Oberto Airaudi is the founder and the spiritual guide of the Federation of Damanhur in Italy. Numbering a thousand citizens, the Federation of Damanhur is an eco-society and a United Nations award-winning model for a sustainable future. It is based upon ethical and spiritual values and promotes a culture of peace and balanced development, through solidarity, volunteering, the arts, a respect for the environment, and social and political commitment. The Federation is known for its Temples of Humankind, an extraordinary underground cathedral constructed by its citizens, and dedicated to the reawakening of the divine in every human being.
Born in Italy near Turin in 1950, Oberto is a philosopher, healer, writer, and painter. He has done extensive research in traditional and esoteric sciences, Western science, paraphysics, and applied therapeutics, and at the same time has produced and collaborated on monumental works of art, as well as artifacts that function between technology and art. In Damanhur, in keeping with the local tradition of adopting animal names, he goes by Falco, the hawk.