Brendon J. Cannon is Assistant Professor International Security at the Institute of International and Civil Security (IICS) at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations from the University of Utah, USA (2009).
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.
Gilberto Bonalumi is Senior Advisor at ISPI for the Latin America Programme. Between 1978 and 1989 he worked as Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, under the government of Goria and De Mita. In 1992, he started his career in journalism and engaged with non-profit organisations working to promote international relations between Italy and Latin American. He was further appointed as general secretary of RIAL (Italy-Latin America Network) and President of IPALMO (Institute for relations between Italy and African, Latin American and the Middle and Far Eastern countries).
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.
Erik Becker is IFC’s Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, for the MENA and Horn of Africa region and based in Dubai. Under his leadership, IFC has become the leading financier of private infrastructure in the MENA region outside of the GCC. He spent most of his 20-year career in infrastructure finance working mostly on the MENA region. Erik has also been based in Nairobi and Hong Kong, working across regions and infrastructure sub-sectors. Erik holds a master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and an MBA from INSEAD.
Andrea Beccaro is Adjunct Professor in Security Studies at the University of Turin, Department of Strategic Studies, SUISS. He is the author of ‘Modern Irregular Warfare: The ISIS Case Study’ published in Small Wars & Insurgencies in 2018 and of ‘ISIS. Storia della milizia islamica più pericolosa del mondo’, 2018.
Sara Bazoobandi is a Marie Curie Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and Associate Research fellow, ISPI.
Giornalista e ricercatore freelance, direttore dell’associazione di giornalisti indipendenti Lettera22, collabora con quotidiani e riviste tra cui “l’Espresso”, “il manifesto”, “Gli asini”, “il Venerdì”, “The New Humanitarian”, Radio3. Docente alla Scuola di giornalismo della Fondazione Lelio Basso di Roma e alla SIOI, per nove anni ha curato il Salone dell’editoria sociale. Con Giulio Marcon ha curato La sinistra che verrà. Le parole chiave per cambiare (minimum fax, 2018). Per le edizioni dell’asino ha pubblicato Arcipelago jihad.