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IGCAT experts believe that Food and Cultural Diversity is an important source of pride and entrepreneurial opportunities to increase local production and empower local communities.


IGCAT experts join forces to instil local pride by building alliances across local communities and across sectors to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking, creativity and innovation based on traditions and tangible and intangible heritage, elements that are important resources to empower and preserve cultural expression in local communities.


In doing so, IGCAT also increases awareness of issues concerning sustainable food systems and stimulates more responsible consumerism for the future.

Diane Dodd PhD is President of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and…

Davinia Galea has worked in the cultural sector for more than thirty years in various roles including musician, cultural event producer, policy maker and CEO. Davinia is the Director of Management at the architectural firm AP Valletta whose historical and technical research is at the core of concern with design, partnered with an inherent dedication […]

Executive Administrator of IGCAT and a professor at the University School of Hospitality Management in Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona, Spain. She is Doctor in Contemporary History by the University of Balearic Islands, Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in Medical Anthropology by University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona; Master in Health and Safety at Work: Occupational Risk […]

Vice-President and Treasurer of IGCAT, she is a tourism development specialist with 25 years of…

Marta Crispí is an IGCAT Executive Board member and is currently Director of the Masters in…

Expert in creative tourism, she co-founded and currently manages the Creative Tourism Network® and the Barcelona Creative Tourism program. She is regularly invited to speak in conferences as well as to teach in universities around the world. She also publishes articles about creative tourism in different languages. She organized the I International Conference on Creative […]

Jorge Bernárdez has more than 20 years of work experience in the cultural and artistic management field, out of which ten years as executive director. He has work experience in Barcelona, Paris, and The Canary Islands. His experience includes being president of the Association of Professional Cultural Managers of Catalonia and the Spanish Federation of […]

Honorary Professor – University of Ljubljana Prof. Janez Bogataj worked as an Art Director in Ethnology at the Dolenjska Museum in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, between 1972 and 1974, and was nominated as an Assistant Intern at the Institute for Slovene Ethnology at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts. In June 1977 he was appointed […]

Chairman – Cayman National Cultural Foundation Martyn was recognised by Her Majesty, the Queen, in the 2012 Birthday Honours and made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civils Division) (MBE) for his services to cultural preservation and development in the Cayman Islands. Martyn is a founding board member of the […]

Associate Professor in Tourism Studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University (USA), Master´s at Rutgers University (USA) and Ph.D. at Bournemouth University (UK). His interests include tourism as a strategy for community development, heritage, cultural and creative tourism and tourism destination management. In the […]

Head of Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage – University of Primorska – Head of the Centre of gastronomy and wine culture – University of Primorska Dr. Ales Gacnik is an enthnologist and sociologist of culture. He is assistant professor, and Head of the Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage at the Faculty […]

Professor of Tourism Management – University of Bergamo Roberta Garibaldi is Professor of Tourism Management at the University of Bergamo and deals with research and applied projects for territories and business realities related to food and wine tourism. She has done several research and consulting activities such as planning, coordination and development of research and […]

Director of the Villa Decius Association in Kraków and also an independent consultant and an academic teacher. In the period: 1993-1999 she was Head of Culture Department of the Municipality of Kraków, where she created new municipal policy in the field of culture and a programme Krakow 2000 – European City of Culture. From 1999 […]

Regional Expert International Projects – Region of Jämtland Härjedalen. With a background in environmental sciences, current position in the Regional Council aims to establish a productive relationship of learning, sharing and exchange between regional and international organisations to foster cooperation for sustainable development, including the rural-urban connection. Currently working towards the concept of ”Creative Region […]

Research adviser at the Culture and Communications Department of the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb. Her interests include cultural and creative tourism, cultural/creative industries, creative cities, cultural policies, social innovations. She is the author of several books (‘ABC of Cultural Tourism; Culture in a Shopwindow; Culture, Tourism, Interculturalism) and the editor of […]

IT Chefs Rosario is an author and a television and multimedia director. He is also in promotion and big events.He lives and works in Melbourne, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an oeno-gastronomic reporter, he has contributed regularly with hundreds of articles, investigations and surveys to various international media, for instance the Italian monthly Gambero […]

