Our International Team of Experts

The beginning of our story is rooted in language learning and the experience of not being able to communicate even when knowing several languages. We saw the opportunity for the birth and use of an advanced iconic language - one that allows a high-level communication, with a sound linguistic background study, and that also exploits the clarity of modern computer icons. Communicating with Icons can be precise, engaging and fun!

Management Team

Cesco Reale

Project Founder

  • Italian in Switzerland
  • Engineer and communicator
  • World Polyglot Gathering committee
  • UN representative of the World Esperanto Association
  • 10+ languages

Flaviano Tarducci

Head of Sales

  • Italo-Argentinian in Italy
  • Business development, sales, strategy
  • Over 6 years of experience in startups and charities
  • Italian, English, Spanish

Jonathan Gockel

Finance officer

  • Frenchman in France and Switzerland
  • Expert in fundraising microfinance and digital advocacy
  • 7 years of experience public affairs and international NGOs
  • French, English, Spanish

Linguistic Team

Marwan Kilani

Linguist

  • Swiss in Germany
  • PhD in Egyptology
  • Expert of writing system
  • Italian, French, English, Spanish, 10+ ancient languages

Nadu Barbashova

Semiotic research

  • Russian - US American in Germany
  • B.A in Art and Philosophy
  • Semiotics enthusiast
  • Applying student of Master in English Linguistics
  • Russian, English, German, Spanish, Thai

André Müller

Polyglot consultant

  • German in Switzerland
  • PhD student on languages of Burma
  • Expert of writing systems and planned languages
  • 10+ languages

Bernhard Appelhaus

IKON for medicine

  • German in Germany
  • BA-student of Linguistics and Spanish at Bremen University
  • Dentist since 1990
  • German, English, Spanish

Graphic Team

Alexandre Xiao

Graphic designer

  • French-Chinese in Switzerland
  • Graphic designer
  • Student in history of art at Neuchâtel University
  • French, Chinese, English

Florilú Petruzzelli

Graphic designer

  • Italian in Italy
  • MS degree in Design
  • Student in Digital Innovation Design
  • Italian, English

Sylvestre Thiaw

Graphic designer

  • Senegalese in France
  • Web design student
  • Graphic designer
  • French, Wolof, English

Edgar Walthert

Design advisor

Araceli Gimenez Lorente

Graphic designer

  • Spaniard in Spain
  • Scientific illustrator
  • Teacher at Higher Education School of Art and Design
  • Researcher in Math, Physics and Aesthetics
  • Spanish, Catalan, Basque, German, English, French

Benno Fischer

Graphic designer

  • German in Switzerland
  • Graphic designer
  • InDesign, Illustrator
  • Expert in font creation
  • German, French, English, Spanish, Esperanto

Filippo Buzzini

Sketching officer

  • Swiss in Switzerland
  • Visual Practitioner
  • Expert in visual communication
  • Chief Sketching Officer (CSO) at Sketchy Solutions
  • Italian, French, English, Spanish, German

Development Team

Roman Oechslin

Head developer

  • Swiss in Switzerland
  • Robotics engineer and consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • German, English, French, Norwegian

Mirko Cappuccia

IT consultant

  • Italian in Italy
  • Project Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Italian, English

Alejandro Sanchez Medina

Developer

  • Spaniard in Esperantujo and elsewhere
  • Software developer GitHub
  • Spanish, English, Esperanto

Esteban Quiñones

Ikonometer developer

  • Ecuadorian in France
  • Web design student
  • Web Developer
  • Spanish, French, English

Partners

SayDigital, ICT consulting agency in Rome specialized in digital transformation

Mentors

Maurizio Tormen

Strategy mentor

  • Italian in Switzerland
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Business Development and Strategy
  • Start-up launch & management
  • Italian, French, English

Eugenio Grapa

IT and strategy mentor

  • Mexican in Germany, France, US
  • 20 years in Marketing, Project Management, Innovation
  • Expert in Application Product Development
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Founder Institute, Director, Frankfurt
  • 6+ languages

Dimitrios Polychronopoulos

Network mentor

  • Greek in Norway
  • Multilingual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist, MBA
  • Founder Institute, BI Norwegian Business School.
  • 10+ languages

Pedro Paiva

Strategy and business development mentor

  • Portuguese-Swiss in Switzerland
  • IoT-Digital Business
  • Transformation Leadership
  • Management & Execution of Business, Technology and Innovation Strategy
  • Multi-cultural Team Management
  • Portuguese, French, English, German, Spanish, Italian

Satish Gaekwad

Strategy and network mentor

  • Indian in Great Britain
  • "Technology Outsourcing" expert in Sales, Marketing & Partnerships
  • Product Management & Operational excellence
  • Mentor at (i) Founder Institute (ii) RBS FinTech Accelerator & (iii) NASSCOM DeepTech Club, London
  • Electronics Engineer with an MBA
  • English, Hindi, Marathi, Konkani

Academic recommendations

Siska Fitrianie (former researcher in iconic languages, postdoc in Interactive Intelligence Group, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Michele Gazzola (Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, University of Ulster, UK; editor of the journal "Language Problems & Language Planning").

Federico Gobbo (Professor of Interlinguistics and Esperanto, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Raphaël Maître (Linguist, Univ. of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Dario Martinelli (Semiotician, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)

Daniel Peraya (retired professor of University of Geneva, creator of the Iconomètre)

Stefano Rezzonico (Linguist, Prof. at Univ. Montréal, Canada),

Elisabetta Zuanelli (expert in iconic ontologies, Professor of Digital Communication, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)