Scientific committee


The Scientific Committee of the Qualivita Foundation presides over the updating and monitoring of the research carried out by the organization. It also has a representative role, with the aim of valorizing the image of the Foundation at national and international level, as well as ensuring the dissemination of the results obtained from the scientific research. The Scientific Committee acts as guarantor for the orientation of the research and dissemination processes, and contributes to the national and international debate on European quality agri-food production, with particular attention to those which have obtained European PDO and PGI recognition.



S&D group coordinator

Paolo De Castro is currently Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the Veterinary Medicine University of Bologna and academic with tenured positions at the National Academy of Agriculture in Bologna; the Georgofili Academy of Agricultural Economics in Florence; the Agricultural Academy in Pesaro; and the National Academy in Treja. He has always been committed to issues concerning European and agri-food policies and was Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. He is currently the S&D Coordinator for the same Committee, now in his second term after being re-elected in May 2014, and Standing Rapporteur for Expo 2015 and the EU-US (TTIP) trade negotiations for COMAGRI. He has played a major role in national and European policies for the agri-food system and rural areas and has authored over 100 scientific publications, many of which are dedicated to the analysis and prospects of European policy.


Managing Director

Stefano Berni graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at Bologna University, and also attended the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, sitting 34 exams out of 51. Since 1985, he has been the Director of the Milk Producers’ Association in the Province of Mantua and Director of the Coldiretti Provincial Federation in Padua since 1989, an Association with 15,000 registered families and 120 employees. From 1992 to 1994 he was elected Member of Parliament for the Democrazia Cristiana party, arriving first in the region of Veneto. In 1994 he was appointed Managing Director of the National Association of Beet Growers based in Bologna, with 60,000 members and around 200 employees. From 1995 to 1998, at the time Managing Director of ANB, he created SADA, a marketing Company for beet products, of which he was the CEO until 31/12/1998, with an annual turnover of over 50 billion Italian Lire.

Between 1995 and 1998 he was also the Chief Operating Officer of C.S.C, a Company providing operational Services within the beet farming system. Since 1998, he has been the Managing Director of the Consortium for the Protection of Grana Padano Cheese, based  in Desenzano del Garda (Brescia); the most important Consortium in Europe. He has also been the President of the Consortium for the Protection of Aceto balsamico di Modena PGI since 2014.


Vice Presidente

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Ex-Managing Director

Alessandro Dini graduated in Economics from the University of Genoa and did his master’s degree at the G. Washington University D.C., attending postgraduate courses in management. He has held various positions in American and German multinationals in France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Italy, becoming CEO and Managing Director of the Italian branch of two of these. He was elected President of the Chemical Industries Association of the Province of Florence from 1999 to 2001. He was Managing Director of the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all´Adige for over ten years (2002 to 2013), which under his leadership went from being a functional institute to a private law Foundation (Edmund Mach): among the numerous achievements the most important ones were in the field of vegetable genomics; under his leadership,  the Foundation drew up the first employment contract in Italy for research in the private sector, as well as founding the Doctoral School for genomic and biological research on  fruit trees.



One of the founders of Legambiente, in 1988 Antonio Ferro founded Gaia, a company specializing in social, environmental and public communication. From 1992 to 2000 he was President of Ecobilancio Italia, a company specializing in the creation of environmental budgets, Life Cycle Assessments, Environmental Product Declarations, etc. Since 1982, he has been a member of the Association of Journalists as a Publicist. He has authored several publications on Environmental Communication, including the book entitled Dar Voce all’Ambiente: dieci anni di comunicazione ambientale in Italia, published by Sperling&Kupfer in 1999. He has also contributed to many books, writing papers and testimonies, both in the field of environmental and social communication. He was a National councillor member of Ferpi, Vice President of Assorel and National Council member of Pubblicità Progresso. He has participated as a speaker in many courses, conferences and workshops, specialized and not, on public communication and business. From January 2004 to February 1st 2006, he was the Director of Communications and External Relations for AMA Spa, the Municipal Environmental Company in Rome. In February 2007, he founded Extra Comunicazione, of which he is currently President. He is also the President of the non-profit organization Parchi per Kyoto (Parks for Kyoto), established by Federparchi, Kyoto Club and Legambiente.



Giuseppe Liberatore graduated from the University of Portici (NA) with a degree in Agricultural Sciences, obtained with honours, followed by a postgraduate diploma in oenology and viticulture at the University of Turin. He collaborated with the management of Federcantine in Rome, and in 1987 he assumed the role of Secretary General of the National Interprofessional Association for the valorization of Wine. From 1992 to 2001 he was director of the Marchio Storico Chianti Classico Consortium (Gallo Nero Wine) and later became General Manager of the Chianti Classico Wine and Chianti Classico PDO Olive Oil Consortia. Since 1998, he has been Vice-President of Federdoc (National Confederation of voluntary associations for the protection of designations of origin and typical geographical indications of Italian and other wines). He has been President of the Italian Association of Geographic Indication Consortia since 2006.

By Decree of February 29th 2012, he was appointed as a member of the National Committee for PDO and PGI wines for the years 2012-2014, together with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies Mario Catania,  as an expert in technical / scientific / legal aspects pertaining to the viticulture and oenology sector. This appointment was recently reconfirmed by Minister Maurizio Martina for the years 2015-2017. He was appointed President of Valoritalia Laboratori in January 2015.


Prof. Economics and Business Administration

Business economist with a PhD in Business Management and specialization in Marketing Management. Full Professor at the Sapienza University, where he teaches marketing and management to undergraduates and graduates, Alberto Mattiacci also coordinates the marketing department of the LUISS Business School and teaches post-graduate and executive courses. He is also a visiting professor at the Villanova Business School in Philadelphia and the Secretary General of the Italian Marketing Society. In addition to his university positions, he is Scientific Director of Eurispes, business consultant on market issues and speech writer for businesses, associations, etc. on issues regarding competition and market prospects. He has authored numerous books, scientific articles and papers, and recently published a marketing manual, written with a colleague, which aims to modernise how marketing is taught in Italy.