ISSNAF is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to connect, empower and celebrate the Italian Intellectual Diaspora in North America, connecting more than 3000 scholars, researchers and technologists in North America. We promote networking and cultural, scientific, academic and technological cooperation within our community and with public and private organizations in North America and in Italy.
ISSNAF is honored and proud to be under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.
ISSNAF was established in 2007 by 36 prominent Italian scientists and scholars in North America, among them four Nobel Prize recipients, under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.
At ISSNAF, we believe that the Italian intellectual talent is a powerful resource for the benefit of humanity. Professionals who have been educated in Italy and have moved to North America bring a unique intellectual and cultural make-up, valuable not only to their professional fields but to their peers in North America and to Italy. We strive to make the Italian intellectual diaspora in North America accessible, nurtured and recognized.
Our mission can be summarized as:
Connecting our members with the ISSNAF community and with research, development and academic organizations in Italy
Empowering our members, by supporting early-career members and promoting collaborations and exchanges
Celebrating our members’ achievements with Awards and media highlights
*The Italian Intellectual Diaspora in North America is comprised of the scholars, scientists and technologists who 1. are first generation Italians; 2. hold a university degree; 3. conduct, or have conducted research or development in any discipline; 4. have, or have had, at least one year of affiliation with a public or private institution in North America.
ISSNAF is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California.
The President of ISSNAF is the face of the organization, and promotes and exemplifies the values of ISSNAF.
Board of Directors
The ISSNAF Board of Directors is the highest duly constituted authority of the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation. Directors provide leadership and play a vital role in maintaining a high scholarly profile, fundraising, building partnerships, and advocating for the organization. Directors commit time to the service of the organization and are expected to participate in at least one Committee and endeavor to ensure the success of the organization. The Board elects a Chair and Vice Chair to manage the work of the Board.
Directors will serve for an initial period of two years. The appointment is renewable in yearly increments up to a total of five continuous years of service, after which a two-year period must elapse before they can serve on the Board again.
The President and Directors are required to financially support ISSNAF and make a yearly donation as generous as possible.
Standing Committees of the Board
The Standing Committees of the Board are permanent committees, composed of Board members and other qualified individuals who help guide ISSNAF in its strategic and operational needs. The Committee Chair is a member of the Board of Directors.
The Executive Committee focuses on the most operational aspects of the foundation.
The Governance Committee focuses on supporting the Board of Directors, making sure that the board composition is balanced, and recruiting is active
The Young ISSNAF Committee focuses on the needs of early-career members, by developing appropriate programs and tools
The Membership Committee focuses on growing the membership and supporting the Chapters
The Scientific Council Committee focuses on the discipline-level leadership, the integrity and high quality of the research awards, and the long-range plans for ISSNAF scholarly programs and activities. It coordinates the ISSNAF scientific programs and access to resources
The Strategy and Development Committee focuses on the value proposition, the long-range plans and identification and cultivation of stakeholders and sponsors
The Scientific Council focuses on the discipline-level leadership, the integrity and high quality of the research awards and the long-range plans for ISSNAF scholarly programs and activities. It coordinates the ISSNAF scientific programs and access to resources.
The Chair is a member of the ISSNAF Board of Directors, whereas the members are not required to be. The members are chosen by the Committee amongst outstanding leaders in their fields of research through a nomination process.
Specifically, the Scientific Council will:
Provide intellectual leadership in disciplines area
Provide intellectual leadership of ISSNAF events
Manage ISSNAF Awards
Manage fellowship sponsored by ISSNAF or by third parties
Support ISSNAF leadership with requests from embassy, consulates and other entities as subject matter experts.
Find here the members of the Scientific Council.
The Honorary Board is comprised of both individuals who have distinguished themselves for their service to the organization and represents its heritage, and Individuals of Italian origin with a distinguished career in any discipline of research.
The Honorary Board appointment does not expire.
Specifically the Honorary Board members will
Be goodwill ambassadors for ISSNAF
Support ISSNAF activities as distinguished scholars and speakers
Support Young ISSNAF as mentors and champions.
The Honorary Board is led by a Chair elected yearly by the Honorary Board, who is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
Honorary Board Members
Dr. Vito Campese, Chair, Emeritus Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Dr. Giorgio Bellettini, Professor, Physics Department, University of Pisa
Dr. Dr. Emilio Bizzi, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland
Dr. Mauro Ferrari, Former President, European Research Council
Dr. Roberto Peccei, Former Vice Chancellor, University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Distinguished Professor, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Presidential Chair Professor, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California
Advisors are individuals with desirable skills and expertise, appointed by the Board of Directors for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal. Advisors provide guidance to the Board of Directors on strategic matters and discipline areas and programs.