The Governing Council of the Friends of the Decani Monastery has been comprised of the following members:



"We are moved by destruction of the Buddhas of Afghanistan and we do nothing about the Orthodox Christian monuments? It’s as if San Marco in Venice is being destroyed and not a single intellectual lifts a finger." This was an outcry of Massimo Cacciari, a columnist of the Corriere della Sera daily, written in March 2004.

Born in Venice in 1944, he is a refined philosopher, academic, intellectual of the European upbringing, politically engaged and two times elected Mayor of the lagoon city of Venice. His works are innovative: Krisis, Negative Thinking and Rationalization, From Steinhoff, Icons of the Law, The Necessary Angel, The Beginning, The Last Thing, Hamletica. Among his many awards, the most notable is an honorary degree in Architecture, awarded by the University of Genoa in 2003, as well as an honorary degree in Political Science, awarded by the University of Bucharest in 2007.



Colonel of the Carabinieri and the Head of the Command Office of the Provincial Police Command Centre in Pisa. Born in 1961, he attended the prestigious "Nunziatella" military school in Naples and 162° "Honor" course at the Military Academy in Modena. He held numerous operational posts, both in Italy and abroad, in challenging peacekeeping missions. During his professional experience in Kosovo, he became fascinated by the Monastery of Dečani and its monastic community. He received various honours and medals, including: The NATO Medal for military operations in the former Yugoslavia, the Silver Medal of the Italian Red Cross, Memorial Cross for the Peacekeeping (Kosovo), Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Knight of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantine Order of St. George of Naples.



Major General and Commander of the 1st Operational Defense Forces (DOF) of the Defense Forces Command, he was the Commander of the Italian-German Brigade of the KFOR mission in Kosovo from May to November 2005. He held prestigious command posts in various theaters of operation. A military helicopter pilot since 1983, has served in the 1st AVES "Antares" Regiment in Viterbo where he also became a Flight Instructor. He received various honours and medals, most notably: Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Knight of the Military Order of Italy, Bronze Medal for Military Valor, Grand White Cross of the Military Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Spain, Gold Cross of Merit of the German Armed Forces, Gold Cross of Merit of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, Honorary Knight  of the Spanish Legion.


     Art historian with special expertise in Medieval art, he lectures at the University of Udine. He has been a visiting lecturer at several universities around Europe and in the USA. For some time, he has been interested in Serbian art within the framework of his interest in the Byzantine art, which has left its legacy in Serbia through several major monuments, dating from the XII and the XIV centuries. Repeatedly invited to international conferences, organized by the Institute of History of Art and the Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, he received an honorary degree of the University of Belgrade in 2010 for his special interest in the Serbian Medieval art heritage. He co-edited the academic journal "Zograf", published by the Institute of History of Art in Belgrade. Among his many contributions, the most notable are the following: Kosovo: Past, Present and Future of its Endangered Christian Monuments, Churches and Monasteries in Kosovo: A Testimony of Christian Civilization in Peril, Serbian Orthodox Christian Heritage That Ought To Be Saved, Painting of The Byzantine  Serbia and Italy.


    "After the war, with incalculable consequences of death and devastation, we must rebuild the peace and the reasons for cohabitation. This is the challenge that guided us to Kosovo. Possessing an extraordinary cultural heritage of the Orthodox Christian Serbs and the Muslim Ottoman Empire, this land is worth intervening for: from the symbol of division and hatred, it can be turned into the place of a valuable opportunity for dialogue and mutual recognition."

Born in 1942, Nino Sergi is the president of the INTERSOS humanitarian organization, based in Rome that operates in the crises zones, bringing in emergency relief, dealing with the subsequent reconstruction and facilitating resumption of a dialogue. Raised by Calabrian parents, he grew up in Piedmont. His studies, which took him to the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, and, further, to France, provided him with a clear view of the world and humanity. At the age of 24, he travelled to Africa where he developed his interest in helping the needy, which subsequently became his vocation that he pursued over the years, in various forms, from the issues of immigration to the grave humanitarian needs in the theatres of war.