Speakers

From A to Z… Here are all the speakers who have confirmed that they will be attending Terra Madre 2024.

It is largely thanks to these distinguished experts and practitioners in a wide range fields that we will be able to understand what it really means to say, We Are Nature!

“Making peace with nature is our declaration of love for the future, because phrases like saving nature or the planet have become obsolete. Our responsibility today is to protect the possibility for our very existence on Earth, and we can only do this by integrating human activity harmoniously into the ecosystems of which we are a part. We believe that being on the side of nature—or rather, within nature—is foundational for tackling the crises that we now face.”

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Helmy Abouleish, president of SEKEM, a cultural, educational, and agricultural organization in Egypt

Miguel Altieri, (Chile), Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, served as General Coordinator of the United Nations Sustainable Agriculture Program and as a Scientific Advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development. His book, Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture, is a foundational volume in the field of agroecology.

Enrico Amico, president of Demeter Italia

Elizabeth Atieno Opolo (Kenya) is a food campaigner and spokesperson for Greenpeace Africa.

Paolo Bàrberi, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Herbaceous Crops in the Institute of Life Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, and coordinator of the school’s Agroecology Research Group.

Giuseppe Barbiero (Italy) is a biologist, researcher in Ecology at the University of Valle d’Aosta, and member of the Environmental Education and Teaching working group of the Italian Society of Ecology. He is director of the international scientific journal Visions for Sustainability and author of Ecologia affettiva: Come trarre benessere fisico e mentale dal contatto con la natura (Affective ecology: How to derive physical and mental wellbeing from contact with nature), published by Mondadori in 2017.

Piero Bevilacqua, writer and historian

Cristina Bertazzoni is a professor at the University of Brescia and the University of Trento, and a member of the Slow Food Education Commission.

Enzo Bianchi is a monk and writer who founded the Bose monastic community and served as its prior until 2017. He has authored over 300 books and, at Terra Madre 2024, will present XXX (published by Einaudi) to the public.

Jean René Bilongo, presidente dell’Osservatorio Placido Rizzotto, responsabile del Dipartimento Politiche Migratorie di FLAI-CGIL 

Gianfranco Bologna (Italy), a naturalist and environmentalist, is honorary president of the Scientific Community of WWF Italy, a full member of the Club of Rome and secretary general of the Aurelio Peccei Foundation, and one of the national coordinators of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development. Among his recent books is Noi siamo natura: Un nuovo modo di stare al mondo (We are nature: A new way of being in the world), published by Edizioni Ambiente in 2022.

Larissa Mies Bombardi (Brazil) is a professor now living in exile in Belgium due to increasing threats following her publication of A Geography of Agrotoxins Use in Brazil and its Relations to the European Union in 2017. She was formerly a contributor to Rádio Brasil Atual and a researcher in Geography at the University of São Paulo.

Salvatore Ceccarelli, former Professor of Agricultural Genetics at the University of Perugia and author of many books, who conducts research around the world on how crops adapt to climate change.

Don Luigi Ciotti, fondatore del Gruppo Abele

Lella Costa has collaborated on various radio and television programs and is best known for her theatrical monologues.

Francesco De Augustinis, is a film director whose most recent work, Until the End of the World, was presented at CinemAmbiente 2024 and earned a special recognition from Slow Food.

Federico Faggin is an Italian-American physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur. In 2010, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from US President Barack Obama for leading the invention of the Intel 4004, the world’s first commercially produced microprocessor. In 2019, Italian President Sergio Mattarella awarded Faggin the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, the highest honor of the Italian Republic. Mondadori just published Faggin’s book, Oltre l’invisibile: Dove scienza e spiritualità si uniscono (Beyond the invisible: Where science and spirituality meet).

Sergio Maria Francardo, doctor of anthroposophic medicine

Sabrina Giannini (Italy) is a journalist, author, and television presenter. She worked on the program Report and, in 2016, created the program Indovina chi viene a cena (Guess who’s coming to dinner?).

Bruno Giordano, magistrato presso la Corte di Cassazione

Filippo Giorgi is an international expert on climate modeling and the study of the effects of climate change on society. He was involved in drafting the first five reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate change and its impacts, and served as deputy director of IPCC Working Group 1 (physical sciences) from 2002-2008. He is head of the Earth System Physics section at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. In 2018, he published the book L’uomo e la farfalla: 6 domande su cui riflettere per comprendere I cambiamenti climatici (Man and the butterfly: 6 questions to ponder to understand climate change).

Gaetano Giunta is a theoretical physicist, secretary general of the Messina Community Foundation, expert in social and cultural economics, and scholar of complex systems and phenomena.

