Marco G. Malacrida



Passionate entrepreneur specialized in market intelligence and business to business market research, in 1998 Marco founded RES Hospitality Business Developers, special services boutique for hospitality and connected industries, carrying out numerous feasibility studies in the luxury hospitality segment.

Since 2005, partnering with The Bench, then STR and TrustYou introduced online hotel performance and reputation benchmarking culture in Italy.

In 2014 Marco founded Italia Hospitality, integrating Italian hospitality industry and institutional stakeholders committed to attract investors interested in the Italian market.

Along the years, combining deep knowledge of global real estate & hospitality industry and creativity, Marco has been the adviser to the MD at Aston Martin Lagonda and to the CMO at Automobili Lamborghini and other in some relevant real estate and hospitality strategic decisions.


Thomas Paoletti

Paoletti Law Group

Qualified lawyer admitted to the Bar of Rome, Italy And Legal Consultant in Abu Dhabi

1994 – Graduated in law from the University of Rome, Italy, (La Sapienza) in 1994 after having prepared his final dissertation in comparative law at Yale Law School (Connecticut, USA) as a visiting scholar. Registered with the Bar Council of Rome, he began his practice at Studio Legale Paoletti in Rome as a Partner in 1997.

He became experienced in assisting clients to both domestic litigation cases and international cases in United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Oman.

2006 – Magna cum Laude in Master in Public Affairs, Lobbying and Institutional Relations from the University of Rome (LUMSA).

2008 – Joined Al Bahar & Associates as a legal consultant, he has acquired specific expertise in the Gulf States, assisting Italian companies in terms of overseas investment and internationalization in the Middle East, offering legal support, commercial contracts, corporate law and as well as in real estate.

2014 – Established his practice in UAE as Managing Partner of Paoletti Legal Consultants LLP assisting domestic and international companies in cross boarding business transactions.

He is appointed as an Arbitrator/Mediator to the Shanghai International Arbitration Center ( for Italy and Dubai for the term from August 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2026.

Board Member and President of the Italian Business Council of Dubai & Northern Emirates and Vice President of Italian Social Club of Dubai.

Thomas Paoletti continuously publishes on various corporate and commercial matters, and he is the author of the book “Dubai Affair Come fare Business negli Emirati Arabi Uniti”.

Italia Hospitality is a virtuous platform crafted to showcase Italian champions taking up Italy's cultural heritage, F&B, lifestyle and creativity targeting the hospitality industry.
Our goal is to generate valuable business opportunities leveraging on Italian heritage.