Francesco Rutelli Biography

Francesco Rutelli was born in Rome in 1954. He is married to Barbara Palombelli, a journalist and television presenter. They have four children and four grandchildren.

He is the President of Anica, the National Association of Film, Audiovisual, and Digital Industries; elected in 2016 and re-elected for 2020-24. Rutelli has been elected six times to the Parliament: in the Chamber of Deputies in 1983, 1987, 1992, 2001, and 2006; and from 2008 to 2013 as a Senator of the Republic. He was also elected as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004.

Rutelli was the first Mayor of Rome directly elected by the citizens in December 1993 and re-elected in 1997, receiving the highest number of popular votes in the history of elections in Rome up to that point (985,000 votes in 1997). Under his leadership, the administration implemented significant transformations in the capital.

He served as the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities of the Italian Government from 2006 to 2008. Rutelli held various institutional positions, including President of the Human Rights Committee at Montecitorio, President of COPASIR (Bicameral Committee for the Oversight of Intelligence), and Special Government Commissioner for the Great Jubilee of 2000.

Since 2013, Francesco Rutelli has chosen not to hold political-institutional positions and has engaged in activities, both professionally and as a volunteer, in areas where he has developed expertise and exercised his civic passion, such as the environment and sustainability, culture, and the international promotion of Italy.

In October 2016, he was elected President of ANICA, the National Association of Film, Audiovisual, and Digital Industries. He led the transformation of ANICA in 2021, welcoming global and national companies from media publishers, international exporters, digital publishers, and the inclusion of Cartoon Italia. Overall, the companies associated with ANICA more than doubled.

He founded and chairs the Associazione Incontro di Civiltà dedicated to dialogue among Great Cultures, as well as the restoration and reconstruction of artistic and architectural masterpieces damaged or destroyed in recent conflicts in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Among other activities, he coordinated a major exhibition inside the Colosseum, inaugurated in October 2016 by the President of the Republic and visited by over 300,000 people. He is the founder and President of the Associazione Priorità Cultura and the Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize, whose International jury has awarded the Brave in the rescue of endangered Art worldwide. He was appointed as a Special Advisor to ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)

He presides over Centro per un futuro sostenibile, founded in 1989, focused on global environmental issues and climate change. Rutelli is also President of the Institute of European Democrats (IED) in Brussels (2019-2024) and serves as the Coordinator of the Group for Ancient Cultural and Religious Routes, including the Via Francigena, at the Pontifical Council for Culture, following Pope Francis’ recommendation.

In 2020, he launched the Soft Power Club in Venice, bringing together an influential group of international personalities, managers, and representatives from culture and institutions from five continents. The Club aims to define inclusive messages and pragmatic goals, serving as a meeting point for renewed and effective multilateralism.

Among his professional activities, Rutelli created an LLC dedicated to promoting the Italian Experience, advising and collaborating with international and national private entities. He also founded ESGR, a benefit company committed to transparently qualifying the reputation of sustainable growth processes for companies and production chains, as well as training sustainability managers.

He is the creator and curator of Videocittà, the large festival of Moving Images held in Rome annually from 2018 to 2023, with growing success in terms of audience and participation of Italian and international creators and innovators.

In 2019, Rutelli founded the Scuola di Servizio Civico, with the voluntary contribution of prestigious academics, professionals, and experts. The school provided interdisciplinary training to 53 young individuals capable of serving the capital, and a new training cycle is planned for 2024.

Since 2021, he has created and presides over ANICA Academy for Film, Audiovisual, and Digital, which, in partnership with RAI, Netflix, Paramount, Medusa, and Vision, trains new professionals to serve in qualified positions within the film and audiovisual industry.

His book “Tutte le strade partono da Roma” (2021) has been reprinted six times by the Laterza publishing house, as has “Roma, Camminando” (2022). His most recent book is “Il secolo verde” (Solferino)



On the European front, Rutelli, along with the French political leader François Bayrou, founded the European Democratic Party. He was elected co-President in Brussels starting from 2004.

In the 1990s, Rutelli was a member of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, where he chaired the Urban Policy Commission. He was appointed as Urban Development Advisor in New York by then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros Ghali.

As a Member of the European Parliament (1999-2004), he promoted numerous pro-European parliamentary initiatives, advocated for human rights, and opposed the death penalty. Rutelli was the Rapporteur for the Anti-Corruption Directive.

He played a key role in the popular referendum in June 1989, seeking a constitutive mandate for Italian members of the European Parliament, which received an 88% affirmative vote from the electorate. He was awarded the Crocodile-Altiero Spinelli Prize for his commitment to European integration.

In the Italian Parliament, Rutelli served as a long-standing member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He initiated the establishment of the Human Rights Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, which he chaired for two terms.

Rutelli was the honorary president of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin (2013-2014), President of the Italy-UAE Association (2016-2017), and Coordinator of the Italy-China Cultural Forum, established by the governments of the two countries to address Culture, Creativity, Design, and Tourism (2016-2021).