Doctor of Arts works as a Professor of Applied Art and Design at the University of Lapland. Previously she has worked as a co-ordinator for the Competence Center on Industrial Design at the Savonia University of Applied Sciences as well as a head of product design department. For several years she has been working with […]

Mary Miller began her career as a concert violinist, before becoming Music Editor for Scotland’s national newspaper, a prominent broadcaster and festival programmer. She led new work at English National Opera before moving to the USA to direct the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, one of East Coast America’s most prestigious and comprehensive festivals. […]

Lecturer – School of Hospitality and Tourism, HUE University, Vietnam. He was recruited to the HUE University as a lecturer in Tourism Marketing and Sustainable development since 2009 after finishing a Bachelor in Business Administration with outstanding study results. From 2010 to 2014, He was the Secretary of the University’s Youth Union – the leading organization […]

Associate – Ícone Gestão, Treinamento e Consultoria Marina Simião has been working since 2000 in the tourism and culture sectors having by now extensive experience in management, proposition and development projects with the public, private and third sector. She is responsible for planning and executing projects of the first Gastronomy Board of Minas Gerais and Brazil. […]

Expert consultant (former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage, Council of Europe, Strasbourg) Robert Palmer is a free-lance independent expert consultant in the cultural sector. Formerly, he was the Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France. The Council of Europe now has 47 member […]

Professor of contemporary history at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) and associate researcher at the Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines of the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin in Yvelines. His research interests include history of public policies for culture in France, especially from the 20th century, history of heritage policies, the history of social sciences, […]

Managing Director – Xellum Ltd László graduated in 1993 as an economist specialized in tourism and logistics at Budapest University of Economics. Then, led by his interest in culture and arts, he completed a dance teaching course at the Hungarian Institute of Culture and Arts (1995), and also graduated from the Art & Design Management department […]

Founder – Leaves of Life Independent MultiMedia Sustainable Development Educator, Journalist, Researcher, Writer, Policy Analyst, Publisher, Producer & Consultant Dr Kris Rampersad is an independent sustainable development educator, and award-winning multimedia producer/publisher, journalist, facilitator, lecturer, trainer & consultant. She has PhD and BA First Class Honours degrees from the University of the West Indies; Diploma […]

Professor at “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Senate’s Secretary and Doctor in economics. He worked as a guide during the early seventeens, and continued, as a graduate of foreign trade faculty, managing the restaurants and hotels department of Tourism Office in Timisoara, the travel agency of Sibiu. Later on he has been manager of planning, […]

Independent expert As a former Business Relations Manager at ProAgria/Ruural Women’s Advisor Centre North Savo/Eastern Finland, Ilona Sares has extended experience in working with rural area SMEs entrepreneurs to find new ways for survive in co-operation. Creative Tourism is one of the best ways in this: A way for food, travel and creative industry sectors […]

Professor and Researcher at Pakhtunkhwa College of Arts, Abdul Wali Khan University. He holds an International Master Degree in Economics and Administration of Cultural Heritage, Public economics and Cultural Heritage from the University of Catania and he is the first PhD scholar of Cultural Heritage Conservation in Pakistan, which he obtained at the Department of […]

Founder and Director of the World Culture Project, he has worked in the arts and cultural field…

Project Officer – League of Experts (LEX) Consulting  Tanja Strugar grew up living in various countries around the world. China, Lebanon, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Serbia and the United States have all been her home, so her interest in cultural similarities and differences came naturally. Her passion for gastronomy and its cultural implications manifested at […]

Director of LABPATC – Laboratory of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism Since 1999, Dr. Jordi Tresserras is Academic Coordinator of Postgraduate Course in Cultural Tourism and the Postgraduate Course in Cooperation and International Cultural Management at Universitat de Barcelona. Since 2006 he is Associate Professor of heritage and cultural tourism at Cultural and Heritage Management […]

Professor of Public Economics (Magna Graecia University, Catanzaro), Cultural Economics (IUAV, Venezia) and Arts Management (IED, Firenze) President and Founder – Tools for Culture  Professor of Public Economics (Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro), Michele teaches Cultural Economics (IUAV in Venice) and Arts Management (IED in Florence). Ha also teaches in many Postgraduate courses on Cultural […]

