Born in Milan in 1973, Emanuele Santandrea is a renowned Italian games developer and designer whose major work is the "Blocks in the..." series of World War II block wargames. Emanuele comes from a military background, having served in the elite 3° Reggimento Bersaglieri whilst his father was also an officer in another elite regiment, the Brigata Paracadutisti Folgore.
After the Summa Cum Laude in Genetics from Milan University, Dr Santandrea headed up the Italian HQ of Visible Genetics Inc, a Canadian NASDAQ company involved in disease therapy management. He then went on to found Visible, an Italian company involved in Customer Relations Management. This company was later bought out by Bizmatica and quoted on FTSEMIB.
In 2012, he founded VentoNuovo Games http://www.ventonuovo.net,
Emanuele has been a historical wargamer since childhood and, amongst other achievements, has been a successful movie director, screenplay and novel writer; his last novel. Il Dottor Ricordi, was a contender for the prestigious Premio Strega and in 2008 won two international literary awards.