Screenwriter, Film producer & Director
Paul Edward Haggis is a Canadian screenwriter, film producer and director of film and television. He is best known as a screenwriter and producer for consecutive Satellite Award winners for Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby (2004) Academy Awards for Crash (2005), the latter of which he also directed. Haggis also co-wrote the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is the creator of the television series Due South (1994-1999) and co-creator of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001), among others. Haggis is a two-time Academy Award winner, a two-time Emmy Award winner and a seven-time Gemini Award winner. He also assisted in the making of the music video “We Are the World 25 For Haiti”. Ultra-popular screenwriter, Paul Haggis entered the history of the Academy Awards thanks to the writing of a couple of brilliant films that, for two consecutive years, have obtained the statuette for Best Film: we are obviously talking about Million Dollar Baby and Crash – Contact Physical. A young Canadian with cinephile aspirations, Paul spent his childhood in British Columbia with his father Edward and his mother Mary Yvonne. A graduate of Ontarian London at Fanshawe College, the then 22-year-old Haggis leaves for L.A. looking for luck. His career began in 1975, when he made his debut on the small screen: he is the author of TV series such as My Friend Arnold and Love Boat, among the most loved and followed by the public. Becoming one of the creators of the hit series Walker Texas Ranger in 1993, Paul made his behind-the-camera debut in the musical film Red Hot. In 2004, Haggis gave birth to the formidable screenplay of Million Dollar Baby. Captured by the poignant story of boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (taken from a series of short stories entitled “The Challenger” by F.X. Toole), the filmmaker Clint Eastwood decides to direct it for the big screen: it is immediately Oscar rain. Strong of the nomination for the best screenplay, he gets to work again: this time he gives birth to an unpublished work, inspired by the events of everyday life. The feature film in question is the shocking Crash – Contact Physical, a bitter and realistic portrait of the company, which Haggis also directs and produces. Acclaimed across the country, Crash – Physical Contact triumphs on Hollywood’s most magical night, taking home three statuettes, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Acclaimed and contested by the prestigious majors of the Fabbrica dei Sogni, Haggis has currently written the script for the latest effort by the cowboy Eastwood entitled Flags of Our Fathers, as well as that of The Last Kiss remake of the famous opera by Gabriele Muccino. In 2007 he was the director of two more of his creations: Honeymoon with Harry and In the Valley of Elah. In addition to having written and directed a brilliant TV series, also broadcast in Italy, which tells the story of four Irish brothers who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen (The Black Donnellys), Paul returned to the cinema in 2011 to direct a cast of stars among the such as Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks in the drama The Next Three Days, of which he is also writer and producer. Two years later he will make a new ensemble film, in which three stories of love, passion, and
Actress & Model
Gabriella Wright is an English actress. In 2004, Wright played her first starring role in the film One Dollar Curry, directed by Vijay Singh. In 2007, Wright appeared in the role of Queen Claude of France in the historical drama series The Tudors. In 2014, Wright appeared in the seventh season of HBO’s supernatural drama series True Blood, in which she played the role of Sylvie. She played the lead role in the horror film The Perfect Husband alongside Bret Roberts and Carl Wharton, and directed by Lucas Pavetto. In 2015 Wright appeared in the action thriller The Transporter Refueled alongside Ed Skrein and Ray Stevenson. Camille Delamarre directed the film, which was released on September 4, 2015 in the United States. Wright was cast in the film Security to play the role of Ruby, alongside Antonio Banderas and Ben Kingsley. In 2018, Wright played Rebekha Volt in Action Team, a parody of a spy comedy directed by James De Frond. Wright plays Veronika, Antonio Banderas’ character’s personal hit man alongside Tom Hopper and Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in 2020’s upcoming American action comedy film, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes. In 2020, Wright is played by I AM NEVER ALONE, directed by Michel Pascal, in which she plays the role of a mother and meditation teacher for prisoners who returns from work on a “normal day” and finds her 16-year-old son hanging out at home, her room. Gabriella Wright is an activist and motivational speaker with a longstanding humanitarian engagement. A cofounder of the Never Alone Initiative, she is the innovator of the Mental Hygiene Toolkit, a collection of mind cleansing and self-awareness tools to help individuals nurture their bodies, minds and spirits, and develop inner guidance to consciously choose the best path for their lives. Wright has lent her voice to UN Women and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Among many other societal contributions, she is a Global Goodwill Ambassador to Skypower and the Honorary President of a grassroots charity in Myanmar