Senior consultant, lecturer and researcher  Dr. Lidia Varbanova has professional experience in Canada, Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. She works as a consultant, educator and researcher in the areas of strategy, policy development, entrepreneurship and innovations, organisational development and online technologies, with a special emphasis on arts, culture and creative industries.  Lidia has been permanent […]

Co-founder and Director of Balkankult foundation (Balkankult Foundation Intereg). He is member of the Journalist Independent Association of Serbia and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) situated in Brussel and of the European Cultural Network ECURES. He has worked as a researcher at the Institute for Cultural Reserch of Serbia ansd was Special Adviser at the […]

Managing Director and Consultant, Perfect Link Consulting Group Executive Committee, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Thailand Chapter Founder, Thailand Gastronomy Network Jutamas Wisansing completed a bachelor degree, majoring in television production. After exploring the field of drama production for several years, she then went to New Zealand in 1992.  She completed a master’s degree in […]

Full time professor and researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. She studies the subject of food and human feeding from a philosophical and anthropological point of view, especially concern with its ethical and political dimensions. Her researches begins with a question about the different meanings and values ​​that humans […]

National Coordinator of Slow Food International in Uruguay and Director of Verde Oliva, a company researching and stimulating the use of local produces and providing educational workshops on nutrition. She is a chef with more than 20 years of culinary experience, half of which she gained in Sweden and the Netherlands, and she obtained a […]

Managing Director of Food Organisation of Denmark (FOOD). FOOD is a small public-private partnership started to nurture and feed the interest in Nordic and Danish gastronomy, nature, agriculture and culinary culture. The organisation is supported by private companies in the food sector and public funds, and has offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus. He is also […]

Vice President of International Engagement and Head of the Galway International Hotel School at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. This Institute is a leading Higher Education Institute located on the west coast of Ireland and was the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year in 2015, 2007 and 2004. She has worked in Higher […]

IGCAT board member and a member of Faculty at The College of Tourism & Arts, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, (GMIT) and lectures in Food & Beverage skills and service, Hotel & Hospitality Operations and Marketing. She has had direct operational experience at senior management level in the food and hospitality industry over the past […]

Full Professor at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Pisa Alessio Cavicchi is a Full Professor of Agribusiness, Rural Development and Branding at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Pisa. He received his PhD in Economics of Food and Environmental Resources from the University of […]

X23 Ltd. — CEO, Innovative Physical Technologies, Complex Systems Giuseppe Laquidara is a Physicist, CEO and co-founder at X23 Srl since 2011 in charge of assisting, supporting and coaching LCs, SMEs, and Startups, in particular as regard Business Intelligence 2.0, Fast Decision Making, Capacity Building / Planning / Management, Fast-Deployment Processes, Innovation Modeling, Predictive / […]

Chief Operations Officer – Carl Group Ltd Larissa Uwase completed an undergraduate course in Built Environment and Architecture in 2016, at the College of Science and Technology under the University of Rwanda. Her ambition has always been to eradicate poverty and feed the hungry. Currently, she is running her own company specialized in food processing, […]

Journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. Named the environmental “messenger” by Vanity Fair, a top 10 eco-hero of the planet by the U.K.’s Independent, and designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, Simran is the author of award-winning book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We […]

Cultural Mediator and Researcher in Linguistic, Ethnology and Anthropology. He completed a Professional Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Artistic activities in Arts, Letter and Civilisations at the University of Provence in France. He has worked as Cultural mediator at the Mâ Loango de Diosso Museum in Pointe-Noire, as teacher and lecturer and as Researcher […]

Researcher and Project Manager at the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation (European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food) at the university of Tours, France, Loïc Bienassis is a historian and a food writer. Originally studying international relations in the 17th -century, his current position led him to investigate food history. […]

Senior Researcher and Deputy Director at the Institute of Applied Biosciences – Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. He got his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Medical Biotechnology from the University FEDERICO II of Naples in Italy. In 2006 he joined the former Institute of Agrobiotechnology, now Institute of Applied Biosciences, as researcher. In his current […]

Director, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (Minister’s Office) Ministry of Cultural Affairs  Bilel Aboudi has served as a Public Services Advisor at the Ministry of Culture of Tunisia since 2001. As a public policy specialist, he was assigned in his early career to elaborate a new cultural policy framework based on development projects and […]

