alain elkann interviews

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Michele Sarfatti

THE JEWS IN MUSSOLINI’S ITALY. Michele Sarfatti is a scholar of contemporary history with particular regard to the history of Jews in the twentieth century events of fascist Italy. He has just republished the definitive edition of his book “The Jews in Mussolini’s...

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Joseph Klafter

SHAPING HIS UNIVERSITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TOMORROW’S WORLD. Joseph Klafter has been the President of Tel Aviv University (TAU) since 2009, and he is also the Chair of the Committee of University Heads in Israel.   He is a professor of chemical physics and served as...

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Jennifer Clement

WE DEFEND INCREDIBLY BRAVE WRITERS WHO RISK EVERYTHING FOR THE TRUTH. Jennifer Clement is an American-Mexican author whose novels have been translated into 30 languages.  In 2015 she was elected the first woman President of PEN International (PEN stands for Poets,...

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David Snowdon

David Snowdon is Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMERI (Europe, Middle East, Russia and India).  He is a craftsman who founded the bespoke design, furniture and cabinetry firm LINLEY.  His father Antony Armstrong-Jones became the 1st Earl of Snowdon after he married...

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Toni Morrison

Portrait of Toni Morrison by and © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders by kind permission. Born in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize in Literature winning novelist, an editor, and a teacher.  Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, and Toni...

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Cherie Blair

EMPOWERING SISTERPRENEURS GLOBALLY. Cherie Blair CBE, QC, is a leading human rights lawyer, philanthropist and committed campaigner for women’s rights. In 2008, she established the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, inspired by her experiences of meeting...

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Rainer Langhans

FINDING A HOME IN THE WORLD OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT. Rainer Langhans is a writer and filmmaker who grew up in post-war Germany and co-founded Kommune 1, the first politically motivated commune in Germany, created in West Berlin on January 1st, 1967, and finally dissolved...

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James Canning-Cooke

A WHOLE NEW WAY OF THINKING ABOUT MONEY. James Canning-Cooke is Head of Research at Mulberry Tree Capital, one of the risk-managed hedge funds investing in leading digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.  James went to Oxford University and networks with...

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Julian Jackson

De Gaulle Made France A Republican Monarchy.  Julian Jackson is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London and one of the foremost British experts on twentieth-century France.  Julian Jackson's magnificent new biography, ‘A Certain Idea of France - The...

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Gisela Getty

FIGHTING THE HITLER WITHIN. Gisela Getty is a photographer, director, designer and writer. Born in 1949 in Kassel, Germany, like her twin sister Jutta she is known as a representative of the '68 movement. Gisela agreed to marry Paul Getty very shortly before he was...

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Tahar Ben Jelloun

Answering New Questions on Racism. Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan-French novelist, poet and essayist who writes about culture, the immigrant experience, human rights and sexual identity.  Tahar Ben Jelloun’s book ‘Racism Explained To My Daughter’ is published in...

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Nicolas Berggruen

GREAT TRANSFORMATIONS. Nicolas Berggruen’s mission as expressed through the Berggruen Institute is to develop foundational ideas and, through them, shape political, economic and social institutions for the 21st century.  In 2014 the Berggruen Institute formed a...

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Bernard-Henri Levy

LAST EXIT BEFORE BREXIT. Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, journalist, activist and filmmaker.  For more than four decades, Lévy has been a strong moral voice of our times.  Active in Bangladesh at the age of 20 and later in Bosnia, Libya and Ukraine, he has a...

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Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman is chairman of The Royal Parks of London. The Royal Parks charity supports and manages London’s eight Royal parks, and other important open spaces.  Loyd has a long association with the arts and heritage sectors, and is also known for his work on...

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Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Since his appointment in 2005, Lionel Barber has helped to transform the Financial Times into a multi-channel global news organisation, and during Barber's editorship the FT has won many international awards for...

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Simonetta Della Seta

A CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE AND COEXISTENCE. Simonetta Della Seta is the Director of the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) in Ferrara. Simonetta Della Seta you were appointed Director of MEIS in June 2016.  Can you describe the museum for me? The...

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Minouche Shafik

A MOMENT OF TRANSITION. Dame Minouche Shafik is Director of LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science).  LSE just won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for training, research and policy formation for cities of the future.  LSE Cities researches how to make...

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Raffaele Trombetta

On February 14th 2018 Raffaele Trombetta presented his letters of credence to HM Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and was officially recognised by Her Majesty’s government as the new representative of Italy to St James’s Court. His Excellency Ambassador Trombetta...

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Paolo Tumminelli

Paolo Tumminelli, you are a Milanese architect specialising in automobile culture and you wrote a trilogy “Car Design”. Is this choice a passion of yours? I think it’s a bit in my DNA. Each one of us has an automobile history in his own memory. We were born and raised...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai is a prize-winning Israeli filmmaker, known for making documentaries and feature films on the Middle East and Jewish-Arab conflict. Awarded the Légion d'Honneur  in 2017, Amos Gitai was born in Haifa and nowadays divides his time between Paris and Haifa. Do...

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Mirella Ricciardi

Photographer Mirella Ricciardi was born in Kenya when it was still a colony of British East Africa, to an Italian father and a French mother. She grew up on the shores of Lake Naivasha in a household that was both sophisticated and wild. Her book ‘Vanishing Africa’...

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Oren Shoval

REAL-TIME RIDESHARING TRANSFORMS URBAN TRANSPORT Oren Shoval and Daniel Ramot are the founders of Via. Via is a privately held American transportation network and real-time ridesharing company based in New York. Via's mobile-phone application facilitates group travel...

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Erel Margalit

Erel Margalit founded Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) over 24 years ago, and is one of the chief architects of the startup nation, bringing innovation and entrepreneurial leadership to Israel’s most pressing political, economic, and social challenges. Chosen for the...

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Amnon Shashua

Professor Amnon Shashua is CEO and CTO of Mobileye, a world leader in collision avoidance systems and autonomous driving technologies, and Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest semiconductor chip makers. Professor Shashua holds the...

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Bill Sherman

Bill Sherman is the new Director of the Warburg Institute. Displaced from Hamburg to London in the 1930s under the pressure of Nazism, the Warburg is a gift to London in perpetuity. In 1944 it became part of the University of London, and since 1994 the Warburg has...

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Achim Borchardt-Hume

We go to see Achim Borchardt-Hume at Tate Modern where he is the Director of Exhibitions and Programmes. On this date in 1881, 25th October, Pablo Picasso was born. Achim Borchardt-Hume is the curator of  Tate Modern’s forthcoming EY EXHIBITION: PICASSO 1932 - LOVE,...

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Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. Carl, why is it your motto that a reporter has to give the best obtainable version of the truth? That’s what reporting is. Good reporting is the best obtainable version of the truth. This is the...

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Stanley Johnson

The British politician and author Stanley Johnson is an expert on environmental and population issues.  As a United Kingdom (UK) Member of the European Parliament (MEP) he was also a dedicated believer in the United Europe concept and he...

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Roger Cohen

"With Donald Trump we are playing with fire." Roger Cohen is a journalist and author who joined The New York Times in 1990. He worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen different countries before becoming acting foreign editor on September...

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Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is a human rights journalist and the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo,  Martha Gellhorn and Lucie de la Tour du Pin. She wrote two bestselling books on the French Resistance, and has now turned her attention to the antifascist...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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