Francesco Rutelli collaborates with various think tanks, universities, and international foundations. The approach of his initiatives is inclusive, as seen in the formation of the Soft Power Club, whose members include:

H.H. Prince El Hassan Bin al Talal, Crown Prince of Jordan.

Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Indian entrepreneur, president and founder of Biocon Limited and Biocon Biologics Limited.

Lord Charles Powell, diplomat, pro-European politician, and British businessman, former chief of staff to Margaret Thatcher.

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Fatou Jeng, Founder of Clean Earth Gambia.

Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and UNDP Administrator.

Yuan Ding, Vice President and Dean of China Europe International Business School – CEIBS.

Philippe Donnet, CEO of Generali.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of the National Institution for Transforming India- NITI.

Cecilia Malmström, Former EU Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs and Trade.

Ana Luiza Massot Thompson-Flores, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice.

Carlo Mazzi, former President of The Prada Group.

Webber Ndoro, Director-General of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).

Charles Rivkin, CEO of MPA Hollywood/Washington DC.

Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Founder and Director-General of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The Club has so far awarded the Soft Power Prize to John Nkengasong, a virologist leading international institutions based in Africa in the fight against COVID-19, to marine ecosystems scientist Kim Cobb, and to climate activist Vanessa Nakate.



In November 1975, Rutelli joined the Radical Party and was elected Secretary of Rome and Lazio in 1979. At the age of 26, in 1980, he became the National Secretary. He led numerous initiatives in support of civil and human rights, justice, and the environment, promoting the Gandhian culture of nonviolence and the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. Notably, he was arrested at the nuclear plant in Latina in the summer of 1981, spending three days in prison, ultimately leading to the closure of the plant after a public referendum. Rutelli was fully acquitted for his peaceful demonstration.

At 29, in 1983, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time. During his long parliamentary career (1983-2013), he contributed to various legislative measures, from securing funding for the digitization of justice to recent anti-crime laws on the DNA database and the introduction of the “flat-rate tax” for rentals. He served as parliamentary group leader on multiple occasions.

Due to his environmental commitment, he was elected National Coordinator of the Italian Greens and later became the leader of the parliamentary group. A reformist environmentalist, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Urban Areas in the Ciampi government but resigned after two days in 1993.

Leading the center-left coalition L’Ulivo, Rutelli challenged Silvio Berlusconi in the 2001 race for the Prime Ministership. During the campaign “L’Ulivo per Rutelli,” he gained ten percentage points in popularity, receiving over 16.4 million votes but lost the election by a margin of 1.4%.

In the same year, the new party “La Margherita – Democrazia è Libertà” received 5.4 million votes, and Rutelli was elected President, later reconfirmed in 2004 and 2007.

In 2006, Rutelli was appointed Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister for Cultural Heritage in the Prodi government, also taking on the Tourism portfolio. The government achieved the lowest public debt in decades, below 100% of GDP, restoring Italy’s credibility in international markets.

As Vice Premier and leader of La Margherita, Rutelli promoted and adopted innovative economic and social policies, such as portability and renegotiability of mortgages, a significant reduction in the fiscal burden for businesses, and a bonus for lower pensions.

Rutelli strongly supported Italy’s participation in multilateral commitments by the international community and in peacekeeping and peace-enforcing operations.

Under his leadership, La Margherita-DL aggregated a plurality of political cultures and democratic, reformist, Catholic, and liberal personalities. In the 2006 general elections, La Margherita-DL elected 120 parliamentarians, contributing in 2008, with Rutelli’s strong commitment, to the formation of the Democratic Party. Rutelli left the party in 2009 due to the prevailing left-wing positions but maintained friendly political and personal relationships.

Due to the conduct of La Margherita’s former treasurer, the party’s history and achievements were briefly overshadowed. However, investigators, courts at various levels, and the Court of Cassation clarified that La Margherita was a victim of embezzlement, and Rutelli was a victim of slander, as also confirmed in civil court in 2023. The final judgment, issued in December 2017, resulted in the confiscation of the embezzled funds, directly assigned to the Italian State. Additionally, the party donated an unprecedented 6.5 million euros from La Margherita’s remaining assets to the Ministry of Economy.

La Margherita-DL has been recognized as an excellent “political school,” with some of Italy’s most prominent figures in politics and democratic institutions, including the current President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, participating in the party’s experience.



Francesco Rutelli’s family boasts ancient cultural and artistic legacies. His great-grandfather, Mario Rutelli, is the creator of the Fontana delle Najadi (1901) and the monument dedicated to Anita Garibaldi on the Gianicolo in the capital. Mario Rutelli crafted dozens of monuments and statues in public and private spaces in Italian cities, including some of the most important modern works in Palermo.

The great-great-grandfather, Felice Martini (from Parma), was the chief designer responsible for the last renovation (1873) of the historic Arsenal of Venice. His wife, Ada Corbellini, was a poet and patriot of the Risorgimento. The great-grandfather, Ottavio Marini (from Loreto), served as the Director of Antiquities and Fine Arts for the Italian government during the 1910s and 1920s, as well as the Director of the Academy of Fine Arts and the National Engraving. The Palermo branch of the family, starting with entrepreneur Giovanni Rutelli, oversaw the construction of the grand Teatro Massimo, numerous buildings on via Roma, and, in the Liberty style, along the Mondello waterfront (including the Charleston).

