Several of the discoveries made over 40 years of research and activity of the Ligabue Study and Research Centre now form part of the history of palaeontology, archaeology and ethnology.
The work of the Ligabue Study and Research Centre - a non-profit organization created in 1973 – led to 130 expeditions on every continent, all with the collaboration of scientists from the world’s leading universities and research centres. This work lasted decades, taking it to some of the world’s harshest environs, and continues to this day.
The Ligabue Study and Research Centre was renamed the Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation in January 2016.
Following the death of his father Giancarlo Ligabue in January 2015, Inti Ligabue has decided to continue the national and international activities of the Ligabue Study and Research Centre with a new organizational system and cultural initiatives.
The Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation is continuing the work of the Study and Research Centre and its aims include promotion of culture and rese-arch, with particular focus on the sectors of archaeology, anthropology, palaeontology, natural sciences and the figurative arts, also through events open to the public, themed exhibitions, conferences, publications and publishing activities, scientific consultancy, restorations, philanthropy, in Italy and abroad.
“Knowledge and rediscovery of ancient civilizations is essential to understanding our own shared humanity” Giancarlo Ligabue
“An ark of knowledge, capable of fascinating and surprising anyone who has a thirst for learning.”
This is how Alberto Angela, editorial director of “Ligabue Magazine” – six monthly bi-lingual publication published for 35 years – describes the Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation
Honorary Vice President
Executive General Secretary
Director Begazy-Tasmola Institute of History and Archaeology, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Docente universitario in Paleontologia e Scienze Naturali, Università di Urbino.
Luisa Cogliati Arano
Docente universitario in Storia dell’Arte e Storia della Miniatura. Profonda conoscitrice del genio di Leonardo.
Curatore Capo del Patrimonio, Responsabile dell’Unità Patrimoniale delle Collezioni Americane al Musée du quai Branly
Medico del Maria Hilf Hospital, Monchengladbach, Germania
Docente universitario, dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, Università di Bologna
Professore di Antropologia presso l'Arizona State University. Fondatore, presidente e direttore dell'Institute of Human Origins
Federico Kauffmann Doig
Direttore dell’Istituto di Archeologia Amazzonica, Lima, Perù.
Carl Lamberg Karlovsky
Professore di Antropologia alla Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Docente universitario in Storia dell’Arte moderna, Dipartimento di Design, Politecnico di Milano
Docente universitario in Storia dell’Architettura, IUAV, Venezia. In passato è stato Direttore dei Musei Civici e membro di Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti.
Paleontologo. E’ stato direttore del Museo Nazionale di Storia Naturale di Francia e presidente dell'Accademia delle Scienze
Docente di Antropologa, Università di Padova
Curatore del Museo dell’Africa Centrale, Terveren, Belgique
Vice Direttore dello Stone Age Institute, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Archeologo, antropologo ed etnografo. Specialista in antropologia religiosa e storia delle religioni.
Fales Frederick Mario
Professore di Archeologia del Vicino Oriente, Università di Udine.
Docente di Antropologia (Bio/08), Sapienza Università di Roma.
Curatrice Onoraria del Louvre Museum (1988-2006).
Alessandro Marzo Magno
Ligabue Magazine Editor
PR, Communication & Events
Ligabue Magazine Editorial Manager
Board Assistant & Secretary
Marta Dal Martello
Villaggio Globale International
The honorary president of the “Gruppo Ligabue”, Giancarlo Ligabue was born in Venice on 30 October 1931, the fourth child of Anacleto and Zita Mazzieri. From the late 1960s Ligabue developed and expanded worldwide the naval catering and services supply business, established by his father in 1919.
After studying economics in Venice, he obtained a Ph.D. in palaeontology from the Sorbonne, Paris. Throughout his life he divided his time between his activities as a palaeontologist and explorer and his commitments as an entrepreneur.
From 1962 he was president of the Reyer basketball club for almost 20 years. Under his guidance, the club returned to the top league and took its place among the great teams of Italian basketball. He was Honorary Consul to Sweden, a board member of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, a member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti and president of the Venice Natural History Museum (which houses hundreds of items that he donated, including a dinosaur skeleton).
In the 1970s he founded the Study and Research Centre that bears his name (for several years now his son Inti has also been involved in its management), headquartered in Venice. He took part in or directed – in collaboration with major world universities – 130 expeditions on all five continents. He made significant palaeontological and archaeological discoveries – some dinosaur exemplars are named after him – and also brought to light deposits of hominid fossils. He was awarded honorary degrees from five universities: Bologna, Venice, Modena, Lima (Peru) and Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). In 2000, in Paris, the Study and Research Centre was awarded the UNESCO prize for the popularization of science and commitment to museum activities. Popularising science was a crucial activity for Giancarlo, who founded and published the six-monthly bilingual Ligabue Magazine, now in its thirty-third year, and important series of books on archaeology, anthropology and ethnology. The most significant titles include Il Pane e la chiglia (1985), Battriana (1988), Prima dell’Alfabeto (1989), Popoli in bilico (1990), Mongolia (1992), Ecce homo (1999), and I cavalieri delle steppe (2000). He also produced over 70 documentaries, many of which were shown on television programs conducted by Piero and Alberto Angela and on other Italian and foreign TV networks. He was a councillor of the international WWF and a member of the European Parliament (also group leader) from 1994 to 1999 with Forza Italia. For many years he was chairman of the Veneto Committee of the Cancer Research Association (AIRC). He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Order of Merit for Culture and Artand was a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and a Commander of the Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden.
In 2005 in acknowledgement for his great contribution to cultural and entrepreneurial activities, he was awarded the Keys to the City of Venice.
Our much loved President Giancarlo Ligabue passed away on Sunday, 25 January 2015. We are convinced that the best way to show our gratitude and affection is to continue his work with dedication and enthusiasm.
Inti Ligabue represents the third generation in command of the Ligabue Group, which boasts almost 100 years of history.
He joined the company at the end of his university education in Business Administration at the University of Bologna, to which he added a Master's Degrees in Administration, Finance and Control at SDA Bocconi of Milan; in addition to other various other refresher courses.
Inti Ligabue has held a number of managerial positions in different divisions of the Group (cargo, ferries, ship supply, etc) bringing expertise, enthusiasm and determination to achieve ever more prestigious goals.
Since 2012, Inti Ligabue has been Chairman and CEO of the Group, which he guides in line with the vision and philosophy inherited from the founder, Anacleto Ligabue, and his father Giancarlo: to offer quality Food Services for maritime and energy industry markets.
At the same time, Inti Ligabue is also the President of the Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation, that inherit the cultural heritage of the Ligabue Study and Research Centre, founded in 1973 by his father. Indeed, Giancarlo, besides being a successful entrepreneur, was also a researcher, palaeontologist, explorer and academic.
Inti Ligabue was recently named Honorary President of the 15th edition of "Parcours des Mondes", the most important International Show on Primitive Arts, inaugurated in Paris on 6 September 2016.