Private Committees

What are the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice?

In response to the appeal launched by the Director General of UNESCO in 1966, over 50 private organisations were established in a number of countries to collect and channel contributions to restore and preserve Venice.

Over the years, the International Private Committees have worked closely with the Superintendencies of Monuments and Galleries of Venice, through UNESCO, to identify and address priority needs.

Since 1969, they have funded the restoration of more than 100 monuments and 1,000 works of art, provided laboratory equipment and scientific expertise, sponsored research and publications and awarded innumerable grants for craftsmen, restorers and conservators to attend specialist courses in Venice.

Thirty-three years on, the Association of Private Committees has 29 member organisations representing 11 countries (3 new Committees, based respectively in Denmark, the USA and Italy, joined in 1999). Since 1997 the Association has enjoyed special relationship status as an N.G.O in operational relations with UNESCO. The budget for the 5-year period 1996-2000 is well in excess of Lit.10 billion (about £3 million) , a sum which includes the funding of around 150 restoration and maintenance projects, the provision of over 25 bursaries and substantial contributions to the cost of the 1997 and 1999 ICCROM-UNESCO International Courses on the Conservation of Stone.

1999-2000 saw Committees from Sweden, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, The United Kingdom, four from the USA and eight from Italy actively engaged in over 80 restoration projects.

List of Committees

Chairman: Umberto Marcello del Majno – Amici dei Musei di Venezia Italy

Vice Chairman:  Francesca Bortolotto Possati – Save Venice Inc. USA


Executive Committee:

Umberto Marcello del Majno – Amici dei Musei di Venezia  Italy

Luigino Rossi – Comitato Italiano per Venezia Italy

Jérôme Zieseniss – Comité Français  France

Paola Piffaretti – Pro Venezia Switzerland Switzerland

Francesca Bortolotto Possati – Save Venice Inc. USA

Bernard Aikema – Stichting Nederlands Venetië Comité  The Netherlands

Lady Frances Clarke – The Venice in Peril Fund  UK

Lawrence Lovett – Venetian Heritage Inc. USA

Carla Toffolo – Head of the Permanent Office



Directory of the Private Committees, Associations and Organisation for the Protection of Venice (updated July 2013)
Comitati Privati, Associazioni e Organizzazioni per la Salvaguardia di Venezia


Associazione dei Comitati Privati Internationali per la Salvaguardia di Venezia
c/o UNESCO
Palazzo Zorzi
4930 Castello
30122 Venice
tel/fax/answerphone: +39 041 520 70 50
e-mail: mail@comprive.org
website: www.comprive.org

UNESCO Venice
Palazzo Zorzi
4930 Castello
30122 Venice
tel +39 041 260 15 11
fax +39 041 528 99 95
email: veniceoffice@unesco.org
website: www.unesco.org/new/en/venice/home/

UNESCO Paris
0033-1-45681000
Division Cultural Heritage
Rue Miollis

Chairman - Alvise Zorzi - Società Dante Alighieri, Italy
Vice Chairman - Giacomo Ivancich Biaggini - Amici della Venice
Executive Committee:
Francesca Bortolotto Possati - Save Venice Inc. USA
Jérome Zieseniss - Comité Français, France
Lawrence Lovett - Venetian Heritage Inc., USA
Frances Clarke - Venice in Peril, UK
Marita Jonsson - Pro Venezia Sweden, Sweden
L Chiappini di Sorio - Amici dei Musei di Venezia, Italy
Bernard Aikema - Stichting Nederlands, Venetië Comité, Netherlands
Paola Piffaretti - Pro Venezia Switzerland, Switzerland  
Mieke Van Molle - Head Permanent Office

website: www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/worldwide/europe-and-north-america/france/

America-Italy Society of Philadelphia
Mr John Price, President,
1420, Walnut Street, Suite 310
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania, 19102
USA

e-mail: americaitalysociety@rcn.com
           john.price@aisphila.org
Mrs. Diane Meleski
email: d.meleski@verizon.net

website: http://www.aisphila.org/site/

Amici della Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Dr. Erik Denker, President
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785 - USA
e-mail: e-denker@nga.gov

