Carlo Tortora Brayda di Belvedere born in Rome, Italy in 1969, is the founder and Executive Chairman of Tortora Brayda Institute for Partnership Excellence, a global Think Tank to promote collaboration.
Mr. Tortora Brayda is also Chief Executive Officer of Gorilla Corporation which has its roots in several companies he founded in the 90s, and re-acquired thereafter. Gorilla Corporation is a leading global partner development company responsible for the successful collaboration of hundreds of significant technology companies and household names.
His earliest work with the United Nations was as a Volunteer in the Office of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid in Geneva Switzerland. Shortly after that time, he met with former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali, and subsequently Kofi Annan several times. These were profoundly formative meetings focusing on the role of Public to Private Partnerships, Entrepreneurship and their role in international development.
Non-Profit Work in Africa and Working with the World Economic Forum
In 2003, he created Alchemy World Projects, an Ethiopian based Non Governmental Organization aimed at poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship and coordination with the government on private sector development. The program was successful and lifted thousands of people out of poverty, into employability and small-medium enterprise development. During this time he was appointed Advisor on Trade and Industry to the former Federal President, Girma Wolde-Ghiorgis. He also fulfilled an advisory role in Entrepreneurship development and Foreign Direct Investment to several Regional Presidents, in particular the President of Amhara State, the historical heartland of Ethiopia, covering more than 20 million inhabitants.
Due to this track record in development he was selected by the World Economic Forum to be a Special Constituent Member, and to take an active role in the Forum for Africa held usually in Cape Town, South Africa. During this time he engaged numerous leaders of other African nations looking to develop their private sector and drive forward entrepreneurship, as well as private sector actors like Microsoft and UN Agencies, namely UNICEF, ILO (International Labor Organization), ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and UNDP (United Nations Development Program).
Carlo was asked to speak at several United Nations Summits, including the World Summit for Information Society, and the United Nations International Telecommunication Union.
Back to technology
In 2010 he returned to the business of technology, creating Gorilla Corporation and going down a path of Mergers and Acquisitions. In the ongoing spirit of Public to Private Partnerships, he signed Gorilla Corporation to be a Sector D Member of the ITU to be at the forefront of internet policymaking and standardization.
After his move to Silicon Valley, California to spearhead Technology Partner Development, he was invited by the World Economic Forum to be an expert contributor to a panel in support of the G20, to explore Global Risks in 2012. Since then his only focus has been on supporting Partnership Excellence in all its forms within all areas of technology growth, including the Think Tank’s core tracks: Cybersecurity, Cloud/Data Center, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
The work he started with Alchemy World Projects now continues with Enterprising Ethiopia, and the “Defend the Lion” Initiative for Conservation and Eco-Entrepreneurship. An information systems engineer, with focus on Artificial Intelligence, and with his subsequent companies, Carlo won numerous business awards including the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year, South East of England, Shell Livewire Greatest Employment Potential, Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award presented by Boris Johnson, Guildford Mayor’s Cup, and was honored to join Queen Elizabeth II Golden Coronation private event at St James’ Palace in London.
Carlo comes from an ancient and prominent Italian family and is the Marquess of Belvedere, Marquess of San Giuliano, Duke della Chiusa, Duke of Forli, Count of Policastro, Baron of Tortora, Baron of Teverola, Lord of Belvedere, Palmoli, Fratta Piccola, Molfetta, Sapri, Le Boccati. Carlo is Uncle to the Solomonic Princes, Their Imperial Highnesses, Yokshan and Joel Makonnen Haile Selassie, in the Royal succession of the Ethiopian throne.
Work aside he has a keen interest in history and philosophy. Carlo is also a devoted husband and father of two wonderful children. He resides in the Silicon Valley, California area, and the south of France.
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