Discover my story
I am on a mission to (co)-create solutions to our biggest challenges and empower others to make an impact and live fulfilling lives.
A social and systems entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience, I am currently focused on participating in the deep transformation of our societal and economic systems.
I do so in different ways. I primarily work to transform tourism both at the community level and at scale. I also help advance the SDGs and the field of social innovation by engaging in innovative and impactful collaborations. Finally, I commit time to support others to make an impact and develop sustainable models that generate wellbeing and contribute to building a circular and regenerative society.
As a social entrepreneur, I co-founded Venezia Autentica, Overtourism Solution, and the upcoming collective systems change initiative, Tourism Allies.
Our work has been featured on CNN, BBC, Forbes and more. We’ve been highlighted as “frontrunners” by the industry and honoured for “changing society through (digital) social innovation”.
At the community level, our activities have redirected millions of tourists’ euros towards a more circular and responsible economy that supports the local community and heritage. On the other hand, our messages to transform the way people see and impact their destination and nudge the industry towards more sustainable practices have reached over 100 million people in 2020 alone. Last but not least, we also have the privilege to regularly share our model, mindset and learning with leaders across government and industry.
Previously, I co-established a leading community and cultural space in Bangalore, consulted for Fortune 500s, and developed models that leverage technology, community and shared experience to connect and empower people.
Some of this earlier work earned my team and me to be featured in Rolling Stones, and, to date, it stills makes me feel like we were rock stars. 😉
Life is made of choices, and entrepreneurship of risk mitigation. This is why I chose not to go beyond the modelling phase of two passion projects I was working on and to prioritise instead addressing the displacement of the community I was living in. These projects aimed respectively at empowering people of all backgrounds to build something of their own and at supporting people living with invisible disorders as well as their caregivers. However, I never stopped thinking about them. I remain committed to these causes, and you are likely to see me going back to them when the time is right. If you work in these areas, especially that of healing and brain and mental wellbeing, you have an easy way to catch my attention…
Beyond empowering people to solve their own problem(s), another passion of mine is to seek to challenge and change narratives and mindsets. Indeed, I am a firm believer in the power of the story we tell ourselves and each other.
I am someone who loves people and the magic that happens when we come together. This might be why I have invested in building communities wherever I lived, whether in France, India or Italy.
By doing so, I have (co)-led the organisation, production and design of 100s of events and experiences that brought people together, from small gigs to three-day festivals in fields such as performance arts, scientific popularisation, entrepreneurship & innovation and more.
Today, besides keeping my hands dirty by practising changemaking, I also regularly speak at international policy and industry conferences on sustainability & regeneration, social innovation & entrepreneurship and tourism.
Some recent noteworthy appearances include the Bled Strategic Forum 2019, the Global Social Economic Forum 2020 & 2021, and the EU SEW High-Level Policy Conference 2021.
As I consider myself privileged to live a life of purpose and fully acknowledge the importance of key people and role models on my journey, I commit some of my time to give back.
To do so, I serve as a coach, mentor, facilitator and educator and work directly with individuals or in partnerships with institutions and organisations.
Each time, my role is to support students, teams and leaders at all stages of their social innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship journey.
Some of my current and past partners include the UN, the European Commission, Ashoka, GSTC, TBS Business School and Wake Forest University.
Beyond this, I try to nurture and advance change wherever I can bring value.
I serve on the board of Catalyst 2030, a coalition of social innovators and co-chair its Europe Chapter, collaborating to nurture the field of social entrepreneurship.
I have also had the honour to be named by the European Commission an ambassador of the EUSEW, the biggest event on sustainable energy in Europe both in 2020 and 2021.
You will also find me engaged in several other joyful catalytic collaborations with inspiring and diverse people. We share stories and laughter as we conspire to make the world a better place.
I have received academic training in sciences (health & biology), business management, and executive training in social entrepreneurship & innovation.
However, I remain convinced that it is the people and beings I have been blessed enough to encounter who have taught me the most.
A believer in constant growth, I am an avid learner, constantly seeking to develop my knowledge and skills in anything that challenges me or catches my attention.
Because I have been living with migraine since I was 12, and I have a deep love and admiration for nature, I place empathy and the wellbeing of people and our planet at the core of everything I do.
I am from a French and Malagasy family and currently live in Venice, Italy, after several years spent in Bangalore, India.
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
I use communication, advocacy and entrepreneurial methodologies to (help) create innovative solutions to some of our more pressing issues.
Although I initially come from the field of Health & Biology, I am industry agnostic.
Rather than confining myself to an industry, I leverage my transferable skills and mental models to challenge the status-quo where I have lived experience and can bring value.
Community Building and Ecosystem Development
I don’t believe that any significant impact and change can happen if we work and live in silos.
Therefore, for the past 15 years, I have been seeking to build communities and ecosystems where different groups of people can immerse in shared experiences.
From running a physical community and art venue, to organising small and large scale events, and enabling virtual and in person connections through online and offline platforms, bringing people together as been a throughline of my journey.
Inspiration, Knowledge Generation and Dissemination
I think that as individuals the power that we have to transform our society resides in our belief that we can and in the tools and knowledge that we have.
The same way that my change-making journey was enabled by a conversation with someone who believed in me, I seek to equip others with the belief and tools they need to take the plunge and realize their potential.
