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Food from the Roots

A substantial portion of our cultures and traditions circulate around the memories we create around the dinner table, a place where we celebrate milestones, mend conflicts, nurture relationships, and find gratitude for life.

Food is the agent that nurtures and unites us all, regardless of cultural differences and language barriers. It is the element that allows us to embrace the many dimensions of our heritage and roots. Cooking techniques and culinary knowledge passed down through generations are of the oldest human rituals. As these culinary traditions are handed down, they become inherently ingrained in the way we interact and understand each other, allowing us to develop more compassion and awareness in our interactions with one another.

Dignified Storytelling joined efforts with the African Union and the Mexican Pavilion to co-curate “Food from the Roots”, an experience designed to create intimate and interactive conversations around the significance of food and nutrition security in different communities and cultures and how we can change the existing narratives across Africa and Latin America.

Speakers of the Day

Ragy Saro

Head of International Organisations at EXPO 2020 Dubai and Dignified Storytelling Lead

Bernardo Noval

Director of Mexico Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai

Chef Gerardo Vazquez Lugo

Award-Winning Mexican Chef

Leslie Richer

Director of Information & Communication for the African Union 

Chef Coco Reinarhz

Epicure, Johannesburg

Bram Govaerts

Director General a.i. (Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer) of CIMMYT

Chef Mame Sow

Award-Winning Pastry Chef


Chef Ciprian Machangoh

Head Chef, Alkebulan

Kai Charles

Kai Lea Charles

Events Host, Entrepreneur and Founder, BlackGirlInDubai