Meet the My Italian Link Team!

Wondering who's behind what you're reading? Well, here we are! Like the bedrock of My Link's concept, we believe our strength lies in our multicultural approach and passion for all things Italiane! Meet the hard-working, fun-loving My Italian Link family! Here's who we are, what we do and what our favourite Italian foods are!

Audrey Robin - Editor in Chief

Audrey lends her expertise in content production and editing to our web and print assembly. She manages all day-to-day delegations and operations, directs our editorial blueprints, and oversees production standards for our entire team. Audrey also devotes time to copy editing and tone integration for each piece.

Favourite Italian food: “PIZZA! I think I’ve tasted every single traditional topping ever! I’m a pizza lover. That’s all I am”

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Francesca Vallardi - Managing Editor

Francesca coordinates all cultural referencing between South Africa and Italy. She is our official liaison for commercial and institutional partners, and handles all advertising, sales and marketing of the website and magazine. Her management of our budget and marketing goals guides all production planning.

Favourite Italian food:Strictly Neapolitan mozzarella, parmigiano and prosciutto from Parma (with a view of Capri’s shimmering sea).”

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Céline Faillères - Artistic Director

Celine’s duties centre around her role as graphic designer, but also extend to visual strategy development and the representation of every layout and aesthetic aspect of both our online and print content. She conceives, develops and implements all of My Link’s artistic visions, and executes all creative branding identities.

Favourite Italian food: “Definitely affettati (charcuterie)! My grandfather was a butcher, so how could I not love cold cuts?”

Agnese Roda - Cape Town coordinator

As Cape Town Coordinator for My Link, Agnese manages our internal communication, and contributes to our content and production planning process, the brainstorming of tone and topic strategies, and manages Cape Town events.

Favourite Italian food: “I could never say no to gelato! I’m all about that creaminess: bacio, stracciatella and whipped cream!”

Kat Couzyn - Writer & Proofreader

As the team’s principal writer, Kat produces many of our online and print texts. She plays an active role in the development of content strategies for both print and digital texts, and contributes to their SEO compliance. Kat proofreads pieces by our team of freelance writers for adherence to My Link’s voice.

Favourite Italian food: “A platter of antipasti please. For every meal. For the rest of my life.”

Jessica Sapsford - Freelance Writer

Student of Italian culture Jess writes for our magazine and website. Her focus is on artistic and academic topics in Italy and South Africa, and she conducts many of our interviews with well-known artists.

Favourite Italian food:It would have to be risotto. It's the ultimate comfort food, and the variations are endless!”

Alessandro Parodi - Freelance Writer

Alessandro writes for our magazine and website with a focus on sports and business. He conducts many of our interviews with successful business figures, and contributes professional photographs of our events.

Favourite Italian food: “Well, anything cheesy. Especially four-cheese gnocchi. And don't be stingy with the parmesan!”

Shannon Correia - Freelance Fashion Writer

Shannon writes texts related to fashion for our magazine and website. She compiles a selection of trends, makes suggestions for tasteful stylings, and comments on Italian brands available in South Africa.

Favourite Italian food: "Absolutely all of it - but mostly gelato!"