Arturo Varvelli is Senior Research Fellow at ISPI and Co-Head of ISPI's Middle East and North Africa Centre, in charge of North Africa Studies. He also works as a scholar on topics such as Italian-Libyan relations, Libyan domestic and foreign politics, Italian foreign policy in the Middle East and Mediterranean region, Jihadist groups in North Africa, having published both books and articles on these subjects.
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.
Alessandro Pio is Senior Scientific Advisor at ISPI. Previously, he worked as Resident General Director of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) North American Representative Office (NARO) in Washington DC. Pio joined ADB in 1993 and became programs economist for Viet Nam, where he was posted from 2000 to 2004, and Country Director in Sri Lanka, where he helped coordinate the aid agencies post-tsunami reconstruction response. Before joining ADB, he was a professor at Bocconi University where he taught macroeconomics and development economics.
Lorenzo Parola is a partner at Paul Hastings and is one of the most prominent energy lawyers in Italy. Lorenzo is admitted to the Italian Supreme Court and as a Solicitor of England and Wales. Lorenzo has assisted domestic and international corporations and private equity funds in M&A transactions in the energy sector, with a particular focus on renewable enercy, and project finance. He has advised extensively on the permitting and regulatory issues related to the development of energy infrastructures and on contractual and regulatory aspects of energy physical and financial trading...
With almost 35 years of experience in the hydrocarbon sector, Massimo Nicolazzi worked for Eni and Lukoil before being appointed Ceo of Centrex Europe. Today he is Chairman of Centrex Italia SpA and Senior Advisor of ISPI's Energy Security Program. He has written several publications and he is member of the Italian Geopolitical Magazine "Limes".
Francesco Marone is Research Fellow for Programme on Radicalization and International Terrorism at ISPI. He holds a PhD in Political Science and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Pavia. He is also an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). He held research fellowships and visiting positions in the UK, Israel, Croatia and the Netherlands.
Marco Lombardi is a Scientific Advisor at ISPI. He is a teaching fellow at the Catholic University where he teaches Crisis management and risk communication, Mass Communication Theory and Sociology. He is the director of ITSTIME – Italian Team for Security Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies, a research centre of the Department of Sociology of UCSC managing several fields or research in Afghanistan, North Africa and the Middle East. He is also a member of the scientific board of the International Doctorate of Criminology and Director of the School of Journalism of UCSC.
Researcher at the Department of Asian and North African Studies of Venice “Ca' Foscari” University, Carlo Frappi is Associate Research Fellow for the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre at ISPI. Frappi, who holds a Ph.D. in European History, is also Adjunct Professor in Regional Studies at Catholic University of Milan and, since 2013, is a Member of the Board of Directors at the "Association for the Italian Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus" (ASIAC).