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Over 50 individual members from 29 Countries, including 34 UNESCO Global Geoparks,  several Aspiring Geoparks and Geoparks project, Universities, Museum all together to streghten GEOfood initative with innovative research and effective tools

Sara Gentilini. Coordinator of the IGCP GEOfood project and GEOfood founder. Master in Ancient History, Post Degree School on Classical Archaeologist, Bachelor in European Legislation she is now Phd candidate ( Marie Skłodowska-Curie) on abiotic ecosystem services impact in UNESCO Global Geoparks. Since 2011 she is working in Magma Geopark supporting the company to raise its international profile and economic sustainability. She has run more than 30 projects related to culture, education, sustainability, tourism, rural regeneration and community engagement. EGN Committee members and UNESCO external appointed evaluator. Linkedin


Soma Sayedyounesi, CEO at Geoscience Institute of New Age (G.I.N.A), Master of Science in Geography and Regional Tourism Planning, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management as the 1st Ranked Student of “Department of Tourism Management” .Since 2014, researcher, consultant and project manager in geotourism and geopark – local community engagement, local products commercializing and geoproduct expert.

Claude Petit, Diploma in forestry and environmental sciences, PHD in historic cultural landscape management (Title of the phd thesis: genesis and building fabric of historical vineyards, their perception and perspectives for their preservation) Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall, aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark, Luxembourg Director of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall, aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark Since 2012 during the establishment of the Nature- & Geopark, establishment in 2016


Amy Proulx, Dr. Proulx is Professor and Academic Program Coordinator for Culinary Innovation and Food Technology Programs at Niagara College, Canada, where she teaches food product development and food safety and quality systems. She founded the National Technology Centre for Food and Beverage Innovation at Niagara College in 2011 and supported more than a hundred small businesses in product development and commercialization activities

Joana RodriguezBachelor in Geology, Master in Geological Heritage and Geoconservation, PhD candidate on Geosciences, with a focus on Science Communication in Geopark, Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal).Geologist in Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark and researcher in Institute of Earth Science. Since 2008 in the Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark working with Geoconservation, Geotourism, Geoproducts and Science Communication

Kirstin LemonSenior Geologist, BSc Geology, PhD Geological Sciences, MSc Climate Change & Development (Pending) Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (British Geological Survey), UK.Scientific Adviser to Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark (formerly Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark), Adviser to Mourne Gullion Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark and Antrim Geopark Project, Chair of the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Oliver Gulas-Woehri, CEO and Geopark manager, Nature and Geopark Styrian Eisenwurzen. Project management in the fields of Geological heritage, natural protection, scientific research, education, sustainable tourism and regional development; UNESCO external appointed evaluator, EGN Committee member, Head of the Austrian UNESCO Global Geopark  Master degree in Mountain and Climate geography. Since 2015 part of the Nature and Geopark management.

Sophie Justice Business Manager, BSc Geology, PhD Geophysics Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark, France Coordinator of the Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark, EGN Advisory committee member, EGN Coordination committee member, UNESCO external appointed evaluator Working with the Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark as a member of the scientific steering committee since 2008, Sophie became coordinator in 2015 where she assures the oversight of the strategy, operations and scientific activities of the Geopark.

Raphael Ocelli Pinheiro.PhD Candidate, Department of Earth Sciences – University of Turin, Italy. Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal Institute of Minas Gerais (2015) with a sandwich period at Xavier University of Louisiana (USA) through the Science without Borders (CAPES) program. Master in Human Ecology from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with research about cultural ecosystem services and ecotourism development in protected areas. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Tech4Culture program at the University of Turin (Italy) through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

Janaina Luciana De Medeiros, Msc Executive Director of the Geopark Seridó Intermunicipal Public Consortium Tourism expert graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), with a master’s degree in Tourism from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. She also has specialized training in Geoparks from the University of Minho, Portugal; Specialization in UNIAFRO: Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality; Specialization in Municipal Public Management Participates in projects. She also conducts studies on geodiversity, geoconservation, geoparks, geotourism, geo-education, and dissemination of geoscientific knowledge.



Emanuel de Castro Graduated in Geography, with a specialization in Environmental Studies Master in Geography and Territorial Planning, with the Dissertation “Integrated LandscapeAnalysis of the Portuguese Central Raia” and PhD in Geography, with the Dissertation “Serra da Estrela: Strategies of Tourism Development and Territorial Promotion – Contributions of Geography “. Executive Coordinator of the Estrela UNESCO Global Geopark.  Has participated in different research projects in the areas of Tourism, Landscape Analysis and Territorial Development

Hugo Gomes, BSc in Geology since 2007 , MSc in Geosciences since 2010, by the University of Coimbra.  PhD in Geosciences: Quaternary, Materials and Cultures by UTAD University, since 2015. He has been involved in multidisciplinary research projects in the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Brazil, Angola and Ethiopia. Since 2016, he is part of the staff of the Estrela Geopark Association, working in Science and Research in the Estrela UNESCO Global Geopark, in Portugal. LinkedIn:

Manuel Paulino Soares Ribeiro da Costa, Degree in Geology, Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal) General Coordinator of Azores UGGp, and member of the Board of Azores Geopark Association, since 2010

Carla Goulart SilvaBachelor degrees in Biology Applied to Animal Resources and in Pedagogy of Geology and Biology; Post-graduate in Nature Conservation and Management Azores Geopark, UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal) Member of the Azores Geopark Educational team; trainer of teachers and tourist guides. Since 2012 in the Azores Geopark team, working in geoeducation and geoproducts.

