Niccolò Branca, brief biography
Niccolò Branca is the chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Group Holding Branca International S.p.A and Fratelli Branca Distilerias S.A. Since 1999, under his chairmanship, he has lead the production companies in their dynamic international development and has implemented a controlled code of ethics in the companies, called the Environmental Statement, where an internal Regulatory Body uses a management system to control the quality and safety of the foodstuffs produced. This has lead to issuing of certification in compliance with the international standards, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and International Food Standard (IFS), a system of managing health and safety in the workplace. Having studied accounting, he completed his training with a series of advanced scientific studies in the field of Human Psychology, taking a course in holistic medicine in 1990, a course in Psychosynthesis under one of Assagioli’s students from 1991 to 1995, achieved a Masters in Psychotherapy from the Strategic Therapy Centre directed by Giorgio Nardone and achieved a Degree in the Usui System of Reiki Healing. He practiced meditation for over twenty years and teaches the Suryani Meditation method. In the Nineties Niccolò Branca took on numerous cultural commitments alongside his entrepreneurial experience leading him to integrate different, but closely related, dimensions in humanistic and systemic leadership. In the early 1990’s he was chairperson of the Kosmos Ethos cultural association, a place welcoming of related, dynamic reason where religions and philosophy, science and art, ethics and technique meet. He also collaborated, in 1990, with a cultural scientific association of Holistic Research and also writes articles for one of the main magazines of its kind in Italy. In 1991 he became director of the Saggezza Scienza e Tecnica series from the Nardini publishing house in Florence. From 1990 to 1998 he was the founder, with a group of friends, and then became chairperson, of a financial company which then became Banca Ifigest S.p.A. Also in the Nineties, he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer for New Investment Company S.p.A., a financial and M&A company. A sports enthusiast, he is a rider for national and international horse races and has represented Italy abroad. He has also participated in three white water rafting expeditions: one in Zaire and two world firsts in white water rafting, one if Zambia, Africa, descending the Zambesi, and the other in Sumatra, Indonesia descending the Alas. Niccolò Branca is the author of the book Sumatra, l’Avventura sulle Acque che Corrono (1985) and numerous other publications.
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