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Honours delivered by S.E. Giancarlo Aragona, Ambassador of Italy in London (October-December 2005)

Date:

10/11/2011


Honours delivered by S.E. Giancarlo Aragona, Ambassador of Italy in London (October-December 2005)


12/10/2005    Mrs. Rachel Squire, MP – Commendatore OSSI
(Honour delivered by Dott. Andrea Macchioni, General Consul of Italy in Edinburgh)    
Rachel Squire, MP has been Honorary Secretary of the All-Party British-Italian Parliamentary Group since 1998. She has contributed to strengthen the bi-lateral relations between Italy and Great Britain and to the success of visiting delegations of Italian Deputies and Senators to the House of Commons. She has contributed greatly the diffusion of the Italian image in this Country.    

18/10/2005    Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea – Grand’Ufficiale OMRI  
Personality of great intellectual importance, famous publisher, eminent figure in relations between Europe and Israel and a collaborator to international business magazines. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Peter's College Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne's College Oxford and a member of the Ben Gurion of Israel; Lord Weidenfeld is a close friend of Italy, of which it helps to promote the best image. He is one of the main organisers (and financial backers) of the initiative "Quadriga", a group of Italian, French, German and British personalities with political, cultural, economic and diplomatic background  (the last meeting took place in Rome, at Palazzo Barberini, last February). Lord Weidenfeld has an important role in the relations between Italy and United Kingdom and this is recognition of his commitment.    

16/11/2005   David Forgacs – Grand’Ufficiale OSSI  
He is the Head of Department of Italian at University College London. Has a wide experience in teaching and promoting the Italian language and culture abroad, an experience that he has developed over the years by teaching in Italian and British universities. Even outside the academic world has written numerous papers on Italian culture, cinema and theatre and has organised festivals and conferences that explore Italy’s historical, social and political developments. With his many activities of study and research of Italy, he has contributed to the promotion of Italian image in this Country      

16/11/2005   Giuseppe Stellardi  - Commendatore OSSI    
Lecturer in Italian and Director of the Italian Department of Oxford University. He has researched and published mainly about modern Italian literature (in particularly he has written on Gadda, Svevo, Dossi and Ungaretti). For many years he was also Lecturer at the Department of Italian and Italian Literature at Cape Town University,  member of the editorial committee of “Italian studies in Southern Africa” and vice-president of the Association of Italian Professors for South Africa.    

16/11/2005    Marina Warner – Commendatore OSSI  
Famous Writer. Born in London in 1964, from Italian mother and English father. She has received many acknowledgements for her books and has recently been awarded the Aby Warbur prize for her contribution in the fields of Art, Culture and Humanities. Most of her books analyze women mythology, folklore and stereotypes connected during history. Some of her novels are “The Lost Father”, short listed for the famous Booker Prize, and “Indigo” based on “The Tempest” by Shakespeare. She has written many  stories and books for children.  She has received Honorary Degrees from many British Universities.  This honour is in recognition of her numerous collaborations with the Italian Cultural Institute in London in various occasions which have contributed to a better presentation of our image in this Country.    

22/11/2005    Sir Timothy Clifford – Grand’Ufficiale OSSI    
Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland. Sir Timothy Clifford was awarded the honour of “Commendatore” in 1998 and has always been very active in promoting Italian culture in the United Kingdom at the highest level. One of the most famous Italian historians has published several publications. He has organised exhibitions of Italian painters such as the very successful “The Age of Titian" in 2004. He has also purchased important paintings by “Canova” and “Botticelli” which are now on permanent display at the National Gallery in Edinburgh.      

22/11/2005    Dott. Giovanni Benedetti – Commendatore OSSI    
Giovanni Benedetti has contributed enormously to convey the best Italian image in Scotland. He is the best know Italian entrepreneur in Scotland and his success has been recognized in an article published in the "Financial Times". His success is the product of a strategy based on innovation and product design.  He is understandably proud of his daughter, Nicola, who won the  prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year, in 2004.
      
22/11/2005    Prof. Olimpio Gino D’Agostino – Commendatore OSSI    
Prof. Olimpio Gino D’Agostino was awarded the honour of “Cavaliere”  dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 1993, he is the Italian Honorary Consul in Belfast and has always been a promoter of cultural activities for the Italian community. He is the founder and President of the Italian Society and  the Comitato Dante Alighieri for Northern Ireland and has collaborated extensively with the Italian Consulate General in Edinburgh to promote cultural and economic activities and has proven a valuable point of contact for Italians in need and official delegations.      

22/11/2005    Prof. Joseph Farrell – Cavaliere OSSI    
Professor Joseph Farrell has given an important contribution to the promotion of the Italian image in Scotland.  His studies and publications Italian culture are the testimony of a passionate commitment in the promotion of Italian language and Italian culture in Scotland One of the most important experts of Italian studies in Scotland has always contributed vigorously with the Italian Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh.      

