Mediterranean City

Dialogue among Cultures

21 February to 3 March 2005

Participating Cities
Public policy Forum»
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Closing Plenary
Beautiful Book



Adriano Giannola

Adriano Giannola is a professor of Economics of Banking at the Faculty of Economics, University of Naples Federico II. He was appointed in 1995 at the Board of Directors of the Banco di Napoli S.p.A.

Since 2000, he is the President of the Istituto Banco di Napoli Fondazione. E is a member of the Italian Section of the Cultural Commission of the UNESCO, and a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of the Regione Campania. He is as well president of the Italian Society for the International Organization – Sezione Campania.


Andreu Claret i Serra

Andreu Claret (born in Aix-Les-Thermes, France, 1946), a journalist, has a broad professional background that has led him to collaborate with and hold editorial posts in several Catalan and Spanish media outlets. As a journalist, he carried out a significant part of his professional activity in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. He has been the director of the EFE Agency in Barcelona and a professor of political journalism at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

As an international relations analyst, he has published articles in various specialized publications about issues related to development, North–South relations and the political and social consequences of globalization.

The Governing Board of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) appointed Andreu Claret i Serra director on 27th April 2002. Claret had headed the Catalan Institute of the Mediterranean from 26th January 2000 until it became the IEMed.



Angus Gavin

Angus Gavin received an MA in architecture from Cambridge and a Masters in Urban Design from Harvard. He practiced as an architect and urban planner in the Middle East, the UK, USA, Turkey, Greece and West Africa, and taught at the University of Virginia in the USA and at the Bartlett, University College, London.

In the nineties he was, as consultant to Dar Al-Handasah, leader of the planning team that prepared the Master Plan for reconstruction of Beirut’s 191Ha city center. In 1994, upon SOLIDERE's (the private sector development corporation tasked with the renewal of central Beirut) formation, he joined the company to establish the Town Planning Department. He is presently head of the Urban Development Division of SOLIDERE.



Asu Aksoy

Dr. Asu Aksoy is one of the founders of Human Settlements Association ( Turkey). Human Settlements Association is one of the key NGOs in Turkey, working in the area of urban development. Its main aim is to facilitate civic participation in planning and decision-making processes concerning all aspects of urban development in the country. Dr. Aksoy has been involved with many of the projects of the Association, she has written extensively on the urban development trajectory of Istanbul, and is currently working on a project looking at urban policies within the context of globalization and transnational flows.



Carlo Repetti

Carlo Repetti was born in Genoa. In 1971 he started to work in the “Stabile” Theatre where he was Coordinator of Cultural Activities, playwright and Director of Drama School.

He has been playwright of plays in “Archivolto Theatre”, in Genoa “Stabile” Theatre and in Spoleto Festivals such as Borges, Inverni, Verso la fine dell’estate. Furthermore he translated a lot of plays from French and English to Italian. Since 2000, he became Director of the theatre “Stabile” of Genoa.

Carlo Repetti has been Councillor for Performance, Tourism, and Sport for the Municipality of Genoa from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2000 and is presently Vice-President of the National Association of Public “Stabile” Theatres and Lord of “Légion d’Honneur”.




Gabriele Zanetto

Gabriele Zanetto was born in Padova in 1948. He earned an MA in Economics at the University of Venice in 1971, and the doctorate in Geography at the University of Bologna in 1976.

Zanetto has been Vice Provost of the Università di Ca’ Foscari di Venezia since 2003, having served previously as Dean of Environmental Sciences from 1997. Since he joined the faculty of Sciences in the University of Venice in 1991, Professor Zanetto has held appointments in the university’s Department of Environmental Sciences, where he has worked since to integrate the university’s Environmental Science curriculum with the economic, social and cultural appreciation of the environment; and since 2001 in the Interdisciplinary Center for the Analysis of Dynamic Interactions among Economy, Environment, and Society (serving as President since 2003).



Giorgio Gomel

Giorgio Gomel is currently Head of International Relations at the Bank of Italy, in Rome. He holds a degree from the University of Torino, Italy and a M. Phil. from Columbia University in New York. He has taught or lectured in a number of US and Italian Universities. He has been for many years Economist and then Director in the Research Department of the Bank of Italy. In the mid 80s he was Advisor to the Italian Executive Director at the IMF. He has been a member of several committees and groups, both at the European and international level. He has published essays in academic journals on international economic policy coordination, sovereign financial crises, external debt and country-risk, international migrations.


Giuseppe Pericu

Giuseppe Pericu was born in Genoa on October 20, 1937. He obtained his diploma in administrative law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Genoa. He is today a professor of administrative law at the National University of Milan. During his academic career and his studies, Giuseppe Pericu was author of more than 200 publications particularly related to environmental protection and local & regional administrative autonomy. November 30, 1997 he was elected Mayor of Genoa, post for which he is re-elected on May 27, 2002. As a Mayor of Genoa, Mr. Giuseppe Pericu is one of the members of the National Council of National Association of the Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and delegate for the institutional reforms & the "metropolitan cities". He is also member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.




Guillaume Benoit

Guillaume Benoit is the director of Plan Bleu since 1998. He assisted the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development (MCSD) in its activities relating to water, indicators, tourism, free trade and the Euro-Mediterranean context, cooperation and financing, and for the current elaboration of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (to be approved by all the Mediterranean countries and the European Union by the end of 2005). He directed the elaboration of the new Plan Bleu systemic and prospective Report on the Mediterranean region to be published in 2005. 



Harry Tzalas

Harry Tzalas was born in the cosmopolitan Alexandria that preceded the Second World War. As a marine consultant, he lived and worked in Athens and for short periods in London and the South of France.

