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Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie

RECALIBRATING THE WINDSORS. Andrew Lownie is an historian and a literary agent. He has contributed to newspapers such as The Times, The Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal, and has written several books, amongst them The Mountbattens Their Lives and Loves, and...

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Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena

BUILDING TOWARDS EQUALITY. Alejandro Aravena is a Chilean architect and executive director of the firm Elemental S.A. In 2016 he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s highest honour, and was the director and curator of the Architecture Section of the...

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Roberto Cicutto

Roberto Cicutto

AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS. Roberto Cicutto was appointed President of La Biennale di Venezia on February 2020, overseeing the city’s prestigious art and architecture biennials as well as the film, dance, theatre and music festivals. Cicutto is a native Venetian and a film...

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Dior DeCupper

Dior DeCupper

SAVING THE PLANET ONE MEAL AT A TIME. Dior DeCupper was appointed CEO of Meatless Farm in December 2021. Meatless Farm is a plant based food company that now has offices in Leeds, Amsterdam, New York and Singapore. The Plant Based Food world is a fast growing and...

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Jean Todt

Jean Todt

SAFETY FIRST. Jean Todt is a French motor racing executive and former rally co-driver. He was Peugeot Talbot Sport’s director and then Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team principal, before being appointed CEO of Ferrari from 2004 to 2008. From 2009 to 2021 he served as...

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Salvatore Nastasi

Salvatore Nastasi

GUARDIAN OF AN IMMENSE HERITAGE. Salvatore Nastasi is Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Culture. He has been at what used to be called the Ministry for Cultural Property and Activities since 2000, with a brief interruption when he was Deputy Secretary...

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Brent Hoberman

Brent Hoberman

AN ENTREPRENEUR WITH IMPACT. Brent Hoberman is Co-Founder and Chairman of Founders Factory, Founders Forum and firstminute Capital. He co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. He also co-founded Made.com...

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Andy Harries

Andy Harries

PASSION PROJECTS. Andy Harries produces television series including The Crown and Outlander. He is chief executive and co-founder of LEFT BANK Pictures, a multi-award winning independent production company launched in 2007 to make high-end film and television for the...

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Saad Mohseni

Saad Mohseni

NIMBLE AND QUICK. Saad Mohseni is co-founder and Chairman of MOBY Group, which has brought top tier news and media content to emerging and frontier markets over the past two decades. Mohseni also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group, an...

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Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

DOING BRILLIANTLY. Roula Khalaf is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Born in Beirut, after studying in the United States at Syracuse University and Columbia University she first worked for Forbes magazine. From 1995 she was a foreign correspondent at the FT, and...

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Francesco Starace

Francesco Starace

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY. Francesco Starace graduated at the Polytechnic University in Milan with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014. Enel is a multinational company in the energy sector...

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Fabio Finotti

Fabio Finotti

A DESTINATION POINT IN NEW YORK. I am at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York in the office of the Director, Professor Fabio Finotti, a distinguished Italianist. He is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the author of...

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Shai Baitel

Shai Baitel

CHINA: A SMART, GROWING, SOPHISTICATED AUDIENCE. Shai Baitel is the inaugural artistic director of the Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai. Born in Israel, he graduated from Tel Aviv University with honors, earning a degree in Law and Modern History of the Middle East....

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Virgilio Sacchini

Virgilio Sacchini

CARING FOR THE CARERS. Dr Virgilio Sacchini is a surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, with academic experience at Cornell University in New York and University of Milan in Europe.  In all his life he was involved in clinical trials increasing...

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James Thornton

James Thornton

THE EARTH IS MY CLIENT. James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, an environmental charity using the law to create powerful change that protects life on Earth. James launched ClientEarth in 2007, sparking fundamental change in the way environmental...

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Giacomo Cattaneo

Giacomo Cattaneo

A LONG HISTORY OF VINICULTURE. Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno is Genovese by family and grew up in Brazil. He is the current Marquis of Gabiano, whose “Castello di Gabiano” in the Piedmont Region of north-west of Italy has a long and fascinating history. Giacomo Cattaneo and...

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Maurice Lévy

Maurice Lévy

THE POWER OF ONE. Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the French multinational advertising and public relations company that has overtaken all other ad holding companies to become the world’s No.1 agency group in terms of market...

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Luciano Violante

Luciano Violante

NEW WORLDS. Luciano Violante is President of Fondazione Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine (The Leonardo Foundation – Machine Civilization) whose goal is to bridge humanistic and industrial cultures. He is a former Italian magistrate, politician and academic. He was a...

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David Puttnam

David Puttnam

A GREAT COMMUNICATOR. David Puttnam is a British film producer, educator, and environmentalist who recently retired as a member of the House of Lords, where he served on the Labour Party benches for 24 years. His many celebrated film productions include Midnight...

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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

FIGHTING FOR DIGNITY. Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968 after the assassination of her father. She has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the...

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Yu Jie

Yu Jie

WHICH ROADS WILL CHINA FOLLOW TOWARDS 2035? Dr Yu Jie is senior research fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, focusing on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China’s economic diplomacy. Chatham House, also known...

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Denis Olivennes

Denis Olivennes

IN PRAISE OF PROGRESS. Denis Olivennes is a senior French civil servant, entrepreneur and essayist. Among other things, he was the boss of Canal +, Nouvel Observateur, Europe 1 radio, Elle and Paris Match. Since June 2020, Denis Olivennes has been shareholder and...

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Giordano Bruno Guerri

Giordano Bruno Guerri

GUARDIAN OF THE PATRIMONY OF A SUPERMAN. Giordano Bruno Guerri is an Italian writer, journalist, and historian. He is an important scholar of twentieth-century Italy, in particular of the Fascist period and the relationship between Italians and the Catholic Church. He...

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

FROM ENGINEERING TO ACTIVISM. Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and social advocate. With a background in mechanical engineering she is also a Trustee of The London Library. Her latest book “Listen, Layla” is described by publisher...

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Marco Alverà

Marco Alverà

BETTING ON GREEN HYDROGEN. Marco Alverà is CEO of Snam, one of the world's leading energy infrastructure operators and among Italy's largest listed companies with a market capitalization close to 17 Billion Euros. He is also a visiting professor at Oxford University,...

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Lily Cole

Lily Cole

WHO CARES WINS. Lily Cole is a British fashion model and acted in films including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus of Terry Gilliam. Her recent book Who Cares Wins features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Elon Musk and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Professor...

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Edith Bruck

Edith Bruck

“Racconta anche per noi!” “Racconta!” “Tell our story!” We repost this interview to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022 Edith Bruck is a Hungarian-born writer who lives in Italy. Her new book “Il pane perduto” (“The Lost Bread”) is one of the candidates...

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Massimo Osanna

Massimo Osanna

THE MAN WHO SAVED POMPEII. For seven years Massimo Osanna was Director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. He is now Director General of all the Italian museums. A professor of archaeology at the University of Naples, he has held many important responsibilities...

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Catherine Ostler

Catherine Ostler

A BIGAMOUS COUNTESS? Author Catherine Ostler has been Editor-in-Chief of Tatler magazine and the Evening Standard magazine; Editor of The Times Weekend; and written for publications including Newsweek, Vogue and the Financial Times. She read English at Oxford...

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Mario Codognato

Mario Codognato

REVIVAL IN VENICE. The art historian Mario Codognato is a curator of contemporary art. Born and raised in Venice, he was the chief curator of MADRE, the museum of contemporary art in Naples, and at the 21er Haus of the Belvedere in Vienna. Today Mario Codognato is...

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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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