International Confederation Structure:

President pro tempore of the Confederation:
Mrs Elena Tanou (2020-2022)
Vice-President Top Kinisis, Cyprus

Director of the Confederation:
Dr. Antonio Barone
Integrated Tourism and lifelong learning expert
Research Interest: Local development and Tourism

Executive Secretary:
Dr.ssa Sara Ferrari
Research Interest: Communication and enhancement of cultural and archaeological heritage, cultural tourism

Project Officer:
Dr.ssa Clara Mollica

Presidency Bureau

Dr.ssa Mª Nava Castro Domínguez, Director of Tourism Galicia
Xunta de Galicia (Spain)

Dr.ssa Carmen Maria Parra del Pino, General Director of Culture
Autonomous City of Melilla (Spain)

Dr.ssa Lucia Di Fatta, General Director of Tourism
Sicily Region (Italy)

Dr. Aldo Patruno, General Director of the Tourism Department
Puglia Region (Italy)

Dr. Stylianos Moraitis, President
Xanthi Chamber of Commerce (Greece)

Dr. Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, Executive Director
Pafos Regional Board of Tourism (Cyprus)

Dr. Wissam Zaarour, Mayor
Municipality of Byblos (Lebanon)

Scientific Committee

Coordinator of the Scientific Committee:
Prof. Paolo Ponzio
Director of the Department of Humanities (DISUM)
University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy)

Other Members:
Prof. Arturo Ruiz Rodriguez (President of the three-year period 2013-2016)
Full Professor of Prehistory, University of Jaén (Spain)
Research Interest: Archeology

Prof. Rachid Chamoun (President of the three-year period 2018-2020)
Director LAU – Louis Cardahi Foundation
Lebanese American University (Lebanon) – Byblos Campus
Research Interest: protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, cultural tourism

Prof.ssa Ksenija Keča
Head of International Relations Office and Senior Lecturer
Libertas International University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Research Interest: International Relations and Tourism Management

Prof. Karsten Xuereb
Research Officer at Ministry for Culture Malta
Research Interest: Cultural Policy

Prof.ssa Wided Majdoub
Director of the Department of Management and Marketing
University of Sousse (Tunisia)
Research Interest: Economics, Marketing and Development

Prof. Kostantinos Tziampasis
Archaeologist, Individual expert (Greece)
Research Interest: Archeology and cultural enhancement

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The Scientific Committee is set up to perform the following functions:

a) examine the documents related to new applications for membership, express opinions and confirm the scientific importance of the documents on the basis of the provisions in force;

b) express opinions on the activities proposed in the Confederation’s work plan;

c) make proposals;

d) monitor the scientific quality of the activities carried out and the presence of the expected eligibility requirements;

e) monitor the scientific quality of international promotional material;

f) draw up an annual report on the activities carried out.

In addition to the annual meeting at the General Assembly of the Phoenicians’ Route, the members of the Scientific Committee are asked to give their opinion on the candidacies of new members and on the consistency of the activities carried out during the year compared to the objectives established by the General Assembly.

Moreover, the Scientific Committee is required to make contributions through specific research, often subject of both academic publications and international scientific dissemination at events, conferences, seminars, forums, through practical means such as educational activities and in contexts in which members of the Committee operate individually and in specific activities of the Cultural Route.

The work of the Scientific Committee is sometimes supported and supported by the Technical Steering Committee.

Each National Network will be able to create a Scientific Committee of the Network with different competencies and research areas, for example:

  • Archaeology and history
  • Tourism sciences and local development
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Cultural management, culture economy, cultural policies, cultural management
  • Communication and sustainable development

The members of the Scientific Committees of the Networks may also be appointed to join the Transversal Thematic Commissions to support the work of the Scientific Committee mentioned above.

Technical Steering Committee

Unit: Development of Smart Ways and sustainable maritime routes
Dr. Antonio Barone
Dr. Angelofabio Attolico
Dr. Osama Hamdan
Dr. Manuel Peregrina

Unit: enhancement of cultural and museum sites
Dr.ssa Marialucia Giacco
Dr. Antoine Lahoud
Dr. Marco Marinuzzi
Dr.ssa Eleonora Sandrelli
Dr.ssa Sharon Sultana
Dott.ssa Elena Ruiz Valderas

Unit: development of international cooperation
Dott. Elio Štifanić
Dott.ssa Nana Asmeni Pavlou

Unit: enhancement of products and territories related to the Mediterranean diet (Taste Maps)
Dr. Valter Giuliani

Unit: enhancement of the brand and image of the Phoenicians’ Route
Dr. Enzo Finocchiaro
Dr. Sandrine Modolo

Committee of Honor

Honorary Presidents of the Phoenicians’ Route

Prof. Xavier Nieto Prieto (Former President 2010-2012)
Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB) of the 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Dr. Walter Cabasino (Former President 2012-2014)
Former Mayor of the Municipality of Pula (Sardinia)

Prof. Arturo Ruiz Rodriguez (Former President 2014-2016)
University of Jaén (Spain)

Prof. Giovanni Brizzi (Former President 2016-2018)
University of Bologna (Italy)

Prof. Michel Thomas-Penette (Former Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe)

Prof. Rachid Chamoun (Former President 2018-2020)
LAU Lebanese American University (Lebanon)