Life often brings unexpected journeys that change our perspectives and motivations. I never imagined living in Italy and stepping inside the Roman Colosseum that seemed so remote in my high school history textbook and Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” film; or tasting a salty pistachio gelato for the first time, while watching the Vesuvius volcano in the distance from the waterfront in Naples.

Italy is a feast for the senses, that captivated my heart more than six years ago and didn’t let me leave. It’s a cradle of western culture, elegance and decadent gastronomy that has influenced my worldview, leading me to appreciate the importance of craftsmanship and tradition, as primal values that should be preserved throughout time.

My name is Roberto and I’m a filmmaker and new media artist from Colombia. Together with my wife Agustina who is a designer, we lived the dramatic transformation of Milan, the city we call our home. Since the World Expo in 2015, Milan has gained momentum, positioning itself as a vibrant cultural destination and market, apart from being already the financial and industrial hub of Italy.

Thanks to various collaborations in the field of applied arts, I became aware of the fact that there is a vast unexploited potential to develop alternative ventures in the fields of art and design. For this reason, I decided to pursue an MBA to access the information and skills they don’t teach you in art school.

I chose the International MBA program at MIP, because I believe it values the diversity of its candidates and carries the renowned excellence of the Politecnico di Milano, as a technology research-oriented international institution. During my studies, I aim to be enriched and inspired by an international group of professionals from different disciplines and hope to build networking bridges, to address potential for collaborations in the media, design and cultural industries. I expect this MBA experience at MIP to aid me diversify my career path, while expanding my horizon as an entrepreneur.

I invite you to join me on my journey through the International MBA program for the next twelve months. An exciting adventure which I’m sure will bring many unexpected surprises and formative experiences, that will transform me in ways I still cannot even imagine and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Stay tuned for my next chapter after the Kick off week of the International MBA 2018, where I will introduce you to the campus and my first impressions of the program…