Slow Food Executive Committee & International Council
PRESIDENT OF SLOW FOOD
President of Slow Food
Edward Mukiibi lives and works in Uganda and is vice president of Slow Food. He is an agronomist, an educator in food and agriculture, social entrepreneur and executive director of Slow Food Uganda. He also played a pivotal role in the development of the Slow Food Gardens in Africa project and in the overall growth of the Slow Food network in Uganda. He informally started his work during his second year at university by vying for leadership positions in his faculty, which he used as a platform to advocate for, and promote, agriculture as a viable career path. Edward went on to establish the DISC Project, as a vehicle through which he could continue this work on a larger scale. He has served on the executive committee of Slow Food since 2012 and became Slow Food vice president in 2014.
BOARD OF MEMBERS
Founder of Slow Food – Member by right of the Board as Founder
Carlo has been working since the 1980s to promote eco-gastronomy as a journalist, author and advocate for a sustainable food system. Among his many achievements is the creation of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo (near Bra), the first academic institution to offer an interdisciplinary approach to food studies. He is also behind the creation of Terra Madre, a network of food communities that brings together small-scale farmers, fishers, artisans, chefs, young people, academics and experts from more than 160 countries.
Dali Nolasco Cruz
A Nahua indigenous woman from Tlaola Puebla, partner and founder of the Network of Indigenous Women’s Organizations of Tlaola, Mopampa, Timo’Patla and Yoltika, Dali has been deeply involved in community work since her youth, especially involving groups of indigenous women. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology of the Autonomous University of Puebla and also graduated with a degree in Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and International Cooperation from the Carlos III University of Madrid. Since 2008, Dali has been an active member of Slow Food International. In 2016 she joined the advisory board of the Terra Madre Indigenous Network to accompany the international movement on indigenous issues. In 2017, she was appointed coordinator of the Terra Madre Indigenous Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dali has extensive training on issues of Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Gender, interculturality, social economy and food. She has shared this knowledge through training processes in different indigenous women’s organizations.
He grew up on a small scale-dairy farm in Lonneker, in the east of The Netherlands, where he supported the production of a variety of products on-farm, including cheese, sausages and bread. He holds a bachelor in Agricultural Entrepreneurship at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Dronten and a Masters degree in Communication, Health & Life Sciences at Wageningen University. He worked at the socio-communications office Het Portaal on “The Milk Story”, a platform that focuses on making Dutch dairy farming more sustainable and connecting producers and consumers. In 2016, after joining Slow Food Youth Network’s “We Feed the Planet” in Milan, Kiewik joined the Dutch SFYN Academy. He has been the director of the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) in The Netherlands since August 2016 and founded the SFYN Global office in late 2017 after the Chengdu congress. Since 2019, Kiewik has fully dedicated his time to the development of the global Slow Food Youth Network. Next to his work for Slow Food, Kiewik is still involved with the family farm, where he and his family are transforming it into a truly sustainable farm, both socially and ecologically. Kiewik is also part of YPARD’s steering committee, and both secretary and cyclist at The AMANI Project, an international cycling team which brings together initiatives aimed at enhancing inclusivity in (professional) cycling and creating opportunities for riders based in East-Africa.
He is the co-founder of the Crescent City Farmers Market and its parent organization, Market Umbrella. For eighteen-years, he served as executive director, before taking the helm of Slow Food USA for six-years. He has been serving on the executive committee of Slow Food International since 2013 and a Slow Food member since 1998. A long-time advocate for urban-rural linkages, he co-founded Voice for Farmers Markets in the USA, the Farmers Market Coalition, as well as the World Farmers Market Coalition. In 2020, McCarthy joined other leaders in the public market field, most notably the HealthBridge Foundation in Canada and New York City’s Project for Public Spaces, to promote an ecosystems approach to public markets: Market Cities.
He is an agronomist and university professor, teaching Biodiversity and Quality in the Agri-food System, as well as Conservation of the traditional rural landscapes at the University of Palermo. Author of over a 100 scientific publications, he coordinates the activities of the Biodiversity Conservation Centers of Agricultural Interest and is member of the Committee on Biodiversity of Agricultural Interest at the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and of the newly established EU Biodiversity Platform. Since 2000, he is scientific advisor for the biodiversity projects of Slow Food across the world, supporting Slow Food’s work through field visits and capacity building workshops, working closely with farmers and producers. He served in the executive committee of Slow Food Italy between 2018 and 2021.
