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LITERATURE AND EDUCATION

Toni Morrison

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 Morrison’s novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language and the richly...

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Ian Wardropper

ON THE MOVE. Ian Wardropper is the Director of The Frick Collection in New York.  Internationally recognised as a premier museum and research centre, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European...

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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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Johnny de Falbe

THE BEST BOOKSHOP IN LONDON. Johnny de Falbe runs John Sandoe Books, the independent bookseller close to London’s Sloane Square where he has worked for over thirty years. John Sandoe Books is one of London’s foremost and best-loved independent bookshops, and is a...

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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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Giovanni Soldini

MASERATI MULTI 70 SKIPPER Giovanni Soldini has been sailing since he was a small boy.  Born in Milan in 1966, Soldini has over 25 years of making history in ocean racing to his credit, including two single-handed round the worlds.  With over 40 ocean crossings to his...

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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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Ann Demeester

THE TRANSHISTORICAL MUSEUM.  Ann Demeester is a Belgian writer, art critic and museum director.  From 2006 to 2014 Ann Demeester was Director of the Amsterdam contemporary arts centre De Appel.  Since 2014 Demeester has been Director of the Frans Hals Museum in...

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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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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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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...

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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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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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Madison Cox

Madison Cox is an American garden designer and has worked in the United States, Europe and North Africa. Responsible for the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, he is director of the Saint Laurent Museums in Paris and in Marrakech, and president of the Pierre Bergé - Yves...

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Vivien Duffield

Dame Vivien Duffield continues the philanthropic legacy of her father  Sir Charles Clore, who was one of Britain’s most successful post-war businessmen. After Sir Charles’ death in 1979, Dame Vivien assumed the Chairmanship of the Clore Foundations in the UK and in...

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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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Bruce Boucher

Bruce Boucher is Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he obtained his PhD at The Courtauld. An art historian specializing in sculpture and architecture, for over twenty years Bruce Boucher taught at the...

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Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty", but she has been a writer all her life. In her book The Price of Illusion Joan Juliet Buck...

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Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is famous for his books ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ and ‘The White Road’, and for his ceramic pottery. His recent exhibition in Stockholm was titled ‘Giorgio Morandi / Edmund de Waal’. Is it unusual for an artist also to be a best-selling author? It is...

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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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Carole Hubscher

Caran d’Ache, the Swiss manufacturer of writing instruments and color products, has Carole Hubscher at the head of its Board of Directors. Caran d’Ache is a jewel in Switzerland’s manufacturing industry, a family business with a strong ethos of sustainability, and...

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Dr Virgilio Sacchini

Dr. Virgilio Sacchini, a breast cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, affirms that we are going to beat cancer. Dr. Virgilio Sacchini, you work as a breast cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and are a...

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Keith Christiansen

Keith Christiansen is the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. What's happening in your department at the Metropolitan Museum at the moment?  In the European Paintings department there is a very...

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Olivier Berggruen

You are the curator of the show “Picasso. Between Cubism and Classicism: 1915-1925” that will open in Rome on September 20th at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at Palazzo Barberini. What is so special about this exhibition? Just to give you some...

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Roberto Mottola

President of Circolo del Remo e della Vela Italia (The Rowing and Sailing Club Italia) in Naples’ Santa Lucia neighbourhood. You participated in the 1972 Olympics in Munich as a member of the Italian sailing team. You had a nine-metre boat...

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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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Timothy Radcliffe

Dominican friar Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the community at Blackfriars, Oxford, and was Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. He is the author of a number of very popular books drawn from his experiences. There is too much religious...

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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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