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Perfectionism meets empathy

The Valdo Academics team is made up of tutors and teachers who cannot resist making things better inside and outside the tutorial room.

We select our administrative team from our tutors and collaborators, identifying amongst tutors those who shine for their empathy, sense of entrepreneurship, and trustworthiness. 

We are here for our students, for their parents, and for our tutors to make sure the learning process is seamless, efficient, and effective.

Roberto Valdo Cortese

Founding Director

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Roberto is an Italian entrepreneur in London, an education consultant and an award-winning theater director and producer.

He received his education as an economist at University College London (UCL), where he graduated with First Class Honors, earning a scholarship as the best student of the faculty of Arts and Humanities (which counts over 6,000 students).


Before studying at UCL, he obtained his IB Diploma with 44/45 as the best student of his school, the United World College of the Adriatic, which he attended with a full € 44,000 scholarship, which he received after a regional and national selection. The score obtained placed him in the best 0.3% of IB graduates in the world during his graduation year.


He started working as a tutor and mentor in 2013, accumulating over 7,000 hours of certified teaching experience.

Emma Russo

Head of tutoring

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Emma is a professional tutor, operational consultant, dancer and writer.  Her role is to put into action Valdo Academics' strategic and pedagogical plan. 

Emma holds a BA Honors in Sociology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver (Canada) through the prestigious scholarship "International Leader of Tomorrow Award" ($ 44.000 a year).

Prior to studying at UBC, Emma scored 42/45 points in her IB Diploma at the United World College of the Adriatic, attending through a full scholarship that was awarded following a national selection. 

Emma has an extensive teaching experience, which she developed both as a professional tutor and as a Teaching Assistant for introductory and advanced sociology courses at UBC. In 2018, the Sociology Department at UBC awarded Emma the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award for her teaching philosophy and her students' outstanding academic performance.

Roberto and Emma manage and train a team of over 100 tutors

Elena Greco


Elena supports tutors and families across their tutoring programmes.

She has worked in students satisfaction and educational expectations at SciencesPo Paris and at the University of Côte d’Azur, carrying on qualitative studies on educational and cultural policies.
As a researcher, she has focussed on studying the empowerment of youth and women through education and culture in the Mediterranean and in Latin America.

At 16, she crossed the Atlantic, from her small village in Sicily, to attend the United World College Costa Rica, where she was awarded the “Outstanding Service Leader” Prize and worked at the heart of the Experiential Learning Program.
Winning full rides to some of the top European schools, Elena was awarded the worth of 50,000€ in scholarships to attend the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Campus of Sciences Po Paris, where she graduated in Political Sciences and Area Studies.

On top of working with Valdo Academics, she is a Mentor and a Curriculum Developer at the School of Politics For Young Women in Italy, and a collaborator of the School of Political Mobilisation. 
Elena speaks fluent Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, and she is learning Arabic. She is interested in poetry and musical theatre, she is a great cook of international cuisines, and an amateur ukulele player.

Carlotta Cherchi
Head of External Relations


Carlotta is a business and marketing consultant, who works as a coordinator for Valdo Academics. She holds a BA in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs at the University of Bologna and a distinction-awarded MSc in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University.

In 2018 she won a 60.000$ scholarship to attend a professional Executive Master between US Mac San Francisco and Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where she gained business development, academic, and professional skills. She has professional experience in management, marketing and copywriting in different sectors.

Carlotta supports the Valdo Academics team in establishing external relations and partnerships and finding the best strategies for the company's business development.


When she is not working, she enjoys experimenting on plant-based recipes, strumming her acoustic guitar and practicing photography.

Elena and Carlotta are coordinator wizards. It only takes 24hs to start a tutoring programme with Valdo Academics!

Beatrice Cito-Filomarino 

Official partner UK and Europe applications


Beatrice helps students identify their passions and academic programmes of interests. She runs Educational Consultants, a boarding schools and university applications advisory firm which supports the applications of all students at Valdo Academics.


She has personally sought the experiences she proposes. She earned her IB from United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, one of the pilot schools for this diploma. She graduated in Economics and Commerce from the Catholic University of Milan and subsequently obtained an M.Sc. (Master of Science) from the University of London, in Occupational Psychology / Organizational Behavior. She has a degree in Counseling and one in Coaching.


She has worked for over twenty years as an executive in the market research sector, in leading institutions such as Doxa and Eurisko. Later she decided to focus on academic activity and student support. She currently teaches at The American University of Rome.


In addition to Italy, she lived in Great Britain, Belgium and Poland. She has two children who are also pursuing the same kind of international experiences.

Roberto Binetti

Oxbridge admissions advisor


Roberto has been admissions tutor at St. Anne's College, Oxford, for several years. Today, he is a Graduate Development Scholar and Lecturer in Italian. He obtained his BA in Italian literature and Classics and his MA in Modern Philology at the University of Padua.

As a  Graduate Development Scholar and Tutor in Italian at St Anne’s College, he teaches to first and second year students. His research focuses on the interaction of poetry, in Italian and beyond, with other ‘systems of meaning’, including psychoanalysis, historiography, and the social sciences.