Megumi Watanabe. A graduate from Waseda University, Faculty of Education, she has been involved in Slow Food since her university years and founded the Slow Food Youth Network in Japan with fellow young people. In 2014, she moved to Italy and obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. She has worked in restaurants and agritourisms in Japan and abroad, learning about cooking, agriculture and hospitality. After returning to Japan in 2016, she played a central role in setting up and activating Slow Food Nippon (Japan), where she became President in April 2019. She is the wife of an organic farmer and mother of two children. She works in three languages (English, Korean and Italian)
She studied philosophy and law in Germany and France and holds a PhD in European and International Environmental Law (2002). She has worked as research associate at the Environmental Research Center Leipzig, as project manager and consultant for various NGOs, among others at Environmental Action Germany and the U.S. Pew Charitable Trusts, with a focus on biodiversity, fisheries and marine conservation. In July 2019, Nina first became Deputy Chairwoman followed by acting Chairwoman in July 2020, and in June 2021 she became Chairwoman of Slow Food Germany. Nina is currently a member of the International Council of Slow Food.
Director of the Slow Food office in Brussels, Marta Messa has worked with Slow Food since 2010, where she coordinated the development of the Thousand Gardens in Africa project. Since 2014 she has been based in Brussels, liaising with EU institutions on policies relating to food, giving a platform to the international Slow Food network and developing strategic partnerships with other organizations active at the European level. Her studies and work experiences allowed her to gain a deep appreciation of intercultural communication (as well as a good grasp of five languages), starting with her time at the international United World College followed by experiences in the UK, the USA, Germany, Guatemala, Belgium, Italy and field work in 9 African countries through the Slow Food Gardens in Africa project.
SLOW FOOD DIRECTOR
Paolo Di Croce
Started his career in Slow Food in 1999, serving as General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity from 2003 to 2007, then as General Secretary of Slow Food International since the Puebla Congress. He was reappointed for a second and third term in 2012 and 2017, and played a pivotal role in the organization of the first edition of Terra Madre in 2004, serving as the General Secretary of the Terra Madre Foundation from 2005 until 2014.
Sun Qun (Vittorio)
Born in Shanghai in 1972, since 2010 he has worked as Managing Director of Beijing Design Week, the most important design event in China. In 2015, together with Kuangsung Ling and Francesco Sisci, he founded Slow Food Great China and has been working as its General Secretary since then.
Vice-President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, coordinator of the Slow Food network and projects in Kenya and councillor for Slow Food representing East, Central and South Africa. A graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, John Kariuki has overseen the construction of more than 300 food gardens and the development of the Slow Food Youth Network in his country.
Coordinator of the Slow Food committee in Burkina Faso and Bagaré Convivum leader. Jean-Marie is a community educator and an activist in the fields of agroecology and sustainable development. In 2013 he became involved with the ’10,000 Gardens in Africa’ project and has since devoted
himself to the diffusion of Slow Food values, consumer education, training the next generation and promoting local biodiversity in his native country.
Founder of Braeside Butchery in Johannesburg, South Africa, aiming to provide good, clean and fair meat by supporting suppliers with high standards of free range and grass-fed animals. She is the main organizer of Slow Meat South Africa, and has been Slow Food’s International Councilor for Southern Africa since 2016.
After developing a passion for food in her father’s Lebanese restaurant as a child, Barbara created a series of successful books, including “Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate our Shared Humanity”, which raised funds to aid Syrian refugees.
President of Comida Lenta, the civil society association in charge of the development of Slow Food activities in Mexico. Alfonso has been a commercial and culinary advisor for local institutions and producers’ organizations in Puebla, and runs a course on Slow Food and eco-gastronomy at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla.
Graduated as a Technology and Public Food Systems Engineer in Ukraine in 1983. With over 30 years of culinary experience – she has run the first ecological restaurant in Cuba, authored several Cuban cookbooks, hosted a cooking show, and is a member of the directors’ board of the Cuban Society for the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Environmental Respect.
Professor of Ecuadorian cuisine at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito. He is a chef, member of the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance, coordinator of Slow Food network in Ecuador, and has worked as a gastronomic technician for the country’s Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
President of the Slow Food network in Chile, where she has been involved since its establishment in 2004. A veterinarian by profession, she played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Penco Earth Market, as well as the Slow Food Presidia for Merkén and the Blue Egg Hen.
After acquiring a Master Degree from the University of Gastronomic in 2015, she was appointed as the Director of Slow Food Nippon. She focuses on the collaboration between regional governments, corporations and educational institutions to promote Japanese Food Heritage and empower farmers and fishers to drive sustainable development through food.
A producer of Jeju Purenkong Jang, a traditional fermented soybean sauce which became both the first Korean Ark of Taste product and the first Korean Presidium. He has been Slow Food Korea board member since 2013, and is dedicated to expanding the Ark of Taste, having identified 20 products so far.
