Donatella Ceccarelli

Donatella Ceccarelli

„Risk means more things can happen than will happen but the possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about.“

Founder & CEO
DAF Private Office, Mailand

Founder and CEO of DAF Private Office, advising principals to (re-)structure and innovate their family interests.

Donatella was elected Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Flick Family Trust in 2011.
Till June 2023 as CEO and Managing Director of the Flick Family Office, she oversaw a dedicated team of asset management professionals for the management of the wealth of the Flick Family while pursuing asset allocation strategies on a global basis both in the liquid and illiquid space.
She is currently a Will Executrix for the Flick Family.

Since 2014 she has been a Member of the Supervisory Board of AMG Critical Materials NV, a leading critical material company listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. She serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee as well as Member of the Selection and Appointment Committee.
Since 2014 she has served as Board Member of the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) based in Vienna. The OiER focusses on building partnerships in key future-oriented areas like sustainability, innovation, communication, energy and mobility.

Donatella also served as non-executive Director for GCS Business Capital (2006-2014); a globally operating M&A Company based in Chicago (USA). From January 2008 to 2011 Donatella also worked for Merrill Lynch as a Managing Director advising UHNW individuals and family offices and managing actively the trusted wealth. As Executive Director at Lehman Brothers in Germany (2001- 2006) she led all major global cash equities and equities derivatives products. 1998-2001 she served as Director, Co-Head of Cash Equity Advisory for Southern Europe at Deutsche Bank in London, advising Institutional Investors in their pan-european Strategic and Tactical Asset Allocation. She spent the first 11 years of her career as a stock broker at the Headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.

She studied in Heidelberg, Triest and specialized in New York at NYU.
Donatella is fluent in five languages – Italian, German, English, Spanish and French.
She has been selected “Top Italian Female Executive” by Italy’s Ministry for Equal Opportunities (2009) and was awarded the Honor of the Order of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” for outstanding professional achievements (2007).