Maria Chiara Franco

Maria Chiara Franco

Maria-Chiara Franco is a multi-awarded University of Roehampton Business Management graduate who was the first student to win 2 awards in one year: “Best Business Dissertation” and “MP Leadership and Inspiration”.
She is the founder of UnicTalks Ltd, which brings inspirational speakers to educational bodies, aiming at enriching the overall learning experience of students through an easy and accessible organisation of events that provide:

• Real world practitioners sharing their experiences
• Networking opportunities

UnicTalks’ events provide students with speakers willing to share and inspire future generations with their experiences. Both students and speakers can take advantage of those to expand their network.
The impetus behind UnicTalks comes from her personal experience as Marketing Director and then VP of the University of Roehampton Business Society (URBS). Her aim was to provide society members with opportunities and events that would shape their University experience.

With the event launch last 9th of March, and next ones planned for April, UnicTalks already has almost 20 speakers, including Julien Callede co-founder of, Gurminder Dhillon co-founder of BootBuddy and successful pitcher from Dragons Den (with funding from Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman), and Jason Holt founder of Holts Academy. The full list of speakers sharing the willingness to make a positive impact on students’ journeys can be found at

Media and entertainment enthusiast, Maria Chiara speaks 4 languages, loves sport and plays basketball. She enjoys learning, challenging herself and has a passion for all things Spanish, including series such as Vis a Vis (Locked Up), of which she created the first Facebook fan page reaching almost 3k likes in just a few months.