Director at The Culinary Center & Cookery Club of Athens Lila has published the awarded book “Traditional Tastes of the Aegean”, has served as a food journalist in Gastronomic publications and gives speeches on Gastronomy and Tourism at conferences. Since her first professional steps, she worked with food companies and restaurants. After additional seminars in […]

Culture and Gastronomy Journalist  Founding member of Apega (Peruvian Society of Gastronomy) and lecturer of  gastronomic journalism. Her gastronomic chronicles throughout the five continents are published in the blog Nowadays, she is a Gastronomic criticism in the magazine CARETAS.  

CEO and Co-Founder of Rumi. As a saffron aficionado, Kim presents at various culinary institutions and restaurants to teach about the basics of saffron quality, taste, and culinary use. Previously, she was a U.S. Army Engineer Officer who led a platoon in Wardak and Ghazni provinces in 2010-2011 and served with provincial reconstruction teams as […]

CEO and founder of Food In Action company group Fia is the loadstar of crEATive gastronomy eco-systems for local and global growth. Food, creativity, culture and sustainable core values are the successful tools for positive change. Food In Action has launched a number of successful initiatives and sustainable brands that have catalysed the county of […]

Blanca Cros i Moll is the Head of European Programmes & International Relations at the Catalan Tourist Board and representative coordinator of Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy. Her international experience in the tourism sector and her vision to link sustainability and tourism experiences have been a key factor in the programme of Catalonia, Region of Gastronomy 2016 […]

Strategic Advisor for the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in Northeast Brabant, she is responsible for the strategic agenda and the development of good living and working environment within the region. She is the representative of the INTERREG Europe project – Eurega! in IGCAT´s Board. 

Freelance consultant and founding Executive Director of IFACCA Sarah Gardner is a freelance consultant and advisor with over 25 years’ experience as a leader in the culture sector. She was the founding Executive Director of IFACCA, the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture with members in 70 countries, from 2001 to 2017. For […]

President and co-Founder of the Indonesian Gastronomy Association (IGA) Indrakarona Ketaren is President and co-Founder of the Indonesian Gastronomy Association (IGA), a non-profit organization involving enthusiasts, connoisseurs and art observers of Indonesian cuisine with the objective to preserve and nurture Indonesian local traditional food, as well as to develop and promote Indonesian gastronomy in the […]

Expert hospitality consultant, Chairman of ZAMCOM Lodge and Trustee of Zamcom Trust Rodgers N. Kazembe is an expert hotelier, author and consultant with over 30 years of experience in hospitality and tourism operations at a national and international level, in Zambia, UK, Netherlands and the Republic of South Africa. He currently runs his own company […]

Dr. Joost Smiers is a Professor (em.) of Political Science and Research Fellow at the Utrecht University of the Arts (Netherlands) and former Visiting Professor, Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA, Los Angeles, and Director of Research at the Utrecht School of the Arts. He has lectured around the world and written extensively about […]

Food entrepreneur and food blogger – Mukasechic A Mandela Washington Fellow, Joyce Gyebi is a food entrepreneur who is passionate about African cuisine documentation and preservation. She runs an active catering service — Mukasechic. With a background in TV production, Joyce runs a food-events company that focuses on food events across the continent. She is […]

Associate Prof. Mihaela Antofie – Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Mihaela Antofie is the Director of the Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences and Environmental Protection and she was nominated by the University to support the process of writing the bid Sibiu European Region of Gastronomy. She is a biologist with an experience of over 15 […]

Founder & CEO – Chowberry Inc Named in Time Magazine’s list of 10 Next Generation Leaders. Oscar is the Founder of Chowberry Inc, a technology driven social business that helps retailers cut food waste and improves food accessibility and affordability for disadvantaged households facing food poverty. He has championed various innovative solutions, winning awards such […]

Manager of Research and Development – Savonia University of Applied Sciences Antti Iire is Manager of Research and Development at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Finland and has a master’s degree in economics. His expert duties started when working as a corporate analyst financing, consulting and training mainly small and medium sized enterprises. Later […]

Environmental Engineer – CIIMAR Cristina Calheiros is Environmental Engineer and holds a PhD in Biotechnology. Currently she is Research scientist at CIIMAR – Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto and is Invited Professor at University of Saint Joseph-Macao-China in the Master of Environmental Sciences and Management. She thrives her […]

Executive Director – UNWTO Academy Omar Valdez, Argentinean, holds a Bachelor degree in…

Dr. Iulia Dragut is President of Cultural Association Euro East Alternative for 12 years. She has organised several national events which were successful and further she has participated at international events for more than 9 years already. She held a title of doctor in Philosophy, cum laude and several trainer and management diplomas for Hospitality Industry.