He is part of the Sub-faculty of Italian Research Seminar Committe at Oxford where he coordinates the Modern area. Currently, he also co-ordinates a research network on contemporary Italian poetry, Italian Poetry Today, based at The Queen’s College, Oxford. This network aims to discuss, appreciate, and problematise issues of contemporary Italian poetry, in continuous dialogue with living poets, writers, translators, and scholars.

The average UCAS offer rate for Valdo Academics students in the last admission season

Olivia Munk

SAT Course Leader

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Olivia grew up in Queens, New York, and attended Harvard University in 2012. She graduated Cum Laude in 2016 with a degree in English and a minor in Mind/ Brain Behaviour. After graduating, she went on to pursue a Master of Studies in English at St. Catherine's College, Oxford.

At Harvard, she was an active theatre director and wrote for The Crimson's magazine, Fifteen Minutes, for which she served as Editor-at-Large.

She was awarded a prestigious UK VISA for entrepreneurs in order to found her theatre company, Part of the Main, which focuses on improving the representation of women creatives and women's stories in the professional theatre industry. 

Olivia specializes in assisting students with both the Maths and English sides of the SAT and ACT, as well as the SAT subject tests.

Olivia excels at making the content approachable, particularly for students who may feel intimidated by the harder Maths concepts such as algebra or complex American grammar concepts.

Mathias Esmann
Bocconi Test Course Leader


Mathias teaches economics, history and introductory French and coaches students applying to American universities and applying for management consulting.

Mathias is a graduate of Red Cross Nordic United World College (IB score 43/45), Princeton University (Bachelor's degree in Public and International Affairs, graduated Cum Laude) and of the University of Copenhagen / Copenhagen Business School (Joint M.Sc. in International Law, Economics and Management, top-3 GPA). He has completed an exchange semester at Sciences-Po in Paris and worked in French in Tunis, Tunisia.

He has worked as management consultant for Bain & Company and Voluntas Advisory, advising large companies, private equity investors, United Nations organizations and NGOs. In addition, he is the co-founder of the NGO Global Minimum that seeks to catalyze a culture of innovation through hands-on learning experiences, creative problem-solving, and leadership skills among youth through its innovation competitions and innovation labs in Sierra Leone and Kenya.

His teaching style is structured, breaking down concepts into easily understandable components, and impact-oriented by connecting academic concepts to their real-world implications.

The average score of our SAT students in the 2020-2021 season was 1400/1600

Clara Schade-Poulsen



Clara is a private IB tutor who teaches Global Politics, Philosophy, Biology and French. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Politics and Social Anthropology at SOAS University of London, and is on track to attain a First Class.


As a tutor, Clara has taught several hundreds of hours with Valdo Academics, helping students in Global Politics, ToK and English. She also helped design the Time Management coaching programme, which aims to help students gain more agency over their time management skills. 

Before her university studies, Clara earned a scholarship of € 35.000 to finish high school at MUWCI in India. There, she earned the International Baccalaureate with a final score of 42/45.

When she is not teaching or studying, Clara is often engaged in deepening her understanding of politics; for instance, she recently interned in the Legal Research and Advocacy Department of the oldest Human Right organization in Palestine, Al-Haq. She also loves performing in theatre plays, having acted in various professional plays at the Royal Theater of Copenhagen. She is fluent in Danish, Italian, English and French.

Neila Zannier
Time Manegement Coach


Neila is a tutor for the Time Management program both in English and in Italian.

At the moment, Neila is a writer at the research centre She is on the editorial board pursuing her research interests in migration and gender issues specifically in the Sub-Saharan region. To prepare for her Research Masters, she is currently taking courses of Arabic and Sociology at SOAS University of London. Her passion for human rights earned her attendance to the Harvard National Model of United Nations (USA) and a course on international human rights held by an independent Palestinian NGO.

She graduated with a first-honors class degree Cum Laude in Philosophy, International and Economics Studies at Ca’ Foscari University. Before completing her bachelor, she obtained the IB Diploma at the Mahindra United World College of India.

Her academic and research experience allow her to be an optimal fit as a Time Management tutor. Indeed during her bachelor she attended three universities, two of them at the same time, allowing her to complete her studies in two academic years.


The average age of our tutors is 24 years old.

Friends, teachers, and mentors, all at once.

Scroll through the slideshow to meet a sample of our tutors



  • Michele teaches Biology and Chemistry, and prepares students for admission to the best Faculties of Medicine

  • Michele graduated from UCL with honors in Medical Sciences and Neuroscience with a research project supervised by the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology, Dr. J. O'Keefe.


  • He has just completed his final year at UCL Medical School, obtaining a Distinction in both clinical years. He is now working as a junior doctor in Italy.​

  • Before studying at UCL, he graduated with 44/45 IB points from the United World College of the Adriatic (placing himself in the top 0.3% worldwide); he studied at UWCAD with a full scholarship worth € 40,000 after a national selection.

  • He has extensive tutoring experience, having participated in teaching activities for university students and IB over the course of six years.

  • Besides being a doctor and a tutor, he is a multi-instrumentalist specialized in piano, with an education in the Italian conservatory.

  • His scientific and clinical background, together with his passion for music, allows him to draw on different skills to offer a unique and engaging teaching style.

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