About Us

The Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund helps preserve the exceptional beauty and natural value of the archipelago, to encourage a more sustainable, and responsible tourism, promoting the unique experiences that the local habitat and natural phenomenon offer.

The Fund raises money from people internationally that care about the Aeolian’s future.

Funds raised are dedicated to support specific environmental, artisanal and sustainable initiatives, carried out by local individuals, organizations, or other Italian groups that try to influence the islands to be more respectful about the environment. In 2015 a group of lovers and friends of the ‘Aeolian Islands’ decided to create a Foundation, with the idea to make a difference and protect the nature. Fund raised for the AIPF are invested to support work identified as a priority: AIPF is minimal, with one person as a coordinator in charge of day-to-day management and coordination work, assisted by advisors and professionals with a long-standing expertise in environmental work.

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BEN GOLDSMITH

FOUNDER

Ben is CEO of Menhaden Capital, a new energy and resources focused investment trust listed on the London stock exchange.

Previously, in 2005 Ben founded WHEB, one of Europe’s leading specialist sustainability-focused fund management businesses.

Ben is also Chairman of the UK Conservative Environment Network and of the Goldsmith family’s environment-focused philanthropic foundation, the JMG Foundation.

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LUCA DEL BONO

FOUNDER

Luca Del Bono, a London-based Anglo-Italian entrepreneur, has been developing hospitality ventures internationally for over 15 years. Luca’s roots, however, remain on the Aeolian Islands where he is dedicating his support to preserving the heritage and natural environment for the archipelago to be protected, restored and improved.
His beliefs have led him over the years to support organisations such as the Slow Food movement, Unicef, The Prince’s Trust and more recently Trustee of the South Kensington Foundation to advance sports for the under privileged. Luca also serves as a member of the Mayfair and St James’s Safer Neighbourhood team and is a committee member of London’s global Art16 fair.

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AMBRA MESSINA

COORDINATOR

Since she was a child she spent all her summers in the island of Lipari. She’s a diver and she has always dreamt to give her contribution to save the marine and terrestrial heritage of the Aeolian Islands. After gaining her languages degree, she studied for a master’s degree in international relations at Luiss University in Rome. She worked as coordinator for the Academy of Egypt in Rome, in the Egyptian Embassy and she spent a period working for the italian representation of the European Commission. Since June 2017 she’s coordinator of the Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund.

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RORY MOORE

BLUE PROJECT MANAGER

Rory studied marine biology and coastal ecology at the University of Plymouth, focussing on marine pollution and tropical marine ecology. He went on to design and manage marine conservation projects, internationally. After ten years in the field, laboratory and classroom, he returned to London as BLUE’s project manager. Rory’s expertise includes Marine Protected Area planning, species conservation, marine pollution, fisheries management and aquaculture. His underwater photography has been published internationally.

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GIULIA BERNARDI

LOCAL PROJECT OFFICER

Marine Biologist and underwater instructor, she is carrying on a PhD thesis with the Parthenope University of Naples focusing on fish assemblage structure arounf Salina Island, towards underwater visual census techniques. The final aim is to develop hypothesis about the actual status of fish stocks in the island and to give a scientific contribution for future the zonization of the upcoming marine protected area. Since 2016 she collaborates with the Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund as Local Project Manager.

LEADERS & STEERING COOMMITTEE

The AIPF has nominated a Steering Committee (SC) composed of regular donors to the fund. Their approval is sought before AIPF makes grants.

  • Ben Goldsmith
  • Luca Del Bono
  • Valerie Sadoun
  • Cyril Le Fevre
  • Cinzia Rutson

To better organise the work on the Aeolian Islands AIPF decided to establish an Executive Committee (EC)

  • Rosi Mollica
  • Giulia Bernardi
  • Barbara Chiofalo
  • Marco Miuccio
  • Edoardo Cassina