(Salerno, 1959). Initially a lawyer and journalist, he was Minister of Agriculture from 2000 to 2001 and Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea from 2006 to 2008. He is chairman of the Foundation UniVerde, which he promoted with the environmentalist magistrate Gianfranco Amendola, and promoter of environmental education since 2008. He won the TRI Award for Policy in 2011, a prestigious award conferred by Jeremy Rifkin. Since 2010 he has been a member of the jury of the European Business Awards. He has taught courses on environmental policy and ecotourism at the University of Milan - Bicocca since 2009. Since 2013 he has taught courses on tourism and sustainability at the University of Rome - Tor Vergata.