Current Position: Experts and Scholars
José Graziano da Silva
Former Director-General of FAO
Graziano da Silva has had a professional career in the fields of food security, agriculture, and rural development. Since 1977, Graziano da Silva has devoted himself to rural development and fighting hunger while working in the academia at the political level and with organized labour. In March 2006, Graziano was appointed as an Assistant Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and served as FAO's regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was first elected in 2011 and served two consecutive terms as the Director-General of FAO.
Former Director-General of UNESCO
Kōichirō Matsuura is a Japanese diplomat. He is the former Director-General of UNESCO. He was first elected in 1999 to a six-year term and reelected on 12 October 2005 for four years, following a reform instituted by the 29th session of the General Conference. In November 2009, he was replaced by Irina Bokova. He studied law at the University of Tokyo and economics at Haverford College (Pennsylvania, USA) and began his diplomatic career in 1959. Posts held by Mr Matsuura include those of Director-General of the Economic Co-operation Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988); Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990); and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1992–1994). He was Japan’s Ambassador to France from 1994 to 1999. After one year as the Chairperson of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, he became UNESCO’s ninth Director-General on 12 November 1999.
Former Under-Secretary-General of The United Nations
Wu Hongbo was born in Shandong, China in 1952. He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and gained study-abroad experience in New Zealand. He has engaged in diplomatic affairs since 1970s, held various high-ranking positions and gained considerable experience. He has worked as the Assistant Foreign Minister and Chinese Ambassador to Germany. He has also worked in several locations including Hong Kong, Macao, and Manila. He served as the ambassador of China’s Chief Representative of Sino-British Joint Liaison Group from 1988 to 1999. He was appointed as the Under-Secretary-General of The United Nations for Economic and Social Affairs in 2012.
Mbuli Charles Boliko
Director of FAO Liaison Office in Japan
(Message from FAO Liaison office in Japan) “The FAO Liaison Office in Japan” was established in 1997 and is based in Yokohama. It undertakes a series of activities aimed at facilitating information exchange, fostering mutual understanding and promoting collaboration between FAO and the people of Japan on issues pertaining to food and nutrition security around the world. As such, the office constantly interacts with key ministries, national and international agencies, NGOs, schools, universities and research centers, private companies and the public at large. For many years, the Government of Japan has been one of the top contributors to the regular budget of FAO, thereby greatly supporting international efforts to increase food production and raise levels of nutrition in developing countries, especially in rural areas, and to strengthen the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises. This is a fundamental endeavor to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition from the surface of the earth, where an unacceptable 795 million people still cannot eat enough to live a decent life and properly contribute to development.
Chinese Master Chef, founder of Eatology, president of the World Eatology Forum, dean of the Beijing Eatology Research Institute.
Liu Guangwei, Chinese Master Chef, founder of Eatology, president of the World Eatology Forum, dean of the Beijing Eatology Research Institute. In 2013, the Introduction to Eatology was published, and the basic framework of the human eatology science system was proposed. In 2017, he founded the World Eatology Forum which was successively held in Beijing, China in 2018 and Osaka, Japan in 2019. In 2018, he published Eatology, proposed the 3-32 system of the eatology discipline, and the ten eating-related problems of the 21st century. In 2019, he published the Eatology Terminology, Eatology (English version), and Eatology (Japanese version).
Chinese Cuisine Products 34-4 System
Restauranteur, Author, Chef, and Activist
Alice Waters, American restaurateur, author, chef, and food activist who was a leading proponent of the “slow food” movement, which billed itself as the healthy antithesis to fast food. She studied French culture at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1967. She participated in the 1960s Free Speech Movement, and the idealism that was then prevalent at Berkeley was reflected in her ideology throughout her career. She studied abroad for a time in France, and it was there that her love of farm-to-plate dining took hold. Following graduation, She spent a year studying at the International Montessori School in London before returning to California to teach. Waters opens Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA 1971. The restaurant, based on her philosophy of serving the highest quality ingredients according to the season, helped encourage a network of organic farmers and ranchers.
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
Public Health Nutritionist
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world. Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband, Paul Davis. She has two grown children, Leena Markatchev and Cory Davis.
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition
the Founder of the International Slow Food Movement
Carlo Petrini, born in the province of Cuneo in the commune of Bra in Italy, is the founder of the International Slow Food Movement. He first came to prominence in the 1980s for taking part in a campaign against the fast food chain McDonald's opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome. In 1983, he helped to create and develop the Italian non-profit food and wine association known as Arcigola. Petrini was formerly a political activist in the communist movement Partito di Unità Proletaria. In 1977, Petrini began contributing culinary articles to communist daily newspapers il manifesto and l'Unità. He is an editor of multiple Publications at the publishing house Slow Food Editore. He has written weekly columns for La Stampa and is currently a regular journalist on La Repubblica. In October 2004, he founded the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a university devoted to new gastronomists and innovators of sustainable food systems. He was chosen as one of Time magazine's heroes of the year. He is now a supporter and member of the Italian Democratic Party (center-left wing). Petrini was proposed for politician roles (as Minister). Carlo Petrini received some awards and rewards including: Communicator of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London; Sicco Mansholt Price in the Netherlands; honorary degree in cultural anthropology from the University of New Hampshire; Eckart Witzigmann Science and Media Prize from Germany
BUONO, PULITO E GIUSTO
Daniel E. Lieberman is a paleoanthropologist at Harvard University, where he is the Edwin M Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. He is best known for his research on the evolution of the human head and the evolution of the human body. Lieberman was educated at Harvard University, where he got his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He also received a M. Phil from Cambridge University. He was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and taught at Rutgers University and the George Washington University before becoming a professor at Harvard University in 2001. He is on the curatorial board of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, a member of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, and the Scientific Executive Committee of the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. He is the director of the Skeletal Biology Laboratory at Harvard University.
