Elena Zhirukhina is a Senior Lecturer at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, and an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies in the University of St Andrews.
Tobia Zevi (Ph.D.) is an Associate Research Fellow in charge of the Global Cities Programme at ISPI.
In November 2021 he has become Commissioner for Public Assets and Social Housing in the city of Rome.
Global Fellow Eisenhower in 2019, he was also Fellow in the US Government’s “International Visitors Leadership Program” (IVLP) in 2017.
Between 2015 and 2018 he was political adviser to the Italian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Maha Yahya is director of the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, where her work focuses broadly on political violence and identity politics, pluralism, development and social justice after the Arab uprisings, the challenges of citizenship, and the political and socio-economic implications of the migration/refugee crisis.
Researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).
Frederic Wehrey is Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Middle East Program).
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.
Arturo Varvelli is the Head of the Rome Office and Senior Policy Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and a Senior Associate Fellow at ISPI. 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.