Pontifical Foundation Gravissimum Educationis

Governance

The Foundation is managed by a Board of Administration chaired by the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, accompanied by a Vice-President.

The Board is supported by the Scientific Committee, which is responsible for proposing the activities to be undertaken, and by the Assembly of Sponsors, consisting of those who share the activities of the Foundation and promote them by putting into place material and human resources.

The ordinary administration is entrusted to the General-Secretariat. It is coordinated by a Secretary-General, to whom report the Treasurer, an Administrative Advisor, and the so-called Ambassadors, who promote the Foundation on different continents.

The Board of Auditors ensures proper financial management.

President

The President legally represents the Foundation. He chairs the Board of Administration and the Scientific Committee.

His Eminence CARDINAL GIUSEPPE VERSALDI - Italy

PRESIDENT

The President of the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation is Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Born in Villarboit (Vercelli), he was ordained a priest on June 29, 1967. At the Gregorian Pontifical University he obtained a licence in Psychology and a master degree in Canon Law. He was Anthropology Professor at the Rota Romana Study and an Ordinary Professor at the Gregorian University. In 2007, he was appointed Bishop of Alexandria; From 2011 to 2015, he was President of the Holy See's Economic Affairs Prefecture. Meanwhile, in 2012, Benedict XVI made him a cardinal. Today he is Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Gregorian University and of the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú.

Vice-President

The Vice-President substitutes the President. He is a member of the Board of Administration and of the Scientific Committee.

His Excellence Archbishop VINCENZO ZANI - Italy

VICE-PRESIDENT

The Vice-President of the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation is Archbishop Vincenzo Zani, Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

He holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and a degree in Social Sciences from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was the President of the Study Center for Catholic Education of the Italian Episcopal Conference and Director of the National Office for Education, School and University. In 2012, after having been its Under-Secretary, he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He is a member of the Board of Administration of the Institute Giuseppe Toniolo (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan), of the LUMSA University of Rome and of the University of Our Lady of the Good Council of Tirana, Albania.

Board of Administration

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Administration composed of 9 members. It is up to the Board of Administration to appoint the Vice-President, the Secretary-General and the members of the Scientific Committee, to adopt the acts of extraordinary administration and to approve the budget and the balance sheet.

His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe VERSALDI (PRESIDENT) - Italy

Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Born in Villarboit (Vercelli), he was ordained a priest on June 29, 1967. At the Gregorian Pontifical University he obtained a licence in Psychology and a master degree in Canon Law. He was Anthropology Professor at the Rota Romana Study and an Ordinary Professor at the Gregorian University. In 2007, he was appointed Bishop of Alexandria; From 2011 to 2015, he was President of the Holy See's Economic Affairs Prefecture. Meanwhile, in 2012, Benedict XVI made him a cardinal. Today he is Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Gregorian University and of the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú.

 

His Excellence Archbishop VINCENZO ZANI - Italy

Representative of the Congregation for Catholic Education

He holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and a degree in Social Sciences from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was the President of the Study Center for Catholic Education of the Italian Episcopal Conference and Director of the National Office for Education, School and University. In 2012, after having been its Under-Secretary, he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He is a member of the Board of Administration of the Institute Giuseppe Toniolo (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan), of the LUMSA University of Rome and of the University of Our Lady of the Good Council of Tirana, Albania.

 

Prof. Msgr. Guy-Réal THIVIERGE (SECRETARY-GENERAL) - Canada

Representative of the Congregation for Catholic Education

He graduated from the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He then obtained a degree in Sacred Scripture and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in Rome. He taught Christian anthropology and christology in Canada and Rome. Since 1994, he has been Director of the Center of Coordination of Research of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC), of which he was Secretary General from 2001 to 2016. He is a consultant to the Congregation for Catholic Education since 2004 and currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Holy See's Office for the Evaluation and Promotion of the Quality of Universities and Faculties of the Church (AVEPRO). In 2010, after six years of presidency, he was appointed President Emeritus of the Centre International Catholique de Coopération avec l'UNESCO.