Ms. Judith Martin, Vice President
e-mail: jspmartin@earthlink.net

website: http://www.scuolagrandesanrocco.it/

Associazione Amici dei Musei e Monumenti Veneziani
Umberto Marcello del Manjo, President
Palazzo Mocenigo
S.Croce 1992 30122, Venice
e-mail: umarcello@tin.it

Prof.ssa I. Chiappini di Sorio, Honorary President
Castello, 5216
30122, Venice
e-mail: direzione@amicideimusei.ve.it

website: http://www.amicideimuseivenezia.it/

Associazione Italia Nostra (Venice branch)
Dott.ssa Lidia Fersuoch, President
San Marco 1260, 30124, Venice
e-mail: italianostra.venezia@libero.it 

Prof. Gherardo Ortalli
e-mail: gh.ort@aliceposta.it

website: http://www.italianostra-venezia.org/

Comitato Amici della Basilica dei SS. Giovanni e Paolo
Amb. Giacomo Ivancich Biaggini, President,
Castello 6392, Venice
e-mail: giacomoivancich@fastwebnet.it

Sig.ra A.F.Ferrario Varzi, Past President,
Castello 5216, Venice

Prof.ssa I. Chiappini di Sorio, Vice-President,
5126, Castello
30122 Venice

Comitato Austriaco "Venedig lebt"
Dr. Andrea Manhart, President
Hofburg Reichskanzleitrakt III/55
A-1010 Wien, Austria
e-mail: andrea.manhart@bka.gv.at
           venedig-lebt@hotmail.com

Ing. Lilly Cantini, Vice-President
Fa. Karba
Clerfaitgasse 1
A-1170 Wien, Austria

website: www.venedig-lebt.at

Comitato Internazionale per il Co-ordinamento delle Ricerche Storiche e per la Valorizzazione delle tipiche imbarcazioni lagunari e dell'Alto Adriatico (International Committee for Research into, and Encouragement of, the traditional Vessels of the Lagoon and Upper Adriatic)
Dott. Emilio Vianello, President
Castello 3647, Venice
e-mail: emivian@alice.it
           info@palazzobollani.it

Amm. Carlo Gottardi, Vice-President
Via delle Alture 17
Dolo (VE) 

Comitato Italiano per Venezia
Dott. Luigino Rossi, President
3902/a S.Marco, Venice
luigino@rossivenezia.com

Sig.ra L. Marcello, Treasurer
3666, San Marco, Venice

Comité Français pour la Sauvegarde de Venise
M. Jérôme Zieseniss, President
2580, Dorsoduro, Venice
&
34, Avenue de New York
75116 Paris
e-mail: matteo@matteocorvino.com

Amb. Gérard Gaussen, Hon. President
116, Boulevard Maurice Barres,
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
 
website: www.cfsvenise.org

Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venedig
Dr. Sabine Meine, Director
Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza,
S. Polo 2765a
30125 Venice
e-mail: smeine@dszv.it
           info@dszv.it

website: www.dszv.it

Comitato Internazionale per la Conservazione e la Tutela dell'Antico Arsenale
Ing Roberto Giuriati, President
Via A Spadini 7
00197, Roma
Amm. C. Gottardi
Via delle Alture 17, Dolo, Venice

Prof.ssa I. Chiappini di Sorio
5126, Castello, Venice
 
Comitato per il Centro Storico Ebraico di Venezia
Dott. Cesare Vivante, President
San Marco 3006, Venice

"Pro Venetia Viva" - Venice European Centre for the Trades and Crafts of the Conservation of the Architectural Heritage

Arch. Wolfdietrich Elbert, Director
Ass. Europea "Pro Venetia Viva" - Centro Europeo di Venezia per i
Mestieri della Conservazione del Patrimonio Architettonico
Isola di San Servolo
Venice
e-mail: centrove@tin.it
website: www.centroeuropeomestieri.org
 
Fondation "Pro Venezia" Switzerland
Dott. Giordano Zeli, President
Via don Gagliardi 8
CH-6009 Lugan
Switzerland
e-mail: giordano.zeli@helvetiapatria.ch

Dott. M Maccanelli, Secretary
Salita del Calvario 16
Morbio Inferiore
CH-6834 Ticino, Switzerland
e-mail: mmaccanelli@bluewin.ch

