Members Series

Passionate and enthusiastic, our members are the driving force of the Association. Equally to our Expert Team, members come from all over the globe, from Canada to Australia, forming a kaleidoscopic mixture of knowledge and competence. 

Individuals who are also part of the "Members Series Programme" (featured below) actively promote the internationalisation of debate. In doing so, members carry out video podcasts; write blog articles; plan and execute international events; share and discuss key ideas.

If you are interested in becoming a member, if you want to take part in webinars and events, or if you just wish to learn more, do not hesitate to get in touch: We are just one email away!

International System/World Order



Bianca Ferrazza

My name is Bianca Ferrazza, I’m a 20 year-old italian student about to obtain my Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Padova. I’m currently working on my thesis while doing research at my department, a field for which I am developing a growing interest about. During the early years of my education I have spent some time abroad, engaging in summer school programs in the UK and in Germany and subsequently spending a year during High School in a school in The Netherlands. I am very interested in the fields of international relations, security studies, economic development and big data’s relation and threats to democracy.


István Hagyó

Istvan is an analyst intern at United States section for the International Team for the Study of Security Verona. He completed his Bachelor degree in International Studies at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, while now pursuing his Master degree in International Affairs at King’s College London. He has a keen interest on US foreign policy and geopolitics, especially the Sino-American and Sino-Russian relations. He has experience working as an intern for the Insitute for Foreign Affairs and Trade to Hungary, as a policy writer for PVNN and as a project assistant to Valor Hungariae Ltd. He believes that, for the US, it is crucial to prevent a Sino-Russian alliance.


Aida Cavalera

Aida is an M.A. graduate in European and International Studies at the University of Trento, Italy. Her thesis centered on the law and politics of Indigenous-led anti-fossil fuel movements in the United States. She spent one semester at Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, where her studies were focused on international security and European affairs. Aida holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages for Business and Economics at the University of Urbino and a diploma in European Affairs at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan. In September 2021, Aida joined the ITSS US foreign policy team. 


Francesco Cirillo

I attend Political Science and International Relations at the Roma Tre University, I follow the fields of geopolitics and military strategy and geoeconomic systems, having above all as areas of study and research Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Asia with a focus on Sino-US relations.
I was part of the initial working group that led to the birth of "Starting Finance" of which I am now an effective member and where I hold the role of Head of Security.
I also held the position of Vice President of the Starting Finance Club Roma Tre from November 2020 to May 31 2021. Since 2021 I have been a Rotaract member of the Rotaract Club Roma Eur.

Asia & China


Carlotta Rinaudo

Carlotta Rinaudo is a Master student of International Affairs at King's College London. She has a strong interest in Asia-Pacific current affairs, with a particular focus on the implications of the rise of China.


Mariam Qureshi

Mariam Qureshi is a PhD Student in Politics at University of Reading. She received her MA in International Affairs concentrating in Espionage and Surveillance from King’s College London. Her research interests include cyber strategy, IR theory and Foreign Policy with a focus on Pakistan. As Lead Editor for ITSS Verona, she coordinates all publications of the Member Series.


Sandra Watson

Born in Toronto, Sandra Watson Parcels spent part of her youth in Harbin, China. She graduated with a BA in Policy Studies from Mount Royal University in Canada. She thrived in International Business in China, the USA and Canada before obtaining her MA in Counterterrorism and Homeland Security in 2018 from Reichman University in Israel. While in Israel, Sandra worked for Athena, a cybersecurity firm under Mer Group. There, she produced an extensive report on Chinese Hacker Groups that was published by the International Institute For Counter-Terrorism (ICT). Sandra is currently working as an intern researcher at ITSS Verona and pursuing a PhD.