Critically acclaimed, Kenyan-born actor/producer, Edi Gathegi has starred in film, television and theatre. He is currently filming a new series regular role, joining Joel Kinnaman, in season 3 of high profile Apple TV+ sci-fi drama “For All Mankind”. Edi also recently wrapped on the much anticipated Netflix Western “The Harder They Fall” produced by Jay Z in which Gathegi stars alongside Idris Elba, Regina King, LaKeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz. Additionally, he stars in Crackle’s “StartUp” as the Haitian patriarch Ronald Dacey, opposite Ron Perlman and Martin Freeman. He can also be seen in Sam Esmail’s USA network show “Briarpatch”, starring as A.D. Singe opposite Rosario Dawson. Recent film credits include “Pimp” produced by Lee Daniels, “Better Start Running” with Jeremy Irons, “The Last Thing He Wanted”, directed by Dee Rees, starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck, the feature film “Caged”, which he also executive produced, and critically acclaimed indie feature “Princess of the Row”, executive produced by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, which Edi stars in and also produced under his Shifty Eye Productions banner. Edi made his off-Broadway stage debut in Signature Theatre’s “Jesus Hopped the A Train”, which garnered him an Obie Award, a special award at the Drama Desk Awards and a Lucille Lortel Nomination. Previous to that, he made his Los Angeles stage debut top-lining “Superior Donuts” at the prestigious Geffen Playhouse, which garnered him an Ovation Award nomination, an NAACP award, and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for lead actor. Initially well recognized for the recurring role as ‘Dr. Cole’ (aka: “Big Love”) on FOX’s hit television series “House,” Gathegi went on to join the ensemble cast of the box office phenomenon, A Biography “Twilight,” and its sequel “New Moon.” From vampire to mutant, he joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s, “X-Men: First Class,” in which he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for movie chemistry. Additionally, he played opposite Jennifer Beals on TNT’s “Proof,” appeared on NBC’s hit show, “The Blacklist,” AMC’s “Into the Badlands,” and the NBC drama “The Blacklist: Redemption.”
Roger Rueff is an award-winning writer and playwright whose works have been translated into seven languages and staged around the world. His comedy Hospitality Suite was premiered at the South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa (California) in 1992 and was subsequently brought to theaters in North America and Japan. In 2005 he started his Italian tour. From this comedy Rueff wrote the screenplay for the hugely popular film The Big Kahuna, starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 1999 and was one of three films nominated for a 2000 Humanitas Award as an independent film. . The piece So Many Words was also honored at the South Coast Rep where it earned two awards from the LA Drama Critics Circle for “Best Writing” and “Best Comedy”, following its world premiere in Los Angeles or the Orange Counties. also obtained the Ted Schmitt Prize. Rueff was the lead writer of the Boys & Girls animated series of the European Union Health Program and is the author of the book Fifty Things I Want My Son to Know (Andrews-McMeel) and Discovering the Soul of Your Story (Transcend Press) , an innovative method of approaching the creation and development of a story.
Actor & Director
Raoul Bova is an Italian actor and director. His first leading role was obtained with the 1993 film by Carlo Vanzina, Piccolo grande amore. On the big and small screen, he has always dedicated his energies to social commitment. Capitano Ultimo (real character Sergio De Caprio) is the role to which he is most linked, with which he created a non-profit foundation. In 2010, during the World Food Day ceremony, he was appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassador. In 2005 he decided to look for and produce stories in which he could express himself freely at an actor, creative and productive level, giving life to his own Film Production Company. The intent is to give space to projects with social value, which can through communication, which cinema and television possess, spread messages that lead to reflect. It produces “Sbirri”, a docu-film on the world of police and drugs, which both in the cinema and on TV has enjoyed considerable success with audiences and critics. Presents in Brussels the short film “15 Seconds”, against the death penalty sponsored by the European Parliament, the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Grace and Justice, the Ministry of Education. It co-produces “Me, the other” which talks about racism and preconceptions and how the way of seeing “others” has changed after 9/11. His artistic qualities combined with a rare talent for making professional choices have allowed him to work with some of the most influential names in the national and international film industry. Producing successful television series such as “Fuoco Amico Task Force 45” and “Come un Delfino” with music by Ennio Morricone. Throughout his career he stars alongside world stars such as Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren, Giancarlo Giannini, Michele Placido, F. Murray Abraham, Sylvester Stallone, Carole Bouquet, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and many others.
