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Emilio Ambasz

Emilio Ambasz

TO RECONCILE ARCHITECTURE WITH NATURE. The Argentinian architect Emilio Ambasz, Spaniard by Royal Grant, is known as the forerunner of green architecture.Emilio Ambasz, when did you decide that you wanted to be an architect?  I knew since I was eleven that I was going...

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Anand Menon

Anand Menon

THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE. Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College London and Director of the “UK in a Changing Europe” initiative.This interview is also available to listen to as a podcast. Boris Johnson, the UK prime...

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John Micklethwait

John Micklethwait

THE WORLD IS AT A CROSSROADS. John Micklethwait is Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News. He oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms, as well as its research services including Bloomberg Intelligence. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of The...

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Giulia Maria Crespi

Giulia Maria Crespi

"I’ve worked very  hard, in order to give back." Giulia Maria Crespi was an Italian media proprietor. She was a non-profit executive and environmentalist who founded Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) whose model is The National Trust in the UK.  FAI's properties include...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai

LAILA IN HAIFA. Amos Gitai is an Israeli filmmaker who was trained as an architect. Born in 1950, and best known to the public for his film Kippur, shown at Cannes in 2000, Amos Gitai bases his work to a large extent on personal experience, including the Yom Kippur...

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Mareike Ohlberg

Mareike Ohlberg

THE HIDDEN HAND OF CHINA. Mareike Ohlberg is a senior Fellow in the Asia Program of the German Marshall Fund. Based in Berlin, she previously worked as an analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, focussing on China’s media and digital policies as well as...

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Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore

THE WANT, WILL AND HOPES OF THE PEOPLE. Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, as well as a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the host of the podcast “The Last Archive”. Professor Lepore’s recent book “These...

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Kimberley Motley

Kimberley Motley

WORKING FOR JUSTNESS. Kimberley Chongyon Motley is an African-Korean American international human rights defense attorney from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known for her amazing work in Afghanistan, which she wrote about in her book “Lawless: A lawyer’s unrelenting fight for...

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Rocco Forte

Rocco Forte

A LIFE IN HOTELS. Sir Rocco Forte is a hotelier and the Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels. Rocco Forte, because of the Corona virus you were not able to open the hotel Villa Igiea in Palermo. It has been a great damage for you? Because of the virus the work programme for...

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Vincenzo Paglia

Vincenzo Paglia

AN INCLUSIVE TOUCH. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and head of the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. Your Excellency, you’ve written two books during this pandemic, “Pandemia e...

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Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

FROM HERE IT CAN GO EITHER WAY. Professor Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and public policy analyst. He is an expert on economic development and the fight against poverty. Sachs has been director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016...

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Paola Severino

Paola Severino

HOW TO REOPEN ITALY AFTER THE CORONA VIRUS. Paola Severino is Vice President of Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, with a mandate for internationalization, having formerly served as Rector from 2016 to 2018. She is Professor of Criminal Law and President of the...

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Timothy Radcliffe

Timothy Radcliffe

THE END OF OPPRESSION. Father Timothy Radcliffe is a Roman Catholic priest and Dominican friar of the English Province, and former Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001. He is the only member of the English Province of the Dominicans to have held the office...

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Berel Lazar

Berel Lazar

REBUILDING THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN RUSSIA. Berel Lazar is a Jewish Orthodox, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi. Born in Italy, he studied in America and began his service in Russia in 1990. He became Chief Rabbi of Russia in 2000.This interview is available here as a...

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Carlo Clavarino

Carlo Clavarino

RETURN TO GENOA. Carlo Clavarino is Executive Chairman of the AON insurance company’s Europe Middle East and Africa region. 22,000 people work for AON in this area and Clavarino is a member of the executive committee of AON Corporation. He is also president of the...

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Paola D’Agostino

Paola D’Agostino

THE IMPORTANCE OF FLORENCE. Paola D’Agostino is Director of the Musei del Bargello, in Florence, Italy, a new museum group comprising the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the Medici Chapel, the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati and Casa Martelli. This...

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Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano

BUILDING VESSELS OF LIGHT. Renzo Piano is an Italian architect whose notable buildings include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Shard in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens...

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Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel

AN ARCHITECT IS LIKE A FILMMAKER. The Paris based architect Jean Nouvel injects a sense of originality into the projects he undertakes all over the world. He creates a unique concept for each particular combination of people, place and time, yielding buildings that...

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Fabiola Gianotti

Fabiola Gianotti

DISRUPTIVE RESEARCH. Fabiola Gianotti is the first woman Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. Elected for a five year term in 2016, she was recently renominated to hold the position until 2025 and thus becomes the first...

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Andrew Viterbi

Andrew Viterbi

NEW FRONTIERS IN COMMUNICATIONS. Andrew Viterbi is an Italian born American electrical engineer and businessman who co-founded Qualcomm Inc. a company that transforms theoretical concepts into practical means of communications. He is celebrated for the invention of...

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Kimberley Motley

Kimberley Motley

A LAWYER IN KABUL. Kimberley Motley quit her job as a public defender in Milwaukee in 2008 to join a U.S. government sponsored 'capacity building' program that helped train lawyers in war-torn Afghanistan. 32-years-old at the time, she was a former Mrs. Wisconsin and...

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Peter Mandelson

Peter Mandelson

MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE. Peter Mandelson on Brexit lies, Boris Johnson, the weak & ineffective response of Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Semitism, Northern Ireland and the EU. Peter Mandelson is a British Labour politician, president of international think tank Policy...

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Letizia Moratti

Letizia Moratti

A RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS IN WELFARE SYSTEMS. Letizia Moratti is the former Rai (Radiotelevisione italiana) president, was the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research, served as the mayor of Milan, and today is Chairwoman of the Board for UBI Banca, a...

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Hiroshi Mikitani

Hiroshi Mikitani

THE POWER TO COMPETE. Born in Kobe in 1965, Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani is the founder and CEO of Rakuten, a Japanese company based in Tokyo that he started in 1997. Mikitani wanted to build a business that would empower people to pursue and fulfil their business dreams...

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Alberto Rocca

Alberto Rocca

THE JOY OF CONSERVATION. Monsignor Alberto Rocca is a fellow at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana library in Milan, as well as being the director of the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), and director of the Class of Borromean Studies.As director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,...

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Giorgio La Malfa

Giorgio La Malfa

THE DIVIDING QUESTION OF KEYNES. Giorgio La Malfa was a university professor and a leading light of the Italian Republican Party from 1972 to 2011. In his political career he was a Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, and...

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Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM: RUSSIA, EUROPE, AMERICA. Timothy Snyder is a leading American historian and public intellectual, and enjoys great prominence in Europe, the subject of most of his work. He is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a...

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Massimo Cacciari

Massimo Cacciari

ITALY IN THE WORLD TODAY. Massimo Cacciari is a celebrated Italian philosopher, academic, and politician. He was mayor of Venice from 1993 to 2000, and again from 2005 to 2010. An expert in forms of contemporary political power and the configurations of the crises of...

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George Osborne

George Osborne

A NEW CAREER. George Osborne is a British Conservative politician who was a Member of Parliament from 2001 to 2017. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer under David Cameron from 2010 to 2016. He has been Editor of the London Evening Standard since May 2017. If you...

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Yervant Gianikian

Yervant Gianikian

VIOLENCE REMEMBERED. The avant-garde filmmaker Yervant Gianikian was born in Merano, an Alpine town in Italy’s South Tyrol region, in 1942. His father was Armenian, a survivor of the genocide, and his mother was half Austrian and half Italian.  As a child Yervant went...

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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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