National Commission


President: Katia Karam Toralles 

Antropologist and rural producer. She lives in Pirenópolis, town where she works supporting local food producers and connecting them to Slow Food since 2003. Leader of the Pirenópolis Convivium.


Roberta Marins de Sá 
Pharmacist and food scientist with a degree from the Centre for Brewing and Distilling at the Heriot-Watt University (Edimburgh, Scotland), she has worked for the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MDA) and on rural development, food security and support of small-scale productions. She coordinated Slow Food projects (Ark of Taste, Presidia, Terra Madre and Earth Markets) from 2005-2009 and is currently convivium leader of the Slow Food Cerrado Convivium and on the International Council.


Adriana Lucena
Specialist in Agrarian Politics, her studies had been always related to northeast semiarid, with attention to local and regional gastronomy traditions. Nowadays she lives in a traditional rural house in Jandaira/RN, producing peppers. She is also a Chef and the leader of the Potiguar Convivium.


Elisa Correa
Journalist with a Master in Communication from the University of Florence, Elisa studies the application of the Slow Food philosophy in the journalism sector. She is a member of the San Paolo Slow Food Convivium.


Francisco Ansiliero 
Born in Brazil, but with Italian origins, Francisco is a renowned chef in the national gastronomic scene. With a degree in education, today he is one of the main experts on quality Brazilian artisan products. Co-founder and member of the Brasilia Convivium, in 2004 he was one invited to the Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy to represent the Americas.


Geraldo Damasceno
Biologist, he graduated from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, received an M.A and PhD in Vegetal Biology from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He is Professor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul and coordinator of the Masters degree course in vegetal biology. He is also involved in research programs on the conservation of the Pantanal flooded environments. He has extensive experience in the field, coordinating research projects regarding the area’s population.


Jerônimo Villas-Boas
Ecologist, he graduated from the Unesp of Rio Claro (San Paolo). He works within the field of applied ecology, agro-ecology and alternative systems of production, paying particular attention to the production chain of native stingless bees.


Mauricio Fonseca
Historian and specialist in indigenous cultures, he is the coordinator of the “Nhanhoty Jejy – Fortaleza do Palmito Juçara” project on the Guarani communities of the northern coast of San Paolo and the Ribeira Valley. He is also general coordinator for the “Cultura Indígena” award supported by the Ministry for Culture. The prize also aims to promote the value of indigenous cuisine and traditional recipes transmitted through the centuries by indigenous communities throughout Brazil.


Paulo Kageyama
Is a Professor at the ESALQ – University of San Paolo. He has a degree, PhD and Post-Doc in Tropical Biodiversity. He is a member of the group of experts of the FAO for the Conservation of Vegetal Genetic Resources and of the National Committee on Biosecurity of Transgenic Crops. His activities also involve research in the areas of biodiversity, agro-biodiversity and in systems of production for domestic agriculture.


Rodrigo Oliveira
He interrupted his studies in engineering and environmental management in order to focus on the family business, an emporium of typical North-Eastern Brazilian products in San Paolo. He then graduated in Gastronomy at Anhembi Morumbi University, and is now a Chef at his own restaurant, Mocotò, where he presents the flavors and culinary traditions of his land with a modern and creative touch.


Rosângela Pezza Cintrão
Agronomist with a Master in Development, Agriculture and Society at UFRRJ (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro), Rosângela is a member of the Rio de Janeiro convivium and volunteer with the Maniva Institute. She is a researcher in field of rural development, public policy for agriculture and rural movements in these fields. She is part of the “Rede Ecológica, de compras coletivas de produtos orgânicos e da economia solidária”, a Brazilian purchasing group for ecological products and has experience in working for NGOs specializing in agronomy and ecology.