Riccardo Bosi is an author, speaker, consultant and former Australian Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel.
He is a first generation Australian of Italian World War 2 refugees who, after arriving in 1951, created Australia’s first bilingual radio program to help new migrants integrate into Australia. Such was the family’s dedication to the Australian community, after finishing high school at Waverley College in Sydney, NSW and being awarded a scholarship to the Royal Military College Duntroon in Canberra, ACT, Riccardo began a career spanning 24 years serving Australia in the Army.
Having successfully been selected for the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment in Perth WA, Riccardo went on to be appointed National Commander of Australian SAS forces in Kuwait as well as the Director of Future Capability Development in Headquarters Special Operations, amongst other roles. After his retirement, in 2004, he established his own consulting firm, Lionheart Australasia.
In Australia, as the Director Land Forces in the South Australian Government Department of Trade and Economic Development, Riccardo was instrumental in securing for South Australia a full time Army presence in Adelaide which contributes $100 million annually to the state’s economy. As well as consulting to major corporate and government clients, Riccardo has donated his time to help develop the leadership of community groups, schools and other non-profit organisations.
Internationally Riccardo has consulted on business continuity in the gas and oil industry in Italy, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines. In 2010 Riccardo and his wife moved to the United Arab Emirates where he was contracted to advise their Special Operations Command. He not only developed high level strategy and capability development frameworks but also led the training of UAE Special Forces soldiers to fight the ‘War on Terror’ and deployed with them to Afghanistan in 2012.
Since his return to Australia in 2014, Riccardo has continued consulting and, in addition, undertook the role of primary caregiver to his family while his wife underwent three years of chemotherapy to treat multiple sclerosis.
Riccardo lives in Sydney, NSW, is happily married and has three wonderful children.