As the Mayor of Rome and later as Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli contributed significantly to the creation and realization of numerous strategic cultural buildings, infrastructure, and institutions, museums, and galleries in Italy. Among these, the Auditorium – Città della Musica, a project awaited in Rome for 60 years, designed by Renzo Piano, whose location Rutelli, as a City Councilor alongside Antonio Cederna, deliberated, secured funding, and oversaw construction during his mayoralty. Other achievements include a comprehensive plan for restoration and archaeological excavations, the renewal of the Capitoline Museums, the new museum case for the Ara Pacis, the opening of more than 20 exhibition spaces (covering over 22,000 square meters during his mayoral term), including the Gallery of Modern Art (later named MACRO), the Scuderie del Quirinale, the Centrale Montemartini, up to the MAXXI Museum and the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Barberini (which had awaited a conclusive definition for over half a century).

While in government, Rutelli initiated the restoration of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the construction of the Auditorium of the Maggio Fiorentino in Florence, the radical refurbishment of the Archaeological Museum (of the “Bronzes”) in Reggio Calabria, and that of the Archaeological Museum in Taranto, as well as the completion of the Reggia di Venaria Reale in Turin.

He formulated and approved the new Landscape Code in 2008. In addition to restoring reduced funding for cinema, he introduced the innovative Tax Credit system, revitalizing the film and audiovisual industry. He established the Theater Festival (in Naples) and revitalized the international Spoleto Festival.

Throughout his various national and international commitments, as well as in public-private collaboration, Rutelli has been dedicated to defining and promoting an innovative Italian Cultural Diplomacy and developing a new concept of Soft Power. He promoted the creation of the first (to date, the only) White Paper on Italian Creative Industries (published in 2009). As Minister of Cultural Heritage, he implemented a systematic Cultural Diplomacy strategy that, through successful negotiations involving state attorneys, Carabinieri, archaeologists, scholars, and diplomats, allowed for the recovery of dozens of archaeological and artistic masterpieces of immense value that were stolen. These efforts were conducted within the framework of UNESCO conventions, collaborating with international museums and cultural institutions, and developing new legal criteria and agreements for loans and scientific and educational cooperation.

The leaders of ANICA, the first and most representative association of film and audiovisual companies in Italy, proposed to Francesco Rutelli in October 2016 to preside over the association during a period of profound transformative changes in this major production and creative industry. He was unanimously elected and re-elected twice until 2024.

As President of ANICA, he was responsible for the MIA (International Audiovisual Market) from 2017 to 2021, in partnership with the Audiovisual Producers Association (APA). He created and coordinated a new event to promote creativity and the audiovisual and digital industries and foster dialogue among all creative and productive sectors of moving images. This event, known as Videocittà, saw significant participation from talents and personalities (including 18 Oscar winners) and the public (over 400,000 spectators).

He is the founder and President of the Association Priorità Cultura, dedicated to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage, contemporary art, and the creation of public-private partnerships in various cultural fields. With the Association Incontro di Civiltà, he leads an international campaign for the salvation, cataloging, restoration, and reconstruction of heritage affected by recent conflicts and at risk in the Mediterranean area. Exhibitions and international conferences, from 2014 to 2019, took place under his guidance in Rome (Palazzo Venezia, Colosseum, Palazzo Poli), Brussels (European Council), Paris (UNESCO), and with ICCROM, at the Rome headquarters of FAO. An impeccable reproduction of the Bull of Nimrud, destroyed by Daesh, was installed at the entrance of the Bassora Museum (Iraq) through the initiative of Incontro di Civiltà and Priorità Cultura.

The Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize, founded by him, took place in Venice, Spoleto, and Palermo, and was awarded by an authoritative international jury to the ‘Brave’ who save Art, sometimes risking their lives.

He has conceived and presided over various cultural events, holding the singular record of neologisms coined by a political figure (ten, listed in the Treccani Dictionary of Neologisms, 2009, 2018).



In December 1993, at the age of 39, Francesco Rutelli was elected Mayor of Rome, becoming the first to be directly chosen by the citizens. He was reconfirmed in 1997 with 985,000 votes (marking the highest number of preferences expressed in any mayoral election in the city of Rome in both elections). He was then elected President of the Council of the National Association of Italian Municipalities.

Rutelli promoted profound changes in the capital, thanks to the commitment and teamwork of a qualified and extensive management group consisting of competent, passionate, and motivated individuals. In addition to transformations on the Capitoline Hill and in the archaeological field (including the return of the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the opening of the Tabularium, the new museum of the Markets of Trajan, and excavations at the Imperial Forums), hundreds of public works were completed during Rutelli’s seven-year administration. These include the so-called “Programma 100 piazze” (with more than 160 squares restored or newly built); a new tram line after decades (line “8”); the inauguration and operation of railway lines (including the new San Pietro-La Storta line) and the refurbishment of major stations, with the activation of an integrated metropolitan rail system covering about 300 km of tracks; the third lane of the Grande Raccordo Anulare and the Rome-Fiumicino Motorway; the structures of the new Mercati Generali on the Tiburtina.

