is a name that reminds Italian native speakers
of sweet family memories when they
live far from loved ones.
aunts, and sisters are called Antonella in
Italy, bringing to mind a tasty plate of pasta
or crisp fried fish, as light as the good
olive oil it has been fried in.
is indeed Italian, has a sweet, helpful and
kind nature, she is a good cook, as many Italian
women are, but, more importantly from our
point of view, she is a real expert in the
FIATA Vocational Training initiatives.
She has been
present at each validation and revalidation
session in the last couple of decades and
has been the invisible right arm of the Chairperson,
Mr. Thomas Sim.
This is probably
the most significant (and time consuming)
of her interests within the FIATA portfolio.
Let us however
get there in steps: you will hear that Mrs.
Straulino has a complex personality and is
gifted in many different fields.
I have been friends for a long time.
She came into
my life as the persona reminding me of the
Rolling Stones’ song “She’s
you seen her all in gold?
a queen in days of old she shoots colors all
around like a sunset going down…”
were the lyrics that came to my mind the first
time I saw her.
In time I came
to learn that there was one thing superior
to her blue-eyed charm: her intelligence.
She was bright, fast, and a great achiever.
She had described
herself once in an interview as a “problem
Oh, boy, how
true is that! I have heard her answers satisfy
the most exacting of the Italian forwarders
and her explanations win the trust and confidence
of her colleagues from the world-wide constituency
Superba to The World
Born on September
16 in Genoa, the “Superba” ruler
of the seas together with Venice in the Middle
Ages, Antonella studied languages.
Her family is
not originally from Genoa and comes from the
Carnic Mountains surrounding the peak of the
Zoncolan, the famous and very tough climb
of the cycling classic, Tour of Italy.
gave Italy an admiral, commander of the famous
sailing school ship Amerigo Vespucci, and
Olympic gold medal. Whilst she was later studying
law she found a job, or . . . better to say
the job found her.
The Cameli group,
owned by one of the ruling families of Genoa
whose core business was petroleum and energy,
ensured this young, enterprising queen-in-the-making
was not setting sail to other shores.
She was involved
in the group for many years in key positions,
which put her in contact with the freight
community in the city and abroad.
Arrival At Fedespedi
was the stream that brought Antonella to Fedespedi,
the association of the Italian freight forwarding
as the right arm of the late Alberto Petrozzi
for many years, Antonella still holds control
of the international relations of Fedespedi;
for freight forwarders at the service of international
trade, as Fedespedi’s members are, this
is actually a key role, in particular in a
country like Italy, which still occupies a
rather important place in global trade.
not marry early, but as intelligent and soft
spoken man as her husband is, he did not let
this opportunity fly away, giving her the
ring and two “ready-made” children,
as she puts it.
Straulino is one of the FIATA Vice Presidents,
a member of FIATA’s Air Freight Institute
(AFI), Advisory Body Legal Matters (ABLM)
and Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT).
She also cooperates with CLECAT, the EU level
association, holding Board positions in both
on the guidelines for issuing standard trading
conditions, the FIATA sea waybill, and the
model correspondents’ agreement.
Since 1999 she
had been involved in vocational training and
is now deputy chair of the ABVT, as well as
a member of the management committee of the
FIATA Foundation for Vocational Training.
is also one of the judges and a member of
the steering committee of the YIFFY Award,
as well as a member of the FIATA Logistics
I shall not
continue on this long list of positions and
achievements, but rest assured that she has
the right answer for you, whatever your question
in logistics, FIATA affairs, EU bodies, etc.
Wonder of a Woman
very young and dynamic, but has a wealth of
experience that came from dealing with a life
path that has not always been very easy.
Those who have
close and personal contact with her know of
her extraordinary courage in dealing with,
and successfully overcoming, a serious health
Anto, as we
often call her confidentially, is far from
considering herself the kind of wonder woman
we may think that she is: she has an unusually
modest character and manages to contain within
limits of impeccable politeness her strong
feelings when she is obliged to deal with
persons who try to lecture her and often overlook
her superior skills.
This does not
even disturb her.
working patiently and successfully as she
has always done.
As it should
be, we are all proud of our friend Antonella
and my impression is that it was high time
somebody wrote about her extraordinary personality.
who will participate in the FIATA World Congress
in New Delhi from September 26-29 will have
the opportunity to meet her in person.
Look for Anto,
as she makes us all look good.