“Compassion is not a religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama

World Centers of Compassion for Children International

WCCC-Italia Team Members


Laura Kiss, journalist, focused on science and technology, collaborates with various national and international newspapers. Writes for the weekly Business and Finance insert for La Repubblica daily newspaper. Member of Soka Gakkai Italy since 1993 she is Betty Williams' representative in Italy since 1998 and president of Wccc Italia Onlus.

Enzo Cursio, journalist, in charge of institutional relations of the Gorbachev Foundation, vice-president of the Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates, member since 1991 of the Soka Gakkai Italy, founding member of Wccc Italia Onlus, head of press office of Minister Giovanna Melandri, in charge of institutional relations for Wccc-Italy.

Rusti Findley, graduated in the United States  in Business Administration, has worked closely with Betty Williams since 1998. In the capacity of Executive Assistant for Wccc International, she has traveled extensively with Betty around the world and has dedicated herself to the work of changing the world for the children.

Debbie Williams, Betty's youngest daughter, for many years a nurse specialized in the care of oncological patients, now covers the full-time role of Representative for World Centers of Compassion for Children International at the European Parliament.

Fiora Bemporad, biologist, photographer and experienced holistic psycho-therapist has collaborated for numerous international institutions and carried out formation courses for the populace of Kosovo on behalf of the World Bank. For Wccc-Italy she develops and conducts Courses on Peace Education for Teachers.

Belinda Hollander, artist, sociologist, for many years involved in development projects in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For World Centers she takes care of the artistic coordination and is our Mediterranean Middle East liaise. She is involved in didactic publications for Education to Dialogue with the Beresheet LaShalom Foundation.

Milena Kaneva, Bulgarian film director, producer & journalist she moved to Italy in 1987 before the fall of the Berlin Wall, winner of the Vaclav Havel Special Award 2006 for her documentary Total Denial, the story of the case filed by 15 Burmese workers against Unocal/Total.  A powerful denunciation of the Burmese Military Junta.

Joanito Liberti, Laura's son, 23, has a degree in Biology and Ecology of Conservation, a Greenpeace member, song writer and musician, among the founding members of Wccc Italia, he takes care of coordinating youth initiatives for the Italian association.

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