Igor Shchebetun

I am a specialist in the field of international relations. Bachelor's degree in finance. Master's degree in management and innovative technologies
Master’s degree in International Relations (2022-2023). Specialization; commercial and non-commercial national and international projects in USA and Europe as well as in Asian and Eastern European markets. Major experience in research and professional work in finance, immigration, investments, humanitarian values, peace, professional diplomacy, military and global strategy of regulation and prevention of global crises and cataclysms, global security and peace. Military experience: Second Class Lieutenant of artillery in reserve.


Davide Gobbicchi

Bachelor's degree at Luiss Guido Carli in PPE, with an exchange semester at Mosow HSE, where I begin specializing in the Post-USSR area. "Double-degree Master student - Luiss Guido Carli and MGIMO - of International Relations with a major in security; currently focused on energetic and environmental security.


Fabrizio Napoli

Fabrizio Napoli is taking an MA in East European and Eurasian studies at the University of Bologna, where he enhances his knowledge about the Russian Federation and the former Soviet space.
Besides Russia’s foreign policy, his research interests concern the broader sphere of intelligence and security studies, stretching from military innovation to influence operations.
Previously, he spent a semester at the State University of Saint Petersburg and a whole academic year at the Higher School of Economics of Moscow.

Central & South America


André Carvalho

André holds an MSc degree with Distinction in IR from the Graduate Program in International Relations at the State University of Paraíba (Brazil). He is currently studying a short course on High Studies on Defence at the National Defence University of Argentina. Within ITSS Verona, he is the technical lead of ITSS Verona International Security Magazine, Social Media assistant, and member of the South America Team. Researches on; grand strategy, force design, military transformation, air power, rocket & missile artillery, deterrence and A2/AD on East Asia, and Asian geopolitics.


Giovanni Giacalone

Giovanni Giacalone, graduated in Sociology from the University of Bologna, MA in Islamic Studies from Trinity Saint David University of Wales and a further specialization in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism-IICT. He is currently senior analyst at the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies-Itstime (Catholic University of Milan), at the Europe desk for the UK-based think-tank Islamic Theology of Counter-Terrorism, and for Kedisa-Center for International Strategic Analysis based in Athens, Greece. From 2014 to 2016 he was an associate researcher for “Istituto Studi Politica Internazionale-Ispi‘s “Observatory on Terrorism”, and he is now a researcher for Rome’s Centro Studi Machiavelli.
Giacalone was country-coordinator for the Globsec European project “From criminals to terrorists and back”, with the objective of analyzing the crime-terror nexus among jihadist foreign fighters. 


Marta Pace 

I am a Master student of International Relations with a major in Security at LUISS University, in Rome. I hold a Bachelor's degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from University of Bologna, during which I had the opportunity to study for six months in Brazil at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte. Therefore, through my studies, I was able to realise my strong interest in the Central and South America Region by entering more closely into this reality. Currently, I am doing an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the Press Office and I am also an activist for The ONE Campaign as Youth Ambassador, which gives me the great opportunity to deal with the international dynamics shaping our contemporary world. 


Beatrice Tommasi

Beatrice is a Master student of International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, major in Mediterranean governance. Previously, she has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political, Social and International Sciences at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, with a thesis on sociology of immigration. She followed two Erasmus programs, at Sciences Po Paris before, and at Université libre de Bruxelles later. Strongly interested in the fields of international migrations, immigration and integration policies, she dreams to work on these themes in the future. As a member of ITSS Verona, she is part of the Central and Latin America team.

UK & European Affairs


Alessandro Spada

I was born in Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena, Italy, on January 13th, 1985. Between 2007 and 2014, I've been one of the founders and main activists for Partito Democratico in my hometown. I got my Bsc degree in political science from the University of Bologna in 2016. I wrote my dissertation on the incomplete democratic transition experienced by Russia from the fall of the Soviet Union until Vladimir Putin's presidency. I now live in Glasgow, Scotland.


Sonia Martínez Girón

Sonia is pursuing a Master's degree in International Affairs at King's College London. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Professionally, she has been working as an analyst in the private sector. She is a contributor to the Strife Blog and Journal. At ITSS Verona, Sonia covers European Affairs. Sonia is also ITSS Verona communication editor.


