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.

Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán (UNESCO, Culture)

UNESCO - Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, Assistant Director-General for Culture

2014. UNESCO Venice Steering Committee Member. Culture. Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO

Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán was appointed Assistant Director-General for Culture on 29 July 2014. He is the holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Law obtained in June 1973 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), in Spain. Since then, he specializes in Public Law, Culture and Heritage. He began his professional career in June 1977 with the Spanish Parliament, where he held a number of positions until 1986, most notably: Director of Foreign Relations and Secretary of the Parliamentary Delegations at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament-Spanish Cortes Generales Joint Committee. From 1986, he was Legal Advisor to the Public Works, City Planning and Housing Committee of the Spanish Senate. He was concurrently assigned to the Spanish Government for the period 1980 to 1983 where he served as Director-General of Cooperation with the Regions, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture, Director-General of Fine Arts, Public Archives and Libraries and Member of the Council of Patrimonio Nacional. He has also been Director of several prominent Cultural Foundations and Institutions in Spain, including: Director of the Fundación Caja Madrid (1996 to 2002), Secretary-General of the Fundación Colegio Libre de Eméritos, Madrid (2002 to 2012) and President of Hispania Nostra which is an Organization Member of Europa Nostra Federation for Cultural Heritage (2003 to 2011). He was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum (1993 to 2003) and since 1996 is a lifelong Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. From December 2012 to May 2014, he was the Director-General of the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón in Madrid and Secretary-General to the University Research Institute affiliated to the Foundation. Of Spanish mother tongue, he is proficient in English and French. He is also the author of many publications and articles.

Contact: Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán
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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