Speakers at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

Zerocalcare, aka Michele Rech, is an Italian cartoonist and author of “Kobane Calling”, a graphic novel that recounts the struggle of the Kurdish people on the border between Syria and Turkey who have become the world’s most potent symbol of resistance against ISIS.
Miguel Altieri
University professor
Miguel Altieri is one of world’s leading experts in agroecology. He is the author of more than 200 publications, including “Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture” (2013). He is a Professor of Agroecology at the University of Berkeley in California.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Film director and photographer
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a film director, photographer, journalist and environmental activist. He has directed internationally acclaimed documentaries, including “Home” (2009) and “Human” (2015).
Carolyn Christov Bakargiev
Director of the Castello di Rivoli and the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAM) in Turin
She is the director of the GAM in Turin (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) and of the Castello di Rivoli. She is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts on contemporary art.
Alberto Barbera
Director of the National Museum of Cinema
Alberto Barbera is a cinema critic, director of the Italian National Museum of Cinema in Turin and the artistic director of the Venice Film Festival.
Franco Berrino
Franco Berrino is a doctor and epidemiologist: he has worked at the National Cancer Institute in Milan since 1975. He is one of the leading experts on the relationship between nutrition and health: he advocates the importance of a balanced diet in the prevention of cancer.
Valerio Borgianelli
Member of the Slow Food educational commission
He has been working on educative gardens for the last 10 years, though in the meantime he has been heavily involved in the music scene. He traces the journey that food makes backwards, from the fork to the field, exploring value chains, political dynamics and everything else behind a plate of pasta.
José Bové
Member of the European Parliament
José Bové is a farmer, activist, syndicalist and member of the European Parliament. He is the author of numerous books, including “The World Is Not for Sale: Farmers Against Junk Food” (2001) and “The Food for the Future: Agriculture for a Global Age” (2005) written with Francis Dufour.
Michel Bras
Michel Bras is inextricably attached to his native region of Aubrac in France. He is a master of local and territorial gastronomy, and head chef at the eponymous “Michel Bras” restaurant (with three Michelin Stars). In 2002 he opened a restaurant in Japan and a brasserie in Rodez.
Gian Carlo Caselli
As a magistrate he was involved in large investigations on terrorism and the mafia. He is now the director the observatory for the fight against agribusiness crimes at Coldiretti.
Don Luigi Ciotti
He is an Italian priest and social activist, working with Gruppo Abele to help drug addicts and also with Libera, an association fighting the mafia.
Tiziana Di Masi
As a theatrical actress she has worked with Moni Ovadia, Carlo Lucarelli, Daniele Biacchessi, Oliviero Beha, Marco Baliani, Gigi Dall'Aglio and many more.
Ron Finley
Gangsta gardener
Ron Finley is an artist, designer and guerilla gardener. He grew up in the southern part of Los Angeles. Today he is committed to educating communities on nutrition through urban gardens. His project has since been turned into a documentary film by executive producer John Legend, “Can you dig this?” (2015).
Christian Greco
Director of Museo Egizio di Torino
Egyptologist and professor at The University of Leiden, Christian Greco is the director of the Museo Egizio in Turin and curator of one of the most important egyptian collections in Europe at the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.
Amar Kanwar
Amar Kanwar was born in New Delhi in 1964. He is a film director and multimedia artist, investigating the relationship between mankind, the environment and landscapes using poetic language.
Serge Latouche
Serge Latouche is a French economist and philosopher, famous for his analysis and critic of Western economic systems and for his proposed alternative: the degrowth theory. He is emeritus professor of economics at the Universiry of Paris-Sud and at the Institut d'études du devoloppement économique et social in Paris.
Anuradha Mittal
Founder of Oakland Institute
A renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues, in 2004 she founded the prestigious and innovative Oakland Institute, an independent think tank that works on issues around land rights, agroecology, sustainable food systems and climate change.
Edward Mukiibi
Vice president of Slow Food
Edie Mukiibi is an agronomist and vice president of Slow Food International. He lives and works in Uganda, where he has created 75 vegetable gardens, 5 Slow Food Presidia and an Earth Market together with a group of passionate youngsters.
Marion Nestle
University professor
Expert in nutrition and food politics. She is the author of best selling books, such as “Food Politics” (2002) and “Soda Politics” (2015).
Edward Loure Ole Parmelo
Winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize
Edward Loure is a Maasai tribe leader as well as a management graduate. He fights against land grabbing in his home country, having already saved 80.000 hectares of Maasai land in Tanzania. He is the winner of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa (Nobel Prize for the Environment).
Andrea Pezzana
Doctor and university professor
Director of the department of Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition at the San Giovanni Hospital, he is also a professor at the University of Turin in the department of Medicine and Surgery.
Altin Prenga
Altin Prenga arrived in Italy in 1998 on a boat, and then spent 10 years there before returning to his native Albania. There he opened Mrizi i Zanave, one of the most important restaurants in the country with over 300 local farmer families providing produce and ingredients. Alting Prenga is the heart and soul of Slow Food’s Chef Alliance in Albania.
Olivier Roellinger
Olivier Roellinger, a great fan of spices and the finest produce from Brittany (France), has become only the fourth French chef to give up a three-star Michelin restaurant to share a simpler way of cooking with his guests.
Malak Said Ahmed Rouchdy
University lecturer and researcher
Malak S. Rouchdy is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
Yacouba Sawadogo
Yacouba Sawadogo is a farmer of Burkina Faso, also known as “The man who stopped the desert”. He brought a part of the Sahel desert back to life using traditional agroforestry techniques, which are being studied across the world.
Gino Strada
Founder of Emergency
Gino Strada is a surgeon and pacifist. Along with his wife Teresa Sarti, he is the founder of Emergency, an Italian non-profit organization that offers free medical and surgical assistance to victims of wars, landmines and poverty.
Kathleen Sykes
She is a leading expert in the development of policies for healthy aging and environmental sustainability. She serves on the Mayor's Age-Friendly Taskforce in Washington, DC, is Senior Advisor for Aging and Public Health at the U.S. EPA and the Chair-Elect of the Social Research, Policy and Practice Section of the Gerontological Society of America.
Alice Waters
Chef, Vice-president of Slow Food
Alice Waters is a chef, entrepreneur and activist, author of numerous best-selling books, as well as vice-president of Slow Food. She is a pioneer of the organic food movement in the United States and in 1996 she launched the Edible Schoolyard Project, a school garden initiative that today involves over 4,000 schools.
Stefano Zamagni
University Professor
Stefano Zamagni is an Italian economist and professor of Political Economics at the University of Bologna. He is the author of numerous scientific publications.

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