Chairman of Adult Education Schools of Menorca Jaume Gomila, is a philologist, teacher and…

Centre Manager, Test and Development Centre for Welfare Technology Peter is a long-time member of the European Region of Gastronomy network and former advisor in the Central Denmark Region Food team. He has been project leader and developer for several business-development initiatives and international projects related to gastronomy, tourism, food business and health. Peter has […]

Project Director and European Affairs Professional Ulla-Alexandra Mattl is Project Director at EURAKOM, a consultancy specialised in European and international project development. She  works on a range of different projects in education, culture, tourism and sustainable development with a particular emphasis on the non-profit sector. In this context she is also involved in the development of […]

Managing Director – Good Indonesian Food Astrid Maharani is the Managing Director at Good Indonesian Food, member of Culinary and Shopping Acceleration Team at the Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia and Vice Chair On Gastronomy Tourism Development Program at the Indonesia Gastronomy Network. Her purpose is to present Indonesia’s culinary heritage to the world. She is […]

Initiator, Founder and Chair – Indonesia Gastronomy Network Vita Datau is the Initiator, Founder and Chair at the Indonesia Gastronomy Network and also Chair of the Acceleration Team for Development of Culinary & Shopping Tourism at the Minister of Tourism Indonesia. She strategically develops the Gastronomy Industry in Indonesia based on cultural diversity, sustainability and […]

Focal Point of Chengdu with UNESCO Creative Cities Network Jiao Hui is from Chengdu, China, a division chief of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Commerce, and an expert on catering culture, creativity and international cooperation. He has been the focal point of Chengdu with UCCN since Chengdu joined in UCCN was nominated as a creative city […]

Co-founder – The China Connector Monique Knapen lives and works as a co-founder of the China Connector in Amsterdam. Monique studied Social History at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and completed a minor in Sinology in Leiden. She studied at the University of Beijing for a year and lived and worked in China for 6 years. […]

Executive Officer – Arterial Network Kenya Boaz Adhengo is an author with forty five books published and in global circulation. His writings are inclined to culture, creativity and most recently, art in relation to continental Christianity. Adhengo is a leadership coach, an accomplished cultural policy consultant and is serving as a chaplain to the Creative […]

Communications Specialist – Bespoke Communications Heidi Lazani is a communication specialist, political scientist and founder of Bespoke Communications firm. Former Office Director and Special Advisor to the Governor of the Region of South Aegean and formar Head of the Executive Committee of South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019, Heidi has extensive expertise in […]

Wine & Food Tourism Brand Manager – Catalan Tourist Board Ariadna Ribas Merino is an…

Special Advisor – Business Region Aarhus Jesper is a founding member of the European Region of Gastronomy network and has for many years played a key role in internationalisation of the heart of the Danish food cluster with the involvement of Aarhus/Central Denmark Region in several international networks. He has since 2006 been project leader […]

Head of Department of Research, Development, Innovation and EU Projects – Slovenian Tourist Board Barbara is a marketing and tourism professional with more than 20 years of experience. Her career was built at Merkur, trade and services, once the biggest DIY retail chain in the region. Leading the team of more than 20 people during […]

Associate Professor – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC) Joana Santos is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC), Portugal, and Quality Management Coordinator of the Microbiology Applied Unit (UMA) at the School of Technology and Management (ESTG-IPVC). She has been lecturing Food Engineering undergraduates as […]

Owner and Manager – Unity Expo and My Ideal Credere Katerina Christodoulou is the owner of two companies based in Cyprus: My Ideal Credere and Unity Expo. My Ideal Credere is the exclusive representative of the Holy Monastery of Hilandar in Mount Athos, for its wines. Also has its own production of yeast products based […]

