Our organisation

The Costa Crociere Foundation Steering Committee comprises the Board of Directors, the Scientific Committee and the President. It supports the Foundation by promoting its strategic work and guiding operational activities.
The Board of Directors develops the mission, objectives and strategies in adherence with the constitution and the principles that inspire the Foundation, as well as the Staff’s recommendations.
It identifies the most impactful activities within the Foundation’s areas of interest, which include campaigns to protect the sea and the environment, and projects of high social value aimed at supporting vulnerable peoples and communities.
Its purpose is to set the general direction of the Foundation and to manage the donations and the project selection, based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee.
The ongoing conversations with the Foundation’s Staff, responsible for overseeing operations, and the Foundation’s various partners, endow the Board of Directors with the knowledge to assess the progress and the results achieved, to consider the value of past experiences and to implement change.

Our transparent process

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Costa Crociere Foundation is comprised of professionals and individuals from the job market and academia who operate based on the principles of openness and transparency, with the aim of defining the Foundation’s strategic direction, based on shared criteria, and supporting it in attaining its specific objectives and expected results.
The specific skills developed within CSR lead the Board to work with the utmost attention and integrity in pursuing the charitable aims of the Foundation, thus helping peoples and communities to improve their circumstances, and protecting the future of our Planet.
The Board ensures the resources made available by Costa Crociere are employed by prioritising the support of projects aimed at attaining lasting change, and endeavours to act respectfully in its dealings with candidates and beneficiaries in the fair allocation of such resources.
The contribution of the eight Board members is especially enhanced by their experience as result-oriented professionals, and converges with the social and environmental issues of interest to the Foundation in selecting the most effective approach and enacting real change.

  • Helen Alford

    Professor of Economy and Ethics, Deputy Rector and Deputy Principal of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University San Tommaso (Angelicum)

  • Sarah Kowalzik

    Secretary General of the Costa Crociere Foundation until May 2017, Sarah was the driving force behind its inception and growth, up to its consolidation.

  • Stefania Bertolini

    Secretary General CSR Network and Director of the “Istituto per i Valori d’Impresa” (ISVI), Stefania also teaches Corporate Sustainability and Business Administration

  • Beniamino Maltese

    Senior Vice President and CFO of Costa Group, Beniamino’s financial expertise and management skills helped transform Costa from a family business to a publicly listed company.

  • Laura Cannone

    Costa Brand Emergency Response & Business Continuity Director, Laura leads the Emergency Response and is Chairwoman of the Foundation.

  • Giuseppe Carino

    Costa Vice President Guest Experience and On Board Sales, Giuseppe turns mission statements into positive customer experiences at Costa.

  • Ugo Salerno

    Chairman and CEO of RINA, Italy’s supervisory body responsible for classifying, inspecting and testing in the marine, energy and transport sectors.

  • Paola Girdinio

    Board Member ENEL and Professor at University of Genoa, she is a leading expert and member of many environmental impact commissions.

  • Michael Thamm

    Chief Executive of the Costa Group and Carnival Asia, Michael redefined company strategy. As Chairman of CLIA Europe, he helped to reshape standards across the entire cruise industry, steering it towards responsible innovation and a more sustainable future.

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