International Councillor for South East Asia
Social entrepreneur, coffee crusader and advocate for Women’s Empowerment through business. She is the Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines, founder of Slow Food Manila and the Filipino chapter of International Women’s Coffee Alliance.
A chef, food educator, farmer and café owner in the Hunter Valley on the east coast of Australia. She was instrumental in setting up the first Earth Market in Australia to promote locally grown seasonal produce, advocate on behalf of small-scale farmers and assist in connecting consumers with growers and producers.
A Chef Trainer & Consultant for his project L’Atelier du Goût: Food cultures lab, which aims to “Give
meaning to what we eat” through workshops, classes and events. After joining Slow Food in 2008 he spent 8 years as leader of Slow Food Montreal and 4 years of co-chairing the Slow Food in Canada network. He co-founded the Slow Food Chef’s Alliance in Canada and founded Slow Wine Montreal event. He is also actively involved in both Slow Fish and Slow Cheese campaigns.
City planner with the Detroit City Planning Commission. Her current work includes formulating urban agriculture policies, and she also helped create the Detroit Food Security Policy and sits on the Detroit Food Policy Council. She is a founding member of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. She is also the co-founder of the Slow Food Detroit Central City chapter and serves on board of Slow Food USA.
Lead organizer for Slow Food California, she sits on the board of Slow Food Russian River. She worked at Roots of Change where for 5 years she built and facilitated the California Food Policy Council, the first statewide FPC to be organized from the grassroots.
Writer, cook and gardener with a decade of experience as a Slow Food volunteer. Currently, Jennifer chairs the Midwest Ark of Taste committee. A craft beer enthusiast, she is part of the nascent Slow Beer group in the U.S.
International Councillor for Italy
Graduate in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she works at the local Chamber of Commerce for the development of local businesses and the promotion of the territory. Slow Food activist since 11 years, she first joined Slow Food as a Convivium Leader and she is currently member of the regional committee.. She has also been Slow Food Italy Councillor since the 2014.
Graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo and project manager at Slow Food International for Food Biodiversity projects. Over the last 10 years he has been a committed Slow Food activist from the local to international level, and has been a Slow Food International Councillor since 2012.
International Councillor for Italy
Born in the Tuscany countryside, she is an International Agri-food law lawyer. Graduated in Law at the University of Pisa, Silvia earned her PhD from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability. She works in her law firm, and as a post-doc at the University of Pisa, within the Pisa Agricultural Economics Team – Food and Rural Studies for Sustainability. She is a Slow Food activist since 2008 and currently a member of her local Convivium and of the regional committee, she served as low Food Italy Councilor from 2018 to 2021.
International Councillor for Italy
Communications expert with a focus on rural development and biodiversity resilience in the Amazonian Region. She is co-founder and one of the coordinator of Slow Food Youth Network Italy. In 2018 she was elected as the youngest member of Slow Food Italy Executive Board. She is also in the administrative Board of Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity and Slow Food Promozione.
International Councillor for Germany
A veterinarian and member of the Green Party. He is responsible for the environmental department in Ingolstadt, a city in Bavaria, and breeds an Ark of Taste cattle breed, the Murnau-Werdenfelser. He has been a Slow Food activist for 20 years, as leader of the Munichand convivium and since 2010 as treasurer of the board of Slow Food Germany.
Born in the rural vineyards of the Kaiserstuhl, his parents were part-time viticulturists. A Slow Food Member since 2005 and leader of the Freiburg convivium since 2008, since 2014 he has been member of the board of Slow Food Germany, in charge for of human resource management at the head office in Berlin.
President of Slow Food Switzerland. Co-founder and director of Semaine du Goût (Taste Week), which has brought schools, restaurants and producers together every year since 2001. Member of the Swiss National Committee of the FAO.
Alexandre has extensive experience in various senior management positions in the fields of Food Marketing, Tourism and Sales-management. He is the first ever and current managing director of Slow Food Switzerland, his mission being to consolidate the network’s strengths, simplify its structure, raise funds and implement projects such as the Chefs’ Alliance.
Chairperson of Slow Food Netherlands, with a background in political science, international relations, and interactive policymaking. An interest in the humanization of culture brought her to body-oriented design and eventually to Slow Food.
John became a Slow Food member over ten years ago in Scotland, and was originally a committee member of Slow Food Edinburgh convivium. He led a delegation of Scottish producers to Terra Madre in 2012, and then helped the formation of Slow Food Scotland, as part of Slow Food in the UK in 2015. He was a founding Trustee and then the Network Leader in Scotland until 2017, and served on the Board of Slow Food in the UK. John has been an International Councillor for the UK since 2015, and was re-elected in 2017. He is also a founding member of the Slow Food Europe group.
