Today, we have the pleasure of getting to know Irene Amasio, Production and Purchasing Specialist at our offices in Turin. Irene, young but already with a bunch of experiences, shares her passion for China and a part of her professional journey at Panini.

Tell us a bit about yourself: where does your passion for China come from?
It started back in university! I pursued a bachelor's degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa in Turin, delving into the study of the Chinese language. I became incredibly passionate and, following the award of a scholarship, had the opportunity to study for six months at Shanghai University.
After completing my bachelor's degree, I continued studying by enrolling in the Faculty of International Sciences - China and Global Studies in Turin. In this case, too, I spent a year attending courses at Peking University, albeit online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And how did you get into Supply Chain?
My interest in Supply Chain emerged during the writing of my thesis, focused on the internationalization of companies. I realized I wanted to apply my knowledge in a corporate context rather than pursuing translation and interpretation.
During my last year at university, I started working in various roles, handling tasks ranging from sales, administration, import/export activities, production, and eventually landed in Supply Chain, which quickly became my favorite. I enjoy maintaining direct contact with suppliers and handling purchasing activities.

What do you love most about your work at Panini?
From my early days at Panini, I appreciated their ability to make me feel immediately integral to the team. I am grateful for the commitment of my colleagues in introducing me to the world of Panini, presenting ongoing or upcoming projects and making me feel involved.

I especially valued the unexpected opportunity to fly to China for a few days to meet some of our suppliers directly and maintain relationships with them. It was truly unexpected, given that I had only been with the company for a few months, so I appreciated the trust shown to me even more.
I am also very happy because it was my first business trip and to China, no less! I mean, I had never been there for work reasons, and it was truly gratifying to actively contribute to my team.

Irene Amasio

If you were to tell us about your superpower, what would it be?
My friends say I'm good at finding the beauty in small things, and I think it's true. I always like to look for the positive side of everything and find beauty even in the ordinary things in life.
Additionally, my experience with Chinese culture has taught me to focus on similarities rather than differences. After all, we have more in common than we think! The most emblematic example that comes to mind is the deep food culture that Chinese and Italians share.

One last question! Tell us something about yourself.
Oh well, what can I say? I enjoy participating in the cultural life of Turin, visiting museums and art exhibitions,  going to the cinema, but also simply appreciating the beauty of the city with a bike ride in Turin downtown and along the Po River.