Adriano Cattaneo has worked for 20 years as Epidemiologist and Co-ordinator of the Unit for Health Services Research and International Health at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health “IRCCS Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste, Italy, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health. He holds an MD degree from the University of Padova and an MSc degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has spent most of his professional career in developing countries, including four years as a medical officer with the WHO in Geneva. He has authored more than 220 publications in scientific journals and books, more than 100 of which are in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a peer reviewer for more than 30 international journals. He is a member of the Italian Society of Epidemiology, of the Cultural Association of Paediatricians, and of IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) Italy. As project coordinator of two EU-funded projects, Adriano played an important role in the development of the document “Protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in Europe: a Blueprint for Action”, revised in 2008, a tool tested and used for the development of national breastfeeding programmes. He retired in 2014.