A lawyer by profession with a Masters degree in International Law, Maurizio Mariano is a co-founder of BBM Inc. Attorneys, a general practice firm with a national footprint across South Africa. With a focus on strengthening economic co-operation between Italy and South Africa, he advises across the relevant stakeholder groups. In line with his interest in community development and cross-cultural engagement, he serves as a Trustee of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation and the David Makhura Charity Fund Trust, amongst others. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his contribution to Italian and South African affairs.