- Highlighting the work of recent Bellagio Center residents and conveners who are driving progress on globally pressing issues.
- Stories and the impact which the Bellagio Center network of residents and conveners is having on contemporary ideas.
- In 2022, we welcomed 102 residents to the Bellagio Center. Coming from all over the world and representing a wide cross-section of expertise and cultural experience, our 2022 residents are some of the most ambitious, innovative, and committed leaders of our time.
- The Bellagio Center has a record of major impact, from meetings that led to the Green Revolution and the Global AIDS vaccine initiative, to residencies that have furthered the work of some of the world’s leading thinkers and creators. Learn more about the history of the center.
More About the Bellagio Center
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center is a 50 acre property located at the heart of Lake Como in Northern Italy. The Foundation’s proud history with the Bellagio Center began in 1959, when Ella Holbrook Walker, the American Principessa della Torre e Tasso donated the property to the Foundation “for the promotion of international understanding.” For over 60 years the Center has supported many meaningful advances through its residency and conference programs and is globally renowned for fostering cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange.
Each year the Bellagio residency program offers up to 100 best-in-class practitioners, scholars, writers, policy makers and artists from around the world month-long residencies to advance their work and engage with a globally diverse community of residents. Former residents include Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, renowned authors Maya Angelou and Michael Ondaatji, and international policy makers such as Mary Robinson and Montek Ahluwalia.
The Center also hosts approximately 55 week-long international convenings each year organized by a variety of institutions from around the world, including several which are directly funded by the Foundation. The Center’s prestige and its prime location enable gatherings that bring together decision makers from across sectors and Bellagio has served as the launching pad for landmark initiatives such as the Green Revolution for agriculture, the Forum for African Women Educationalists, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the field of impact investing.
- Dec 08 2023Statement by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, on Leveraging Special Drawing Rights To Fund Climate and Development Efforts
- Dec 04 2023Resilient Cities Network and Yale University Join Forces To Tackle the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health in Cities
- Dec 04 2023The Rockefeller Foundation Zero Gap Fund Investee, Blue Forest, Successfully Completes Its Forest Resilience Bond Pilot