Numerous private initiatives were encouraged and realized, including the modernization of cinema spaces (“Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”), the new tourist port of Ostia, and the radical transformation of the hotel system. The new city plan was approved, allocating more than 60% of the territory to green and agricultural areas, and canceling forecasts for constructions of nearly 60 million cubic meters (which had been approved for an unrealistic urban development with 5 million inhabitants). Many projects initiated and financed during his administration continued in the subsequent years (such as the construction of the new “C” metro line, the large road tunnel under Monte Mario, and the new Congress Center – “La Nuvola” – in the EUR).

Popular and social events that became essential were established during Rutelli’s tenure, such as New Year’s Eve in Piazza (since 1993), the Rome Marathon (since 1995), and Memory Journeys for students to former Nazi concentration camps (since 1994). Unprecedented realities were also instituted, followed by many cities; these included the first Italian Film Commission (Cinema Office), the Mayor’s Adviser for the rights of homosexual people, the InformaGiovani, and the Office for the Rights of animals.

Rutelli was appointed Government Commissioner for the Great Jubilee of 2000. In 41 months (a record time, compared to the national average of 9 years), about 800 public works were completed (96% on time), in a transparent manner, without a single legal proceeding, and without casualties at work. Maintenance works, management services, and reception guaranteed the arrival of 27 million pilgrims and visitors from around the world during the 13 months of the Jubilee (70 million presences). Among the results of these transformations, spread throughout the entire city territory and consistent with ordinary programming and administration, were the complete restoration of the ancient path of the Appia Antica, the restoration of all bridges over the Tiber, the transformation of numerous public spaces (including Piazza del Popolo) into pedestrian areas, the opening of dozens of new parks and recreational areas, the underpass Principe Amedeo-Gregorio VII, and Richard Meier’s church in the Tor Tre Teste district.

Rutelli also ran for the 2008 elections but was defeated, receiving 46.3% of the votes. In 2015-16, he declined proposals to present his own candidacy, promoting the aggregation of the contents of a civic platform for the renewal of the city (Prossima Roma). In 2019, he promoted the Scuola di Servizio Civico, which trained over fifty young people available to collaborate in the recovery of public service in the capital.



Francesco Rutelli has been an environmentalist throughout his career. He was elected National Coordinator of the Green Party and parliamentary group leader in Montecitorio, a municipal councillor in Rome (1989), and a deputy in the Chamber of Deputies (1992).

In 1989, he founded the Center for a Sustainable Future (CFS), which promoted initiatives in Italy and internationally on global environmental issues and climate change, bringing together distinguished economists, scientists, and experts.

Appointed Minister of the Environment and Urban Areas in the Ciampi government in 1993, Rutelli resigned after only two days. Nevertheless, he managed to establish the natural reserves of Valle Averto (Venetian Lagoon) and Valli di Comacchio (Po Delta) and introduce incentives for agricultural activities within national parks.

He is responsible for Law 113 of 1992, which stipulates planting a tree for every newborn. The law was later expanded by the Italian Parliament (on Rutelli’s proposal, including the provision that the trees be planted for adopted children as well). During Rutelli’s tenure, 120,000 new trees were planted in the city of Rome; if universally applied, it would have allowed for the planting of 15 million trees in Italy.

His term as the first Green Mayor of a European capital marked a significant reduction in air pollution (CO, NOx, Benzene), the operation of the largest fleet of electric buses in any international capital, an ecological turning point in the water cycle (96% purification of wastewater and full bathing suitability of the sea at Ostia), the creation of 200 new public gardens and parks (5,300 hectares), and an agreement with the region to create the system of the 13 major parks of RomeNatura.

Rutelli was the promoter of important conferences on climate change: two of them (“Turning Point”) took place on the eve of the Paris Agreement (December 2015) at the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the French Senate. He also signed the law ratifying the Montreal Treaty by the Italian Parliament against the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer. In 2015, Rutelli proposed using this binding instrument to replace HFCs, chemicals that significantly contribute to the greenhouse effect. In November 2016, together with major Italian and international institutions, he promoted a conference at the FAO on the decisive role of forests and sustainable agriculture for the environment and climate. In July 2017, the International Conference “The Agenda for Climate and Energy in Changing Global Scenarios” was held at the University of Milan, where the proposal for the necessary reduction of methane emissions in the oil and gas sectors was put forward.

In June 2021, he published the essay “Climate: A ‘Green Revolution’ Begins. Really?”. Among his recent conferences are “Sustainable Future, Ecology, Economy, Politics” (University of Milano-Bicocca, April 2021) and “Sustainable Development, Theories and Best Practices” (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, September 2021).

In his book “The Green Century” (Solferino, 2023), he analyzes the crucial choices to achieve emission reduction goals with the essential support of populations, as well as governments, leveraging the creation of new production chains and new jobs.

He has promoted and chairs the Benefit ESGR (Environmental, Social, Governance, Reputation) srl.



