On May 7 and 8, a delegation from the American University of Rome visited Seeds&Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan. Seeds&Chips is dedicated to showcasing national and international talent and cutting-edge solutions from around the world to the problems of the Food System. Seeds&Chips Founder, Marco Gualtieri is committed to including young people in the summit. He states on seedsandchips.com: “Our priority has always been to give young people a voice and a leading role at Seeds&Chips. We feel that by giving them the opportunities we can truly help them to shape their future. We cannot talk about innovation and be innovative without them.” In keeping with that goal, Mr. Gualtieri invited two AUR students to participate in the summit and take part in two prominent panel discussions. Rama Jalab (Communications) was featured on a panel with Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz and Firas Al Jabban (Business Administration) was featured on a panel with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Both students are from Syria and attend AUR due to scholarships provided by generous donors.

Howard Schultz, Starbucks Executive Chairman

John Kerry: 68th U.S. Secretary of State