic Game

Teddy is a natural connector helping gaming developers and publishers reach out to any service needed in the industry.

Federico Righi

FX TD con HOUDINI, MPC - Moving Picture Company

Graduated in Computer Generated Animation at IED in Milan.

Daniele "Danko" Angelozzi

3D Artist and digital sculptor

He considers himself a “2.0 artisan” specialized in 3D modelling and digital sculpting.

Stefano Pinna

CEO and co-founder @ Forge Studios

Stefano Pinna attended 3D Art course at AIV (Italian Academy of Video Games) and then graduated in industrial design at I.S.I.A.

Giorgio Pomettini

Game Programmer and Teacher @ AIV

Teacher in programming and history of videogames at AIV.

Piero Savastano

Data scientist (AI)

Piero comes from pure research in bio-inspired robotics, he coded his first neural network from scratch at 19 years old.

Francesco Artibani

Comic writer and screenwriter @ Disney Italia

Comic book writer since 1992, screenwriter for Disney Italia of Topolino, PKNA , MMMM, and W.I.T.C.H., and co-creator of Monster Allergy and Kylion.