Where is your hometown?
Treviso, a very charming city in Italy that tourists often miss because it is too close to Venice. Probably its greater contribution to humanity is the creation of the celebrated “Tiramisú” Italian dessert.

What do you teach?
Most of my teaching nowadays is focused on global operations strategy, touching on customer-centricity, operational innovation and business analytics. I also teach research methods to Ph.D and DBA students.

When you were a kid, what did you like to do?
Play with Lego. I was a national champion. Putting together a research paper is not that different in a certain sense, so I count that as professional training.

The book on your nightstand?
The Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – a must read for those interested in social control. It is much smarter and realistic compared to Orwell’s 1984.

Your favorite spot in Madrid?
My home and the Sierra de Guadarrama. People tend to miss the point that cities are overcrowded and polluted places… I guess they are still there because they have good restaurants. 🙂

How do you relax?  
Not asking this very stressing question.

What is your favorite quote?
Quisque faber fortunae suae. Isn’t interesting that the word “fortuna” in Latin meant “destiny?

With whom would you like to be stuck in an elevator?
Kerry Parke. I am sure we would have some good laughs while waiting to the technician to sort out the problem. 🙂

Professor Fabrizio Salvador was interviewed and photographed by Kerry Parke (July 2014.)