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It's time to meet Paola Costa: one of the Faces the Year, in Italy!

"In life there are no boundaries. I've learned it very quickly. After my studies, my desire to travel, to compare with other cultures - studying and working abroad - took me away, offering important tools for personal and professional growth. As the knowledge of the languages that became my profession. Even in a united Europe there are no boundaries. And living in this great continent means setting aside barriers, both physical and mental. And that's why I'm happy to support the European Year of Citizens, because it is important to discover the opportunities that everyone has, knowing his rights. There are plenty of possibilities that are offered by the Union. The important thing is to seize them", - Paola Costa, Entrepreneur



Paola Costa, 36, is an entrepreneur originally from Rome. She is founder of Orientalmente, an academy specialising in teaching Chinese language and culture by video conference, through a technological platform linking students across the world with qualified Chinese teachers.

Orientalmente is a young startup firm that is rapidly growing, thanks to its innovative activity model. In 2012 the academy received Google’s ‘Euronews Business Award’. A graduate in Political Science, Paola worked for three years in Shanghai as head of the department of Italian Wines in a Franco-Chinese trading company, and after that she exercised her EU right to study abroad, moving to Barcelona where she studied a Masters degree in Marketing.

Thanks to a scholarship from the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX), Paola had the opportunity to study a Masters in International Business Managment and Trade in Madrid. She later worked as a market analyst in the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (Taiwan) and at the Hong Kong headquarters of a Spanish bank.

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