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.


Alessandro De Pedys

Minister Plenipotentiary, Director General/Principal Director for the promotion of the Italian Culture and Language
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Italian Members

  • Federica Olivares
    President​ ​Edizioni Olivares
  • Giovanni Antonino Puglisi
    Rector, University of Enna Kore.  Vice-President, Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani
  • Gianni Riotta
    Columnist​ at La Stampa. Member of the Advisory Council ​of the Dept of Italian and French of Princeton University and of the Council of Foreign Affairs
  • Maria Letizia Santangelo
    ​Embassy Counselor. ​Head of the Unit for Northern America, Directorate-General for Political Affairs and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation​​
  • Francesco Starace
    Chief Executive Officer and General Manager  Enel Spa 

Vice President

Rakesh Surampudi

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

U.S. Members

  • Timothy Martin
    Adjunct Professor of Music. American University of Rome
  • William Marvin
    Financial Officer — Treasury Operation branch. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • William B. McGurn III
    Senior Counsel. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Marc Robbins
    President and CEO dell’American Academy in Rome, NY
  • Christina Tomlinson
    Minister Counselor for Public Affairs. U.S. Embassy to Italy