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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 museum is in a 10,000 square metres large compound inside the walls of Ferrara, which used to be the prison in the Ferrara area.  We call it the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah. Is it a state museum? It is a state museum, based on a law voted by the Italian...

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Francesco Barberis Canonico

VITALE BARBERIS CANONICO – SETTING TRENDS SINCE 1663.  There has been a Barberis Canonico fabric mill in the village of Pratrivero, in the province of Biella in Piedmont, Italy, since 1663.  Francesco Barberis Canonico, how did you keep the business in the family for 16 generations? I can only speak about my generation.  We have a very strong sense of family, we believe in what we do, and we live in a small community.  Many of the workers are from the village, so I work with workers whose fathers my father was working with, and my grandfather was working...

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Cameron Kitchin

CREATING SOCIAL COHESION THROUGH THE HANDS OF ARTISTS. Cameron Kitchin is the Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he serves as the ninth director in the museum’s 137-year history.  Since his appointment in 2014, Kitchin has led the museum to embrace its founding principles of inspiring people and connecting communities through the power of art.  Cameron Kitchin previously served as Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and as Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. You are the Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2014.  How would you...

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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 cities more livable and environmentally sustainable, and trains hundreds of mayors from all over the world on how to run their cities better. Minouche Shafik was the youngest vice-president in the history of the World Bank where she worked for 15 years, returning to the UK in 2004 as the UK Permanent Secretary of the Department...

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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 was born in 1960 and obtained a degree in political sciences from the University of Naples and a Master’s in European Studies from the London School of Economics. This is his second posting to London after serving as consul from 1990 to 1995. From 2013 to 2016 he was ambassador to Brazil and in 2016 became head of cabinet...

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