 

On hold

Representative of the Assembly of Sponsors

 

On hold

Representative of the Assembly of Sponsors

 

Prof. Rosa APARICIO GOMEZ - Colombia

Representative of the Scientific Committee

Rosa Aparicio holds a PhD in Political Science and Sociology and a Diploma in Clinical Psychology. She was a professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the Pontifical University of Comillas. She was also director of the Migracione International Contemporanea Program. Today she is a professor at the Ortega y Gasset Research Institute. She has been a member of the Board of Administration of the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xeno-Phobia (EUMC). In addition, she directs the magazine Migraciones, edited by the Institute of Studies on Migrations. She is also the president of the Forum for the Social Integration of Immigrants. She is author of works on migratory movements like Hijos de inmigrantes que se hacen adultos: marro-quíes, dominicanos, peruanos y Las asociaciones de inmigrantes de España: una visión de conjunto.

 

Prof. Paolo CERUZZI - Italy

Representative of the Scientific Committee

Chartered accountant, he is professor in charge of a course on "Business Economics for private, public and non-profit enterprises" at the Pontifical Lateran University and a Contract professor for the Master program in Management of Local Hospitals and Sanitation" at the University of Turin. He has been a consultant to the Holy See's Office of Economic Affairs and auditor of government entities; he has held numerous positions for the ministries of Economy, Health, and Education. Today he is an auditor of many companies.

 

Dr. Marc DE MONTPELLIER - France

Assigned by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See

Doctor of Law and of Economics, specialist in Corporate Finance, he worked for the BNP Paribas bank, the leading financial services group, dealing particularly with the sector of Catholic international organizations. He holds courses at La Sagesse University (Lebanon) and is visiting professor at the State University of Moscow. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Management Committee of the Ex Corde Ecclesiæ Foundation, established by the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC). With his wife, he was interested in interreligious dialogue.

 

Dr. Fabio PERUGIA - Italy

Assigned by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See

Graduated in Communication Sciences, he worked for the newspaper "Il Tempo" and was responsible for communication for private companies and non-profit organizations. Today he is in charge of the World Jewish Congress for Media Relations in Italy, the spokesperson of the Jewish Community of Rome and the Chief of the press office of the Israeli Hospital.

 

Secretary-general

The Secretary General coordinates the General Secretariat to which all the activities of the Foundation, in their ordinary management, report.

Prof. Msgr. Guy-Réal THIVIERGE - Canada

SECRETARY-GENERAL

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He graduated from the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He then obtained a degree in Sacred Scripture and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in Rome. He taught Christian anthropology and christology in Canada and Rome. Since 1994, he has been Director of the Center of Coordination of Research of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC), of which he was Secretary General from 2001 to 2016. He is a consultant to the Congregation for Catholic Education since 2004 and currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Holy See's Office for the Evaluation and Promotion of the Quality of Universities and Faculties of the Church (AVEPRO). In 2010, after six years of presidency, he was appointed President Emeritus of the Centre International Catholique de Coopération avec l'UNESCO.

Administrative Advisor

The Secretary-General is assisted by an Administrative Advisor who carries out the procedures, project management and the Foundation's communication.

Dr. Nicola Tomasoni – Italy

ADMINISTRATIVE ADVISOR

tomasoni@ge.va

Born in Castione della Presolana (Bergamo), he obtained a Licence Degree in Letters from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Brescia) and a Master's Degree in Communication, Information and Publishing at the University of Bergamo. He belongs to the Journalists' Order. He was editor at local TV stations and newspapers. He has worked at the Ministry of Education, University and Research, at the Bergamo Office of Education and, since 2015, at the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is made up of people who are experts in Catholic education or have relevant roles in Catholic education or university institutions. It is up to the Scientific Committee to propose to the Board of Administration the activities to be undertaken to achieve the aims of the Foundation.

 

 

Prof. Alvin P. Ang - PHILIPINES

Professor Ang graduated with a licence degree in Economics from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila). He went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore (Singapore Government Scholar) and obtained his PhD in Applied Economics from Osaka University (Japan). Dr. Ang is a Professor of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University. He currently sits on the Board of the Philippine Economics Society after serving as its President (2013). He is also the Former Director of Research for Culture, Education and Social Issues at the University of Santo Thomas. His current areas of research include: labor and development dconomics, competition, privatization and public finance.

 

Prof. Rosa APARICIO GOMEZ – COLOMBIA / SPAIN

Rosa Aparicio holds a PhD in Political Science and Sociology and a Diploma in Clinical Psychology. She was a professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the Pontifical University of Comillas. She was also director of the Migracione International Contemporanea Program. Today she is a professor at the Ortega y Gasset Research Institute. She has been a member of the Board of Administration of the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xeno-Phobia (EUMC). In addition, she directs the magazine Migraciones, edited by the Institute of Studies on Migrations. She is also the president of the Forum for the Social Integration of Immigrants. She is author of works on migratory movements like Hijos de inmigrantes que se hacen adultos: marro-quíes, dominicanos, peruanos y Las asociaciones de inmigrantes de España: una visión de conjunto.

