Anne Radice holds a PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an MBA from American University, and a BA in Art History from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. She also has an MA in Art History and the History of City Planning from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy. She created and headed the Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a national conservation initiative designed to raise public awareness, for which she received the Forbes Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Conservation from the American Institute of Historic and Artistic Works. In December 2008, President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest honor that can be conferred on a civilian, in recognition of her exemplary service to the nation. With over thirty-five years of expertise in the cultural and non-profit worlds, she recently completed her four-year term as the director of The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a position she garnered by appointment by the President in 2005. She joined The Dilenschneider Group (DGI) as a principal from 2010 to 2012.
Stefano Albertini a native of Bozzolo in the Northern Italian province of Mantua studied at the Università di Parma, where he majored in Political History. After obtaining his M.A. in Italian Literature from the University of Virginia he was admitted to Stanford University where he earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the Rhetoric of Violence in Niccolò Machiavelli’s writings. He has published extensively on topics ranging from Dante to Renaissance Literature, to Church/State relations during Fascism. Since 1994, he has been teaching Literature and Cinema in the Department of Italian Studies at New York University. From 1995 to February 1998 he was Associate Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and since then he has served as Director.
Born in Rome, Emanuela Mazzonis graduated with a Master’s Degree in Art History from “La Sapienza” University of Rome and another Master’s Degree in Art Management from the “Accademia DelleBelle Arti” of Brera, Milan, Italy. After working at Francesca Kaufmann contemporary art gallery in Milan and Gavin Brown Enterprise in New York, she collaborated with Fondazione Nicola Trussardi as assistant curator from April to November 2004. She has worked as assistant curator for the François Pinault Collection between Venice and Paris from 2006 to 2010, contributing to the opening of Palazzo Grassi in 2006 and Punta della Dogana in 2009. She is currently following special projects for the François Pinault Collection and working for Artemisia Group in Milan as contemporary art exhibition coordinator.
New York-based photographer, born in 1979 into a family of musicians, Sarah Small was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated in 2001. Small has been gaining recognition for her camerawork — her photos have appeared in Vogue, Life and Rolling Stone, and in galleries throughout the country as well as in Europe and Asia. In 2009 she started composing living installations to promote the ongoing photographic series she calls “Delirium Constructions,” developing her most ambitious work to date, the “Tableau Vivant of the Delirium Constructions”. Inspired by history’s striking French living pictures, the Tableau Vivant is a live performance installation that brings to life Small’s internationally acclaimed photographic series. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, and was recently named by American Photo Magazine as one of the “Top 13 Emerging Photographers” working today. Sarah has been teaching Portrait Photography at the Parsons School of Design since 2009.
Kristin Hanson has known that she wanted to make the world more beautiful with her artistry since she was a child. Winner of the coveted 2007 Couture Awards as one of America’s top couture designers, Kristin’s designs and dedicated work as an educator have evolved to international recognition as a leader in the fine jewelry industry. In 2006, starting out with one bench in her Brooklyn apartment, Kristin Hanson founded Fine Jewelry School, now located in Tribeca, NYC. Kristin Hanson has expanded her vision by creating Kristin Hanson Gallery, a 6,000 sq ft multiple floor event space and private art gallery, including all-inclusive, five star accommodations with exquisite original art and rare diamonds. Kristin studied at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After just one year, she took a more drastic step towards her vocation, moving to Colorado to study with legendary master goldsmith Harold O’Connor. Kristin received master training at the Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry in historic Florence, Italy under the tutelage of Giampaolo Babetto.
President and Founder of Lifegate, Spa, Marco Roveda is a pioneer of the sustainability field. In 1978 he embraced biodynamic agriculture establishing the Scaldasole farm in 1981 that immediately became the first organic food company in Italy. Within a very brief period of time over 60.000 companies, inspired by his success, followed suite and began to produce and transform organic products pushing Italy from last to first place for organic production in Europe. In 1997 he received the Entrepreneur of the Year prize from the CCIA in the category “Quality of life”. In 2000 he founded LifeGate that rapidly became the meeting point for people and companies that want to make real their own ethical and sustainability principles. In 2002 he received the RCS Cenacolo prize for Publishing and Innovation. In 2008 the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum conferred the international prize “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” on Mr. Roveda. In 2004 he published, for Ponte alle Grazie, the book “Perché ce la faremo’ (That’s why we can make it). In 2008 he was the protagonist of the series “I Sostenibili” for Salerno Publishing with “L’ecobusiness ci salverà” (Will ecobusiness save us?), book-interview-biography by Enzo Argante. Today he lives in the province of Como, in what was the first headquarters of the Scaldasole farm and that is today home to Italy’s first “solar tracker” photovoltaic park.