Francesca Bortolotto Possati is the CEO of Venice’s Bauer Hotel group. A native of the city, she is greatly involved in its culture as a patron of the arts and board member of Save Venice Inc., a foundation dedicated to restoring important works of Venetian architecture and art. She also sponsors the Zuecca Project Space, a non-profit area that hosts exhibitions for local and international art communities. Bortolotto Possati presents the Ca’ Foscari Award at Venice’s international literary festival each year. She co-authored Celebrate in Venice with Csaba dalla Zorza, published in 2012.
British actor Jeremy Irons trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and began his career in 1969, appearing in the West End theatre production of Godspell. He made his Broadway debut in 1984 with The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor. Irons is also well known for his television and film work, including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Dead Ringers, Reversal of Fortune, The Mission and Lolita. He is one of the few actors honored with the Triple Crown of Acting: Academy, Emmy, and Tony awards.
Over the last two decades, Australian-born Robyn Lea has become an internationally renowned photographer, TV commercial director, and writer. She has worked around the globe for clients such as Peroni, Kodak, Time, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her book Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature was published by Assouline in 2015.