Actor & Model
Rajneesh Duggal is an Indian film and television actor. He made his acting debut in 2008 in Vikram Bhatt’s 1920 horror thriller film, opposite Adah Sharma, where he played the lead role of Arjun Rathod, who vows to protect his possessed wife. In 2011, Duggal appeared in his upcoming horror thriller Phhir, collaborating with Bhatt and Sharma for the second time. He played the role of Kabir Malhotra, a doctor who is looking for his wife (played by Roshni Chopra). In 2012, Duggal appeared in Bhatt’s supernatural thriller Dangerous Ishq with Karishma Kapoor and Jimmy Sheirgill. In 2014, Duggal played the role of Deepak in Rajshri Productions’ Samrat & Co. In 2014, Duggal became the winner of the reality TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi, season 5. Duggal appeared in the music video “Mohabbat Barsa Dena Tu”, alongside Surveen Chawla, from the horror film by Bhatt Creature 3D. In 2015, he played the lead role of Shravan in Bobby Khan Ek Paheli Leela’s drama thriller, starring Sunny Leone and Jay Bhanushali. He also appeared in Syed Ahmed’s crime thriller Afzal Laal Rang as an inspector, starring Randeep Hooda and Akshay Oberoi in 2016. Duggal played a Banarasi boy in a romantic comedy called Direct Ishq with Arjun Bijlani as the other lead. At the same time he played the role of a lover boy – in Ek Paheli Leela, alongside Sunny Leone. Duggall and Leone went on to make another film together, titled Beiimaan Love, where he played an obsessive lover. He also made a special appearance in Laal Rang, where he played SP Gajraj Singh. In 2016, Duggall had two more releases: Saansein, a supernatural thriller; and Wajah Tum Ho, a detective thriller in which he played a real negative character. In 2017 he directed the role of a fearless warrior Varundev and Jaldev in the TV series Aarambh: Kahaani Devsena Ki. He then played the role of Lord Krishna for the mega television series Shrimad Bhagwad Mahapuran for Colors in 2019-20. He also did the Life OK Ramleela stage play Ajay Devgn ke Saath as Lord Ram. It is also in the video of the Bombay Vikings song called Chodd Do Aanchal. In 2016, Duggal had four releases, which included Direct Ishq, Beiimaan Love, Saansein, and Wajah Tum Ho. Direct Ishq is a Benares-based rom-com film that was released on February 19, 2016. His dark romantic film Beiimaan Love, alongside Sunny Leone, saw him play a flamboyant spoiled brat. He also played the negative lead role in Vishal Pandya’s multi-star erotic thriller Wajah Tum Ho. Rajneesh worked on a limited series, Aarambh.
Actor & Model
Burak Hakki is best known for his roles as Hüseyin Kenan in Dudaktan Kalbe based on the classic novel by Reşat Nuri Güntekin and as Kayqubad In the Seljuk Sultan of Rûm in Diriliş: Ertuğrul. Hakki also played Kamran in Yeniden Çalıkuşu, based on Reşat Nuri Güntekin’s classic novel Çalıkuşu. Semum (2008), O Kadin (2007), Turk Space (2006), Gurbet Kadını (2003), Kizim Nerede (2010-2011), Love is in the Air (2010), Mayıs Kraliçesi, From the Lips to the Heart (2007-2009), Ikizler MemoCan (2018), and many more.
Dr. Archaeologist – Communicator
Vasiliki (Vicky) Bafataki was born in Alexandroupolis and at the age of 14 she moved with her family to Xanthi. As a character she is very active and selfless, sometimes a volcano. She loves to let things flow and reveal the “great truth”. Archeology is the first great love. She graduated with 110 cum laude. This was followed by studies at the Department of Communication and Mass Media of the Panteion University. She believes in knowledge, a tool that never betrays and makes people better. In this regard, he continued his studies obtaining 4 post-graduate degrees and a doctorate in Communication of the Culture of Mass Media. In 2005 he conducted global research and a study on cultural communication: culture and volunteering through the media. She has been involved in research on the shipwreck and the Antikythera Mechanism from the cultural economy aspect. She has recently been fascinated by bioethics. Today he carries out his second doctorate at the Faculty of Medicine, at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. Professor for many years in the field of communication and journalism. She is a scientific collaborator at the Laboratory of Applied Philosophy of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and researcher in the Bioethics sector in the Hellenic Society of Reproductive Medicine. She is married to the historian and businessman Konstantinos Delis, they have two children, Giorgos Nektarios, a 25-year-old gymnast and basketball player, and Niki, a 23-year-old dance teacher. His children are a stepping stone and an inspiration for the highest peaks. She loves his friends and considers them gifts in his life, blessed are those who have the opportunity for true encounters … Gets many important awards including: Giuseppe Sciacca International Award of the Vatican, Distinguished all over the world as the best scientist in the field of Cultural Communication. Honorary title of Ambassador of Italian Culture in the World from the University of Perugia. Award from the President of the Italian Council of State Giuseppe Santaniello for his contribution to humanity. In 2010 she was awarded the title of “Dama de Merito de Honor” by the Order of the Knights of the Emperor Constantine of Spain, Culture Award from “Exaleiptron”. In 2016 Medal of Honor and Papyrus of the Commander – Gendermeria (Vatican Security Corps – Swiss Guard) for the cultural contribution and strengthening the friendship of peoples. While in 2018 she was awarded a papyrus and a cross by Prince Don Piedro of the House of the Bourbons of Spain for the promotion of great personalities and for her cultural contribution. In 2012 she was awarded the title of Secretary General of the Giuseppe Sciacca International Award. He is Vice President and General Director of the International Institute of Legal, Economic and Social Studies in Rome. And Vice President of the Scientific Association of Graduates of the University of Panteion. It has established itself in the emergence and promotion of talented young scientists, artists around the world who are valuable role models around the world
Musician, Film critic & Organizer
Paolo Manera is a musician, film critic, organizer, he has been working since 1989 at the main Turin cinemas, including the National Cinema Museum and the Turin Film Festival, for which from 1999 to 2003 he was programming assistant and head of the International Short Film Competition. Since 2000 he has collaborated as an author and consultant for radio and television productions for Rai Radio2, RaiSat, Tele +, La7, Rai3, working specifically on national and international independent cinema, on the relations between cinema and music, on the history of cinema in Turin and Piedmont. In 2004 and 2005 he curated special and retrospective programs for festivals and events in Italy and abroad. In 2006 he worked for Top-IX Torino Piemonte Internet Exchange as a consultant for the cinema / audiovisual area. Since 2007 he has been working at the Turin Piedmont Film Commission as project leader of the website www.fctp.it, supporting web projects, short films and documentaries, and as head of the Piemonte Doc Film Fund, the first regional fund for documentaries in Italy. Since 2015 he has been Director of the Turin Piedmont Film Commission.