22/11/2005    Prof. Ronald Ferguson – Cavaliere OSSI    
Professor Ronald Ferguson has given an important contribution to the promotion of the Italian image in Scotland.  His studies and publications on Italian theatre during the Renaissance period and his studies of Italian identity and the Italian language in particular is experience on Venetian dialect and the Veneto region, are the testimony of a passionate commitment in the promotion of Italian language and Italian culture in Scotland. One of the most important experts of Italian studies in Scotland has always contributed with great passion with the Italian Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh.    

22/11/2005    Prof. Peter Humfrey  – Cavaliere OSSI    
Professor Peter Humfrey has given an important contribution to the promotion of the Italian image in Scotland.  His studies and publications on Italian art and in particular Venetian paintings during the Renaissance period and his contribution in organizing important exhibitions of Italian painters in Scottish Galleries - in particular “The Age of Titian" in 2004 at the National Gallery of Scotland -  are the testimony of a passionate commitment in the promotion of Italian art in Scotland. In Scotland he is considered one of the most important experts of Italian paintings of the 16th century has always actively contributed to strengthen the cultural relations between Italy and Scotland. His collaboration with the Italian Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh has always been very important.    

22/11/2005    Dott. Aidan Weston-Lewis – Cavaliere OSSI    
Dr. Aidan Weston-Lewis has given an important contribution to the promotion of the Italian image in Scotland.  His studies and publications on Italian art in the XVI, XVII and XVIII century, his contribution in  organizing the purchase of the new Italian collection and important exhibitions of Italian painters at the National Gallery of Scotland - in particular “The Age of Titian" in 2004 -  are the testimony of a passionate commitment in the promotion of Italian art in Scotland. In Scotland he is considered one of the most important experts of Italian art of the 16th and 17th century and has always actively contributed to strengthen the cultural relations between Italy and Scotland. His collaboration with the Italian Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh has always been very important.      

23/11/2005    Susan Kikoler – Commendatore OSSI    
She has been very active in the British Italian Society of which she has been a Member since the 70’s. She has always demonstrated passion and energy and profound literary and artistic competence in organising cultural events and initiatives and variouse activities dedicated to the promotion of our image and culture in this Country.   In 2004 she was nominated Honorary Director of the British Italian Society. For many years she has been a collaborator to the elegant magazine “Rivista”  and has recently been included in the “Editorial Committee” of the magazine.    

23/11/2005    John Dickie – Commendatore OSSI    
Senior Lecturer and historian in Italian at University College London. He has written numerous books and articles on Italy and in particularly on the  South part of Italy. Some of his books include “Darkest Italy: the Nation and Sterotypes of the Mezzogiorno 1860-1900”, “Cosa Nostra, a History of the Sicilian Mafia”. He is editor of   “Modern Italy”, the magazine of  the Association for the Study of Modern Italy. He has a profound knowledge of Italy and its history and it is in this view that he has contributed to the promotion of Italy in this Country.      

23/11/2005    Jamie McKendrick -  Cavaliere OSSI    
Renowned poet and translator from Italian. Has published several books on Italy; one of the most recent is  an important collection of 20th century Italian poems translated in English which include Ungaretti, Saba, Quasimodo, Sereni e Pasolini. His personal poems have been published in various magazines and newspapers including Guardian, Sunday Independent and others. He has worked with the Italian Cultural Institute on several occasions, contributing to the promotion of the Italian image in Great Britain.      

12/12/2005    Conte Franco Aleramo Lanza – Commendatore OMRI    
Franco Aleramo Lanza has held high profile positions in important Italian banks in London such as Banca Commerciale Italiana,  Banca Nazionale del Lavoro,  Banco Ambrosiano Veneto and Cariplo. His activity, since 1970, has been to enforce the Italian banking presence in Great Britain. In 2000 he was nominated General Manager of Banca Intesa and put in charge of the merger of Banco Ambrosiano Veneto with Cariplo and subsequently of Banca Intesa with Banca Commerciale Italiana. He has upheld many directorships and memberships that have highlighted his managerial and social skills and benefited the image of Italian banks in the major European financial market. Franco Aleramo Lanza highly deserves the award bestowed upon him.    

14/12/2005    Lanfranco (Frankie) Dettori – Commendatore OSSI  
Jockey. One of the most loved and respected Italian sportsman in this Country. He is frequently recalling his Italian background and therefore promoting the best image of Italy in the sport world. A great supporter of Italian cultural events.    

15/12/2005    Max Ulfane - Commendatore  OMRI
Max Ulfane is an important British businessman who finances numerous cultural events in Great Britain and he is member of many committees of several British museums and universities. Max and Joy  Ulfane have promoted and financed the restructuring of the Tuscan village “Fighine” highlighting the cultural and social importance on bringing back to life old buildings that have been left in a state of ruin. The award is in recognition of this important initiative.    

15/12/2005    Joy Ulfane - Commendatore  OMRI  
Mrs Joy Ulfane, together with her husband Max Ulfane, has promoted and financied the recovery and the restoration of the ancient Tuscan village of "Fighine", which been made with big waste of means and energies, and her places today as one of the interesting most experiments of recovery of ancient deserted localocation. The honour intends to recognize the importing initiative of the Lady Ulfane in favour of Italy and his territorial area.

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