Honors Degree in Landscape and Environmental Planning, University of Tuscia – University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Diploma in International Organizations, Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI)

Honorary Degree in International Affairs, John Cabot University in Rome

Honorary Degree in Public Service, Temple University in Rome

Honorary Degree in Human Letters, American University in Rome

Honorary Academic of the Arts of Design, Academy of the Arts of Design in Florence (the oldest Academy in the world)



Master’s in Film and Audiovisual Management, 24 Ore Business School, Rome (November 2017)

Professor at the Master’s in Landscape Design at the University Consortium for Socioeconomic and Environmental Research (CURSA), Rome (2017)

Co-Chair and lecturer of the Master’s in Sustainable Development, Geopolitics of Resources, and Arctic Studies at SIOI (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Visiting Professor at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (2016, 2017)

Visiting Professor at John Cabot University in Rome (2016)

Inaugural Lecture for the Academic Year 2018, UNIPEGASO, Naples

Member of the Digital Economy Board, Faculty of Economics, La Sapienza University, Rome

Chairman of the Board of Directors, ANICA Academy Cinema, Audiovisual, Digital

Lectures at Roma Tre University: Master’s in Languages, Intercultural Communication, and Management (2021); International Master’s in Cultural Heritage (2021); Master’s in Landscapes of Contemporary Cities (2022)

Inaugural Lecture “The City After COVID,” School of Civil Service, Faculty of Architecture, La Sapienza University (2021)

Gregorian University, Rome and the Jubilee (2022)

Lecture for Ph.D. students in Landscape and Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Rome, 2023


  1. Books and Essays

Il Secolo verde, Solferino 2023

Roma, Camminando, Laterza 2022

Soft Power. Per un Multilateralismo efficace nel mondo post Covid, L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2021

Tutte le strade partono da Roma, Laterza 2020

Ripensare la città. Modelli urbani al tempo del COVID. Testimonianze, 2020

Climate Change and sea level rise: will be COVID-19 a game-changer? IED, Bruxelles, 2020

“E’ possibile riprodurre le cose distrutte”. Incontro di Civiltà- Priorità Cultura, 2019

La Diplomazia Culturale Italiana, Incontro di Civiltà, 2018

Contro gli Immediati. Per la scuola, il lavoro, la politica, La nave di Teseo, 2017

Prefazione a: Ottant’anni di EUR, Roma 2017

Prefazione a: Roma e l’Appia. Rovine Utopia Progetto, Quodlibet, 2017

Incontro di Civiltà: Radici, Ragioni, Obiettivi di una Grande Campagna, in: Rinascere dalle distruzioni. Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra, Incontro di Civiltà, 2016

Città e pellegrini. Il lavoro del Commissario, in: Giubilei. Spiritualità, storia, cultura, UTET Grandi Opere, 2016

Conservation and Transformations in Contemporary Cities, in: Building the Future, World Monuments Fund, 2015

Paradossi, rischi e speranze del negoziato sul clima, in: Equilibri. Rivista per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, Il Mulino, 2/2015

Contributo in: Un nuovo clima. Come l’Italia affronta la sfida climatica, Rubbettino Editore, 2015

The Return of Iconoclasm: Barbarian Ideology and Destruction by ISIS as a Challenge for Modern Culture, Not Only for Islam, in: Art Crime, Terrorist, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves, Palgrave Macmillan 2015

La via stretta di un riformismo verde, in: Ambiente in Europa. Economia verde. Ambiente Italia Rapporto annuale di Legambiente, Edizioni Ambiente, 2014

Diplomazia Culturale. L’interesse italiano, le nuove prospettive internazionali, in: La Diplomazia Culturale. Forza del dialogo, potere della cultura. Le opportunità per l’Italia, Aracne Editrice, 2013

Non è vero, Rubbettino Editore, 2011

Cyber minacce e sicurezza, Camera dei Deputati, 2010

La svolta. Lettera a un partito mai nato, Marsilio Editori, 2009

Memoria, bellezza e futuro, Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali, 2008

Quindici Parole, Baldini Castoldi, 2001

Roma e il Grande Giubileo del 2000, in: Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Il Libro dell’Anno, 2000

Roma oggi e domani, Newton & Compton, 1997

Capitolium, Rome’s official Magazine, Editor, 1997-2001

Piazza della Libertà, Mondadori, 1996

Progetto per Roma, Theoria, 1993

Dieci anni al Duemila. Il buongoverno ecologico. Gruppo parlamentare Verdi Arcobaleno, 1989

Per il disarmo, Gammalibri, 1982



Cavaliere dell’Impero Britannico per nomina della Regina Elisabetta II

Cavaliere di Gran Croce per nomina di Re Juan Carlos di Spagna

Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine di Sant’Agata, Repubblica di San Marino

Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine di Rio Branco per nomina del Presidente della Repubblica Federativa del Brasile

Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine di Leopoldo II per nomina del Re del Belgio

Ordine del Servizio Diplomatico Gwangwa Medal per nomina del Presidente della Repubblica della Corea

Membro onorario delle prime Forze di Reggimento (“Green Berets”, Fort Bragg, USA)

Membro onorario dell’Associazione Nazione Partigiani d’Italia (ANPI)

