Commission Board of Directors

The Board of the U.S.- Italy Fulbright Commission is composed of 12 members, 6 Americans and 6 Italians.
The positions of Chair and Vice Chair rotate each year between a representative of the Italian Government and a representative of the Government of the United States.


Roberto Vellano

Vice General Director, Directorate-Central for the Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture
Directorate-General for the Country Promotion.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Italian Members

  •  Marco Mancini
    Head of the Unit for Northern America
    Directorate-General for Political Affairs and Security
  • Federica Olivares
    President Edizioni Olivares.  Professor of  Cultural Projects the Catholic University of Milan
  • Giovanni Antonino Puglisi
    Rector, University of Enna Kore.  Vice-President, Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani
  • Gianni Riotta
    Journalist, Writer, Professor at LUISS School of Government
  • Francesco Starace
    Chief Executive Officer and General Manager  Enel Spa 

Vice Chair

Menaka M. Nayyar

Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer
Embassy of the United States of America in Italy



U.S. Members

  • Gloria Berbena
    Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Embassy of the United States of America in Italy
  • William Marvin
    Head, Global Financial Operations  United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • William B. McGurn III
    Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • John Ochsendorf
    Director, American Academy in Rome
  • Elizabeth Marie Robinson
    President, NicOx Research Institute