Eleonora Shehu

Eleonora is a graduated student in Comparative International Relation (MA) from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is deeply passionate about international politics and international law as well as foreign languages for which she holds a Bachelor’s degree. She contributes since September 2021 to create content for ITSS Verona in the EU and UK area and is interning at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada (Montreal) in the field of business and marketing communication. She aspires to become a diplomatic agent.


Rosa Maria Torraco

Rosa Maria is a law student at the University of Bologna. She is a Managing Editor at the University of Bologna Law Review and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She is also an Alumna of “Scuola di Politiche” and “Budapest European Agora”, which are fellowship programmes focusing on policy-making founded by former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Her primary research interests are: European Legal History, IT Law & Cybersecurity, International Security in the European region and Democratic Transitions.


Isabelle Despicht

Isabelle is a European Studies undergraduate at Zuyd University in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Next to her studies, she completed an internship with the Armenian Embassy in The Hague where she was, among other things, tasked with researching Human Rights violations in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. She speaks five languages, is a passionate Human Rights advocate, and has a keen interest in international organizations, the European Union, security and foreign affairs. She is also an upcoming intern at the Geneva International Centre for Justice, a Human Rights NGO reporting to the UN human rights council.



Filippo Grassi 

I graduated from the University of Perugia in Political Science and International Relations. I have always cultivated a passion for issues related to Diplomacy and International Security. This is why I decided to enrol in the Master in International Relations and Security at LUISS in Rome, where I currently live. A lively spirit and always ready for new experiences, I decided to gain experience in the field of international economic development and cooperation with an internship at INSME- the International Network for SMEs. I am currently laying the foundations for a future career in the world of diplomacy.


Maria Chiara Aquilino

Maria Chiara Aquilino is a student in Crisis and Security Management (MSc) at Leiden University, The Hague. She has recently graduated from King’s College London, where she studied International Relations (BA) while developing a strong interest in Security Studies, and particularly in the topic of migration. Her thesis, supervised by Prof. Leila Simona Talani, focused on the strategic use of politics of fear in Salvini’s propaganda, exploring how it targeted southern regions and their perception of migration. Besides, Maria Chiara is a student at Scuola di Politiche, a political mentoring fellowship programme focusing on public policy founded by former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.


Sarah Toubman

Sarah recently graduated with her MA in War Studies from King’s College London, where she wrote her dissertation on Venetian regionalism during the Second World War. Her main research focus is the intersection of regional identity and security, specifically in northeastern Italy. However, she has explored these themes across different geographical areas, having previously conducted research on Basque separatism while at the University of Michigan and investigated irregular warfare in South America while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.



Alessandra Gramolini

Alessandra is a graduate of the Master in Global Affairs Program from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) and the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). Alessandra also holds a Law degree with a specialization in International and European Law from the University of Urbino "Carlo Bo". Over the last several months Alessandra co-founded and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of a new project called the Global Affairs Review. Throughout her academic career Alessandra has developed a keen interest in conducting research, particularly in the fields of International Relations between Africa, China and the European Union.


Rebecca Pedemonte

I’m currently finishing my master’s degree in Human Rights, Migrations, and International Affairs at University of Bergamo. During the past six months I have been writing geopolitical analysis on migrations from West Africa and Human Rights violations. Over the past 4 years I’ve been interviewing migrants from West Africa, to deploy my thesis research. Recently I decided to publish videos in which I try to sensitize people on issues such as discriminations, racism, gender equality and geopolitical dynamics. My main research interests are: migrations; the Sahelian band flows and human trafficking; Lybian detention centres; gender gaps and gender equality; intersectionality.  