Premio BIT per il Turismo Italiano

“Trofeo Latino” per la promozione della cultura italiana

“Premio Arca” (Associazione per la ricerca sui crimini contro l’arte) per l’impegno al recupero dell’arte trafugata

Premio “Mayors who made history”, Barcellona

“Premio Letterario Capalbio”

“Premio Internazionale per l’Archeologia”, Paestum

“Premio UNESCO Valencia Mediterraneo”

“Sigillo” dell’Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Premio Speciale “Montale Fuori di Casa”, Senato della Repubblica

Premio Europeo “Alloro della Democrazia”, Varsavia

Premio Europa Nostra Awards, Berlino

Premio Cuore di Roma, Ass. Abitanti Centro Storico

Premio internazionale “Foyer des Artistes”, Roma

Premio Cimitile per la migliore opera edita di attualità

Premio Internazionale Capalbio per la Saggistica Politica

Premio Roma allo sviluppo del Paese

10.Special Projects

Member of the Advisory Board, Federmanager

Strategic European Autonomy, IED, 2021-2023

Videocittà, Festival of Moving Images, Rome 2018-2021

Curator of exhibitions for the reconstruction of Cultural Heritage at the European Council, Brussels (April 2017); at UNESCO, Paris (November 2017); at FAO on the occasion of the ICCROM General Assembly, Rome, November 2017

Creator and curator of the exhibition at the Colosseum, Rebirth from Destructions. Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra, Rome, October-December 2016

Creator and curator of the exhibition at Palazzo Venezia, Syria, Splendor and Drama, Rome, June-August 2014

Founder and President of the Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize (2014-present)

Curator of various publications and essays: Rebirth from Destructions. Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra (Incontro di Civiltà, 2016); Francigena, the Joy of Walking to Rome (Priorità Cultura, 2016); For an Energetic Europe (Center for a Sustainable Future, 2016); Italy and China, The Economy of Culture (Priorità Cultura, 2016); Turning Point, The Paris COP 21 (Center for a Sustainable Future, 2015); Culture, Inexhaustible Energy (Priorità Cultura, 2014); Europe 2020: Stuck in the Middle? (Center for a Sustainable Future, 2013); Walking, to Rome and in Rome (Priorità Cultura, 2013).



Progetto Nathan, Più libri più liberi, Dicembre 2023

Il nostro Alfabeto per Roma, 1993-2023, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Dicembre 2023

Bridging Cultures: Gli Americani in Italia. Centro Studi Americani, Novembre 2023

Ecosistema Urbano 2023, Legambiente, Ottobre 2023

Gianfranco Spadaccia e il Partito Radicale, Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea, Ottobre 2023

Il Caso Tortora, Camera dei Deputati, Ottobre 2023

L’EUR, da scenario del Duce a centralità contemporanea, Festival della Storia, Ottobre 2023

Match point: la rigenerazione ambientale, Confartigianato, Settembre 2023

Gli anni con Giovanni Paolo II, Università della Santa Croce, Giugno 2023

Cities in the Age of Forests, EFI, Campidoglio, Aprile 2023

Roma città delle città, Casa dell’Architettura, Marzo 2023

I 30 anni dall’elezione diretta dei Sindaci, ANCI, Camera dei Deputati Marzo 2023

Romee, l’Europa in cammino, Campidoglio, Marzo 2023

Ucraina, le radici del conflitto, Fondazione Ducci Stampa Estera, Aprile 2023

Assemblea Nazionale ANCI, La voce  del Paese, Bergamo, Novembre 2022

L’Economia del Futuro, Università Milano Bicocca, Novembre 2022

Gastone Novelli e il suo tempo, Saturnia, Ottobre 2022

Mare Climaticum Nostrum, Firenze, Fortezza Da Basso, Ottobre 2022

Ricordo di Ennio Morricone, Camera dei Deputati, Ottobre 2022

Next Generation EU, Milano, Società del Giardino, Giugno 2022

Agorà, i mestieri della Creatività audiovisuali, Videocittà-Talent Garden, Dicembre 2021

We are Stories, Conferenza FAPAV contro la pitateria audiovisiva, Dicembre 2021

Una strategia concreta contro i Cambiamenti Climatici, Conferenza Radicali Italiani, Dicembre 2021

Laudatio per il pluriPremio Oscar Vittorio Storaro, Premio Roma per lo sviluppo del Paese, Campidoglio Dicembre 2021

Roma Capitale. La Città laica. la Città religiosa, Più Libri, più Liberi, Dicembre 2021

PNRR, Transizione ecologica e innovazione, Gruppo dei 20, Università di Tor Vergata, Ottobre 2021

Il Capitale umano per il futuro del Paese, John Cabot University, Ottobre 2021

Biennale di Tulle-Corrèze; Les Societés Européennes entre histoire et avenir, dialogo con Francois Hollande, Settembre 2021

I Cammini verso il futuro, Associazione Civita, Settembre 2021

Nathan e l’invenzione di Roma, Tempio di Adriano, Luglio 2021

Planet Need Youth, ISPI G20 Global Ambassadors, Luglio 2021

Roma, il valore di ieri per domani. Dialogo con Andrea Carandini, Auditorium Città della Musica, Giugno 2021

