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.
THE POWER OF ONE. Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the French multinational advertising & public relations company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
36 min 13 sec
IN PRAISE OF PROGRESS. Since June 2020, Denis Olivennes has been shareholder and CEO of the French daily newspaper Libération.
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.
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.
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.
FROM ENGINEERING TO ACTIVISM. Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a writer, broadcaster, social advocate and a Trustee of The London Library.
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.
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.
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.
45 min 26 sec
CURIOUSLY SUCCESSFUL. The French fashion photographer François Halard is well known for his interior and architectural images.
35 min 52 sec
RADICAL MATERIALIST British sculptor Sir Anthony Cragg, whose current exhibition is at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, a beautiful Palladian house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
THE MINIMALIST WITH MAXIMUM EXPRESSION. Joseph Dirand is an architect and interior designer based in Paris. He started his own design firm in 1999.
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.
57 min 46 sec