Born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni is the chairman and CEO of NKGB Strategic Advisory, specializing in venture capital, private equity, M&A, technology, plant-based economy and impact investing. NKGB’s main focus is on investments originating in Asia and the Middle East.
He is the founder and chairman of Opteres, the most exclusive network of fine art collectors in the world. He advises private clients as well as banks and public institutions about fine art, and conducts private sales of rare masterpieces through Opteres. He is the co-author of a book about Joan Miró, published in 2014.
Sebastiano is also the owner and chairman of one of the most renowned and pioneering wineries in Europe, Querciabella, organic since 1988 and biodynamic since 2000. His Tuscan wines have garnered worldwide acclaim, including “Best Italian Wine” in 2004.
In July 2014, he was appointed by the Italian Prime Minister – Mr Matteo Renzi – to the post of Advisor to the Minister and Foreign Direct Investment Senior Advisor with the Ministry of Economic Development. He served the Country in this role until May 2016.
Sebastiano is a partner and Honorary Chairman of WeRisk, a prominent boutique firm led by Carlo Muzzarelli, offering consulting and training services to major Italian and international corporations.
He is a passionate designer, having worked in the field of graphic and publication design in his twenties, and continues to occasionally design furniture, jewellery and tableware. A fanatic of Renaissance and Baroque music, he is due to launch his own classical music label in early 2017.
Sebastiano has been a vegetarian and an animal rights activist for thirty-five years, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He is a partner of Matthew Kenney Cuisine, and serves as advisor to Lighter.
He divides his time between Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the US.