67 minutes | Apr 19, 2021

Untold - Francesco Galli Zugaro - The Aquaman

Post College Italian American Francesco followed many of his peers into the World of Investment Banking with roles in New York and London. Always a keen networker a chance interview in Ecuador on the same day of his wedding subsequently saw Francesco and new bride Brigit relocate to South America from London with Francesco given the opportunity of running a telecoms company. Faced with a tough business climate beset with politics Francesco was transferred to head up the small boat cruise division with a fresh license overseeing the Galapagos Islands. With the Peruvian and Ecuadarion economies booking and Francesco getting restless - a vacation discussion with his father in law Fred saw the ideation of Aqua Expeditions with the maiden launch of Aria Amazon just 9 months later. Despite the global financial crisis the launch was highly successful with the offering of luxury, design, great culinary and authentic destination experiences though leading guides proving to be a winning formula.With Aria Amazon firmly established Francesco looked East, setting up a global HQ in Singapore and launching boat #2 - The Aqua Mekong. 12 years later Aqua Expeditions have grown to 4 boats with the launch of Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.  This story captures Francesco's relentless energy, passion and entrepreneurial spirit and gives some insights into his views on hotels, restaurants, safari lodges, destinations as well as how he approaches management and leadership.
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