Michele Tallarini

Born in 1992, Michele holds a MA Degree in Human Rights and International Cooperation Ethics at the University of Bergamo, where is currently working as a researcher on topics such as security, migration and radicalisation prevention policies. He takes part in several cooperation projects, especially in Sahel and North Africa, raising his interest and expertise regarding these key-areas. History, sport and literature addicted, he is also a contributor for an international cooperation's blog and a karate trainer.

Middle East


Angelo Calianno

A freelance reporter, Angelo specialized in ancient history and Islamic influence across the world. In the last 14 years, he has written, and continues to write, about conflicts and stories in several states of Africa, Asia, Middle East, and South America. He has published reports and stories in war-torn areas, the latest, in chronological order, from Chad, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Through his photo exhibitions, Angelo tours Italy and Europe, sharing stories with powerful images.


Anna Lorenzini

Anna Lorenzini holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Languages, Cultures and Societies of Asia and Mediterranean Africa-Middle East curriculum (Arabic and Turkish)- and a Master’s Degree in Comparative International Relations, both at Cà Foscari University of Venice. During her academic career, she had the opportunity to deepen and cultivate her passion for International Relations, foreign languages and cultural diversity, especially approaching the Islamic one thanks also to a period where she lived in Morocco and attended the EGE. In 2021 she also earned a Master at the SIOI in Communication and Lobbying in International Relations. She speaks 5 languages.


John Devine

A British and Irish citizen John is originally from Scotland. He studied his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews from 2016-2020. Along with this, he worked for several years with Dyslexia Scotland - a charity close to his heart. He is currently studying for his Master’s degree in International Affairs at King’s College London (PT/DL) and is also working as an EFL teacher in Bari, Puglia, Italy. 


Martina Gambacorta

I am a second year International Relations graduate student at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna—curriculum “Crime, Justice and Security”. I am really passionate about criminology, terrorism and organized crime, and I am approaching the study of international systems with particular focus on the Middle East area. My background is on Arabic language, literature and culture, but I am also proficient in English, French and Spanish.


Omri Brinner

Researcher, analyst and historian of Middle Eastern and terrorism issues. I studied history at San Jose State (BA) and have a masters in terrorism studies from King’s College London. My thesis examined the effectiveness of three Israeli counter tactics against suicide terrorism during the Second Intifada - Targeted killings, territorial control and target hardening. After my studies I worked as an intelligence analyst and risk manager and today I am a financial fraud analyst and a teaching assistant at the IDC. I manage a blog on Middle Eastern geopolitics, where I analyze current events in a wider historical and regional context. 



Shahin Modarres

Born in Tehran, Shahin holds a Bachelor's degree in "Politics, Philosophy, and Economics" and an MA in "Government and Politics" with a focus on Security Studies from LUISS Guido Carli University. He has successfully done courses in Counterterrorism Studies, Intelligence, and Diplomacy at King's College London and NATO Defense College. Shahin is a polyglot and he has done an Internship at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an analyst. Shahin's research is mostly focused on Critical Security Studies in Radicalization, Intelligence, and conflicts in the Middle East.


Yasmina Dionisi

Born in Beirut, Yasmina is an undergraduate in Political Science and International Relations at Luiss Guido Carli University and Rome, exchange student at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and intern at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Herzliya. Native French and Italian speaker, she is fluent in English and Spanish and knows Arabic and Russian. Within the realm of international security and affairs, she is interested in Counter-Terrorism, Nuclear Politics and Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Iran.


Filippo Saverio Cimento

He is a student enrolled in the double degree in Italian-French Law offered by the cooperation between University of Bologna and Université Paris Nanterre. A part from this he is part of Collegio Superiore, honors program of the University of Bologna. Thanks to these opportunities, he developed a deep interest in public law, under a Constitutional and International perspective. But his interdisciplinary approach allowed him to extend his studies also on wider topics, including International Relations, International Trade and Geopolitics with a specific interest in the Middle East area.


