Born and raised in Italy, Luigi Bava is the Initiator and the Director of Mayac. With a Master Degree in Law from La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy), for over a decade Luigi has been actively involved in the promotion and development of the Italian Language and Culture in the U.S.
After moving to Florida in 2005, he studied Education and Management at St. Thomas University. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as Italian Professor at George Washington Carver Elementary School located in Coral Gables (Florida). In this role he implemented the Italian language program and transformed it from an International Education Program into an International Studies Program, with students studying Language (grammar/ writing and literature) and Humanities in Italian.
From 2011 to 2013 Luigi served as Italian Language and Humanities Professor at the International Studies Preparatory Academy in Coral Gables (Florida), where he co-founded the Italian Language and Culture Program.
In 2014 President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano appointed Luigi as Italian Republic Official Knight (Cavaliere Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana), one of Italy’s highest honors awarded to those who have gained merit in the fields of literature, arts, economics, public service and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities as well as for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers.
Since 2012 he has been the President of non-profit organization ODLI Inc., a position that he still holds. In this role he operates under the official auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote Italy’s language and culture in Florida.
Luigi has collaborated with the Bilingual and World Language Department of Miami Dade Public School for the development of the Italian language and culture program, grades K-12, in private and public schools, since 2010.
Other leadership positions Luigi has held include President of the Commission of Italian Language and Culture of the Committee of Miami as well as University La Sapienza’s Academic Senator.
Luigi lives in Coral Gables (Florida) with his wife and two children.