Arch. Paola Piffaretti, Vice-President
San Polo 2322
30125, Venezia
e-mail: paola_piff@libero.it

Arch. Franco Poretti, Vice President
Via B. Longhena 24
6900 Lugano
e-mail: francoporetti@bluewin.ch

ICCROM
Dr Mounir Bouchenaki
Via S. Michele 13
I00153 Rome 

Istituto Veneto per i Beni Culturali
Arch. Renzo Ravagnan, President
c/o Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
San Polo 2454/a
30125 Venice
e-mail: info@ivbe.it
           rravagnan@hotmail.com

website: www.ivbe.it
 
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti 
Prof. Gian Antonio Danieli, President
Campo S. Stefano 2945
30124 Venice
e-mail: ivsla@istitutoveneto.it

Dott. Sandro Franchini, Secretary-General
Campo S. Stefano 2945
30124 Venice
e-mail: sandro.franchini@istitutoveneto.it

Prof. Gherardo Ortalli
Campo S. Stefano 2945
30124 Venice
e-mail: gh.ort@aliceposta.it

website: www.istitutoveneto.it 

Pro Veneziakomitéen Denmark
Ambassador Henrik Iversen, President
Nivaavaenge 7-1
2990 Nivaa, Denmark
e-mail: henrikreeiversen@msn.com

Arch. David Bretton-Meyer, Vice-President
Noerre Farimagsgade 1, III tv.
DK 1364 Copenhagen, Denmark
e-mail: dbm@db-m.dk

Arch. Francesco Morelli, Vice-President
Skodsborg Strandvej 202
DK 2924 Skodsborg
Denmark
e-mail: fm@morelli.dk

website: www.provenezia.dk
  
"Pro Venezia" Sweden
Amb. Göran Berg, President
Kakbrinken 3
S-11127 Stockholm
Sweden
e-mail: goranberg40@yahoo.com

Amb. Anders Bjurner, Deputy President
email: andersbjumer@hotmail.com

Mrs. Kristine Kuylenstierna
Sturegatan, 62
S-11426 Stockholm
Sweden
e-mail: kristina.kuylenstierna@telia.com

Ms. Marita Jonsson
Körsbärsgården Sundre
S-62010 Burgsvik
Sweden
e-mail: marita@jjconsulting.se 

Mr. Henrik Falkenberg, Treasurer
Storängens Strandväg 6
S-13141 Nacka
Sweden
e-mail: falkenberg.henrik@hotmail.com

Ambassador Anders Bjurner, Deputy President

Save Venice Inc.
Mr. Matthew White, Chairman
Prof. Randolph Guthrie, Chairman Emeritus
Mrs Beatrice Rossi-Landi, President
Mr Terry Stanfill, Vice President Emeritus
Mr John Fiorilla, Vice-President
Mrs Mary E. Frank, Vice President
Mrs Mary Kathryn Navab, Vice President
Mr Juan M. Prieto, Vice President
Mr Hutton Wilkinson, Vice President
Ms Elisabeth Makrauer, Executive Director
Mr John R. Staelin, Treasurer
Mrs Tia Fuhrmann Chapman, Secretary
Mr Frederick Ilchman, Co-Project Director
Prof. David Rosand, Co-Project Director

1104 Lexington Avenue, 4C
New York 10075
USA
email: newyork@savevenice.org

Ms Francesca Bortolotto Possati, Venice Representative to the Private Committees
c/o Hotel Bauer
1459 San Marco
30124 Venice

website: www.savevenice.org
 
Società Dante Alighieri (Venice Branch)
Prof.ssa Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, President
c/o Ateneo Veneto
San Marco 1897
30124 Venice
email: info@venicedantealighieri.it

Dott. Alvise Zorzi, Hon. President
Via di Villa Ada 4, 00199 Rome
(5662, Cannaregio, Venice)
e-mail: alvisezorzi@virgilio.it 

website: www.venicedantealighieri.it
 
Stichting Nederlands Venetië Comité
Prof. Dr. Bernard Aikema, President
Groesbeekseweg 113
6522 BB Nijmegen
Netherlands
and
Cannaregio 5119
Venice
e-mail: bernard.aikema@univr.it

