Oberto Airaudi was born in Balangero, near Turin, Italy on May 29, 1950. He was a philosopher, healer, writer, and painter.
In 1975 he and a group of fellow friends and researchers founded the spiritual, human, and social experience of the Federation of Damanhur, for which he serves as the spiritual guide and the inspiration behind the construction of the Temples of Humankind. The path that he proposes "leads to the awakening of the inner teacher through study, research, experimentation and the complete expression of individual potential."
Based on the tradition of Damanhurian citizens adopting animal names, Airaudi also goes by the name of "Falco" (Hawk).