Filipa Justo Degree in Tourism Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal) Tourism Technique in Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal) Since 2013 in the Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark working with Geotourism and Geoproducts.

João Pedro Alves Degree in Biology and Geology; Master in Geosciences ( in conclusion) Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal) Geologist in Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal) Since june of 2019 in the Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark working Geoconservation, Geoeducation, Geotourism, and Geoproducts.


Alexandra Paz, Portuguese. Geologist, PhD candidate in Geology at UTAD – Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro University. Alexandra Paz has been a geologist in Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark since 2009, working in geoeducation and geotourism areas, more specifically in the Educational Programs of the Arouca Geopark Association, which she is responsible for, since 2011, but also responsible for the Interpretative units ‘Casa das Pedras Parideiras’ and Arouca Weather radar – Panoramic Floor. Over the years, among other projects, she has developed work with local producers in the creation of geoproducts, namely associated to geosites with interpretative units.

Charalampos (Babbis) Fassoulas  PhD in Structural Geology and TectonicsCurator of the Geological and Paleontological collections at the Natural History Museum of the University of Crete; Laboratory Teaching Staff at Univ. of CretePresident and Scientific Coordinator of Psiloritis UGGp, Greece; Coordinator of Hellenic Geoparks Forum; Co-coordinator of EGN; geopark evaluator for UNESCO. Coordinator or researcher in more than 25 scientific and applied projects, and also in many studies related with geology, geoconservation, geomorphology, geo-hazards and rural development; author or coauthor in more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and publications.


Marcello Salvatore Troia Degree in Statistics and Economics and Postgraduate Diploma of Art Marketing, Sales & International Business, scholar of tourism and its socio-economic relations. Component of the Coordination Committee of the European Global Geoparks Network. Expert on Rural Development Policies developed under EU “LEADER” Programme. Director of Rocca di Cerere Geopark and subject manager of Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark.


Miguel Reis Silva Executive Coordinator of aspiring Portoguese Oeste Geopark  since 2019 Degree in Political Science from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences, in Political Science (2003);Post-graduation in Management and Municipal Administration from Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração (2005);Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with specialization in Municipal Administration, by the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences Contacts

Cyndy Stead Degree in Human Resources Labour & Relations with Distinction and a Certificate of  Economic Development and 20+ years of experience collaborating with community organizations to  move economic development initiatives forward. With a progressive career in a variety of sectors  including the Fishery, Employment, and Tourism Cyndy is the Geopark Manager of the DUGG which is in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), Canada. Cyndy works with the Board of Directors and Community Committees to highlight the area’s  geological significance  while developing sustainable programs  that promote and grow the region, while protecting its’ natural and cultural values. 


Júlia Nagy Specialist is the co-managing director of Innotime Hungary Itd. since the summer of 2020. Between 2017 and 2020, she was the head of the ecotourism and communication department of the Bükk National Park Directorate, from 2012 to 2017 she worked as the managing director of the DMO of Miskolc, and before that she performed tourism network development tasks at Tokaj Wine Region.She was a university teacher at the University of Miskolc, and now she is a lecturer at the Károly Eszterházy Catholic University of Eger. She has been supporting the work of the Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark since the autumn of 2017.Currently, as a tourism and communication expert, she helps the work of the geopark in voluntary work.

Lisa Heinz  Master in Tourism (University of Otago, Dunedin), focus and interest in sustainable tourism.Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Global Geopark (New Zealand) Geopark Manager for Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Global Geopark (team member since 2019) Responsible for community engagement, UNESCO application process, communications and project management.



Pål Thjømøe , geologist and pedagogic expert. He established the Magma Geopark AS IN 2006 and he has been in charge for the company  till 2021. Along the years he contribute to make Magma Geopark an UNESCO Global Geopark running more than 30 projects and be responsible for the overall economy. 

He is now leader for international projects and local actions within stakeholders, schools and development of geological and cultural intepretation. 

José Ángel Sánchez Fabián Degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Salamanca (91-96). Thesis of Degree in the Department of Geology, Area of Petrology and Geochemistry of the University of Salamanca),Las Loras UNESCO Global Geopark Since 2017 Scientific director and Geologist in Las Loras UGGpCoordinator or researcher in many projects related with Geology, Local Development, Agroecology, Environmental education and citizen participation and Sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage in Castilla and León (Spain).


 Karmah Salman Monte, Degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Salamanca (91-96). PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Granada (2002). Post-doctorate at the University of Paris-Orsay- Department of Geophysics (2002-2005)Las Loras UNESCO Global Geopark Since 2017 Management director and Geologist in Las Loras UGGp Coordinator or researcher in many project related with Geology, Local Development, Agroecology, Environmental education and citizen participation and Sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage in Castilla and León (Spain).


 Dr. Cristian Ciobanu, Hațeg Country UNESCO Global Geopark, University of Bucharest, ROMANIA. He has a PhD in Geography with the paper Study of Mental Geography in Bucharest, which created a trend of Geographies of the mind in Romania. Since 2011 he teaches Heritage Management at the Geobiology masters, Geology and Geophysics Faculty, University of Bucharest.Since 2012 he lives in Hațeg region, where he works at the Hațeg Country UNESCO Global Geopark. His scientific preoccupations include Heritage Interpretation using Space Perception, Sacred Geography of the Hațeg region and a whole series of the Geographies of Perception: Imaginative Geography, Geoteology, Geocritics and others.



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