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By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications Coordinator

From May 13-15, hundreds of people from around the world will virtually gather, listen and discuss the regeneration of our world’s foodways to advance good, clean and fair food for all at the 2022 Slow Seed Summit. Each day will focus on a new lens through which our attendees will listen, share and plan the future of our climate, health and food justice. Learn more and register here. Read on to learn more about our three keynote speakers.


Edie Mukiibi

Friday, May 13 at 11 a.m. EST

Edie Mukiibi, Vice President of Slow Food International, and our first keynote speaker of the summit, will be discussing the global state of the Slow Seed program. While living and working in Uganda, Mukiibi has focused his career on advancing ecological and organic agriculture and food systems throughout rural and urban areas in Africa. He serves as the executive director of Slow Food Uganda, has been a key stakeholder in the Slow Food Gardens in Africa program, and is an agronomist, food and agriculture educator, and social entrepreneur. Mukiibi is an advisory board member for Agro Ecology Fund and Food Tank. He was also included in the Forbes’ The Next 50 Awards: The Future of Gastronomy list. 


Astrid Österreicher

Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. ET

Astrid Österreicher is working for Test Biotech – Institute for Independent Impact Assessment of biotechnology as a policy advisor on EU legislative processes. She has a background in international development with a focus on agriculture and food policies. She has both practical experience of working on mostly organic farms as well as several years of working in the political environment of the EU’s capital Brussels.




Dr. Vandana Shiva

Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Dr. Vandana Shiva will deliver our final keynote, discussing women, seeds and community. Dr. Shiva is a scholar, author, scientist and food sovereignty activist. She is the founder of Navdanya, an earth, women and farmer-centric led movement working to protect biological and cultural diversity. Additionally, Dr. Shiva is the founder and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. She has received countless awards for her activism to protect our foodways, including the Right Livelihood Award, the Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of the UN, Earth Day International Award, the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace, and the Sydney Peace Prize.