Having formulated the general guidelines and recommended appropriate ways for the carrying out of UNESCO Venice's activities, the Steering Committee submits to the Director-General of UNESCO, for final approval, UNESCO Office in Venice's annual draft Programme and Budget.

The Steering Committee is composed of two representatives of the Government of Italy, at least one of whom belongs to the scientific community, two representatives of UNESCO, and the Chairperson of the Scientific Council. The Director-General of UNESCO convenes the Ordinary Sessions of the Committee, on the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Committee, at least once a year. The Committee meets in Extraordinary Session when necessary, convened by the Director-General of UNESCO on the recommendation of the Chairperson or at the request of two of its members.

Francesco Bandarin (UNESCO Culture)

UNESCO - Francesco Bandarin

2016. UNESCO Venice Steering Committee Member. Culture. Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO

As a specialist in architecture and urban planning, Mr Bandarin previously worked in both public and private institutions in the fields of built heritage, cultural heritage conservation, environmental heritage and cultural events, as well as architectural and urban design in developing countries. As Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr Bandarin has led the development of a vast network of public private partnerships for World Heritage conservation, as well as the development of a series of regional category II centres in every part of the world.

From 2000  to 2010 he was Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Secretary of the World Heritage Convention. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture. In October 2015 he was re-appointed in this position for an interim period. In 2014, he was appointed President of the Jury of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas and President of the Jury of the First Shenzen Creative Design Award (SCDA). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal City, Culture and Society, published by Elsevier. He is President of the Italian Association of Historic Cities (ANCSA), member of the Visiting Committee of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Contact: Francesco Bandarin
Assistant Director General for Culture
1, rue Miollis 75532 Paris France

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Flavia Schlegel (UNESCO Natural Sciences)

UNESCO - Flavia Schlegel

2014. UNESCO Venice Steering Committee Member. Science. Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Flavia Schlegel took up her duties as Assistant Director-General (ADG) for the Natural Sciences on 1 October 2014. She is the holder of a Medical Doctorate obtained in May 1992 from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development obtained in July 2001 from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education of the Universities of Klagenfurt and Vienna (Austria). She joined the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (Bern) in September 1997, as Director of the AIDS Section, responsible for the design, planning and coordination of the national HIV/AIDS policy and prevention measures. She then became Director of the Health Policy, Research and Education Division responsible for designing the Health Research Concept on Education, Research and Technology. In August 2002, she spent two years with the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research serving as Science Counselor for the United States and Canada with the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington D.C., analyzing and reporting on North American Science and Innovation Policies. She returned in October 2004 to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (Bern) taking up the position of Vice-Director, Head of the Public Health Directorate and Member of the Executive Board until September 2008 when she was appointed Director of Swissnex China and Vice-Consul General based in Shanghai (China). During her 4-year period in Shanghai, she was responsible for overseeing the establishment of Swissnex in China; a transdisciplinary institute for Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture. Since October 2013, she worked as an independent consultant for Public Management dealing with international cooperation, strategy and project development and change and diversity management.

Contact : Flavia Schlegel
Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences
1, rue Miollis 75532 Paris France

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Giovanni Puglisi (Italy)

Giovanni Puglisi

2000. UNESCO Venice Steering Committee Member. President Italian National Commission for UNESCO

Giovanni Puglisi  is the Rector of the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM of Milano. He is currently President of the Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l'UNESCO and served as its Secretary General until 1999. He is the Vice President of the Commissione Nazionale per la Promozione della Cultura Italiana all'Estero of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also president of the Fondazione Banco di Sicilia. He is a member of the Consiglio d'Amministrazione e del Comitato Esecutivo dell'Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana "G. Treccani". He wrote the preface of the Enciclopedia della Moda dell’Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana “G. Treccani” (Roma 2005). He holds the office of President of the Fondazione Università IULM and is Vice-President of the Fondazione Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori.
Contact : Giovanni Puglisi
Italian National Commission for UNESCO
Piazza Firenze, 27
00186 Rome, Italy

Email : Comm.unesco(at)
web : Italian National Commission for UNESCO

Massimo Riccardo (Italy)

2013. UNESCO Venice Steering Committee Member. Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome

Contact: Massimo Riccardo

Principal Director for the Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture
Directorate General for the Country Promotion
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Piazzale della Farnesina 1
00135 Rome, Italy

web : Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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