 

Prof. Paolo CERUZZI – ITALY

Chartered accountant, he is professor in charge of a course on "Business Economics for private, public and non-profit enterprises" at the Pontifical Lateran University and a Contract professor for the Master program in Management of Local Hospitals and Sanitation" at the University of Turin. He has been a consultant to the Holy See's Office of Economic Affairs and auditor of government entities; he has held numerous positions for the ministries of Economy, Health, and Education. Today he is an auditor of many companies.

 

Prof. Pier Sandro COCCONCELLI - ITALY

He graduated in Agrarian Studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in 1982 and then specialized in Molecular Biology at the Food Research Institute in Reading (Great Britain) and at the Biological Process Technology Institute of the University of Minnesota (USA), where he was assistant professor. Today he is Professor of Food Microbiology at the Specialized Food Quality and Safety Department of the Catholic Sacred Heart University (Piacenza). He is a member of FAO's Codex Alimentarius Working Group "Analysis Methods", working as an expert at the Ministry of Education, University and Research for the Evaluation of Industrial Research Projects. He conducts expert scientific food risk assessment at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

 

Prof. Jorge BAEZA CORREA – CHILE

Professor Jorge Baeza Correa is a sociologist at the University of Chile, Rector of the Catholic University Silva Henríquez, for the period that runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. He has served as an academic in the Department of Sociology of the Catholic University Silva Henríquez (UCSH) since 1985 and is attached as an academic researcher of the Center for Studies in Youth (CEJU). Likewise, he has held various positions and relevant tasks at the Ministry of Education, along with publishing leading research and publications. He is currently a member of the Continental Commission of the Network of Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) and the CLACSO Working Group on Youth and Political Practices in Latin America.

 

Rev. Samson EHEMBA, Sch.P. - SENEGAL

He holds a degree in Social Work: special education option (State diploma) from the National School of Social Workers of Senegal; Bachelor in Theology from the Theological Institute of Ngoya (Cameroon); Bachelor in Philosophy from the Center Saint-Augustin (Senegal). Professional experience: with the Jacques Chirac Center (Dakar): a drug-treatment center for young drug addicts in a conflict situation with the law (November 2010-April 2011); with the Children's Empire: Reception center for street children (placement in a professional situation, (January 2012-March 2012), with the Collège de Thiaroye (Dakar): accompaniment of children who are stuck and failing in school, as a social worker (2012-2013). Today, educational leader of the Association Education Solidaire of Senegal (AES).

 

Prof. Italo FIORIN – ITALY

Professor Italo Fiorin is Director of the School of Higher Learning "Educare all'Incontro e alla Solidarietà” set up at the LUMSA University of Rome. At the same university, he is a lecturer in General Teaching and Pedagogy and special Teaching, President of the Degree in Primary Education Sciences and Director of the Humanitas Service Center. He also holds positions in national and international institutions: he is the Coordinator of the Scientific Committee responsible for the “National indicators for the kindergarten and first grade education”, established by the Ministry of Education, University and Research; He is Consultant to the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See.

 

Prof. Stefania GANDOLFI – ITALY

Degree in Literature at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, PhD at the IHEID (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) of Geneva. Professor of Pedagogy of Human Rights and Pedagogy of International Cooperation at the University of Bergamo and, at the same university, responsible person for the UNESCO Chair "Human Rights and Ethics of International Cooperation". Her research activity is also dedicated to formation projects and international cooperation in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. President of the Vittorio Chizzolini Onlus Association, operating in the field of international cooperation; member of the Council of the Oidel (Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education - Geneva), member of the Observatory of Diversity and Cultural Rights of Friborg.

 

Rev. Michael J. GARANZINI, s.j. - USA

Past president of Loyola University Chicago (2001-2015), nowadays he is Chancellor of the same university. From 2011, Father Garanzini serves as the Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus. In this role, he assists the Father General, coordinating and championing Jesuit higher education around the world. Father Garanzini played an important role in teaching and administration leadership in various Jesuit institutions of higher learning (Georgetown, Fordham, Saint Louis, Rockhurst Universities and Gregorian University). Father Garanzini serves on the following boards of trustees: the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU); the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities; the Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Catholic Schools; the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation; and LIFT-Chicago.