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
David Christian, a historian and scholar of Russian history, has become notable for teaching and promoting the emerging discipline of Big History. In 1989 he began teaching the first course on the topic, examining history from the Big Bang to the present using a multidisciplinary approach with the assistance of scholars in diverse specializations from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Big History frames human history in terms of cosmic, geological, and biological history. Christian is credited with coining the term Big History and he serves as president of the International Big History Association. Christian's best-selling Teaching Company course titled Big History caught the attention of philanthropist Bill Gates, who is personally funding Christian's efforts to develop a program to bring the course to secondary-school students worldwide.
This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity
A Celebrity Doctor and Author
David Perlmutter is a Naples, Florida, based American celebrity doctor and author. Perlmutter is the author of health books, and is known for advocating a functional and holistic approach toward treating brain disorders. Perlmutter serves as a medical advisor for The Dr. Oz Show and Men's Health. Perlmutter wrote the book Grain Brain, released in September 2013, promoting the concept that gluten causes neurological conditions, which became a bestseller. Although not primarily a medical researcher, he has published in the medical literature. He was the president of the Perlmutter Health Center until its sale in 2015. Perlmutter has received the 2002 Linus Pauling Award (of the Institute for Functional Medicine), and 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician Award. In 2015, Perlmutter was awarded the "Communications and Media Award" from the American College of Nutrition.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
Historian and Author
Felipe Fernández-Armesto is a British historian and author of several popular works of history. He was born in London; his father was the Spanish journalist Felipe Fernández Armesto and his mother was Betty Millan de Fernandez-Armesto, a British-born journalist and co-founder and editor of The Diplomatist, the in-house journal of the diplomatic corps in London. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto joined the history department at the University of Notre Dame in 2009, after occupying chairs at Tufts University and at Queen Mary College, University of London. He had spent most of his career teaching at Oxford, where he was an undergraduate and doctoral student. He has had visiting appointments at many universities and research institutes in Europe and the Americas and has honorary doctorates from La Trobe University and the University of the Andes, Colombia. He began his teaching career at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey. In 1982 he published The Canary Islands after the Conquest: The Making of a Colonial Society in the Early Sixteenth Century, an archival study of the Canary Islands during the period of their original settlement. In 1987 he published Before Columbus: Exploration and Colonization from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic 1229-1492, a study of the earliest phase of European imperialism when Europeans left the Mediterranean and colonized the islands along the northwest coast of Africa.
Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food
Food writer, cook
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
Honorary Professor of Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Professor of Yuanren University of Comprehensive Sciences
Japanese Immunologist (Doctor). Honorary Professor, Tokyo Medical University, former Professor, University of Human Sciences. He is good at parasitology, infectious immunology and tropical medicine. At the age of 26, an orthopaedic surgeon accompanied Rokuro Kano, a health zoologist, to Kakeroma Island in Amami Archipelago to investigate filarial worms. Many works on public health have been published from the perspectives of infectious immunology and parasitology. It is well known in general books about parasites. He's also known for his ideas. The reason for hay fever is that he eradicates parasites too much. He said he had kept tapeworms in his intestines for six years. External Director of Tepec, Director of Japan Parasitic Prevention Association, Special Adviser of Water Purifier Association, Chairman of NPO Natural Immune Health Research Group.
Martín Caparrós is a writer. Caparrós begun professional writing at age sixteen, shortly after graduating from high school at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires. His first professional job in journalism was with the now defunct daily Noticias. In 1976, Caparrós fled to exile following the military coup led by General Jorge Rafael Videla. In Paris, he obtained a degree in history at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. Caparrós would later relocate to Madrid, Spain. During the early 1980s, he resettled to Buenos Aires and since then he has produced a vast body of work including fiction and nonfiction alike.
Michael Allen Fox
Michael Allen Fox is an American/Canadian/Australian philosopher who was based at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario from 1966 until his retirement in 2005. He is the author of a number of books, including The Case for Animal Experimentation: An Evolutionary and Ethical Perspective (University of California Press, 1986)—the arguments and conclusion of which he later rejected—Deep Vegetarianism (Temple University Press, 1999), The Accessible Hegel (Humanity Books, 2005), The Remarkable Existentialists (Humanity, 2009), Understanding Peace (Routledge, 2014) and Home: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017). Fox studied for a Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and then a Master of Arts and PhD at the University of Toronto. He began teaching in the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University in 1966, and remained at the institution until his retirement to Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, in 2005. He also took up visiting positions at the University of New England and the Australian National University. He was, in 1996, the University of Tasmania's James Martineau Memorial Lecturer. In addition to teaching at Queen's, he was the editor of Queen's Quarterly for a decade.
