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Robert Verkaik

Robert Verkaik

AGENT JOSEPHINE: A BETRAYAL TOO FAR. Robert Verkaik is a British author and award-winning journalist. He was the Home Affairs Editor of the Independent and the Security Editor of the Mail on Sunday. He is the author of Defiant: The Untold Story of the Battle of...

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Angelo Crespi

Angelo Crespi

A GREAT MUSEUM OF THE WORLD. Angelo Crespi succeeded James Bradburne as the Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera in January 2024. The main public gallery for paintings in Milan is an outgrowth of the cultural program of the Brera Academy. It shares the site in...

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Andrea Califano

Andrea Califano

EDUCATING THE IMMUNE RESPONSE. Andrea Califano is President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub New York. He is the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and also holds appointments in the Departments of...

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Victoria Siddall

Victoria Siddall

ART, SUSTAINABILITY & FUNDRAISING. Victoria Siddall is a non-executive Director of Frieze, a co-founder and trustee of Gallery Climate Coalition, and the Founding Director of Murmur, a new initiative that enables the worlds of visual arts and music to play their...

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Gilles Kepel

Gilles Kepel

BUILDING A GLOBAL NARRATIVE. Gilles Kepel is a university professor, political scientist and Arabist. His books include Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West, Away from Chaos: The Middle East and the challenge to the West, and lately Prophète en son pays...

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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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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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Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran

TASTEMAKER AND HOTELIER. Jasper Conran is a British designer who studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. He has worked on collections of womenswear and for the home, as well as productions for the stage in ballet, opera and theatre. He opened his...

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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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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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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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Francine Lacqua

Francine Lacqua

CHRONICLING CAPITALISM. Francine Lacqua is the London-based award-winning anchor of the Bloomberg Television daily weekday programme The Pulse with Francine Lacqua. She also presents Leaders with Lacqua and is a Bloomberg editor-at-large, fluent in English, Italian...

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Marysia Lewandowska

Marysia Lewandowska

AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT. Marysia Lewandowska is an artist born in Poland in 1955 who has been living and working in London since 1982.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Marysia Lewandowska, how did you decide to be an artist? I studied in Poland and...

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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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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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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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Lee Bul

Lee Bul

CREATING A WEB THAT HOLDS DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TOGETHER. Lee Bul is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist who was born in 1964 to dissident parents under the military dictatorship of Park Chung-Hee in South Korea.  Her work investigates the ways that modern...

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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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Giuliano da Empoli

Giuliano da Empoli

THE WIZARD OF THE KREMLIN. Giuliano da Empoli is an Italian and Swiss political essayist, journalist and novelist. The founding chairman of Volta, a think tank based in Milan, he was an advisor to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi from 2014 to 2016. Now he is a...

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John Paulson

John Paulson

A MAJOR PHILANTHROPIST. John A. Paulson founded Paulson & Co., an investment management firm based in New York. In 2007 his multi-billion payoff shorting the overheated U.S. housing market made him a global industry superstar. He remains active in the markets.You...

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Sanam Vakil

Sanam Vakil

REGIONAL SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Dr. Sanam Vakil is the Deputy Director of the Middle East North Africa programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London where she leads project work on Iran and Gulf Arab dynamics. Iranian by...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai

DOCUMENTING OUR DISPLACEMENT. The filmmaker Amos Gitai was born in Israel in 1950 where his father Munio Gitai Weintraub was a prominent Bauhaus architect and his mother Efratia Margalit an intellectual, a storyteller and a teacher. Amos trained as an architect in...

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Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead

EDDA MUSSOLINI: THE MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN IN EUROPE. Caroline Moorehead is a bestselling and prize-winner author, and the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo, Madame de la Tour du Pin and Martha Gellhorn. Her recent books - a quartet focused on...

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Raffaele Trombetta

Raffaele Trombetta

A TIME OF TRANSITION. His Excellency Raffaele Trombetta was the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 29th January 2018 to October 5th 2022, leaving London after four and a half years, half a year longer than the normal stay. Brexit, Covid, the Queen’s...

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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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