Elena Granata is a Professor of Urban Planning at the Polytechnic University of Milan and vice president of the School of Civil Economy. Her books include Biodivercity: Città aperte, creative e sostenibile che cambiano il mondo (Biodivercity: Changing the world with open, creative, sustainable cities), published by Giunti and Slow Food in 2019; and Placemaker: Gli inventori dei luoghi che abiteremo (Placemaker: The inventors of the places where we live), published by Einaudi in 2021.

Dave Goulson (UK) studied at Oxford University and is now a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006 and received the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in 2010 for his work to protect bumblebees and endangered insects. Among his books are A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees, published in 2014; and Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse, published in 2021.

Anna Kauber (Italy) is a filmmaker and landscaper who, for many years, has documented and shared stories of rural places, immersing herself in the social and cultural issues of local communities. Her film In questo mondo (In this world) celebrates Italian women shepherds.

Vito Mancuso is a theologian who has been teaching in the master’s degree program in Meditation and Neuroscience at the University of Udine since 2019. He wrote for the newspaper La Repubblica from 2009 – 2017 and has been a columnist for La Stampa since 2022. His latest book, published this year by Garzanti, is titled La via della bellezza (The way of beauty).

Sara Manisera, giornalista, autrice di inchieste e documentari. Nel 2019 ha pubblicato il volume Racconti di schiavitù e lotta nelle campagne (Aut Aut Edizioni) 

Luca Martinelli, journalist, author, editor of the monthly magazine Altraeconomia.

Edward Mukiibi (Uganda), president of Slow Food

Barbara Nappini, president of Slow Food Italia

Dali Nolasco Cruz (Mexico), a member of the Slow Food Board of Directors, works to protect and promote Creole seeds, food, territories, and indigenous biodiversity in Mexico. She leads the Slow Food Tlaola Kukuk Convivium, coordinates the Tlaola Serrano Chili Pepper Slow Food Presidium, and directs the Timo’Patla Intercultural Organization A.C. and Mopampa, a network of social and solidarity economy businesses run by Indigenous women. She organizes training courses for women, youth, and children on topics including rights, gender, and interculturality.

Morgan Ody, (France), producer in a vegetable farm in Brittany, is a member of ECVC (European Coordination Via Campesina) and the General Coordinator of La Via Campesina International.

Movi Ovadia is a theater actor, playwright, writer, composer, and singer.

Rossano Pazzagli, Professor of Modern History at the University of Molise and director of the Emilio Sereni landscape school.

Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food.

Francesca Santolini is an environmental journalist. Einaudi recently published her book, Ecofascisti: Estrema destra e ambiente (Ecofascists: The far right and the environment).

Sara Segantin is 25 years old and is a writer, reporter and Ambassador for the European Climate Pact. She collaborates with Geo – Rai3 for reports and in-depth investigations related to sustainability and climate justice. She is the author of STEPS. Giovani alpinisti su antichi sentieri (STEPS. Young mountaineers on ancient trails); Non siamo eroi (We are not heroes).

Michele Serra spent most of his life in Milan but now lives in the Apennines. A journalist, author, and playwright, he writes the column “L’Amaca” for la Repubblica and the newsletter “Ok Boomer!” for Il Post. Among his latest books is Le cose che bruciano (Things that burn), published by Feltrinelli in 2019.

Mariama Sonco (Senegal), a farmer, activist, and national coordinator of Nous Sommes la Solution (“We are the solution”), a rural women’s movement for food sovereignty active in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, and beyond.

Francesco Sottile is a professor at the University of Palermo, a member of Slow Food International’s Board of Directors, and author of the book On Nature’s Side, published by Slow Food Editore.

Giorgio Vacchiano is a researcher and professor in Forest Management and Planning at the University of Milan, studies simulation models to support sustainable forest management, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change and natural disturbances in European temperate forests. In 2018, the journal Nature named him among the world’s top 11 emerging researchers in the natural sciences. His book, La resilienza del bosco (The resilience of the forest), was published by Mondadori.

Luigi Torreggiani is a journalist and forester who writes for the scientific magazine Sherwood and manages communications for numerous projects related to sustainable forest management for Compagnia della Foreste.

Alice Waters (USA) is a chef, essayist, food education activist, vice president of Slow Food International, and owner of the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 1996 she created the Edible Schoolyard project, a vegetable garden cultivated by students. It is thanks to Alice Waters that Michelle Obama created the organic garden at the White House.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is organized by Slow Food, the City of Turin and the Piedmont Region. Join us in Parco Dora, Turin, from Thursday, September 26 to Monday, September 30, 2024, and explore how food can restore our relationship with nature. #TerraMadre2024

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