Nunzia Melaccio


Nunzia Melaccio, independent director and Chairperson of DECALIA SIM, is Equity Partner at Studio Legale Alpeggiani in Milan, where she is in charge of financial and banking law practice.

She started her professional career in 2000 and since then she has been dealing with the regulation of Italian and foreign financial and banking intermediaries, both in terms of authorization and on-going operations. She has an extensive expertise in the distribution of financial instruments, both domestic and cross-border, and in the structuring and establishment of investment funds.

Rodolfo De Benedetti

Vice Chairman

Rodolfo De Benedetti has worked for Lombard Odier and Shearson Lehman Brothers in the United States. Furthermore, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors and majority co-shareholder of the Italian group CIR, of which he was the CEO for 18 years. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School’s European Advisory Board and member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.

He holds a Master’s degree in Political Economy and a master’s degree in Law from the University of Geneva.

Other positions in the DECALIA Group:  Partner, Head of Fund Managers and Product Strategy, member of the Executive Committee, member of the Strategy Committee.

Gian Carlo Grassini

Executive Director

Gian Carlo Grassini is Executive Director since May 2020 and has forty years of experience in credit and financial markets where he covered several roles.

Prior to his current position Gian Carlo Grassini was General Manager of Banca Albertini Syz & C. and Board Member of Albertini Syz Investimenti Alternativi SGR. Prior to Banca Albertini Syz & C. he worked in Banca Euromobiliare as operations manager, besides being Secretary of the Board of Directors of all Euromobiliare Group companies. He started his career in Banca di Legnano (Comit Group), then continued in Credem Group. He was also Vice Chairman and Chairman of Amga Legnano S.p.A. Group.

Giorgio Makula

Board Member

Giorgio Makula is Board Member and has thirty years of experience in the financial markets, where he has played several roles.

Before joining DECALIA, Giorgio Makula headed the Rome and Florence offices of Banca Leonardo and was Vice Chairman of Leonardo SGR. Prior to that, he worked at Deutsche Bank, as Executive Director of DB SIM, Managing Director of Deutsche Bank AG as Head of Equity in Italy, Board Member of DB Fondi. Furthermore, he was Board member at Euram Bank (Vienna), Kairos Fund Int. and One Investment (Lugano).

Francesco Figliomeni

Board Director, Head of Wealth Management

Francesco Figliomeni holds a bachelor in business administration from Bocconi University in Milan.

He started his career at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore Spa as a controller and business analyst. Then he moved to Banca Profilo Spa in the asset management division, managing funds and private accounts. Before moving to DECALIA, he worked for a family office taking care of the private equity investments.

Jody Vender

Board Member and Senior Advisor

Jody Vender has over 40 years of experience in alternative investment. In 2008, he co-founded Astor SIM, which was acquired by DECALIA Asset Management in 2016. Prior to that, Jody Vender founded and managed Sopaf in 1978, a company active in private equity, financial intermediation, real estate intermediation and trading, before selling the company in 2005.

Jody Vender holds a BA degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan, where he has also been a Finance Professor from 1977 to 2004. He sat on the Board of AIFI (Italian Venture Capital Association) and of several companies, such as Rinaldo Piaggio, Buitoni, Zanussi, Mondadori and Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura. He is currently a Board Member of Humanitas, Coeclerici, Prelios, Assiteca, Guber and Jove Invest.

Nicoló Miscioscia, ACCA

Board member

Nicoló Miscioscia is a chartered accountant (ACCA) and holds a Bsc with honours in Management from Cass Business School in London. He began his career as an auditor in the financial sector, spending 4 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Geneva and Luxembourg. He then co-founded U-Start Club in Lugano, a venture capital platform targeting family offices and private investors, as well as an e-commerce platform based in Torino. At DECALIA, he takes part in the development of new products, with a special focus on illiquid strategies.

Other positions within the DECALIA Group: Head of Private Markets.