About Us

The Raul Gardini Foundation was created in 2013 to recognize and spread the global vision of Raul Gardini, the entrepreneur who had foreseen and hoped for the development of a sustainable industry linked to environmentally-friendly agriculture. For Gardini, finding new modes of production that are less harmful to our planet was a near emergency, an inescapable duty of policy-makers and scientists necessary for the defense of future generations.


The Foundation promotes the research and development of green chemistry and the bioeconomy, advances education on environmental and supports the scientific and cultural training of young people.

The Foundation is member of the Italian Cluster of Green Chemistry

Scientific Committee

CATIA BASTIOLI is CEO of Novamont S.p.A., president of Terna S.p.A., president of Kyoto Club and of Italian Cluster of Green Chemistry
FABIO FAVA, professor of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology at the School of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Bologna, is Italy’s national representative in the area of bioeconomy at the European Commission.
MARCO FORTIS, professor of Industrial economics and foreign trade – Political Science Faculty – Catholic University of Milan, is director of Edison Foundation and “Commendatore al merito” of the Italian Republic.
RAFFAELE LIBERALI is a consultant in Industrial Strategies and Innovation, former Director of the European Commission, former department head of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, and former assessor for the region of Basilicata for Development, Training, Work and Research.
DOMENICO MUTI is director of RMMUSIC and General Manager of the “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” since its founding in 2015.
RICCARDO MUTI, living legend of classical music, has conducted the most important orchestras in the world. He’s currently Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in the past of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Philarmonia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Teatro alla Scala from 1986 to 2004. Since 2004 he devotes a significant amount of his time to the training of young musicians. He has founded the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini entirely composed by Italian talents and, in 2015, the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy. He has received 25 honorary degrees from the most important universities of the world
GUNTER PAULI is economist, entrepreneur, Blue Economy theorist and founder of ZERI (Zero Emission Research and Initiatives), author of books including fables for children.
FRANCESCO PROFUMO is the president of ACRI and of Compagnia di San Paolo di Torino, former Minister of Education, University and Research in the Monti government from November 2011 to April 2013 and former president of the CNR from 2011 to 2012.
GIANFRANCO ROSI, film director, is the winner of the Golden Lion for “Sacro GRA” at the Venice Film Festival in 2013 and the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival for “Fuocoammare”, which was also nominated for best documentary in the 2017 Oscars.

Board of Directors

Ivan Gardini

Eleonora Gardini
Vice President

Maria Speranza Gardini


Raul Gardini


An entrepreneur in the field of agribusiness and chemistry, he was president of the Ferruzzi Group for nine years, during which he led it to European leadership in the production of sugar, starch, soy, oils and vegetable flours. With the acquisition of Montedison, Gardini initiated experimentation in the production of new chemical products entirely of vegetable origin without petroleum-derived inputs. “Agriculture is chemistry,” he used to say. A sportsman and passionate sailor, his renowned Moro di Venezia was the first European boat to win the Luis Vuitton Cup and compete in the America’s Cup final, in 1992.

«Economic development must be global or it will not happen. Moreover, it will happen only if the solutions implemented to address the world’s problems also create wealth.

If not, society will gradually suffocate and forfeit its future. It is thus absolutely necessary to bring about a form of economic development that addresses the world’s problems, like hunger and environmental degradation.

The period of exploiting the planet’s limited and environmentally damaging resources is approaching the breaking point: continuing down this road will exhaust the planet, poison it, and make it impossible to solve its problems.»

Raul Gardini — 1991