General Secretary of IFMeD
He is the founder and coordinator of the Forum on Mediterranean Food Cultures and, since 2002, he has fostered an enduring multidisciplinary dialogue among international experts, from different fields and from all over the Mediterranean area. Dr. Dernini received in 1974 his Doctor’s degree in Biology from the University of Cagliari (Italy) and in 1997 his Ph.D. from the School of Education of New York University. In 2007, he was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture of Italy as a member of the Italian Technical Committee for the inclusion of the Mediterranean Diet in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. From 2007 to 2010, dr. Dernini was the Head of the Office of the President of the Italian National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition. From 2009 to the present time, Dr. Dernini is a consultant at FAO on sustainable diets and sustainable food systems.and has published studies on Mediterranean diet as a case study for the assessment of the sustainability of diets.