Valeria Talbot is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI's Middle East and North Africa Centre, in charge of Middle East Studies. She also is a lecturer at the Master in Middle Eastern Studies in ASERI – Catholic University, and at the IULM University of Milan. She was ISPI scientific coordinator of Arab Trans, a FP7 funded research project on political and social transformations in the Arab World after the Arab uprisings in 2010-2011.
Lucia Tajoli is an Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI. After a BA in Political Economy at Bocconi University, she specialised in Advanced Studies in International Economic Policy Research at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel (Germany). In 1994 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics with a dissertation on the relationship between international trade and economic growth.
Gaia Taffoni is a research trainee at ISPI and a PhD. student in Political Studies at the University of Milan, NASP. She holds a BA in International Studies at University of Bologna and an MA in International Relations, European Institutions curriculum, at the University of Bologna. Her research interests focus on the European external action, European foreign policy toward the MENA region and democratisation processes.
Ambassador Stefano Stefanini is a Scientific Advisor at ISPI. Prior to this he worked as Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano between 2007 and 2010 where he provided analysis on international affairs, Transatlantic affairs, and security and defence capabilities; he also worked as a Permanent Representative of Italy at NATO; Deputy Chief of Mission of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC. Finally, from 2013 to 2014 he served as Vice Chairman of OTO Melara, Finmeccanica.
Carlo Secchi is Vice-President of ISPI since 11 July 2005. He was President of ISPI for the second semester of 2016. Currently he his Professor Emeritus of European Economic Policy at Bocconi University in Milan, where he was Rector in the period 2000-2004 and Full Professor between 1983 and 2011. He was the Chairman of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission (2003-2016) and he has been a member of the board of scientific Foundations and Institutions and an advisor to various Italian and foreign research Institutes, to Italian public Institutions and to the European Union.
Counselor Fabio Rugge is Associate Senior Research Fellow at ISPI's Centre on Cybersecurity.
He is a diplomat currently working at Fincantieri as Senior Advisor to the President for International and Institutional Affairs.
Lia Quartapelle is a Research Fellow of the Africa Programme at ISPI. She lectures the module of Policies for Development Cooperation at the University of Pavia. She is an economist by training and she holds degrees from the Universities of Pavia and Florence. She got a Master of Science in Economics with reference to Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a PhD in Development Economics at the University of Pavia with a dissertation on aid and employment in Ghana and Mozambique.
Gianluca Pastori, PhD, is Associate Professor, History of political relations between North America and Europe, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University of Milan. He also teaches History of military institutions and security systems in the same Faculty, and History of the international relations and institutions in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University, Brescia.
Antonella Mori is Head of the ISPI Latin America Programme. Ph.D. in Economics at the Catholic University of Milan; MSc in Economics of Latin America, University of London and BA in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University. She teaches Macroeconomics and Economic Prospects at Bocconi University and Macroeconomics and Political Economy at the Master's course in Diplomacy at ISPI. In 2011 she received an official award from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for having favoured the strengthening of Italian-Latin American relations.