Trainer, entrepreneur, TV host and consultant Passionate about innovation, mixed cultures and chocolate, he specialised in management of intercultural learning at the Council of Europe and became a trainer for projects based in the South East of Europe. Dorian is the owner of Luado Chocolate, the only artisan chocolate producer from Brasov, located in the middle […]

General Manager – Iter Vitis Les Chemins de la Vigne en Europe (Cultural Route of the…

Director – Scottish Food Guide & Scottish Cheese Trail Scottish Thistle Award Regional Ambassador, Wendy Barrie is a highly respected campaigner for local produce, popular cookery show presenter and food writer. Founder & Director of award-winning Scottish Food Guide and Scottish Cheese Trail, Wendy is Leader in Scotland for Slow Food Ark of Taste & Member […]

President – American Culinary Federation Jamaica Chapter A culinary connoisseur from the age of six, Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Services at Montego Bay Convention Centre, Randie Anderson has displayed his talent and creativity in various avenues of the culinary industry by satisfying the tastes of many and inspiring others with his artistic talent. […]

Retired university lecturer, rural researcher and entrepreneur. Researches, writes papers, guest teaches, drafts and manages projects for local governments and civic organisations. Dr. Kovács taught at the Economic and Social Sciences Faculty of Szent István University in Gödöllő, Hungary between 1993-2007, and the Economics Faculty of West Hungary University in Sopron 2007-2010. He worked at […]

Special Communications Advisor to the Governor – Region of South Aegean Vasia Papailia is the Special Communications Advisor to the Governor of South Aegean, Greece. Her main fields at the Region are political communication, media and public relations and project management of key projects. Her wide experience includes working as Special Advisor to Members of the […]

Director – Coimbra School of Hospitality and Tourism (Tourism of Portugal) IGCAT Expert from Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021-22, José Luís Marques has been the Director of the Coimbra School of Hospitality and Tourism since 2019. Before that, he was Head of Food Division at the Social Action Services of the University […]

Expert in the field of performing arts & restaurant consultant Since 2020, Robert Ngoun has…

Researcher, Architect and Cultural Manager Experienced architect, researcher and cultural manager looking for opportunities in digital media, international cooperation and cultural initiatives. He has been a guest researcher for Asia Pacific related issues in Taiwan and Peru. He also had the opportunity to work in arts and design institutions, such as the Mies van der […]

CEO & Founder – Creative Strategies Lab After more than a decade leading numerous…

Head – Portuguese National Genebank (BPGV) Degree in Agronomy from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Lisbon) and a Master’s degree in the same area, held at the University of Missouri, USA. Head of the National Genebank –  Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal (BPGV) –  Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, for the last 24 […]

Associate Professor – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC) Joana Nogueira is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC), Portugal. She has a degree in Agronomic Engineering (Lisbon University – Portugal). Her interests in rural development and rural studies motivated her to get her Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) […]

Tourism Expert Born into a hybrid Russian Jordanian family, and having lived and studied in…

Head of Projects Management – Kvarner Region Tourist Board Renata Vincek has worked in the…

Researcher – Institute of Traditional Literature Studies, Heritage, Arts and Cultures (IELT), New University of Lisbon President and Founder – OH-Culture Advanced Studies in Languages, Literature and Cultures, in the Literary Studies field. Post- Graduation in Management of Assets, Nova School of Business and Economics. Researcher at IELT, Institute of Traditional Literature Studies, Heritage, Arts […]

Lecturer – Faculty of Tourism and Archaeology, King Saud University Mohammed Hamoud has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Tourism and Archaeology at King Saud University (KSU) since 2011. He has an extensive experience in historic preservation practices in the USA. For example, he worked on the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) report for […]

Associate Professor – IULM University, Milan Founder and Director – Centre of Research for Neuromarketing, Behaviour and Brain Lab, IULM University, Milan Prof. Vincenzo Russo Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Consumer Psychology and Neuromarketing at IULM University in Milan, as well as Founder and Director of the Centre of Research for Neuromarketing, Behaviour and Brain […]

