Dino was born on 3rd April 1970 in Pola/Pula. He was an only child. Till the age of 16 he lived in Rovigno/Rovinj with his parents – a mother who is a doctor and his father who was a mechanical engineer – and his maternal grandparents.
He attended his first eight years of school at a Croatian school in Rovigno and then did two years of junior high at the Italian upper-secondary school. He always got excellent results.
He went to school in the mornings and took piano lessons in the afternoons. At first he studied with private teachers in Rovigno/Rovinj and then attended the music school (Conservatory) of Pola/Pula, and graduated as a professional pianist in 1986.
The same year, at the age of 16, as the recipient of the Istria Nobilissima award for pianists, he was admitted to the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.
He graduated from the UWC with flying colours and obtained an International Baccalaureate in 1988.
In 1989 he joined the polytechnic in Milan, where he graduated in electronic engineering summa cum laude in 1995.
While he was at university, the sudden demise of his father made him shoulder a number of responsibilities. He did so with great courage even though the loss of his father was a terrible blow.
Right after graduating from university, he worked at the polytechnic in Lausanne as a researcher. In January 1997 he was hired by Motorola, and he worked for the company till March 2000, first in Geneva, and then in Munich and Detroit.
In 1999, alongside his job he began attending the London Business School and got an MBA with full honours in 2001.
He moved on to becoming and associate with two well-known City banks in London: Goldman Sachs International and Nomura International.
The last job he held was as a business consultant at the Generali insurance company in Trieste, Italy.
Bilingual from childhood (Italian and Croatian), he also spoke English, French and German.
Notwithstanding the busy life he led studying and working, Dino always made time for his loved ones, for his friends, to play tennis, attend concerts, and, when he was in Rovigno/Rovinj – a place he always returned to – he made sure to find time to go sailing and squid fishing and to listen to the heartbeat of the sea.
A citizen of Europe