Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.


As an IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Italian Republic and to realise a global partnership for development to eradicate malnutrition and to secure the achievement of the UN MDG’s, H.E. Mr. Augusto Sorriso’s role would be instrumental in facilitating the organization’s initiatives through cooperation with the Italian Republic a Member State of IIMSAM’s Intergovernmental Treaty aimed at using Micro Algae Spirulina in order to realize its mandate to make Spirulina a key driver to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security and to bridge the health divide globally.

Born in Licata (AG) on January 25th, 1948, after conceding the political science (International-political science) degree with the highest grade, at the prestigious Institute “Cesare Alfieri” of Florence in 1973, he enters the family business, the Sorriso Construction Company, which specializes in the field of public works. At the same time he started other successful economic initiatives like the management of a beach club and the opening of a clothing and shoe store.

In 1975 for the first time he enters the world of politics of Licata when he was elected as a councilman in the “Democrazia Cristiana” party. Since then in the arc of 20 years he was always reelected with great favor of the people and from time to time he held all the citizens’ position (assessor, Mayor, President of the U.S.L. (Social Sanitation & Hospitals), as well as important positions of the party at a provincial and regional level, many times delegated to the National Congresses of the “Democrazia Cristiana.”

In 1993 retired from politics he gets called to be the president of the local soccer team of at the professional level (C1) of which he resigns after bringing the team to an unexpected save from relegations.

In 1994 he decides to bring his family to the U.S.A. (where his wife is from and his two kids are born). In the state of New Jersey, where he lives today, he started in the restaurant business of a franchise of great success that now counts for more than 95 stores, where he is part of the administration council of the SALADWORKS inc. franchise of which he is the vice president and personally directs two (the third should be open for public in August 2008).

He became part of the Italian American community of New Jersey, (he is a member of the Sicilian Federation of the New Jersey association committee that regroups many Sicilian Clubs). In the beginning of the 2007 he founded with others the Sicilian Confederation of North America. In 2002 he received from President Cuffaro the position of the representative of the Sicilian Community in the States, in march of 2004, he was elected in the COMITES of New Jersey and since June of the same year he holds the same position to represent the U.S.A., since May 2007 he has been part of the Presidential Committee of the same Council.

Running for the Italian Senate in 2006 elections of the Central and North American section in the Forza Italia list although not winning he obtained a great electoral success becoming the most voted in the States between all the candidates of all the lists, as a party and as personal preference (over six thousand nine hundred in all of the states).