Nazareno Mario Ciccarello, former professional athlete and lieutenant of the Italian military police, received his BA in Political Sciences from Università LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. He started his career working in various multinational in healthcare sector before joining the International MBA program at IE Business School in Madrid. After making it to the finals at IE Venture Day he turned his career around. He founded Functional Gums and continued to pursue international business development consultancy. He now acts as the current CEO for Functional Gums (www.drivegum.com) , is an adjunct professor at IE business school and provide international business development consultancy to pharmaceutical companies. His passion for different cultures and diving drive his personal and professional life constantly reminding him to “challenge yourself as much as you can; life is a continuous learning process”.