Dr. Iris Contant, Vice-President
email: icontant@hetnet.nl

Mrs. Alette Fleischer Ph.D., Secretary
L. Tripstraat 4 L
1052 ES Amsterdam,
Netherlands
e-mail: alette.fleischer@gmail.com

Mr. Italo De Lorenzo
Oude Gracht, 105
3511 AE Utrecht, Netherlands
email: italo@venezia.nl

Mr. Luigi De Mas M.Sc., Treasurer
W. van Geldorpstraat 12
5246 GN Rosmalen
Netherlands
e-mail: ldemas@ziggo.nl

The Venice International Foundation
Sig.ra Franca Coin, President
Sig.ra Cinzia Boscolo, General Manager
Fondamenta Rezzonico
Dorsoduro 3144
30123 Venice
e-mail: veniceinter@tin.it

website: www.venicefoundation.org
 

The Venice in Peril Fund
Lady Clarke, President
Bushy Cottage, The Green
Hampton Court, Surrey KT8 9BS, England
(1113, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice)
e-mail: mail@comprive.org

Mr. Jonathan Keates, Chairman
email: info@veniceinperil.org
           jonnokeates@blueyonder.co.uk

The Venice in Peril Fund
Unit 4 - Hurlingham Studios
Ranelagh Gardens,
London
SW6 3PA
England
e-mail: info@veniceinperil.org

Mr John Millerchip
12, Via Molinetto
30121 Refrontolo, (TV)
e-mail: j.millerchip@gmail.com

website: www.veniceinperil.org

Università Internazionale dell'Arte (UIA)
Dott. Andrea Erri, President
Giudecca 54/p
30133, Venice
e-mail: presidente@univarte.it

website: univarte.it/UIA_restauro_venezia/UIA_Venezia.html

Venezia aVvenire

Mrs. Sachiko Natsume, Ph.D., President
210-4 Owari-cho Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto 604-0934 Japan
e-mail: sachikond@yahoo.co.jp

website: www.venezia-is-mine.net

Venetian Heritage Inc.
Mr. Pierre Durand, President
c/o Adair Capital,
375 Park Avenue, Ste. 2505
New York, NY 10022
email: ny@venetianheritage.org

Mr. Garry W. Parr, Chairman
c/o Lazard
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020, U.S.A.

Mr L. Lovett, Founding Chairman
S. Marco 3362
30124 Venice

Mrs. Donald K. Miller, Vice-Chairman
475, Park Avenue
58th Street, New York
NY 10022,U.S.A.
e-mail: ny@venetianheritage.org

Mr. Alexis Gregory Vice-President

Mr. Jay Frederick Krehbiel, Vice-President

Mr. Trevor D. Traina, Vice-President

Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen , Vice-President

Mr. Thomas C. Quick, Treasurer

Mrs. Paul Soros, Secretary

Mr. Lawrence D. Lovett, President Italian board

Mr. Fabio Moretti, vice-president Italian board

Lady Monica del Campo Bacardi, Italian board member

Mr. Alvise di Canossa, Italian board member

Mrs. Marta Coin, Italian board member

Mrs. Elena di Giovanni Valensise, Italian board member

Mr. Luca Marzotto, Italian board member

Mrs. Valentina Nasi Marini Clarelli, Italian board member

Mrs. Adele Re Rebaudengo, Italian board member

Mrs. Roberta Rossi Polato, Italian board member

Mr. Brian Swardstrom, Italian board member

Mrs. Fiona Swarovski Grasser, Italian board member

Mr. Toto Bergamo Rossi, director Venice office and Intl. Relations Advisor

Mr. Giorgio Ceccato, corporate secretary

email: venice@venetianheritage.eu

e-mail: venherit@tin.it
website: www.venetianheritage.org  

World Monuments Fund
Mrs. Bonnie Burnham, President
World Monuments Fund
350 5th Avenue, Suite 2412
New York, NY 10118
USA
e-mail: bburnham@wmf.org

M. Bertrand du Vignaud, Chairman WMF Europe
34, Avenue de New York
75116 Paris
France
e-mail: bduvignaud@wmf.org
website: www.wmf.org

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