Actress & Writer
Nana Ghana is an actress and writer. Her most recent work as a director, LA WOMAN RISING, is narrated and produced by Rosario Dawson and is slated for release in October 2019. Ghana describes the project as “a love letter to the real women of Los Angeles. Ghana made his directorial debut with a short film entitled WATER WARRIOR, which had the distinction of premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Ghana was subsequently recognized as Best Director with his next short, ELECTING, at the Oregon Short Film Festival of 2018. As an actress, Ghana stars in her recurring role in WHAT IF, on the Netflix original series. White Rabbit (2018), Mighty Oak (2020, The Pretenders (2018), Lost Transmissions (2019), Le belve (2012), The Institute (2017), Future World (2018), The long Home (2017), Woman in Deep (2016), and many more
Wendy Desert is a Haitian director. She has several short films to his credit and is currently working on his first feature film. Wendy also directs corporate films, music videos, after-movies, and commercials
Professor of Economics and Business Management
Giuseppe Tardivo, Honorary Professor of Economics and Business Management, University of Turin; Honorary Professor ESCP – Europe, London office. Visiting Professor at the Universities of: Lyon; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Poznan Academy; Plekhanov Institute; Moscow; Russian Academy of Economics, Moscow; University of Nice; Tallinn University. Co – founder (together with the President of the Province of Cuneo, Prof. Giovanni Quaglia) of the Management and Economics Campus of the University of Turin – Cuneo branch, of which he was the first Coordinator. Ordinary member of the Italian Academy of Business Economics (AIDEA), of the Italian Management Society (SIMA) and of the Italian Marketing Society (SIM). Member of the Advisory Board of the UniCredit Group; Member of the Steering Committee of the CRT Foundation. Member of the Board of Directors of the ASO Santa Croce and Carle Cuneo ONLUS Foundation
Milena Viassone, Associate Professor of Business ManagementUniversity of Turin; Coordinator of the Campus of Management and Economics – University of Turin, Cuneo Branch and President of the Master Degree in “Direzione d’impresa, Marketing e Strategia”– Department of Management, University of Turin; Coordinator of the “Licence Binationale” between the University of Turin – Department of Management and the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis- ISEM and Scientific Coordinator, for the University of Turin, of international cooperation programs with 12 European Universities. She has been coordinator of research projects and member of important national and international research groups. She is Co-Referent of the Thematic Session on “Digital Marketing” of the Società Italiana Marketing. She is a member of: the Board of Directors of “Banca Alpi Marittime Credito Cooperativo Carrù”, the Scientific and Steering Committee of “Fondazione Azienda Ospedaliera S. Croce e Carle Cuneo Onlus” and the Board of Directors of CIMA (Centro Imprenditorialità e Management). She is the author of 8 books and several papers in prestigious national and international journals. Main research topics: technological innovation in retail channels, promotion and management of tourist destinations, digital marketing.
Associate Professor of Applied Ethics
Evangelos D. Protopapadakis is Associate Professor of Applied Ethics (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens); Director of the NKUA Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory; Member of the Board of the Bioethics and Deontology Committee of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Head of the Greek Unit of the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics (Haifa) and member of the board of the Bioethics Committee of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute. He has published 4 books in Greek and 1 in English as a sole author, and 10 edited volumes as editor or co-editor: 3 in English, 1 in Serbian and 6 in Greek. He has published more than 60 articles in local or international scientific journals and volumes. He is a member of several national and international philosophical societies; he is also the EditorinChief of Conatus – Journal of Philosophy.