Chiara A. Cascino was Research Assistant at the ISPI's MENA Center. She holds a BA in Modern Languages (English, Spanish and Arabic) from the University of Palermo and a MA in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. She is also concluding a Master’s Degree in Economics and Institutions of Islamic Countries at the School of Government of the LUISS University, Rome. Her research interests focus on the history, institutions and society of Middle East and North Africa and the trends of contemporary Islam.
Giovanni Carbone (PhD, London School of Economics) is Head of the ISPI Africa Programme and Professor of Political Science at the Università degli Studi di Milano. His research focus is the comparative study of politics, geopolitics and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular regard to political institutions.
Dr Andrea Calderaro is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations and the director of the Centre for Internet and Global Politics at Cardiff University. His research centres on the transnational governance of the cyber domain, with a particular focus on cybersecurity and cyber capacity building. With his research he has contributed to cyber capacity building initiatives in Africa, Asia, and Central America, Middle East, and within EU institutions.
Federico Borsari is Pan European Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Associate Analyst with ISPI. From 2018 to 2020 he was an ISPI Project Assistant for the MED Dialogues Conference. He was awarded his Bachelor in History at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He also holds a Master in International Relations from the University of Bologna and has recently completed a Master in Middle Eastern Studies at the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) of Milan.
Amanda Bisong is a Nigerian national, with a background in Law (Bachelor/ Barrister in Nigeria) and a Master degrees in International Law and Economics (World Trade Institute, Bern) and International Trade Policy and Trade Law (Lund University). She is currently also pursuing her part-time Ph.D. on the topic of Regional Migration Governance (with a focus on West Africa) at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Claudio Bertolotti (PhD) is Director and Head of Research at Swiss-Italian company START InSight. His academic and professional research focus on terrorism, radicalisation, Intellicence, security in Mediterranean area, conterinsurgency, small wars and asymmetric conflicts in the MENA area (in particular Afghanistan Syria and Libya). Since 2015, he is Senior Researcher at the Centre Euromaghrébin de Recherches et d’Etudes Stratégiques (CEMRES) in Tunis and Italian Representative within the ‘5+5 Defense Initiative’ international research working group.
Sara Berloto is a Junior Research Fellow at CERGAS-SDA Bocconi School of Management and Teaching Assistant at Bocconi University. She holds a BSc in International Relations and European Institutions at the University of Milan and a MSc in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations at Bocconi University. She previously worked as Trainee at the Political Office of the Italian Embassy in Paris and then at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.