Gianfranco Chicco - Photo by Taran Wilkhu

Gianfranco Chicco is a London-based curator, marketing strategist, writer and a Japanophile working at the intersection of design, technology and craft. With a passion for storytelling and craftsmanship, he bridges the digital and physical worlds to create unique experiences that enrich and delight audiences, opening new perspectives on business and culture.

Gian is the former Head of Content and Digital of the London Design Festival and London Design Biennale (2021-2023), two leading platforms that champion London as a global design capital and set the stage for world-leading contemporary design and design-led innovation, creativity and research.

He was European Marketing Director of The Webby Awards and The Lovie Awards (2016-2018), and a key member in the curation and production of the World Business Forum (2003-2007), the Picnic Festival (2009-2010), Frontiers of Interaction (2010), and Social Media Week (2013-2016) among many others.

Gian curates The Craftsman Newsletter and is working on a book about what we can learn from Japanese craftspeople to create a better way of living and working by bringing together the slow pace and depth of feeling of the physical world with the innovation and convenience of digital technology.

Gian holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA) in Argentina, and an executive MBA from the Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Management in Italy.

Originally from Argentina, he is also Italian and has lived in Buenos Aires, Milan, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Madrid before moving to London in 2013.

[Last updated: January 2024]