Raffaele Riva is an international business consultant, speaker, and author of the book “The Art of Business.” He has been a guest on many radio shows and T.V. programs in Italy and abroad. He is also a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New York City.
Raffaele Riva was born in Rome, Italy, in 1949. In 1972 he graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Economics. In 1975 he received his MBA from Harvard University. From 1976 to 1978, he worked for McKinsey & Co., specializing in strategic planning and marketing. He then joined the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as Director of Strategic Planning.
In 1980 he founded his own company, Riva Associates, specializing in strategy development, organizational design, and leadership training. His clients include Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Motorola, Xerox, AT&T, General Electric, Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, and others.
In addition to being a business consultant, Riva is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He has spoken at numerous universities, including Yale, Columbia, Stanford, MIT, Wharton, UCLA, Cornell, Northwestern, Dartmouth, and other leading schools. Raffaele Riva has also given presentations at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; the European Union in Brussels, Belgium; the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C.; the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C.; and the White House in Washington D.C.
He has written articles for several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Inc., Business Week, and Harvard BusLeadership Lessons from the Masters” (McGraw Hill). Raffaele Riva has written two books: “The Art of Business” (Harvard Business Press) and “How to Be a Leader” (Prentice Hall International).
He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Maria, and their three children. During his free time, he likes to travel, play tennis and golf, and spend time with family and friends. Go to this page for more information.