Aldo Ferrari (PhD) is Head of the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Program at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan. He is Professor of Armenian Culture, History of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and History of the Russian Culture at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where he is also Director of the ELEO Master’s Degree in Languages and Economies of Eastern Europe. Co-founder (2004) and President (2013-2016) of the Association of Italian Studies on Central Asia and the Caucasus (ASIAC), he is Editor of the series “Eurasiatica.
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Before joining ISPI Filippo Fasulo served as the Director of the Italy-China Foundation's Centre on Business Research (CeSIF). In 2014, he earned a Ph.D. in Politics and Istitutions from the Catholic University of Milan with a dissertation on the concept of power in China's politics that was awarded the Cesare Bonacossa Prize by the University of Pavia. In 2012, he received a MSc in China in Comparative Perspectives at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since 2011, he has been lecturing on China-related topics at the Catholic University of Milan.
Davide Fanciulli has served as a Research Trainee at the ISPI Centre on Business Scenarios (supported by Intesa Sanpaolo) and at the Centre on Infrastructure. He is currently enrolled in a Double-Degree Master's Programme of Public Administration and Public Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Previously, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and Government at Bocconi University of Milano.
Dr. Mathieu Duchâtel is Director of the Asia Programme at Institut Montaigne since January 2019. Before joining the Institute he was Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia and China Programme at the European Council of Foreign Relations (2015-2018), Senior Researcher and the Representative in Beijing of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2011-2015), Research Fellow with Asia Centre in Paris (2007-2011) and Associate Researcher based in Taipei with Asia Centre (2004-2007).
David Dollar is a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and host of the Brookings trade podcast, Dollar&Sense. He is a leading expert on China's economy and U.S.-China economic relations. From 2009 to 2013, Dollar was the U.S. Treasury’s economic and financial emissary to China, based in Beijing, facilitating the macroeconomic and financial policy dialogue between the United States and China.
Igor Denisov is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for International Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), MFA of Russia. His area of expertise are China elite politics, Russian-Chinese relations, China’s foreign policy.
Ruben David is a Research Assistant at the ISPI Centre on Business Scenarios, with a focus on issues related to climate change and energy. He is the ISPI coordinator for the Task Force on “climate change, sustainable energy and environment” at the Think 20.
Sara Cristaldi is a Senior Advisor at ISPI and the Co-Head of the ISPI Centre on Business Scenarios. She is the editorial supervisor of the Institute's "ISPI Watch" Newsletter providing in-depth analyses of Business Scenarios in different regions of the world. She also engages in journalism and writes op-ed pieces, focusing on foreign affairs, world economy and global cities. She used to work as an editor for "Il Sole 24 Ore", the leading Italian economic and financial newspaper.
Rogier Creemers is an Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Studies. With a background in Sinology and International Relations, and a PhD in Law, his research focuses on Chinese domestic digital technology policy, as well as China's growing importance in global digital affairs. He is the principal investigator of the NWO Vidi Project "The Smart State: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Law in China". For the Leiden Asia Centre, he directs a project on China and global cybersecurity, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Marco Chirullo is the Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for trade relations with Far East Asia, including China, Korea and Japan. He acted as Deputy Chief Negotiator of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, and currently supervises its implementation.