Mohammad Manoochehri

Born in Tehran, Mohammad studied counter-terrorism skills and international organized crime in university east of London in 2019. He learned fundamental knowledge, evidence-driven methodological tools and approaches requires to understand, analyse, prevent, disrupt and detect crime and terrorism. He is a specialist in Middles east. He used to work with different organizations such as the Metropolitan Police and the Home office. Mohammad'research is focused on terrorism, crime, and intelligence. Mohammad used to work as a lawyer in Iran and he has enough knowledge about Iran's law. He is working as a volunteer on several charities to help refugees develop new skills, improve their confidence and social skills society

South East Asia & Oceania


Austin Parcels

My name is Austin Parcels, and I’m from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I’m currently completing an MA in Government, Diplomacy, and Conflict Studies ay Reichman University (Israel), where I also earned my BA in Communications. I have worked as an intern researcher at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) where I researched terrorism trends in Ireland. I currently volunteer as the Social Media and Audience Development Editor at the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR). My main interests are climate-related security issues, arctic security policy, international relations, and technological ethics.


Alberto Trame

Born in Jesolo in 1989, Alberto holds a MA Degree in Economics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He also obtained a 2nd-Level Master degree in Strategic Studies and International Security after taking part in a joint program with the Italian Navy at Venice’s Institute of Maritime Military Studies. He likes to describe himself as curious about everything. Sports addicted, he loves running and is a fencing enthusiast.



Joseph Moses

My name is Joseph Moses and I am currently a Master’s student of International Relations at Moscow’s State Institute for International Relations. I have a background in Political Science. I am also currently a research intern over at C3S (Chennai Centre for China Studies). I am interested in the topics of security, foreign affairs, identity, geopolitics and international theory. Structural “inevitability” and how socio-political identities react or act in the international system has always intrigued me, especially with regards to notions of justice. This is one of the main reasons I have continued to pursue this field of study. 

Military Strategy & Intelligence


Marco Verrocchio

Marco Verrocchio was born in 1993 in Rome, Italy. History addicted, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in History, Geography and International Cooperation. In 2019 he graduated with honors in European History at King’s College London, through a Joint Master of Arts. In 2019 He worked at the Presidency of the Italian Republic as tour leader. Recently he obtained a Postgraduate Specialization at the Italian Central Archive (Rome). Dedicated to Global History and History of International Relations, he is currently collaborating with Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and Intelligence, a thinktanks dedicated to the culture of security and intelligence. 


Javier Olaechea

Javi is a young passionate Spanish Intelligence Analyst graduated as such with an MA in Brunel University (London). Passionate for both traditional military handbooks and the modern Cybersecurity world. Currently working as Head of Editors (GreyDynamics, London) and Recruitment Consultant for the Cybersecurity German Market (Parallel Consulting, London). Fluent in Spanish, Italian, English and German Among his passions: Italy and Italian, Football, and Surfing.


Danilo delle Fave

Born in 1996, Danilo is a holder of a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Padua and is currently in the last year at the Galileian School of Advanced Studies. His research topics are hybrid warfare and the strategic use of terrorism as a mean to achieve political goals, the evolution of the international system from the Cold War to our days, along with Italian and German foreign policy. He is author of a book on the response of the Italian government and Italian left-wing parties to the Palestinian terrorism between 1967 and 1973.

Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, & Space


Zrinka Borić

Zrinka Boric comes from Dubrovnik, Croatia. She is a political science and international relations graduate (University of Bologna) currently working at the Libertas International University in Dubrovnik. Her primary research interests are international relations, artificial intelligence, environmental science, and diplomacy. 


Renata Safina

Renata is a first-year MA International Affairs student with a specialization in Cyber Security at KCL. Trilingual in English, Russian and French, with experience working in international environment, providing administrative support for diplomatic missions. She holds a BA in Global Business Management from RBS London and has a particular interest in international security and geopolitics.


