Fabiana Zollo is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Research Fellow in the Venice Center for the Humanities & Social Change. Her research investigates (mis)information spreading on online social media, with a special focus on the dynamics of polarization and intolerance. She collected several papers on the topic, both with national and International co-authors.
Dr. La Toya Waha is Deputy Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia in Singapore. Dr. Waha’s research focus is on the emergence of political violence, the relation between religion, politics and the state as well as suicide as a political tool. She has published on political culture, collective violence as well as political parties in South Asia. Her major publication is her book, Religion and State-Formation in Transitional Societies: Sri Lanka in a Comparative Perspective.
Tobias von Lossow is a Research Fellow at Clingendael – Netherlands Institute of International Relations. He works on water security, hydro-politics, water in conflicts and fragile settings and climate security with a regional focus on the Middle East and Africa. He lectures at Free University Berlin, is part of expert groups on water and security in the ME (Georgetown University Qatar; EuroMeSCo) and regularly holds guest lectures at universities and gives diplomatic training courses and briefings.
Sara Vigil is Associate Research Fellow at ISPI for the Africa Programme. Sara is a Research Associate at the Hugo Observatory of the University of Liège (ULg) (Belgium) and at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) where she is completing her PhD on the interconnections between climate change politics, land grabbing, and migration (with a focus on Senegal and Cambodia). At ISS, she is a member of the MOSAIC project: ‘Climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in fragile states’.
Brendan Vickers is Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI for the Africa Programme. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of London. He currently works as Economic Adviser in the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
Olesya Vartanyan has worked on conflicts in the South Caucasus for almost 15 years. She has been with International Crisis Group since 2016, researching and producing reports on regional security issues in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, with a particular focus on breakaway regions in the South Caucasus – Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia.
Dr. Nicole S. van der Meulen has been working in the field of cybersecurity for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Strategic Analyst at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol. In that capacity, she functions as the Team Leader of the Strategy & Development team. Prior to her arrival at EC3, she was an Advisor of Security Affairs at the Dutch Banking Association. Previously, she led the cybersecurity part of the Defence, Security and Infrastructure (DSI) team at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, where she worked as an analyst.