Since becoming President of the Federación de Sociedades Gastronómicas de Araba en 1999, Alberto has engaged in a variety of educational and promotional activities around good clean and fair eating practices. He is the coordinator of the Anana Salt Presidium, and has been the convivium leader of Araba Alava since 2005, as well as the Slow Food International Councillor for Spain since 2012.
A Geography and Territorial Development graduate, Vincent is an ardent defender of food biodiversity, and has worked alongside farmers on five Presidia projects in Uganda. Vincent writes academic papers on the preservation and enhancement of local breeds and varieties as a tool for local sustainable development.
An independent journalist focusing on is food, wine and travel. For more than 11 years he has been the president of the Slow Food convivium in Upper Austria. Philipp holds Slow Food taste and education workshops in more than 50 schools in Upper Austria and organizes 30 Slow Food events a year. He writes weekly about Slow Food, food and wine topics and local producers in a major Austrian newspaper as well as for other national and international magazines.
A Slow Food member for 15 years, she was convivium leader of Copenhagen-North Zealand rom 2009-2015. Since 2009 she has been active in creating a Nordic Slow Food network and has represented it in the Slow Food International Council since 2011. Her work and life are focused on cooking skills and food made from good local and organic ingredients in season.
A botanist working as associate professor at the Bulgarian Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research. Following her participation at Terra Madre in 2004, she established the first convivium in Bulgaria, and then launched Terra Madre Balkans: a regional network uniting over 100 food communities and Slow Food convivia from South East Europe.
Aida Baimakova is the leader of the Slow Food Astana Bayterek convivium, as well as the leader of Slow Food Youth Network in Kazakhstan. A journalist involved in the coverage of agricultural development, she is the founder of the online platform Bauyrsak.kz, an online catalog of eco-producers and endangered recipes. Actively involved in the development of Slow Food in Kazakhstan for many years, in 2013, she organized the first Slow Food Youth Movement in Central Asia.
A member of the Bambuti people of the Kivu forest in the north east of the D.R.C, Nicolas is the leader of the Slow Food Goma Karisimbi convivum and an active member of the Ark of Taste and 10.000 Gardens in Africa projects. He is part of the Steering Committee that organized Terra Madre Great Lakes event, and is committed to defending the rights of indigenous peoples in D.R.C, promoting the sustainable use of resources, opposing land grabbing and using food as a means of peace building among communities.
A member of the Diné people, representing the Global North. Denisa is a Steering Committee member of the Slow Food Turtle Island Association, and is committed to addressing the diabetes epidemic (with both advocacy and awareness raising activities), the dominant culture of unhealthy foods, and the lack of access to healthy food in the Navajo Nation. She is a member of several organizations linking the topics of young farmers, sugar and diabetes, native truth etc.
Joined the Slow Food International team in 1997, having previously edited the Osterie d’Italia guidebook and the Atlas of typical products of Italian parks for Slow Food Editore. She then directed the The Ark: Book of Presidia magazine and the publication Slowark. Since 2005 she has been the General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, where she coordinates the main Slow food programs (Presidia, Ark of Taste, etc.) and the contents of Slow Food awareness raising campaigns.
He is the current Rector of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. Trained in Medical Botany at the University of Pisa, Andrea Pieroni earned his doctorate from the University of Bonn in Germany. In January 2009 he was made Associate Professor in the subject area of Environmental and Applied Botany at Pollenzo and from 2016 he is Full Professor of the same subject. Pieroni has served as the Vice-President and President of the International Society of Ethnobiology (2008-2010), is the founder and Chief Editor of the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, and sits on the boards of diverse international ethnoscientific associations and peer-reviewed publications.
Georges Schnyder Junior
Co-founder of Slow Food Brasil and executive director of Mundo MESA and Prazeres de Mesa Magazine. In 2000, he pioneered a project to manage the sustainability of açaí pulp and palm heart production on Marajó island alongside local communities. This working method, named ARCO, was later used to help other communities, including those impacted by the Coari-Manaus pipeline in Amazonas.
Co-founder of the Slow Food Youth Network, of which he was the President until 2017, and founder of Food Hub, a social enterprise that aims to accelerate society’s transition to a good, clean and fair food system. He’s also a lecturer at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere, the Netherlands.
Joined Slow Food in 1988, and has witnessed the development of the association since its early days, firstas a volunteer, then as part of the staff, and since 2006 as the President of Slow Food Italy. He was re-elected for a second term in 2010 and served in this role until 2014, when he was appointed CEO of Slow Food Promozione – the arm of Slow Food which organizes its major events.
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.