Alain Elkann Interviews

Alain Elkann

Alain Elkann Interviews podcasts are an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, Alain infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically.

All Episodes

THE POWER OF ONE. Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the French multinational advertising & public relations company.

Dec 5

59 min 53 sec

A GREAT COMMUNICATOR. David Puttnam is a British film producer, educator, and environmentalist who recently retired from the House of Lords.

Nov 21

39 min 50 sec

RE-IMAGINING A LANDMARK. Laurent Le Bon is the recently appointed president of Centre Pompidou, which is focused on modern & contemporary art.

Oct 24

28 min 47 sec

A MISSION TO OPEN UP AND RENOVATE. Deborah Swallow has been Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art & its Gallery since 2004.

Oct 17

46 min 56 sec

WHICH ROADS WILL CHINA FOLLOW TOWARDS 2035? Dr Yu Jie is senior research fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House.

Oct 10

47 min 44 sec

A VERY ECLECTIC PERSON IN THE WORLD OF ART. Martin Bethenod was Deputy CEO of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection.

Oct 3

36 min 13 sec

IN PRAISE OF PROGRESS. Since June 2020, Denis Olivennes has been shareholder and CEO of the French daily newspaper Libération.

Sep 26

38 min 50 sec

AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVE OF NATURE. Saskia de Rothschild became the youngest person to lead a first growth Bordeaux wine estate in 2018 at the age of 31.

Sep 12

27 min 2 sec

A VERY VERSATILE GARDENER. Lady Tania Compton was Garden Editor for British House & Garden magazine but now concentrates on her landscape practice.

Sep 5

44 min 54 sec

THE CREATIVE CHALLENGE OF CHANEL. Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur is head of Global Creative Resources for Chanel Fragrance, Beauty, Watches and Jewelry.

Aug 29

16 min

FROM ENGINEERING TO ACTIVISM. Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a writer, broadcaster, social advocate and a Trustee of The London Library.

Aug 15

29 min 39 sec

THE ARTISTIC VOICE OF FASHION. Pierpaolo Piccioli is Creative Director of Valentino. His Valentino Des Ateliers show in Venice was acclaimed as being at a new level of meaningful collaboration between the worlds of art and fashion.

Aug 8

44 min 46 sec

LEARNING TO LISTEN. Vuslat Doğan Sabancı is a business leader and philanthropist. She recently launched the global Vuslat Foundation in Venice.

Aug 1

55 min 25 sec

BETTING ON GREEN HYDROGEN. Marco Alverà is CEO of Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure operators and among Italy’s largest listed companies.

Jul 25

45 min 26 sec

CURIOUSLY SUCCESSFUL. The French fashion photographer François Halard is well known for his interior and architectural images.

Jul 18

35 min 52 sec

RADICAL MATERIALIST British sculptor Sir Anthony Cragg, whose current exhibition is at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, a beautiful Palladian house.

Jul 11

31 min 56 sec

WHO CARES WINS. Lily Cole is a British fashion model and actress. The synthesis of Lily’s thinking is optimism for a more sustainable future.

Jul 4

42 min 11 sec

NIGHTS OF PLAGUE. Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York. He has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three languages.

Jun 20

32 min 16 sec

“Racconta anche per noi!” “Racconta!” “Tell our story!” Edith Bruck is a Hungarian-born writer who lives in Italy. Her new book “Il pane perduto” (“The Lost Bread”) is one of the candidates for the 2021 Premio Strega, the most important Italian literary award.

Jun 13

40 min 26 sec

THE MAN WHO SAVED POMPEII. Massimo Osanna was Director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park. He is now Director General of all Italian museums.

May 30

29 min 51 sec

A BIGAMOUS COUNTESS? The Duchess Countess author Catherine Ostler has been Editor-in-Chief of Tatler. She read English at Oxford and is expert in 18thC literature.

May 23

40 min 41 sec

THE SEASONS TURN. Idris Khan works in sculpture, painting and photography. His latest exhibition The Seasons Turn is at Victoria Miro gallery.

May 9

31 min 4 sec

LIVING THE VENETIAN DREAM. Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is one of the last aristocrats in Venice who is still living in his palazzo.

Apr 25

26 min 59 sec

REVIVAL IN VENICE. Mario Codognato is a contemporary art curator. Raised in Venice, today he is the director of the Anish Kapoor Foundation.

Apr 18

40 min 31 sec

A TRAGIC ASSIMILATION. Edmund de Waal is an artist who exhibits in museums and a bestselling author. His new book is LETTERS TO CAMONDO.

Apr 11

43 min 7 sec

HER OWN WOMAN. Giovanna Buzzi is a costume designer and fabricator, owner of SlowCostume workshop for the creation of costumes for the theatre.

Apr 4

34 min 27 sec

AT HOME IN TANGIER. Nicolò Castellini Baldissera is an interior designer, aesthete, and garden dilettante who found his happiness in Tangier.

