Marisa Talamonti


Marisa Talamonti, Group HR Director – MENA, Virgin Mobile 

Marisa joined Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa as their Group HR Director in 2013. In 2014 she moved to Virgin Mobile South Africa and has now returned to the UAE for the role of People and Happiness Director.  Marisa has close to 20 years of experience in Multi-National Companies, with the past 13 years focused on People (HR), Talent Development and Management roles. She has obtained her accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (UK).

Her career experience is international, within diverse industries such as Banking, Aviation, Training and Technology.  She studied Law and Languages during her undergraduate degree, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. During her postgraduate law degree, she embarked upon her career journey instead and this is how a wonderful adventure first started.  Not your conventional HR by any means, Marisa is first and foremost a believer in people. Always a dreamer, a disruptor, a seeker of all things intrinsically good! She strives to subvert the paradigm in all aspects of her life. Why? Because if you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got – and doesn’t that sound boring to you?