QUIETI, Maria Grazia (Program Director)

Dr. Quieti came to AUR after 26 years of professional experience at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She worked with governments, academic/research institutions and civic organizations on education programs and technical assistance on sustainable food and agricultural development policies and programs. Her career spanned the globe, managing projects in Asia, the Near East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. She was responsible for the participation of more than 800 civil society organizations at FAO’s World Food Summit in Rome in 1996 and, as Senior Policy Officer, the training of country delegates for negotiations on agriculture with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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ABABOUCH, Lahsen

Lahsen Ababouch is currently senior Advisor at the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of FAO where he held the post of Director, Policy and Economics Division until he retired in May 2016. Before joining FAO in June 2000, he was Professor at the King Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, in Rabat, Morocco, where in addition to teaching and research, he held advisory positions for research, industry outreach, bilateral trade agreements and agribusiness. He has written some 94 scientific publications, including books and book chapters, and some 174 scientific and technical communications in food systems, safety and quality and trade.
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ABDULKADER, Bisan

Bisan Abdulkader is active in the development of projects for the transfer of know-how between innovative Italian companies and MENA Science and Technology Parks (Middle East North Africa). works towards the realization of sustainability projects with the United Nations and the Youth Engaging Program in Damascus. Bisan is responsible for the development of projects in the MENA region for LUISS ENLABS and co-founder of Artichalk, an online platform for nutritional wellbeing.
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COCCO, Emilio

Professor Cocco is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Communication Science, University of Teramo (since 2005). He is also Adjunct Professor in Political Communication and Media Research at The American University of Rome (AUR). In 2013-2014 he worked as extraordinary professor at the department of sociology of the University of Zadar.
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CONSOLANDI, Arianna

Dr. Consolandi has extensive research experience. She carried out research for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Milan in collaboration with Roma Tre University. For her research, she focused on the study of molecular mechanisms of self-resistance in antibiotic-producing microorganisms and new methods for selecting overproducer strains to support clinical trials.​
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COTTINO, Gaia

Gaia Cottino, PhD in Cultural Anthropology is currently Adjunct Professor at the American University of Rome and Teaching Assistant at the Università di Roma La Sapienza. In the past ten years, she has carried out long fieldwork activities mainly in Oceania, in Hawaii and Tonga, focusing on food, health and body issues, with a specific attention to global and local health and nutrition policies.
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FONTE, Maria

Maria Caterina Fonte has extensive experience in teaching on topics in the field of Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics. Her research activities are focused on agriculture, agro-food systems and rural development, especially in industrial and post-industrial economies. Her publications concern the agro-biotechnological revolution, the turn to quality in agriculture, the role of local knowledge in agriculture and rural development, territorial policies of rural development, models of food consumption, civic food networks and local food.
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KOPERSKI, Brian

Brian is originally from America, and has been studying and working with Digital Media for over 2 decades. He has a Minor in Architecture History which is the driving factor that brought him to Rome to visit, and eventually live here. Brian knows the history of Rome, and his passion for exploring the historic city is reflected in his photography and media productions, as he is always looking for the best light and positions, affording superior results in his work.
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LANGER, Marshall

Marshall Langer has been an Adjunct Professor at AUR since 2004. He earned his Bachelor’s in Finance from Boston University and an MBA from The Wharton School in Marketing and Management, and has done graduate work in Counseling Psychology at New York University. Marshall entered academia after a 12-year career in finance in the U.S. and Europe, in investment banking and risk arbitrage with firms such as Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp and BNP Paribas. Marshall is also a Trained Group Counselor.
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MAETZ, Materne

Materne Maetz is an agricultural economist who has worked more than 35 years in the area of food and agriculture worldwide. He is currently a Senior Advisor/Consultant after a long career as Senior Policy Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO) and as an Agricultural Economist with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a French producer organisation. 
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ORTOLANI, Livia

Since 2003, Dr Ortolani has been employed at the Italian Association for Organic Farming (AIAB), where she first focused on Agriculture and Conservation interaction, before moving in 2009 to coordination of the AIAB Research Office and being directly involved in EU funded Research projects on multiple issues (e.g. agrobiodiversity, agroecology, weed management, organic wine production, organic arable crops, urban farming).
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PEVERI, Valentina

Since 2004 Valentina Peveri has carried out fieldwork in Southern Ethiopia on the robust constitution of an indigenous plant and of the (women) farmers who cultivate it. Her goal as an anthropologist has been to explore the links between agriculture, natural resources, crop/livelihood choices, and food security; and especially to provide evidence of the role of gender in these relationships. In 2017, Prof. Peveri was awarded one of eight prestigious fellowships by the Wenner Gren Foundation for her research project entitled The Edible Gardens of Ethiopia. An Ethnographic Journey into Landscapes of Diversity and Hunger.
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POLLON, David

Professor Pollon has been teaching courses in finance, economics and the entertainment industry at AUR since 2003. He also teaches graduate seminars for the MBA program of the Institut Superieur de Gestion in Paris, France. Prior to entering the academic world, Professor Pollon made his career in the international financial arena working for The Walt Disney Company. After serving as Finance Director at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles, he became Finance Director in the UK and then Italy, where he was in charge of all cinema, video, and DVD financial operations. 
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SAGE, Colin

Colin Sage has worked on the interconnections of food, agriculture and environment throughout his academic career. After a sojourn in the Himalayas, he undertook his PhD on changes in highland agriculture in Bolivia (University of Durham 1990), which included a side project on the cocaine economy. Long interested in the issues around food and livelihood security, Colin has conducted research in Mexico and Indonesia and undertaken contracts to evaluate projects in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Central America. More recently he has worked with artisan producers in Ireland documenting the development of alternative food networks as well as working with urban community food initiatives. From there it was a natural step to help form the Cork Food Policy Council which he chairs. Colin is the author of the acclaimed text, Environment and Food (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Food Transgressions: Making sense of contemporary food politics (Ashgate 2014).
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STOURAITIS, Vassilios

Vassilios Stouraitis is an agri-business consultant with the United Nations in Rome and an academic lecturer. Specializing in small and medium-sized enterprises, he holds a PhD from Henley Business School, an Msc in Development studies from University College London and an MBA and Bsc from the University of Kent. He has worked in development for the United Nations (FAO and IFAD) and European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) and is also a published author in international business strategy.
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WILLIAMS, Megan

Megan Williams is an award-winning foreign correspondent, radio documentary producer and writer. For more than 15 years, she has reported extensively on Italy and the Vatican, covering everything from the plight of migrants and mafia to the Venice Biennale and food and culture. She has also reported throughout Asia, Africa and Europe, most recently covering terror attacks for CBC and other outlets. Megan’s reports have won numerous top international awards, including Gold and Silver at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2015 and a United Nations award for her documentary on women and public space. Megan has an Honours BA from McGill University and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship. She is author of the story collection Saving Rome.
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