Valeria is an energizer and an inspiring social entrepreneur. Valeria’s fascinating journey has led her to deal with challenging societal problems at a local and global level such as over-tourism, and as a brilliant entrepreneur she builds and creates projects and solutions, takes different strategies –policy changing, grassroot works with the people and flips every stone to promote a solution. I participated with Valeria in the Ashoka Mediterranean Visionary Program. Throughout the program, Valeria connected with people, led the teamwork, made sure to build organized programs, and connected very different and diverse people to common challenges. Today we are collaborating on a new project, a movement striving for co-existence between people around the Mediterranean and Europe regions. Valeria continues to promote the connection between the people and is constantly looking for more places to impact. She is undoubtedly one of the most exciting entrepreneurs and managers I have ever met
My secret sauce
A transversal empathetic thinker, energetic communicator with an innovative mindset grounded in systemic thinking, attentive listening, theoretical understanding and data analysis
I have a wide range of experiences and knowledge acquired living and travelling worldwide, working in diverse sectors and industries and engaging in frequent and rich conversations with a wide range of stakeholders. The most commonly referenced of my skills and talents are my ability to listen, communicate and mobilise people and energies, my promptness to strategise and innovate, turning ideas into tangible business and impact models. These models never forget to remind that I have a knack for ethical marketing and human-centred use of (digital) technologies.
My approaches are always lean and both user friendly and centred.
I ground my work and advice in a desire to develop an as deep as possible understanding of the world around us and the people who inhabited it based on attentive listening, lifelong learning and data understanding.
Human-centric innovation for the good of people, places and the planet
I am a firm believer in innovation and the power of people.
I’m convinced that the 21st century will be a significant milestone for humankind and that it is in our control to make it a remarkably positive one.
My interest lies in innovations developed to make a positive social or environmental impact, particularly in the fields of sustainability, environment, social justice, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and economic development.
I believe business and innovation should be forces for good and in tech, media and end-users’ potential to create change.
If you were to ask me which of my dreams should become a reality, it would be to live in a world which is fair to everybody, both economically and socially, and where our environment and all forms of lives receive the respect they deserve.
Are you looking for an open, energetic and efficient result-oriented communicator who places empathy, impact, and listening at the core of each of her interventions? In that case, I’ll be happy to discuss speaking at or moderating your event, creating and delivering workshops for your teams and students, or supporting you or your team on your journey..
Have I said that I do not believe in any of us being able to create a truly significant impact on our own? Living this spirit, I collaborate with leaders, organisations and institutions towards a shared vision. From collaboration and co-creation projects to chair and board positions and ambassadorships, there are many ways we can develop mutually beneficial – truly joyful – relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT KIND OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
Asides from my job as a social innovator, I dedicate some of my time to support others to make an impact and live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I do so by building communities and sharing my personal and professional experiences and insights. Coaching, facilitation and speaking are some of my favorite ways to empower others but I'm highly adaptable and love innovation. Do feel free to drop me a line if you have something in mind that you'd like to explore together!
DO YOU PROVIDE YOUR SERVICE IN PERSON OR REMOTELY?
Both. It all depends on what's the most adapted to meeting your objectives and the needs of your target audience.
ARE YOUR PROGRAMS STANDARDISED OR CUSTOM CRAFTED?
The content of my coaching programs is completely personalized to your need. The format can be either set or custom-crafted.
My workshops content and formats are created based on or adapted to your objectives and that of your audience.
How does coaching work?
Depending on your needs, established during our first call, we will set up objectives and a frequency of video calls and potential other touch points to which we will commit and towards which we will work to bring you closer to your objectives.
All our conversations and work together is strictly confidential.
DO YOU ENGAGE IN 1 ON 1 coaching or advising?
Absolutely. I love 1 on 1 coaching sessions!
can you do group coaching or advising?
Yes, absolutely. Let me know what you have in mind.
I am also in the process of creating a group coaching program. Stay tuned
during coaching, will we focus only on work matters or also explore personal predicaments?
This depends on you, your objectives, focus and how much time we will spend together.
Personally, I do not believe in the separation between the personal and professional selves. I believe we are one person that evolves in several environments.
As you know, taking care of the personal self has a huge impact on professional performance. Similarly, leading a fulfilling and balanced professional life is key to your overall wellbeing.
Depending on your objectives, focus and how much time we will spend together, we will explore more or less complexity and touch on the leverages that will most advance you to get to your goals.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ADVISING ROLES?
Yes, I am. If there is the right fit, of course.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING BOARDS?
Yes, I am. If there is the right fit, of course.
CAN I HIRE YOU FOR A WORKSHOP AT MY SCHOOL? At MY COMPANY?
Of course. I love to design and facilitate programs that help you and your audience meet your objectives.
CAN I BOOK YOU TO SPEAK AT MY EVENT?
Yes, please. I love to share my experience and learning.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING AND CONSULTING?
Coaching: When I coach you, I am here to enable you to solve problems or change things for the better
Consulting: When I am your consultant, I come as the "expert" who will solve your problem(s) for you
DO YOU DO CONSULTING?
I can, yes. If the project is the right fit.
CAN YOU HELP EXECUTE?
Yes, I can. If the help you need is part of the skills I excel at and something I feel like investing time on.
Otherwise, If I can, I will be happy to recommend someone from my network.
Please note that execution comes at an extra cost to all coaching and consulting programs.
Let’s make an Impact together!
Do you have a question? Would you like to talk? Don’t be shy. Reach out and send me a note to discuss how I can help you meet your objectives.
I look forward to speaking with you.