Beatrice Gori

Beatrice Gori is a Master student of International Relations at the University of Florence. She hold a bachelor’s in Political Science from the same Institution. She has recently done an internship as research assistant at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism of Herzliya, in Israel. Her works have been published by Pandora Rivista, the Italian Center for Strategy and Intelligence (CISINT), the Center for International Studies (CeSI) and the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS). Her main research interests are related to the security and geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area.


Giorgia Zaghi

Giorgia holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and diplomatic affairs from the University of Bologna and is currently a graduate student in International Security at Sciencespo, Paris. Her majors are intelligence and sustainability/food security. Throughout her academic career she had the opportunity to analyze topics related to sustainability, food security and violent conflicts as well as the role of secret intelligence in the digital age. Concerning her professional experience, she worked as an intern in the Cyber Strategy service line for Deloitte Risk Advisory.

Political Economy, Development, & Energy Security


Elena Bascone

Elena Bascone completed a Master of International Affairs at the Hertie School in Berlin, specialising in foreign policy, finance and trade. Previously,  she graduated with honours from the University of Padova, where she studied International Relations, specialising in security. Her interest in the interplay between foreign policy and economics led her to research international sanctions for her master thesis.  
Professionally, Elena has worked for a year at the Italian Office of the Council of Europe and has been the Public Relations Manager of Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA), which aims at bridging the gap between EU institutions and younger citizens. 


Sofia dal Santo

Sofia Dal Santo is from Verona and graduated in a Master in International Relations at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where also attended a Bachelor in Middle East Languages and Culture. Her curiosity and experiences abroad  led her to undertake this university path and to show more and more interest in MENA Region his political, cultural and ethnical realities. Her main interests are reading books, travelling and enjoying good food and a glass of wine with a couple of friends. A ITSS Verona is dealing with Political Economy, Development, & Energy Security.


Miguel Jiménez

Miguel has a degree in International Studies at Carlos III University which rounded his economics training with political perspective and knowledge of the regional and multilateral institutional setup. He obtained a Double Degree Master's program in Economic Development and Growth at Carlos III University and Lund University, which endowed him with the critical-thinking, theoretical framework and rigorous empirical training to confront and discern dilemmas faced by developing countries. In his academic journey, he has gathered knowledge in different development and welfare economic issues, with analytical tools, methodologies and conceptual frameworks required to address relevant debates. He is now working as a Research Assistant on the economics and finance department at IESE Business School.  


Riccardo Bosticco

Riccardo Bosticco is a 21 years old student attending his Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University. He holds a BA in International Studies and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna, where he graduated with honours. His main interests go from political theory and political philosophy to the IPE approach to international relations and European Foreign Policy. Currently, his research queries EU actorness in the contest of international economic fora.. 


Michele Mignona

I have always had much interest in cultures and cultural differences and similarities. During my last year in High School, I was a participant at the National High School Model, a programme of the Italian Diplomatic Academy. This programme concluded with an official visit to the UN in New York where we had the opportunity to stage an official Summit. That pushed me to enrol at the University of Pisa for my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations, focusing on European Law. Then, I started my Master in European Legal Studies at the University of Turin, where I explored advanced EU Law, administrative and comparative EU laws and International Institutional Law, with the intent to develop good research skills in legal and geopolitical sectors.

Human Rights


Arianna Caggiano

Arianna Caggiano is a second-year student in International Relations – in Crime, Justice and Security (MA) at the University of Bologna. She is now doing an Erasmus+ at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She is passionate about human rights, international and humanitarian law, international security, organised crime and terrorism, cybersecurity, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and criminology. She graduated in October 2020 in Political Sciences and International Relations (BA) at Sapienza – University of Rome. Her final thesis analysed the status of stateless persons in international law, with a particular focus on Rohingya’s rights in Myanmar. During her studies, she made several experiences abroad, becoming fluent in English and French. 


