The association was founded by a group of anthropologists, biologists, botanists, health systems and traditional medicines experts, operators engaged in the recovery from addictions and harm reduction strategies, interested for several years in the fields of ethnobotany and ethnofarmacology.
- Federico Giudici: Graduate in History and Ethnological and Anthropological Sciences, specializing in Health Systems, Traditional and not Conventional Medicines, at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He’s interested in the therapeutic potential of plants, particularly of those which contains psychoactive compounds. In 2011 he carried out research in the Takiwasi center of Tarapoto, in peruvian Amazon rainforest (center for recovery from drug addiction and investigation on medicinal plants), and since then he collaborates with various local curanderos interested in pursuing study towards the traditional Amazonian medicine and its therapeutic potential, especially in the field of addictions and mental disorders. In 2014 he decided to found, with Pierangelo Guerrero, the non-profit organization Etnopharmakon, of which he is president.
- Pierangelo Guerrero: After approaching drug studies from the anthropological perspective, has been working for years on harm reduction strategies on drugs through the collaboration with the Spanish NGO Energy Control and, at European level, with the NEW IP project, focusing on the chemical analysis of substances and personal advising to recreational drug users. In 2013 he is co-founder of TLConscious project and the year after, led by his interest in the ethnobotany and the therapeutic potential of some traditional remedy, he founded Etnopharmakon with Federico Giudici.
- Carlo M. Schenone Infante: curandero and expert in the handling of Amazonian medicinal plants. Ayahuasquero with an experience of more than fifteen years. He collaborated with Takiwasi center in Tarapoto and is a student of Colombian Tayta Adonias Quintero.
- Luca Pivotto: IT and SEO consultant, expert in web programming and social media. For years engaged in the protection of the territory and interested in all the new potential of green technology and the ethical implications of social media in environmental protection. In the past it was involved in the web site management of important Italian environmental associations, since 2014 is secretary of Etnopharmakon where he’s also the informatics consultant.