Who we are


Marina Development Corporation is a company whose mission it is to regenerate destinations by marinas at the Mediterranean Sea. The projects aim to responsibly deliver high end, mixed use, lifestyle and community driven developments for the local and international demand, combining spectacular natural beauty with all the conveniences and comfort that modern life requires.

Marina Development Corporation is a member of and actively collaborates with the following networks:

1. UN Global Compact delle Nazioni Unite
2. Urban Land Institute
3. Green Building Council Italia
4. Associazione Infrastrutture Sostenibili
5. Confindustria Imperia


Giuseppe Noto

Chief Executive Officer

  • Biography
    • Giuseppe Noto is responsible for the overall management of MDC, and he has significant management experience in real estate development and urban transformation in Italy, Serbia, Bahrain, Oman and Dubai. Giuseppe has worked with some of the best International Real Estate Developers in delivering world class lifestyle destinations, large-scale master-planned projects and creating intrinsic value by meeting global demands. He was previously Development Director at Meraas Holding in Dubai He had managerial positions at BNP Paribas Real Estate in Milan, prior to moving to the Emirates in 2014, and he is a member of the RICS and of the European Council of the Urban Land Institute. Giuseppe has a Master of Science in Architecture by the Politecnico di Milano and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from SDA Bocconi.
Federico Sara

Director – Project Management

  • Biography
    • Federico Sara is responsible for the firm’s project management and procurement. He worked for over 15 years as Project Leader for a leading Italian private construction consultancy, and he has extensive knowledge in the design of marinas and shipyards, including all the related facilities, after working on projects in Ventimiglia, San Lorenzo al Mare, Sanremo and Civitavecchia. He graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of RomaTre. Federico has an in-depth knowledge of building technologies certified both by the Klima House and Passive House Institute.
Marco Dall’Orso

Director – Development

  • Biography
    • Marco Dall’Orso is highly experienced in creating innovative strategies and taking concrete actions to enhance and launch sustainable urban regeneration and real estate development strategies that deliver superior risk-adjusted returns. He can effectively liaise and negotiate at highest levels in complex multiple-stakeholder environments. Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has a Civil Engineering degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Genoa, a Master’s Degree in Sciences, Distinction, from the Imperial College in London and an MBA Valedictorian from IMD in Lausanne. Marco is the author/co-author of several papers and books. His most recent book “Urban regeneration and real estate development – turning real estate assets into engines for sustainable social economic progress” was published by Springer.
Luca Varricchio

Director – Finance

  • Biography
    • Luca Manlio Varricchio is responsible for the development and execution of the financial strategies for both the company and their current projects. He has accumulated over 10 years’ experience working in the Real Estate industry. He was previously in the Finance department at CBRE. He started his career in the international network of Ernst & Young S.p.A. as auditor and consultant, leading and managing a wide variety of projects within the financial services industry, with particular focus on real estate. He has a PhD in Economics and Management from the University of Pavia and a Master’s Degree in Sciences in Management, majoring in Finance at Bocconi University, Milan. Luca is a qualified Chartered Accountant registered at the ODCEC of Milan and a Statutory Auditor registered at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Rome.
Monica Anzola

Director – Asset Management

  • Biography
    • Monica Anzola has over ten years’ experience in managing value-added and core real estate portfolios for international institutional investors. She has been an Asset Manager at Hines Italy, following important redevelopment and management projects of prestigious properties located in the centre of Milan and Florence. Before joining Hines, she was a Fund Manager at BNP Paribas.
Cristiano Casamatta

Manager – Development

  • Biography
    • Architect with international experience gained across Europe, Asia and Middle East Cristiano started his professional career in INRES Coop, a multi-disciplinary company specialised in large scale shopping malls. In 2005 he relocated to Shanghai (China) where he was responsible of master planning design within two large super-prime American architectural firms. Philip Johnson& Alan Ritchie Architects and Arquitectonica. After 10 years of Asia, Cristiano joined Majid Al Futtaim Properties, one of the largest key developers in the MENA region, where he held the position of head of shopping malls and large mixed use developments design. He holds a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Florence.
Roberto Berio

Manager – Communication & Public Relations

  • Biography
    • Roberto Berio is Head of Public Relations and coordinator of the Press Office. He is member of the National Register of Italian Journalists and was the Chief Editor of Secolo XIX (Liguria’s principal newspaper). He has been a Director at Telesanremo, Canale31 and Odeon TV and on four occasions been in the Press Office for the Sanremo Festival. He also gained experience as general manager of a nautical-hotel group.
Luciano Cosco

Manager – Infrastructure

  • Biography
    • Luciano Cosco is responsible for all technical activities related to network sub-services and urbanisation. He manages relations with service companies and public offices responsible for managing and controlling utilities at all levels. His technical skills also allow him to take on the role of managing the maintenance of structures and facilities, as well as assistant to the Works Management. Luciano was Technical Director of AIGA SPA for over twenty years and a member of the Automobile Club of Monaco.
Manuela Ravalli

Manager – Placemaking

  • Biography
    • Manuela is responsible for events, communication strategies and PR. She is co-founder of one of the most authoritative online fundraising platforms in Europe and based in the United States. Currently a Board Member of the Scientific Committee Mater IULM University of Milan, lecturing post graduates in strategic philanthropy and CSR. Manuela holds a Law Degree from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
Ginevra Filippi

Executive Assistant

  • Biography
    • Ginevra Filippi provides highly professional daily support to the CEO and team. Ginevra graduated in Languages at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and also studied abroad (Canada, Australia, France) and most recently she worked as Administrative Manager in a Yacht Broker’s Company in Monaco.


Robert Thielen

Special Advisor to the Board

  • Biography
    • Rob Thielen is the Founder and Chairman of Waterland, one of the best performing private equity groups in the world, with offices in 11 countries in Europe and about 750 acquisitions made in over 20 countries, the private equity group has a combined cumulative capital base of approximately € 10bio. Before he started Waterland, Thielen gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions as manager/shareholder of RWP, later on acquired by the Investec group. He was general manager of his family’s fashion retail group. Earlier on, he worked with the turn-around advisory firm IMCG and the Corporate Finance Group of ABN AMRO Bank. Was a non-executive member of the board of RPS plc, a London Stock Exchange quoted company active in environmental consultancy and of Arxes NCC AG, an IT service provider quoted at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  He was a member of the visiting faculty of the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University). Thielen graduated in tax law at the University of San Diego in California, USA, and obtained a degree in tax law at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, the Netherlands.
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