Anna Toniolo

I am Anna Toniolo, I have a bachelor's degree in Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Padua. I received my MA in International relations - Middle East and North Africa Politics with honors. My thesis was focused on the gender nature of CVE politics in Kosovo and it was recommended for pubblication.
Currently, I am a freelance journalist and my focus is mainly on human rights, gender issues, civil society and extremism between Europe and Middle East.


Daria Corti

My name is Daria, I am 25 years old and I was born near the shores of Lake Como. I recently graduated from the University of Bergamo in Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation, which provided me with a geopolitical and legal background concerning the field of international affairs and global mobility. Always fuelled by curiosity and a very strong sense of justice, I dedicate myself to the study and allegation of human rights violations, mostly focusing on refugees rights and migration routes.


Diletta Cosco

My name is Diletta and I am from Italy. Thanks to my deep curiosity of travelling and exploring the world and its diverse cultures, I have worked in the Middle East as a flight attendant for several years. I have travelled a few times to East Africa, specifically to Ethiopia and Eritrea. My passion for travelling, especially to this area, further opened my eyes and led me to what I am doing today. I am currently a Msc student at SOAS university in humanitarian action. My next goal is to become an aid worker. Indeed, I am very enthusiastic to write about human rights at ITSS Verona.


Luca Mattei

Luca is a Candidate for the Master’s Programme in Public International Law at Utrecht University, where he is pursuing his interest in International Human Rights Law. Previously, he obtained a Master Degree in Law at Roma Tre University with a final dissertation concerning the ‘access to justice’ from the perspective of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. During the latter experience, he matured a keen interest in ‘human rights’, ‘global health law’ and ‘disaster response law’. Outside the academic sector, Luca strongly believes in volunteering and in the work of civil society associations.

Culture, Society, & Security


Julia M. Hodgins

Julia Hodgins is a Candidate to the MA in International Affairs at King’s College London, holds a BA-Honours in Sociology concentrate in Social Research from UFV - Canada, a Certification in Data Analytics, and a Diploma in Group Dynamics. Her research interests are gender security, cyber security, interculturality, social equality, and decolonization. With working experience in the private, public, and NGO sectors, Julia is part of the “Culture, Society and Security” team in ITSS Member Series, a volunteer radio and podcast producer, contributor to Blogs and publications, and board member in Colectiva Antirracista Disidencia Tusan. At home she cares for a caring husband, both are devoted ‘cat-o-holics’.


Leigh Dawson

My name is Leigh Dawson and I’m from Perth, Western Australia. I currently work as the Public Engagement Director at the US Consulate in Perth where I'm responsible for growing the diplomatic mission of the United States across Western Australia. With the view to enter into politics or work abroad in diplomacy, I’m keen to network with other experts in this space to expand my knowledge. My research interests lay in religion and foreign relations, and the impact of sport as a tool for policy formation and implementation. Outside of work and study, I’m a qualified Australian Rules Football umpire, an avid news hound, coffee connoisseur and global traveller.


Sofia Staderini

Post-graduate student in International Affairs with a particular focus in International Security and currently a participant in the 2021-2022 class of the Académie Notre Europe. She graduated cum laude in July 2021 in Philosophy, International and Economic Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice with a dissertation on post-truth politics. She took part in several conferences and study projects in Europe such as the Global Studies at the Institute of Maritime Military Studies of Venice, the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung’s "War or Peace" program in Berlin, yet ensued by Scuola di Politiche and the Women In International Security Network. Fluent in Italian, French, English, and Spanish. Currently studying German and Russian.

Defence & Procurement


Giovanni Rasio

Giovanni is a postgraduate student in National Security Studies (MA) at King’s College London. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 2019 with a BA in International Development and Cooperation, spending one year abroad studying at Vilnius University and at Universidad Argentina De la Empresa. In Argentina, Giovanni worked as a volunteer for the General Consulate of Italy in Buenos Aires. Within the realm of security and defence, he is interested in European Security and Defence Policy, NATO, Italian Foreign Policy, Defence Industry, and Geopolitical Risk. 