 

Prof. Julia María GONZÁLEZ FERRERAS - SPAIN

Doctorate at University of Oxford (St. Hugh’s College) on Urban Geography and Demography (Migration Studies); Bachelor of Arts on History and Geography at University College of Dublin. From October 2003 to April 2012 she was Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Deusto where she worked since 1984. At present she is the President of “Education for an Interdependent World” and General Secretary of the Teresian Association. She is also Senior Advisor of the Tuning Academy and member of the Board of the Tuning Educational Journal.

 

Rev. Franco IMODA, s.j. - ITALY

Jesuit Priest, he obtained the licenses in Philosophy (Rome) and in Theology (Turin), and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Chicago. At the Pontifical Gregorian University, he has been Director of the Institute of Psychology, Vice-Rector and Rector (1998-2004). In 2003, he became officer of the French Legion of Honor and in 2004 he became a member of the Russian Academy of Science. His writings include books and many articles published on psychology and spiritual development topics. He is a consultant to the Congregation for Catholic Education and, from 2007-2017, he has been President of the Holy See's Office for the Evaluation and Promotion of the Quality of Universities and Faculties of the Church (AVEPRO).

 

Dr. Carina Iris ROSSA – ARGENTINA

Dr. Carina Iris Rossa graduated in Psychopedagogical Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and holds a Master in Conflict Management from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she has been responsible for the Conflict prevention area and coordinator for the university's projects for Social Responsibility. She then worked at the National University of Rosario in Argentina and at CLAYSS (Latinoamerican Centre for Service Learning). Today she is Co-director of the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes Chairs Program; Counselor for New Humanity International Educational Programs.

 

Prof. Msgr. Guy-Réal THIVIERGE - CANADA

He graduated from the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He then obtained a degree in Sacred Scripture and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in Rome. He taught Christian anthropology and christology in Canada and Rome. Since 1994, he has been Director of the Center of Coordination of Research of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC), of which he was Secretary General from 2001 to 2016. He is a consultant to the Congregation for Catholic Education since 2004 and currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Holy See's Office for the Evaluation and Promotion of the Quality of Universities and Faculties of the Church (AVEPRO). In 2010, after six years of presidency, he was appointed President Emeritus of the Centre International Catholique de Coopération avec l'UNESCO.

 

Prof. Stefano ZAMAGNI – ITALY

Graduated in Economics and Commerce at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, he specialized at the Linacre College of the University of Oxford. He taught economics at the Universities of Parma and Bocconi in Milan before becoming an ordinary of Political Economy at the University of Bologna and an associate professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University. From 2007 to 2012 he was President of the Third Sector Italian Agency (Milan). He is a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

 

His Excellence Archbishop VINCENZO ZANI - ITALY

He holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and a degree in Social Sciences from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was the President of the Study Center for Catholic Education of the Italian Episcopal Conference and Director of the National Office for Education, School and University. In 2012, after having been its Under-Secretary, he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He is a member of the Board of Administration of the Institute Giuseppe Toniolo (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan), of the LUMSA University of Rome and of the University of Our Lady of the Good Council of Tirana, Albania.

The Assembly of Sponsors

The Assembly of Sponsors composed of people and legal entities who share the aims of the Foundation, and support and promote them with financial or other contributions.


Still to be assembled.

Treasurer

The responsibilities of the Treasurer, under the supervision of the President, include the execution of the transactions approved by the Board of Administration, the administration and accounting management of the Foundation, the preparation of the budget and the financial statements to be submitted for approval to the Board of Administration.

Prof. Paolo CERUZZI – ITALY

Chartered accountant, he is professor in charge of a course on "Business Economics for private, public and non-profit enterprises" at the Pontifical Lateran University and a Contract professor for the Master program in Management of Local Hospitals and Sanitation" at the University of Turin. He has been a consultant to the Holy See's Office of Economic Affairs and auditor of government entities; he has held numerous positions for the ministries of Economy, Health, and Education. Today he is an auditor of many companies.

Board of Auditors

The Board of Auditors will monitor the financial management, the balance sheet and income statement of the Foundation; ensure proper reporting and accounting; examine the budget and the financial statements, drawing up a specific report to be submitted to the Board of Administration; carry out audits on cash and management at any time it deems appropriate.
 

The Board of Auditors consists of three members appointed by the President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Dr. Paolo BUZZONETTI

Dr. Salvatore COLITTA

Dr. Federico MANZONI

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