Academic Director & Food Designer at Gustolab International Institute
Startupbootcamp FoodTech Rome Mentor
Dr. Sonia Massari has a PhD in Food Systems and Interaction Design (Engineering, University of Florence). She is the Academic Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Food Studies programs and Director of Gustolab International Institute for Food Systems and Sustainability Studies in Rome.
She is a scientific consultant and senior researcher for the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation and she is a consultant for national TV program on food systems.
In 2012, she won the International “Le Tecnovisionaries” Women Innovation Award, a prize which publicly recognises women who have demonstrated an ability to combine creativity and innovation in order to improve quality of life, in particular in the area of food and nutrition, and in 2014, she won the NAFSA TLS Knowledge Community’s Innovative Research in International Education Award.
She is currently coordinating the ADI INDEX Food Design commission.