Founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio
[1950, Rome, Italy]Andrea Riccardi is Professor of Contemporary History at La Terza University in Rome.
An expert in contemporary humanistic thought, his is an authoritative voice in the international scene. A number of universities have granted him honorary degrees in recognition of his historical and cultural merits, including the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Cardinal Herrera University - CEU of Valencia (Spain), Georgetown University in Washington (USA), the University of Augsburg (Germany), and IAE Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 ("en raison de services éminents à la paix et à l'Université).
Andrea Riccardi is also known internationally for having founded, in 1968, the Community of Sant'Egidio. In addition to its social commitment and its many development projects in the southern hemisphere, Sant'Egido is known for its commitment to favouring peace and dialogue. Andrea Riccardi played a role in mediating various conflicts and contributed to attaining peace in several countries, such as Mozambique, Guatemala and the Ivory Coast. In 2003, TIME magazine included him in their list of thirty-six "modern heroes" of Europe, individuals that stand out because of their professional courage and humanitarian commitment.