How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
Salt Sugar Fat : How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Author, Journalist, Activist, Professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Michael Pollan was born in 1955 in Long Island, New York. He attended Oxford University and Bennington College for his undergraduate degree. Pollan completed his Master's Degree in English at Columbia University in 1981. He has written articles for magazines such as Harper's, New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic. Pollan has worked as an executive editor for Harper's, and many of his articles are published in anthologies. Since 2003 he has also been a professor of journalism at U.C. Berkeley. Michael Pollan is an acclaimed author and natural food advocate. He has won many awards and encourages people, through his writing and speaking, to eat healthier and cleaner. Pollan has been writing about various aspects of food consumption and production for decades. His topics vary to include: whether GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are bad for you, the benefits of eating grass-fed beef and whether or not you should drink organic coffee. He has written about where and how food is grown on a global scale, who has access to it, and ultimately, who controls production.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Shek Mao straight road
Honorary Professor, National Ethnology Museum, Third Director-General.
The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health
Chef, Food Writer
Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine. She has written critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise and Not Becoming My Mother. In 2009, she published Gourmet Today a 1,008 page cookbook containing over 1,000 recipes. She published her first novel, Delicious! in 2014, and, in 2015, published My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, a memoir of recipes prepared in the year following the shuttering of Gourmet.
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
T. Colin Campbell
Thomas Colin Campbell (born March 14, 1934) is an American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Campbell has become known for his advocacy of a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet. He is the author of over 300 research papers and three books, The China Study (2005, co-authored with his son, Thomas M. Campbell II, which became one of America's best-selling books about nutrition), Whole (2013) and The Low-Carb Fraud (2014). Campbell featured in the 2011 American documentary Forks Over Knives. Campbell was one of the lead scientists of the China–Cornell–Oxford Project on diet and disease, set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine to explore the relationship between nutrition and cancer, heart, and metabolic diseases. The study was described by The New York Times as "the Grand Prix of epidemiology.
he China Study: The China Study Revised and Expanded Edition The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health
Vesanto Melina is a Canadian Registered Dietitian and co-author of books that have become classics in the field of vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods nutrition, have sold over 700,000 copies and are in 8 languages (Italian, Dutch, Traditional Chinese, Czech, French, Portuguese, Hebrew, English). She has presented workshops on various aspects of vegetarian, vegan and raw foods and nutrition for dietitians, health professionals, and vegetarian associations in 17 American states and 9 Canadian provinces, and in Europe (Paris, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Dresden, Ghent, Barcelona, Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Venice). Melina taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia from 1965-68 and did research with Thomas L. Perry on the inborn error of metabolism homocystinuria. She taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in 1973-74. Between 1975 and 1978, she was a nutritionist with the health department of the government of British Columbia in Kelowna. Between 1978 and 1981 she lived in India and Nepal; becoming vegetarian in 1978 and becoming vegan in 1993. A motivation for her dietary choices was learning about the cruelty involved in the factory farming of animals, including boar-bashing of pigs (hitting them on the snout with a baseball bat or iron bar to force them into transport trucks), the debeaking of chickens, and the dragging off transport trucks of “downer” cows and calves. She returned to teach nutrition at the University of British Columbia, at Vancouver's Langara College and at Seattle's Bastyr University. She became increasingly interested in the topic of vegetarian nutrition and foods and began teaching popular classes in vegetarian cooking and nutrition that received national media attention (CBC National News, Maclean's magazine). She received the Clintec award for leadership in dietetics. Melina was co-author of the American Dietetic Association's (ADA's ) and Dietitians of Canada’s joint 2003 Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets. She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, College of Dietitians of British Columbia, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the Washington State Dietetics Association, and the International Vegetarian Union. In 2012-2013, she was sponsored by Dietitians of Canada to do a cross Canada tour, speaking to dietitians groups in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver on two topics: “An Update on Vegetarian, Vegan and Raw Nutrition” and “The Effective treatment of Type 2 Diabetes with Vegan Diets”. She has designed continuing education courses for health professionals for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Famous writers, speakers and musicians
The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony
Massimo Bottura (born 30 September 1962) is an Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy which has been listed in the top 5 at The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010 and received top ratings from ESPRESSO, Gambero Rosso and the Touring Club guides. After first winning the 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 Bottura announced the refettorio that he had established in Milan the year before would continue and went on to form the cultural foundation Food for Soul. Bottura spends a lot of time in New York City for spreading the Italian culinary world and tradition. Osteria Francescana was ranked The World's 2nd Best Restaurant at the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2015. In June 2016 Osteria Francescana was ranked No. 1 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants, and No. 2 in 2017. The restaurant was again ranked No. 1 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018.Massimo Bottura, the founder of the non-profit organization Food for Soul, devotes his time and energy to raise social awareness of food wastage and hunger,calls for social responsibility among culinary communities worldwide to take action.
Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chef