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Walter Mariotti

Domus Magazine / Editorial Director

Born and raised in the province of Siena, he graduated with full honours in theoretical philosophy from the University of Siena, with a thesis on conceptual anamorphosis from Anaximander to Heidegger.

He then continued his studies in semantics and the history of ideas in Louvain and subsequently at Harvard, whereas a “Special Student” he researched the concepts of ruling class value and training. Upon returning to Italy, after an Executive Program at the Bocconi in Milan, he was the top PhD candidate at the Complexity School, University of Bergamo.

His professional career began as a non-tenured researcher and professor at various universities. He then entered the Public Administration as a director in the sectors of culture, public relations and strategic planning. During this time he also began collaborating with the culture sections of newspapers and magazines, with an intense activity as a columnist and reporter.

After moving to Milan, he became a professional journalist and started conceiving and directing magazines. For Classeditori he managed Campus and Class, including the special series ClassArte. For RCS he conceived and managed I Viaggi del Sole, dedicated to the emerging overclass. For Gruppo 24 Ore he was in charge of the New Initiatives sector by creating English 24, Intelligence in Lifestyle, The Other woman. Hired by Mondadori, he was tasked with conceptually redesigning Panorama, the historic weekly magazine for which he later became Deputy Editor-in-Chief, before being asked to set-up and direct Periferie, the magazine conceived by the architect Renzo Piano who had just been appointed lifetime senator.

After his time at the Senate, he was invited by the Swiss company Media Ti to redesign and reposition two newspapers (Corriere del Ticino and Giornale del Popolo) and two magazines (Sette and Extra). During that period, he also became Managing Editor of Economia & Management, the magazine of the Bocconi’s School of Management, which he transformed into a multichannel platform.

Founder of QUID, a boutique of culture economy and strategic consultation, Mariotti has collaborated as an advisor for many Italian and international industrial and financial groups, including Italcementi, AXA, BCG, Linklaters, Ministry of Environmental and Cultural Heritage.

In September 2017, he was appointed Editorial Director of Domus, with the task of conceiving, directing and developing the Domus System (magazine, site, archive, events, intelligence) and of reporting directly to the President, Maria Giovanna Mazzocchi Bordone.

His books include L’economia di Pound, Alfabeto del postcapitalismo, Bellezza.

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