Professor – Institut Supérieur de Design de Saint-Malo Associate Professor – Sciences Po Rennes and Ferrandi Paris Virginie Brégeon de Saint-Quentin is a professor of marketing and design for sustainable food systems and tourism. She is associated in a cooperative and sustainable design school in Saint-Malo (Institut Supérieur de Design de Saint-Malo), associate professor at […]

Professional leader, Breeding Programme for the Carniolan honeybee in Slovenia 2021 and Vice-president, APIMONDIA Peter Kozmus has been a beekeeper since 1994. In 2003 he was Secretary-General of the Apimondia 2003 Congress, which was held in Slovenia. From then on, he attended all the Apimondia congresses and actively participated in them, with the exception of […]

Silvia Anglada was born in Ciutadella in Menorca. As a child, she enjoyed playing around in the kitchen where, more than once, she ended up “over-browning” her food, forcing her family to eat everything with a slightly bitter taste, surrounded by a soft mist… and no, that was not liquid nitrogen! It was by then […]

Chef – Credo restaurant – Sustainability is a main concern in Sonakshi’s professional career, and…

Chef and owner – Nästgårds and Bua restaurants Johan’s career as a chef started 11 years ago alongside…

Named Scotland’s ‘Sustainable Chef of the Year 2022’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in Scotland…

Dr. Fares A. Braizat is currently the Chairman of the Amman-based NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions…

CEO, Naturalwalks Gastrobotanist and consultant, El Celler de Can Roca Director and soul of Naturalwalks, Evarist March Sarlat has turned his passion for nature into his profession. He is a consultant and biologist in botany with more than 20 years of experience in botany and the environment, especially related to the use of plants, algae […]

Gastronomic journalist and writer Professor – Faculty of Tourism, Culture and Hospitality (ESTHUA), University of Angers A former sports journalist, Stéphane Méjanès fell into cooking after an unlikely encounter with top chefs in a forest in Lapland. Since 2012, he has been writing about gastronomy, in all its dimensions, for a sustainable food from seed […]

Innovation Advisor – Hospitality and Tourism School of Coimbra Sandra Simões has a master’s in Management – from Aveiro University; a degree in Organizational Communication and a bachelor’s in communication – both from Coimbra Higher School of Education. She also has a Mini MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management – from ISCTE: Lisbon University Institute. […]

CEO of Deltaic and Green Room Consulting Daniel Montoya is specialised in the transition to sustainable tourism, especially in terms of customer’s perception and operational improvements, following sustainable criteria. He started developing his expertise in sustainability when he was studying architecture, by specialising with a postgraduate course in Sustainable Architecture that he then complemented with […]

Owner of Gruts Genieten Independent entrepreneur in creative activation and community management Since 2021, Ralf Immens is owner, together with a partner, of the start-up project Gruts Genieten, that highlights local food in the Brabant region: “We believe that when we can show pride from producers, consumers are willing to pay a fair price for […]

Tourism specialist – Eastern Finland Rural Women’s Advisory Organization / ProAgria Kirsi Vartia works in Eastern Finland as a food- and tourism specialist for the Rural Women’s Advisory Organization which is a nationwide expert organization in food, nutrition, entrepreneurship, rural landscape, and environment, in addition to being an extensive women’s network in the rural areas. […]

Technical responsible for the beekeeping – Lousamel Beekeepers Cooperative Ana Paula Sançana is technical responsible for the beekeeping of the Lousamel Beekeepers Cooperative, has a Degree in Agro-Livestock Engineering by the Agrarian School of Coimbra, Postgraduate degree in Social Economy, cooperatives and Mutualism in Coimbra Economics Department University, also a Postgraduate degree in Rural Development […]

Cultural product technician – Fundació Foment del Turisme de Menorca Graduated in Humanities and Cultural Management, Quim Salort works a cultural product technician at the Fundació Foment del Turisme de Menorca (Menorca Tourism Promotion Foundation). For 14 years, he has been coordinator of the Crafts Centre of Menorca. Before that, he has worked as a […]

Assistant Professor – School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU) David Ocón is an interdisciplinary cultural historian and anthropologist who works on Asian cultural heritage’s intersections with preservation, tourism, digitalisation, gastronomy, and sustainability. He also analyses cultural diplomacy and cooperation in the Asian region, particularly between China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN countries. […]

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