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A list of our members and guest speakers

Noel Buttigieg

Noel Buttigieg

Leader of Slow Food Malta

Dr Noel Buttigieg is a lecturer at the Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture and Coordinator of the Programme for Mediterranean Culinary Culture of the University of Malta. He published several articles about food and food culture and co-authored the book L-Istorja tal-Kultura tal-Ikel f'Malta in 2004. He is currently the Hon. Secretary of the Malta Historical Society, member of the Sacra Militia Committee and Convivium Leader of Slow Food Malta


John Portelli

Public Relations and Marketing Officer, Slow Food Malta

 John Portelli is based in Malta and is owner of Simply Organic, distributors of very high quality organic products to the local Maltese market. Simply Organic promotes and educates clients and the public about healthy ways to improve health and lifestyle, organising cookery demonstrations, talks, olive oil tastings and workshops using seasonal organic produce and ingredients. Managing director of Technology in Management Ltd, he is a management consultant and security specialist in Malta since 1998.

Dermott Sales

Dermott Sales

Leader of Slow Food Anglia

Dermott Sales is based in Italy, Malta and the UK and he set up Slow Food Norwich in 2008 and was co founder of the regional Slow Food Anglia covering counties in the east of England in 2014. He works closely with community groups in the Anglia region to raise awareness of food issues with the public, in the media and with local government.

Slow Food Anglia promotes small artisan food producers, organises events, food festivals and educational programmes in towns and cities across the region and currently works with the University of East Anglia and Cambridge University on several sustainable food projects. Dermott also works closely with the Sail Cargo alliance to promote sustainable methods of transporting artisan produce by sail.

Slow Food Anglia is Twinned with Slow Food Marche in Italy and Slow Food Sicilia as all these areas have long coastlines and many members who are involved in marine projects and businesses.


Shane Holland

Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK

Shane Holland is an highly experienced senior executive with an operations background. Frequently quoted in national media giving comment on food and sustainability issues, and guest lecture at some of our most prominent institutions. He works extensively within the fields of Criminal Justice, Food & Education; working with respective Government Ministers, Ministries and Civil Servants. Awarded Food Campaigner of The Year 2013 and again in 2014, for his political campaign work in sustainable agriculture and fisheries.

He is Chairman of Slow Food England and Leader of Slow Food London


Jorge Spiteri

Director of Safi Honeybee Products

Jorge Spiteri works as an architect and civil engineer trainee in Malta and practices beekeeping during his free time as a fulfilling hobby. Following his graduation in 2013, he strengthened the passion to beekeeping which was instilled in him during his thesis project upon meetings with Mr Luke Montebello who explained the art of beekeeping in practice. This encounter was followed up by a relevant course in Beekeeping and the Art of Honey Making at the University of Malta and participation in various meetings/conferences both local and overseas. His aim is to deliver this passion to whoever is interested whilst safeguarding the local honeybee species as part of the upcoming project named Sustainable Management Of Resilient Bee Populations.


JD Farrugia

Director fish4tomorrow

Director and member of the core team of the fish4tomorrow campaign on Malta which aims to create a culture of environmentally sustainable fishing and fish consumption.  He was responsible for implementing and developing  programmes and managing volunteers involved in the Valletta 2018 cultural programme. J D is involved with many important and ongoing environmental projects on Malta and he is also Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Malta.

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