Sandro Salsano is an Italian self-made entrepreneur, businessman, investor and philanthropist.
Born in Italy on September 25 1979, he grew up in Campania, Italy where he was a professional basketball player until he decided to move to Milan to study at Bocconi University.
Sandro graduated from Bocconi University Milan with full honors with an MBA Exchange program from the University of San Diego California, an Executive program from Harvard Business School and a Leadership program from INCAE Business School.
His first job was at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in London. He later became a shareholder and partner in an investment bank in former Soviet Union, he sold his shares after Goldman Sachs acquired a stake. He co-founded what became one of the largest factoring companies for exporters to Central America and the Caribbean.
Sandro has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2014. This honor is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the most distinguished and inspiring leaders under the age of 40. Selection Committee is headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Past Young Global Leaders from around the world include Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Facebook Inc, Larry Page, Co-Founder & CEO, Google; Sergey Brin, Co-Founder/President, Google, Elon Musk, Chairman, Tesla Motors, Leonardo Di Caprio, actor.
He is often featured on several medias like CNBC, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN.
He was regarded as one of the top 50 business leaders in Latin America under 40 (2014 and 2015).
He is a member and a donor among others of the Clinton Foundation, Elton John Aids Foundation, Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, Amfar, Olga Sinclair Foundation.
He set up Salsano Shahani Foundation with his wife Johanna Shahani to improve kids education in Panama.
He has travelled to more than 100 countries (among those North Korea, Greenland, Tibet, Cuba, Iran, Ukraine, Tanzania).