Mar 28

49 min 27 sec

ONE WORLD. Ronald Lauder is President of the World Jewish Congress, on the board of the Estée Lauder Companies & Chairman of Clinique Laboratories.

Mar 21

25 min 31 sec

CONTEMPORARY ART AND TRADITION. Salvatore Settis is an archaeologist & art historian. The author of Incursioni has just curated an extraordinary exhibition of the Torlonia Marbles.

Mar 14

34 min 20 sec

AZ FACTORY: smart fashion that cares, made for everyone. Israeli fashion designer ALBER ELBAZ is the founder of Richemont-backed AZ Factory.

Mar 7

36 min 44 sec

A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT: LESS ABOUT ME. MORE ABOUT WE. Minouche Shafik is an Egyptian-born British-American economist who has been the Director of the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2017. Minouche Shafik was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2014 to 2017.

Feb 28

40 min 29 sec

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION. Fabrizio Moretti is the founder of Galleria Moretti, located first in Florence and then London and most recently Monaco. The prestigious and philanthropic Moretti gallery is internationally known, particularly for its work with Old Master paintings.

Feb 21

47 min 50 sec

MAKING THE DIG. Gabrielle Tana is producer of The Dig, a Netflix 2021 release in which Ralph Fiennes plays amateur archaeologist Basil Brown

Feb 14

30 min 51 sec

TO WRITE A MASTERWORK. Philip Mansel is a historian of France & the Middle East. His latest book is “King of the World, The Life of Louis XIV”.

Feb 7

41 min 43 sec

TO BE A WRITER. René de Ceccatty is a writer, both of numerous novels & also biographies, including those of Pasolini, Moravia & Elsa Morante.

Jan 31

41 min 4 sec

Décors Barbares is the textile company and design studio of Nathalie Farman-Farma, who specializes in fabrics inspired by the decorative history of Iran, Russia, and Central Asia. Prior to that, Nathalie worked in the publishing industry in New York City. She was an associate editor for The New Yorker magazine and a cultural producer for the Charlie Rose Show.

Jan 27

35 min 27 sec

HOW THE WORLD WE LIVE IN WAS CREATED. Historian, novelist and TV presenter Simon Sebag Montefiore has been reading extensively during lockdown. He recommends some delightful books and offers his perspective on Trump’s failed putsch.

Jan 17

35 min 22 sec

A MAN WITH A MISSION. The conductor Alvise Casellati is creator of “Opera Italiana is in the Air” whose debut was in Central Park, New York.

Dec 2020

45 min 41 sec

THE KILLING CODE. Washington Post reporter Vincent Bevins is the author of “The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder that Shaped Our World”. His book asks why the US government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians in 1965, and shows that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington’s final triumph in the Cold War.

Dec 2020

32 min 59 sec

Dr Virgilio Sacchini is a professor of surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the University of Milan.

Dec 2020

38 min 19 sec

THE STORY OF VAUX-LE-VICOMTE. Alexandre de Vogüé and his two brothers own and run the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, one of the greatest Historical Monuments in France.

Nov 2020

41 min 6 sec

FERRUCCIO FERRAGAMO: PATERFAMILIAS OF MERIT. The Executive Chairman of the Board of Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. has recently received Italy's highest business award.

Nov 2020

36 min 33 sec

FACT OR FICTION? Robert Lacey is a writer and historical consultant to THE CROWN. Netflix releases the fourth TV series on November 15, 2020. Lacey recently published Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.

Nov 2020

39 min 46 sec

AUTHENTIC VOICES. James Fox is an acclaimed writer whose books include White Mischief, Life - Keith Richards, and Look Again – David Bailey.

Nov 2020

44 min 32 sec

HOW DO WE MOVE FROM HUMILIATION TO HUMAN DIGNITY? His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan is well known for his international humanitarian work. He was recently appointed Honorary Chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council together with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Nov 2020

1 hr

A BRAVE MOVE PAYS DIVIDENDS. MILA ASKAROVA founded GAZELLI ART HOUSE in London’s Mayfair in 2010 as an additional space to its BAKU gallery.

Oct 2020

40 min 44 sec

Ruth Rogers started her celebrated London restaurant THE RIVER CAFE in 1987 with her partner Rose Gray. It is still going strong today.

Oct 2020

43 min 42 sec

THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE. Anand Menon is a Professor of European Politics at King’s College London and Director of the “UK in a Changing Europe”.

Sep 2020

43 min

THE MINIMALIST WITH MAXIMUM EXPRESSION. Joseph Dirand is an architect and interior designer based in Paris. He started his own design firm in 1999.

Sep 2020

33 min 2 sec

THE ECLECTIC SHOEMAKER. Christian Louboutin is a designer whose work & creativity the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris is presenting as a major exhibition.

Jul 2020

57 min 46 sec