Roma, il Mito, la Realtà. Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma, UNINT, Maggio 2021 Quale sviluppo per Roma, Fondazione per la Sussidiarietà, Aprile 2021

Ascoltare l’Architettura, un cambio di prospettiva. Ordine degli Architetti di Roma, Marzo 2021 Networking Experiences in the Fight against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property, Università Ca’ Foscari e Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Marzo 2021

Commemorazione di Hans e Sophie Scholl, Parco di Villa Ada- Ambasciata Tedesca in Italia, Febbraio 2021

Institut Francais, Vicinanze. Da Palazzo Farnese a Villa Medici. La Nuit des Idées, Gennaio 2021

Inaugurazione della Scuola di Servizio Civico, Roma, Facoltà di Architettura Sapienza Università, Settembre 2020

Forum ANSA-Expo Dubai, Il corridoio di diplomazia e cooperazione culturale tra Italia e area del Golfo, Venezia-Roma-Dubai, Settembre 2020

The First Soft Power Conference, Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini- Teatro della Fenice-Fondazione Prada, Agosto-Settembre 2020

Ernesto Nathan, l’etica di un Sindaco, Roma, Palazzo Merulana, Febbraio 2020

Presentazione del Rapporto su Venezia, la Città Metropolitana del futuro, Roma, Febbraio 2020

Inaugurazione dell’Anno della Cultura e del Turismo Italia-Cina, Roma, Auditorium Città della Musica, Gennaio 2020

“Beni Culturali”, presentazione del libro di M. Fiorilli, Avvocatura Generale dello Stato, Gennaio 2020

I profughi del Clima, presentazione del Libro di F. Santolini, Roma, Teatro Valle, Dicembre 2019

La minaccia dei Deep Fake: come affrontarla in Italia, Senato della Repubblica, Dicembre 2019

Guida di Palmira: Omaggio a Khaled al As’ad, Roma, La Nuvola, Più Libri Più Liberi, Dicembre 2019

Il Programma Cento Piazze per Roma, Casa dell’Architettura, Dicembre 2019

Paesaggio della Natura e dell’Uomo: esperienza civile e viaggio Mediterraneo di Giuseppe Barbera, Università di Palermo, 30 Ottobre 2019

Diplomazia Culturale: i successi dell’Italia nella protezione e restituzione del Patrimonio culturale, Firenze, Auditorium Camera di Commercio, Ottobre 209

Il Soft Power dei Siti UNESCO, Roma, Palazzo di Venezia, Settembre 2019

La Cultura in Europa: motore o fanalino di coda? Roma, Associazione Civita, Settembre 2019

Roma: straordinari paesaggi incompiuti, Sapienza Università, Dipartimento di Architettura, Luglio 2019

La Diplomazia Culturale, strumento per promuovere l’interesse nazionale, Cagliari, Giugno 2019

Cinema e Audiovisivo. L’impatto per l’occupazione e la crescita in Italia, Roma, Aprile 2019

Assemblea del Forum Culturale Italia-Cina, Roma, Palazzo Barberini, Marzo 2019

Lancio del progetto MOVIEMENT, per il rilancio della programmazione estiva dei cinema italiani, ANICA, Marzo 2019

Un Patto per la Cultura, Book Pride, Milano, Marzo 2019

Continuiamo a demolire i Monumenti, Villa Medici, Accademia di Francia, Marzo 2019

EU Climate Policy, Institute of European Democrats, Bruxelles, Parlamento Europeo, Gennaio 2019

Il Giubileo dei Comboniani al servizio della solidarietà, Roma, Palazzo Poli, Gennaio 2019

“Processo ad Augusto”. Dalla parte di Ovidio, 2000 anni dopo. Roma, Teatro Eliseo, Dicembre 2018

Idee pro-Europee. PDE, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Roma, Ottobre 2018

Presentazione di VIDEOCITTA’ al Presidente della Repubblica Mattarella, Palazzo del Quirinale, Ottobre 2018

Cultural Heritage and International Cultural Relations, Centro Italo-Tedesco di Villa Vigoni (Como), Settembre 2018

Focus China, Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia, Settembre 2018

Le forze che muovono la Storia, Pre-Meeting di Loano (SV), Luglio 2018

La Diplomazia Culturale Italiana, Roma, Auditorium dell’Ara Pacis, Giugno 2018

La Cultura per il Mediterraneo, l’Europa e il Medio Oriente, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Giugno 2018

La Multaqa delle Culture del Mediterraneo, Agrigento, Valle dei Templi, Maggio 2018

“Fare Cinema”, I Settimana del Cinema italiano nel mondo, Cinecittà, Roma, Maggio 2018

Un pensiero critico ci salverà, Inaugurazione del Festival EDUCA, Rovereto, Trento, Aprile 2018

Cinema, Audiovisivo e la Diplomazia Culturale italiana, Conferenza dei Direttori degli Istituti Culturali, Farnesina, Roma, Dicembre 2017

