Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo provide the opening remarks to the SAND Conference 2012.
Italian-born Maurizio Benazzo has worked in film and television in a variety of roles, both in front of and behind the camera.
Recent camera credits include a series about New York for RAI Television, Italy; producer and on-screen presenter for "Gotham" -- a highly acclaimed offbeat magazine series for Metro TV, New York; and many more.
Maurizio co-produced "At The Movies", which was first broadcast in Brazil and featured Helena Duncan and Nelson Motta. It was later adapted for RAI, Italy, and featured Giovanna Calvino, Salman Rushdie and Isabella Rosellini.
A successful screen actor, Maurizio has appeared in numerous feature films, TV shows and commercials.
Apart from his film and television work, Maurizio also serves as president of HealthShare International. a non-profit organization dedicated to providing health training and educational sponsorship to indigenous groups in the rainforests of South America.
Zaya Benazzo hails from Bulgaria and has degrees in Engineering, Environmental Science, and also Film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria. She later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States. Her life long passion for science and mysticism finally came together with the emergence of the conference.