alain elkann interviews

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Nicolas Berggruen

Nicolas Berggruen

GREAT TRANSFORMATIONS. Nicolas Berggruen’s mission as expressed through the Berggruen Institute is to develop foundational ideas and, through them, shape political, economic and social institutions for the 21st century.  In 2014 the Berggruen Institute formed a...

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Bernard-Henri Levy

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

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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Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Since his appointment in 2005, Lionel Barber has helped to transform the Financial Times into a multi-channel global news organisation, and during Barber's editorship the FT has won many international awards for...

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Simonetta Della Seta

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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Minouche Shafik

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

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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Paolo Tumminelli

Paolo Tumminelli

Paolo Tumminelli, you are a Milanese architect specialising in automobile culture and you wrote a trilogy “Car Design”. Is this choice a passion of yours? I think it’s a bit in my DNA. Each one of us has an automobile history in his own memory. We were born and raised...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai is a prize-winning Israeli filmmaker, known for making documentaries and feature films on the Middle East and Jewish-Arab conflict. Awarded the Légion d'Honneur  in 2017, Amos Gitai was born in Haifa and nowadays divides his time between Paris and Haifa. Do...

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Mirella Ricciardi

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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Oren Shoval

Oren Shoval

REAL-TIME RIDESHARING TRANSFORMS URBAN TRANSPORT Oren Shoval and Daniel Ramot are the founders of Via. Via is a privately held American transportation network and real-time ridesharing company based in New York. Via's mobile-phone application facilitates group travel...

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Erel Margalit

Erel Margalit

Erel Margalit founded Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) over 24 years ago, and is one of the chief architects of the startup nation, bringing innovation and entrepreneurial leadership to Israel’s most pressing political, economic, and social challenges. Chosen for the...

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Amnon Shashua

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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Bill Sherman

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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Achim Borchardt-Hume

Achim Borchardt-Hume

We go to see Achim Borchardt-Hume at Tate Modern where he is the Director of Exhibitions and Programmes. On this date in 1881, 25th October, Pablo Picasso was born. Achim Borchardt-Hume is the curator of  Tate Modern’s forthcoming EY EXHIBITION: PICASSO 1932 - LOVE,...

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Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. Carl, why is it your motto that a reporter has to give the best obtainable version of the truth? That’s what reporting is. Good reporting is the best obtainable version of the truth. This is the...

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Stanley Johnson

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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Roger Cohen

Roger Cohen

"With Donald Trump we are playing with fire." Roger Cohen is a journalist and author who joined The New York Times in 1990. He worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen different countries before becoming acting foreign editor on September...

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Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is a human rights journalist and the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo,  Martha Gellhorn and Lucie de la Tour du Pin. She wrote two bestselling books on the French Resistance, and has now turned her attention to the antifascist...

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Dr. Montefiore is an historian of Russia and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been awarded the Literary Prize Lupicaia del Terriccio 2017 for his book ‘The Romanovs: 1613-1918’. He is the author of ‘Catherine the Great and Potemkin:...

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Jonathan Taplin

Jonathan Taplin

Jon Taplin wrote the book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us. The Guardian newspaper review described the book’s central argument as being that “the titans of the digital age frequently...

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Tamara Chalabi

Tamara Chalabi

Life in Iraq today is archaic and dysfunctional - and on show at the 57th Venice Biennale. Tamara Chalabi is co-founder and Chair of the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq. She is co-curator of Archaic at the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 57th...

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Athene Donald

Athene Donald

The physicist at the head of Cambridge University's Churchill College has concerns about Brexit. Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, where she is Master of Churchill College. She served as the University...

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Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura is the United Nations Special Envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria. We republish this interview from December 2014 on April 7th 2017 as President Donald Trump orders air strikes on a target in Syria. What is your...

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo...

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Pasquale Terracciano

Pasquale Terracciano

His Excellency Pasquale Terracciano was appointed Italian Ambassador to London in 2013. Alain made this Classic Interview in December of that year, when he had been in post for just 6 months. Is London the Capital of the World? Pasquale Terracciano, you have been...

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Jean d’Ormesson

Jean d’Ormesson

Very sadly Jean d'Ormesson died on December 5th 2017. We send our condolences to his family and republish this interview in his memory. "The real victim of populism is democracy." Various countries of the world are living in a situation of increasing populism. In...

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Amit Sood

Amit Sood

Combatting stress, the global epidemic of the 21st Century. Dr. Amit Sood was born and raised in Bhopal, India. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and he is committed to decreasing suffering and increasing happiness. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo...

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John Micklethwait

John Micklethwait

The Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News has an extraordinary platform of observation on what’s happening in the world. What do you think at Bloomberg about the new President Trump’s aggressive attitude towards journalists and the press? Do you think the freedom of the...

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Peter Lantos

Peter Lantos

We republish this Classic Interview in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. The interview with Peter Lantos took place at the London Library in St James's Square in London.  He is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary and has lived in London for 45 years. He writes...

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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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