Administration & Staff
Pier Alberto Merli, Ph.D
Pier Alberto received his degree in Philosophy from Florence University and his Ph.D. in Economics and Social Sciences at the European Florence University. He is the Resident Director for Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Rome. He is the Director of Leonardo da Vinci School (School of Italian Language and Culture) Rome. He is a member of Forum of Education and NAFSA. He is a wine expert and sommelier.
Director of Expansion and Development and Critical Studies on Food Systems and Sustainability in Japan Summer Program Faculty
Steve Nussbaum, Ph.D
Steve Nussbaum, GLI Director of Expansion and Development, has had extensive experience in international education. He received his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame University (USA), an MA from Sophia University (Japan) and his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University (USA). In addition to faculty appointments, he has held senior appointments in managing and developing International programs at the University of Illinois, the University of New Mexico, Waseda University and Earlham College. At Waseda, he guided the university in the creation of the School for International Liberal Studies. He is now assisting the senior management Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability expand their operations in the United States, and to develop field-sites in East Asia and other suitable locations across the globe.
Senior Advisor for Development
Carmelita Nussbaum, GLI Senior Advisor for Development, has an extensive background in international education in the United States and Japan. She received her undergraduate degree from Webster University (St. Louis) and MA in education from Miami University (Ohio). She has managed university consortia programs in Japan and at Earlham College and has directed educational programs at multiple locations in the United States and Japan. She is a specialist in learning strategies and challenges.
Program Advisor for GLi
Fabio Parasecoli, Ph.D
Fabio Parasecoli is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies Initiatives at the New School in New York. Deeply involved in the international food studies movement, he helped establish the Study Abroad Spring program in Rome for the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign; in addition, he is on the advisory board for the MA program in Food Systems at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, and teaches courses on food and media at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. He worked for many years as the U.S. correspondent for Gambero Rosso, Italy’s authoritative food and wine magazine.
Critical Studies on Food Systems and Sustainability in Vietnam Summer Program Faculty
Professor Le Hung Anh
Le Hung Anh is Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Environmental Science, Engineering and Management at the Industrial University of Ho-Chi-Minh City in Vietnam. He holds a PhD from Humbolt University in Germany and has done extensive research in Vietnam, Germany, Belgium, Cambodia and Laos. He is a specialist in the cultivation of organic rice, biofertilizers, and biogas, among other topics, and has run training programs for the Vietnam Farmers Union on climate change, global warming and environmental policy. He enjoys working with international students and frequently supervises internship placements for US students. Resume ›
Critical Studies on Food Systems and Sustainability in Japan Summer Program Faculty
Aiko Tanaka, Visiting Professor, Gustolab International
Aiko Tanaka is a well-known food educator, essayist, and commentator based in Osaka, Japan. Born in Osaka she studied with Chef Akiko Yoshioka. She appears frequently in Japanese and international food media, including Today’s Cooking (kyo-no-ryori) on NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting corporation. She has published multiple cookbooks and her essays appear frequently in both local and national magazines. Her current projects include the design and development of “Halal Washoku” – Muslim-friendly Japanese cuisine, in collaboration with Chef Daisuke Murota, the chairman of the Japanese Cooking Skills Associations of Osaka. She has offered Japanese culinary lessons at multiple locations across the world including New York and Tasmania. In 1999 she opened Lista Culinary School. She founded the Edible Herb Garden Association to build a network for food education at schools in Osaka and served as a consultant to Shoin High School to establish nation’s first high school food studies curriculum. She is currently Professor of Food Studies at Osaka Shoin Women’s University.
Media, Outreach and Projects coordinator
Salem has a 10-year experience in the field of international education. She also has experience in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation and has worked as a Fellowship and Venture Development Project Manager at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. She received her degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Teona lives in Italy from 2013. She has an 8-year experience doing administration & accounting in various international education environments. She has a degree in Business Administration from Akaki Tsereteli State Univ. in Kutaisi (Georgia). She loves traveling, painting, literature and art in all its manifestations.
Executive Assistant to CEO and East Asia Advisor
Lu Yuan has a Master’s degree in fashion design and marketing in Italy and China and has been working as a fashion designer for more than 15 years in Italy and China. She is also a teacher of art anatomy, an illustrator and a photographer. And, of course, a food lover.
Veronica is currently studying Languages, Cultures, Literature and Translation at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. Besides foreign languages, her biggest passion is cinema. For this reason, she is also pursuing a three-year diploma in Film Journalism and Criticism. She has lived in Spain, Germany and Malta for work and study reasons. She is also passionate about poetry and has won several prizes for poems she has written. Together with two friends, she has created SayFest, a festival for talented young people in the fields of music, poetry and theatre in her hometown, Fano. She has also volunteered in other festivals in the past.