ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute


ITKI’s mission is to create an international network to study, promote and protect traditional knowledge and its innovative

use to improve ecological integrity, social cohesion and economic wellbeing

ITKI Organization Chart

ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute- was founded on the occasion of the International Conference on Traditional Knowledge and Living Heritage held in Florence from 10 to 12 July 2009, coordinated by the Maria Nobrega Foundation and by Ipogea under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, the Region of Tuscany, the City of Florence, the City of Bagno a Ripoli and the Presidency of the Association of UNESCO Heritage Cities and Sites in Italy.


The Institute mission is the data bank of the traditional techniques and sustainable technologies, ( promoted by UNESCO and ideate by Pietro Laureano with the Iconographic Traditional Technologies and Innovative System, SITTI, portal and a certification system for solutions, good practices, and quality businesses involved in the safeguard of landscapes, ecosystems, and cultural heritage.

The Maria Nobrega Foundation

The Maria Nobrega Foundation is a Founding Member of The International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI) and The Traditional Knowledge World Bank (TKWB).

The Maria Nobrega Foundation was established as a Charitable Trust with the Charity Commission in 2003. It is privately funded. It works internationally on a range of projects, which encompass the aim of promoting architectural heritage restoration, sustainable regeneration and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Sra Elizabeth Nobrega de Araujo Tsakiroglou

Actually is the international president of ITKI

Latest news

Meeting in Viscri, Romania, with King Charles III

Meeting in Viscri, Romania, with King Charles III

To honor his Majesty visit to Romania,The International President of The Maria Nobrega Foundation and ITKI , Mrs Elizabeth Nobrega Tsakiroglou organized the meeting with his Majesty, King Charles III and Professor Pietro Laureano, President of Ipogea and co founder of...

Crowned King Charles III of United Kingdom

Crowned King Charles III of United Kingdom

Greetings to HM Carlo III. He will be a great king committed to the environment, the defense of traditional knowledge and cooperation between peoples. Below is his statement showing his interest in different civilizations and cultures: "The surprise, ladies and...

15 Ottobre 2021 Convegno a GMÜND (Austria)

Il Patrimonio del paesaggio culturale dei bacini di GMÜND. Organizzato da HRIH Andreas Salvator Habsburg Lothringen 10:00 Bgm. Helga Rosenmayer Stadtgemeinde Gmünd (A)   Begrüssung LR Eichtinger, (B)   BM Köstinger, EU? CZ?...

Gualchiere: Michael Carrington’s vision becomes reality

Gualchiere: Michael Carrington’s vision becomes reality

Michael Carrington (center) engages with the last inhabitants of the Remole Gualchiere to recover this important monument (July 2009) 11 years after the challenge launched by Michael Carrington, the Municipality of Florence starts the recovery program of the Remole...