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Pauline Bebe

Pauline Bebe

THE DIFFICULT HAPPINESS OF BEING JEWISH. Pauline Bebe is the rabbi of Communauté Juive Libérale (CJL), a Progressive Jewish congregation in Paris, where she was the first female rabbi to lead a synagogue.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Pauline...

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Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist

I WANT TO CREATE JUNCTIONS. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss art curator, critic, and art historian who lives and works in London where he is Artistic Director at Serpentine. Obrist is the author of The Interview Project, an extensive ongoing project of interviews, and...

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Inigo Lambertini

Inigo Lambertini

TRADITION AND INNOVATION. Inigo Lambertini was appointed Ambassador of Italy to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by the Italian Government in February 2022 and arrived in London in October, a few weeks after the death of Queen Elizabeth....

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Vitaliano Borromeo

Vitaliano Borromeo

MAINTAINING A NOBLE HERITAGE. Prince Vitaliano Borromeo is the head of the ancient aristocratic Borromeo family who are still extensive landholders around Italy’s Lake Maggiore, mostly on the Piedmonte side, and in Milan.Vitaliano Borromeo, as well as being Prince of...

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Faouzi Skali

Faouzi Skali

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ABRAHAM. Faouzi Skali is a Moroccan anthropologist and Sufi scholar. The founder of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music and the Fez Festival of Sufi Culture is a United Nations recognised contributor to the dialogue of civilisations. Skali was...

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Fanny Minesi

Fanny Minesi

A MISSION TO STOP EXTINCTION. Fanny Minesi is General Director of Friends of Bonobos - Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo (ABC). Her organisation operates the world’s only sanctuary – Lola ya Bonobo - and only rewilding site for bonobos – Ekolo ya Bonobo. Raised in the...

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Edward St Aubyn

Edward St Aubyn

DESIRE FOR FREEDOM. Edward St Aubyn is a British novelist. Five of his books - Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk and At Last - form the semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose Novels. In 2018 Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the title role of the five-part...

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Edward Carey

Edward Carey

STRIKINGLY INVENTIVE STORYTELLER. Edward Carey is an English novelist and illustrator who settled in Austin in 2006 and teaches at the University of Texas. His Italian publisher Elisabetta Sgarbi recently made a short film based on his story “Gatto e la casa dei...

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Macarena Garcia Marin

Macarena Garcia Marin

THE DAWN OF THE UNIVERSE. Macarena Garcia Marin is Project Scientist in the Webb Mission Office in Baltimore, Maryland. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the most advanced eye into the cosmos humans have ever had. Webb cost over $10 billion, took 17 years to...

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Suzanne Heywood

Suzanne Heywood

BREAKING FREE. Suzanne Heywood sailed around the world as a child with her family. Despite limited access to formal education, she won a place at Oxford University, became a civil servant, and is now a successful business leader and a bestselling author. Her recent...

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Costis Maglaras

Costis Maglaras

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION AT A TIME OF TECHNOLOGY AND TENSION. Costis Maglaras is the Dean of Columbia Business School, and the David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business at Columbia University. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London,...

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Elaine Bedell

Elaine Bedell

VISION THROUGH THE PRISM OF ARTS AND CULTURE. Elaine Bedell has been the Chief Executive of the UK’s largest arts centre, London’s Southbank Centre, since 2017. She has extensive experience as a leader in the creative industries. She was a Trustee of the V&A, is...

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Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava

ART PRECEDES SCIENCE. Santiago Calatrava is a visionary architect, a structural engineer, a sculptor, and a painter based in Switzerland. In his architecture he has merged advanced engineering solutions with dramatic visual statements. You can listen to the podcast of...

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Thomas Harding

Thomas Harding

THE GOLDEN AGE OF PUBLISHING. Thomas Harding is a bestselling British author. His award winning books have been translated into more than eighteen languages and include “Hanns and Rudolf”, “The House by the Lake”, “Blood on the Page”, and “White Debt”. His most recent...

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Peter Marino

Peter Marino

NAILING THE TIME IN WHICH WE LIVE. Peter Marino is the principal of Peter Marino Architect, a New York–based architecture practice he founded in 1978. Peter Marino is well known for integrating art within architectural designs and has commissioned more than 300...

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Sasha Suda

Sasha Suda

CONNECTING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT. Sasha Suda is a Canadian art historian. Since 2022 the former director of the National Gallery of Canada has been the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), whose building is a civic landmark and whose encyclopedic...

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Giuseppe Notarbartolo

Giuseppe Notarbartolo

THE WORK OF A LIFETIME. For over 40 years Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara has been involved with the natural history, ecology, behaviour, taxonomy and conservation of marine megafauna. He has a passion for whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and manta rays.You can listen...

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Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND HUMAN PROGRESS. Dambisa Moyo is a Zambian-born economist and writer whose books, articles, and public lectures centre on the creation of wealth in a global economy.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Dambisa Moyo, in 2022 you were...

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Esther da Costa Meyer

Esther da Costa Meyer

THE SASSOONS: A FASCINATING FAMILY. Esther da Costa Meyer is Professor emerita in the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, and Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She has worked on both modern and contemporary architecture, on...

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Lina Ghotmeh

Lina Ghotmeh

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER. Architect Lina Ghotmeh was born and raised in Beirut, where she studied at the American University. In 2005, while working in London and collaborating with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners, she won an international competition...

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Stephen Buchmann

Stephen Buchmann

INSPIRED BY BEES. Stephen Buchmann is a pollination ecologist specializing in bees. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Entomology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London who works...

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Antoine Compagnon

Antoine Compagnon

A SENSE OF TIME. Antoine Compagnon is a literary critic, writer, and professor emeritus at the Collège de France, specializing in Marcel Proust. He is Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. The author of...

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Arturo Galansino

Arturo Galansino

THE FLORENCE OF THE FUTURE. Arturo Galansino is the Director General of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence since 2015. His impressive career as an art historian and curator had previously taken him to the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery and...

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Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems

CHANGED BY ART. Carrie Mae Weems is best known for her photography. Her work explores family relationships, racial and cultural identities, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences and disparities of power. Weems has participated in numerous solo and...

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Nathan Heller

Nathan Heller

THE VALUE OF THE HUMANITIES. Nathan Heller is a staff writer at The New Yorker, an American weekly magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry, in which he often writes about technology, higher education, and...

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Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi

A SENSE OF FREEDOM. Charlotte Casiraghi is an ambassador and spokesperson for the House of CHANEL. The 36-year-old is the eighth in line to the Monegasque throne because she is the daughter of Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of the late Grace, Princess of...

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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

THEIR FUTURE IS SECURE. On April 1st 2023 Gilbert & George opened the Gilbert & George Centre in London’s East End. I went to visit them in their nearby studio.Are you tired by all the brouhaha of this very important opening? Yes, we are quite exhausted. Now...

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Miguel Flores-Vianna

Miguel Flores-Vianna

LOST IN TIME. Miguel Flores-Vianna is an Argentine photographer whose latest large format book HAUTE BOHEMIANS: GREECE is much acclaimed. Best known for architecture and interiors, he has worked for publications including World of Interiors, Cabana, Architectural...

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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

A CHRONICLER OF OUR TIMES. Ian McEwan is an English novelist and screenwriter who has been considered as one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945" and a leading member of the 100 most powerful people in British culture. His most recent novel Lessons is his...

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Chemi Peres

Chemi Peres

INNOVATION IS THE PATH TO PEACE. Chemi Peres is a Managing Partner and was Co-Founder in 1993 of Pitango, Israel's largest venture capital fund with over $2.8 billion under management. Chemi is also Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, an independent...

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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.

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