Sofia Mastrostefano 
Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan. She attended several courses on geopolitics and global security at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). Currently Press and Media Manager at the NATO Defense College Foundation.

Yeelen Badona Monteiro 
PhD Student in Philosophical Issues in an International Perspective at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan.


Balkans & Eastern Europe

Matteo Tacconi
Journalist and analyst, he covers the Balkans for a wide range of media networks. He worked as electoral observer for the OSCE/ODIHR in Albania, North Macedonia, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Giorgio Cella
PhD in Politics and Institutions at the Catholic University of Milan, where he holds a seminar in Post-Soviet Geopolitics and the Ukrainian crisis. His main areas of expertise are Eastern European and Russian Geopolitics and History of International Relations.


Central Asia

Fabio Indeo
PhD in Geopolitics. He is non-resident researcher at Center for Energy Governance and Security (EGS South Korea) and analyst at Observatory for Central Asia and Caspian. His main areas of expertise are Geopolitics in Central Asia and Energy Security.



Elenoire Laudieri
Sinologist and Chief Analyst on Chinese Affairs at Nato Defense College Foundation. Foreign affairs writer for international magazines and publications.


Emerging Challenges

Federica Lollo
Programme Manager at the NATO Defense College Foundation since 2016. She is specialising in Global Health and the impacts on international security. She is also attending the Mentoring Programme of Women In International Security Italy.

Matteo Bressan
Teacher at the Italian Society for the International Organisation, he is author of various books concerning terrorism and focused on Eurasia geopolitics, jihadism and hybrid wars. International relations professor at LUMSA University.

Stefano Marcuzzi
An Oxford University DPhil in Military History, he has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, Brussels, and is now Marie-Curie Fellow at the University College Dublin (UCD) and an external fellow at Boston University (BU).



Eleonora Ardemagni
Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), a Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University (Milan) and Adjunct Professor at Aseri (Graduate School of Economics and International Relations). 




Levant & Eastern Mediterranean

Nuray Atmaca
Political scientist and consultant at BwConsulting, the inhouse consultancy of the German Armed Forces. She is a Major (res.) at the German Armed Forces Centre for Operational Communication.



Umberto Profazio
Maghreb Analyst for the NATO Defense College Foundation, he was previously Libya Analyst for the Conflict, Security and Development Programme at the IISS and regularly publishes on issues such as political developments, security and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa region.


Russia & Caucasus

Roberto D’Agostino
Executive and Italian Honorary Diplomat based in Russia, an expert in Government Relations and Russia’s domestic and international affairs. Graduated in Oriental Studies in Italy, he specialised in Middle East and Soviet Studies in Cairo, Moscow and New York.