Arnaud Sobrero

Arnaud Sobrero is a professional in the Aerospace and Defense industry with more than 12 years of experience. Arnaud has worked with well-established organizations such as the Dassault Group, Textron and Raytheon Technologies in various capacities (Sales, Marketing, Strategy). He is a French citizen and has lived in 6 different countries including 6 years in Singapore and 5 years in Japan. Arnaud is a graduate of the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (‘IRIS’), a top French think tank specialized in International Relations. Arnaud is currently a MA candidate at King’s College London in International Affairs (Cyber Security specialism).


Romain Gallix

Currently completing the final year of his PPE BA at Durham University (UK), Romain is mainly interested in European strategic autonomy issues, the security dynamics of the Indo-Pacific and their implications for Europe. His dissertation focuses on the French Indo-Pacific policy and "third way" narratives in the regional US-China rivalry. Romain has been 2021 summer intern at the Security & Defence team of CNAM research centre in Paris, where he participated to international research collaborations with a focus on arms and Transnational Organised Crime. He is part of the Defence & Procurement team. 

Crime, Extremism, & Terrorism


Adelaide Martelli

Adelaide is a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, in the Grant Research Project. Prior to her current position, she served as an Intern in the Index of Islamic Radicalization Project at the ICT. 


Francesco Bruno

Francesco Bruno is a first year PhD candidate in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. His main area of specialization is Counterterrorism with emphasis on the operational and organizational choices of Al-Qaeda. Previously, Francesco has obtained a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Social Sciences in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in Wales and a Master Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manchester. His background has allowed him not only to conduct fieldwork research during his master studies across a range of countries and continents, but also to publish a number of papers with Peer-reviewed journals. 


Zachariah Parcels

Born in Canada, Zachariah Parcels completed his BA in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security with Summa Cum Laude at Reichman University in 2020. Zachariah co-authored a chapter with Dr Amichai Magen in Edward Elgar’s Rule of Law and Areas of Limited Statehood: Domestic and International Dimensions (2021). Zachariah was an intern researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), and a research assistant at Reichman University. Zachariah is currently a teaching assistant at Reichman, the Internal Communications & Engagement Manager and an Editorial Board Member at the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR), and a graduate student at Reichman University.

Human Security


Arslan Sheikh

Arslan is a MA Candidate at Defence Studies Department, KCL. He did his previous postgraduation focusing mainly on Modern History of South Asia from JMI, New Delhi. His research interests include areas of international security, transboundary water cooperation, and conflict resolution.


Réka Szabó 

'Réka Szabó is a research intern at International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna, participating in the Sustainable Practices of Integration of Newly Arrived Migrants (SPRING) project. After having completed a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest, she obtained two master’s degrees in the same field at the University of Bologna and at Central European University, Vienna. During her studies, she developed her interest in (critical) security studies, European security policy, transnational terrorism, and the dynamics in the functioning of hybrid and authoritarian regimes.'


Esther Brito Ruiz

Esther Brito Ruiz is a Master’s Graduate in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics; specializing in ethnic conflict and women’s rights. Currently, she is writing a book on urban governance at the IESE Business School. She was previously a Global Shaper within The World Economic Forum, where she co-founded the Empowering Diversity in Tech and Entrepreneurship (EDiTS) initiative, seeking to increase diversity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Esther has lived and studied in 6 countries across 4 continents and is passionate about generating positive social impact.


Ludovica Aicha Brambilla

Ludovica recently completed her Bachelor degree in International Relations at the Università Cattolica of Milan and will soon start the MA programme in Conflcit, Security and Development at the University of Sussex. Ludovica deepened her curiosity about security studies through extracurricular courses and a Diploma in Geopolitics and Global Security. She is tailoring her academic interests around the interconnections between human security and development with particular attention to urban contexts. Ludovica has always been involved in social work activities in the city of Milan and she is currently collaborating as editress with a municipal project dedicated to the common good of the city.

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