L’Idée Démocrate et l’Avenir de l’Europe, Roma, Tempio di Adriano, Dicembre 2017

Trentotto Anni, Alba, Villa Mirafiori, Dicembre 2017

Cultural Heritage: Restaurations and Reconstructions, ICCROM, General Conference, Roma, Novembre 2017

Venti anni di Servizio Civile, Roma, Campidoglio, Novembre 2017

Il Futuro dell’audiovisivo. I mestieri del Cinema, Auditorium Città della Musica, Ottobre 2017

L’Italiano nel Cinema, l’Italiano del Cinema, Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Società Dante Alighieri, Ottobre 2017

Clima, Agricoltura, Migrazioni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Ottobre 2017

La Storia degli alberi di Roma, Società Italiana di Scienze Ecologiche e Forestali, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Ottobre 2017

Archaeological Parks, Lotus International, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Ottobre 2017

Governare la Cina, Conferenza presso il Senato della Repubblica, Settembre 2017

Conferenza L’Agenda per il clima e l’energia negli scenari globali in cambiamento, Università degli studi di Milano, Milano, 6 Luglio 2017

Conferenza Dove va il Cinema Italiano, Roma, Giugno 2017

La Concordia e il Mediterraneo, Valencia, Giugno 2017

Conferenza Documenting our Heritage at Risk, Museo Nazionale Romano, Roma, Maggio 2017

L’Appia Antica da Roma a Brindisi. Appia Day, Maggio 2017

Conferenza Il futuro urbano dei cinema, Roma, Aprile 2017

Conferenza L’avvenire dell’Europa è in bilico, Camera dei Deputati, Marzo 2017

Discorso introduttivo, conferenza Prima giornata del Design italiano nel mondo, Ministero degli affari esteri, Roma, Marzo 2017

Conferenza Io faccio film, The Audiovisual Industry against Piracy, Roma, Marzo 2017

Primo Forum culturale italo-cinese, Beijing, Febbraio 2017

Conferenza Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities, Louvre Lens, Gennaio 2017

IBERMEDIA Program (America Latina, Paesi Iberici e Italia) Cinema and Audiovisual Cooperation Conference, Roma, Gennaio 2017

UNESCO Conference on Euro-Arab dialogue Mawaïd – Rendez-vous, Parigi, Dicembre 2016

Conferenza internazionale Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones, the British Academy, London, Dicembre 2016

Conferenza FAO Climate Change & Agroforestry, Roma, Novembre 2016

Conferenza internazionale Mediterranean, Silk and Peace, Valencia, Giugno 2016

Side event al World IFLA Conference on Green Infrastructures and Urban Forests in the Urban Planning: New Approaches and Challenges, Torino, Aprile 2016

Conferenza Iraq Crisis Conference, Roma, Aprile 2016

Conferenza Le rotte dei traffici illeciti in Europa e nel Mediterraneo. Criminalità organizzate transnazionali, terrorismo e fonti di finanziamento, Senato Italiano, Roma, Aprile 2016

Conferenza La rinascita dell’antichità perduta, Teatro Argentina, Roma, Marzo 2016

Presidente della giuria “Olivetti Design Contest”, Roma, Febbraio 2016

Symposium on Art and Terrorism, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Londra, Febbraio 2016

Workshop Le distruzioni del patrimonio culturale tra passato e futuro. Il dramma della Siria e dell’Iraq e le iniziative dell’Italia, Accademia dei Lincei, Roma, Gennaio 2016

Seminario COP21: An announced failure, or a last-minute agreement? Senato Francese, Parigi, Ottobre 2015

Maker Faire Rome Le tecnologie per la Salvaguardia dei beni archeologici, Università degli studi di Roma “La sapienza”, Roma, Ottobre 2015

Silk Road Cities Cooperation Forum, La Biennale, Venezia, Luglio 2015

II China – Conferenza italiana Cultural Diplomacy and Creative Industries, EXPO Milano, Luglio 2015

UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or illegally exported cultural objects, 20 years later, Roma, Maggio 2015

Conferenza Parigi Clima 2015: tre proposte innovative dall’Italia, Camera dei Deputati, Roma, Aprile 2015

Conferenza Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon, Yangon, Gennaio 2015

Seminario FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) Fare sistema sul territorio, Università Bocconi, Milano, Novembre 2014

Conferenza Llegat Pasqual Maragall – The Europe of the Cities, Barcellona, Novembre 2014

Conferenza Coming together to transform Cities, Changsha (China), Ottobre 2014

Conferenza alla 71° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica – la Biennale di Venezia Cultural Diplomacy and the Role of Cinema, Venezia, Settembre 2014

Conferenza Cultural Diplomacy and Creative Industries in China and Italy, Beijing (China), Giugno 2014

Conferenza internazionale Green Growth and EU Competitiveness, Berlin International Economics Congress 2014 on Global Trends, Berlino, Marzo 2014

Conferenza internazionale EU 2030: Next low carbon economy targets, European Parliament, Bruxelles, Novembre 2013

Simposio Internazionale sulla Diplomazia Culturale, Senato Italiano, Roma, Giugno 2013

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