In parallel to his professional activities, he has specialized in marine archaeology as well as in the historical study of ancient and medieval Alexandria.

Editor of the TROPIS series (The Proceedings of the Conferences on Marine Archaeology), he is also the author of numerous scientific articles and books related to the archaeology of the ship and the topography of Alexandria.



Husamettin Kavi

Mr. Kavi was born in Istanbul in 1950. He graduated from Civil Engineering Faculty of Istanbul Technical University in 1972. After completing his military service in 1975, he worked in the construction sector until 1978.

Mr. Kavi is the member of the Assembly of İstanbul Chamber of Industry since 1987. He acted as a member of the Board between 1991 - 1993 and Chairman of the Board between 1993- 2001. Since November 2001, He is the Speaker of the Chamber Assembly.

At the same time, he was the Co-Chairman of Turkey - EU Joint Consultative Committee between 1995 and 2000. He has been elected as the Co-Chairman again in October 2002.

He is a member of the Science Board of the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).




Joan Clos i Matheu

Joan Clos has been mayor of Barcelona since 1997. In 1999 he was elected to a four-year term, and was then re-elected in the municipal elections of 25 May 2003.

Joan Clos was born at Parets del Vallès on 29 June 1949. He graduated as doctor from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and studied at the Hospital de Sant Pau.

He took part in the movements of anti-Franco professionals and health services reform. During the post-Franco period of political transition he worked in primary health care with a group of doctors who defended the political transformation of the country as a means of reclaiming professional dignity.



Josep A. Acebillo

Josep A. Acebillo was appointed Barcelona’s City’s Chief Architect, and Council Commissioner for Infrastructures and Urbanism in 1999 and has been responsible for its urban transformation since 1981. During this time, the city of Barcelona has won many awards including the Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design by Harvard University (1990), Premio Special de Urbanismo de la Unione Europea (1998), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture by the RIBA (1999), and the Special Award for the 8 th International Architecture Exhibition by the Biennal of Venice (2002). He has been professor at the Architecture School of Barcelona since 1974 and subsequently also at the GSD (Graduate School of Architecture, Harvard University) and at the School of Architecture of the University of Yale. He is currently Dean at the Architecture Academy Università della Svizzera Italiana (Mendrisio-Lugano)



Mohamed Awad

Mohamed Awad is a third-generation architect, his paternal grandfather having started the practice in 1911. Some twenty five years ago, he started to gather one of the world's biggest collections on Alexandria's heritage, including photographs, maps, rare documents and paintings. Part of his collection is exhibited in a permanent collection at the Library of Alexandria under the title of "Impressions of Alexandria".

A historian of architecture, he lectures on the subject at Alexandria University. He is also the founder of the Alexandria Preservation Trust, an NGO for the documentation and protection of Alexandria's architectural heritage which has launched several successful campaigns to this end.

He is presently the Director of the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center, one of the research centers affiliated to the Library of Alexandria.




Philippe Foulquié

After studying medicine and sociology, Philippe Foulquié started his career as organizer, then director of the Municipal Arts centre of Argenteuil. He then became administrator of independent theatre companies, then delegate of the National Center for Puppets. From 1986 to 1988 he works as a director of the International Puppet Festival of Mougins Canet.

In 1987 he founds the Massalia Puppet theatre in Marseille, at the request of the City of Marseilles. In 1990, in cooperation with Alain Fourneau (Bernardines Theatre Company), he founds "Système Friche Théatre" which will settle in 1992 in an old tobacco factory, becoming "La Friche la Belle de Mai". In 1995, Jean Nouvel becomes president of "La Friche la Belle de Mai", followed by Robert Guédiguian in 2002. In the last few years, Philippe Foulquié has developed various projects as director of the "La Friche la Belle de Mai" and the Massalia Theatre.



Rinio Bruttomesso

Rinio Bruttomesso is Director of the International Centre Cities on Water since 1989 and Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Faculty of Architecture, IUAV – University Institute of Architecture in Venice.

He is Editor of Aquapolis, review of the International Centre Cities on Water and of Portus, six-monthly magazine of RETE - Association for the collaboration between Cities and Ports. He has been Curator of the “Cities on Water Section” of the 9th International Exhibition of Architecture of the Venice Biennale (2004). He is also author of several publications on urban waterfront revitalization and urban design in cities on water.



Veronique Manry

Sociologist Veronique Manry studies the commercial flows and the mobility in the Mediterranean region. Her research relates to the migrations in the Euro-Mediterranean region, informal economy, the trans-nationalism, the migrants' sales networks and the marketplaces at the era of globalization and the development of the post-industrial societies.

She mainly studied the entrepreneurship of the Turkish migrants in Europe, the evolution of the transnational commercial sector starting from Marseille, as well as Maghreban migratory flows (in particular women's place in the informal economy) while being particularly interested in the socio-cultural and economic frames of these flows, the situations of exchanges, cosmopolitanism and their territorial influences.




Wassyla Tamzali

Born in Algeria in 1941, she worked between 1966 and 1977 as lawyer at the Court of Algiers and undertook in parallel journalistic and cultural activities. In 1979, she started an international public career at UNESCO where she was in charge of the program on the violations of the women's rights. In 1996, she became director of UNESCO's program for the promotion of Mediterranean women's conditions. She therefore created the Forum of Mediterranean Women, the Festival of Thessalonique "Creative Women from two seas: Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea", the Network of Cities "Mediterranean Plazzas for Women and Peace", and she launched an inter-academic program on the Mediterranean history of the women. Between 1996 and 2003 she played an active role in Euro-Med Civil Forum, and was particularly in charge of the meetings concerning women and dialogue of cultures. She is also member of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for human rights.


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