CIPMO’s Scientific Committee comprises academics, journalists, and scholars whose expertise fields are the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Africa.

The Committee produces analyses and in-depth studies that give food for thought to the relevant Italian policy-makers and to civil society. In addition, the outcomes of the Committee’s activity serve to chart CIPMO’s action strategy and to draw up documents that are subsequently spread via the Center’s website and newsletters.

Paolo Cotta Ramusino

Secretary General of the international organization Pugwash – Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Nobel Peace Prize in 1995

Sergio Della Pergola

Professor Emeritus of Population Studies at the A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Maria Grazia Enardu

Researcher in History of International Relations and Professor of History of Modern Israel at the University of Florence.

Antonio Ferrari

Columnist for Corriere della Sera

Elisa Ada Giunchi

Associate Professor of History and Institutions of Muslim Countries, of History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East, and of Asian History at the University of Milan.

Giorgio Gomel

Economist, former Head of International Economics and Relations at the Bank of Italy, Member of the Board at JCall – European Jewish Call for Reason.

Stefano Levi della Torre

Painter, essayist, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Polytechnic of Milan.

Carlo Marsili

Former Italian ambassador to Turkey, Vice President of the Association for Italian-Turkish Friendship

Michela Mercuri

Professor of Geopolitics of the Middle East at the “Niccolò Cusano” University and at SIOI (the Italian Society for International Organization) in Rome.

Alberto Negri

Former special correspondent for Il Sole 24 Ore, Senior Advisor on the Middle East and North Africa for ISPI

Gabriele Nissim

Founder of the NGO “Gariwo – Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide”

Nicola Pedde

Director of the Institute for Global Studies (IGS)

Andrea Plebani

Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Geopolitics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; Lecturer of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies at ASERI; Associate Research Fellow at ISPI; member of the Commission convened by the Italian Government to assess the threat stemming from radicalization and jihadist extremism in Italy.

Riccardo Redaelli

Full Professor of Geopolitics, of Asian History and Institutions, and of Post Conflict and Emergency Management at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; Director of the Center for Research on the Southern System and Wider Mediterranean (CRiSSMA).

Olivier Roy

French political scientist, Joint Chair Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Social and Political Sciences Department, European University Institute (Florence); Director of the Mediterranean Programme, European University Institute (Florence).

John Shehata

Lawyer, expert on private equity and foreign investments in emerging markets, particularly Africa, the Middle East and GCC countries; coordinator of the Focus on the Middle East and Africa at NIBI – New Institute for International Business.

Alberto Tonini

Associate Professor of History of International Relations at the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences at the University of Florence; President of The Forum on the problem of Peace and War.

Roberto Toscano

Former Italian Ambassador to Iran; columnist for La Repubblica.

Gianni Vaggi

Full professor of Development Economics and Economics of Emerging Economies at the University of Pavia, Head of the Master’s Programme in Development Cooperation at the IUSS (University School for Advanced Studies) of Pavia, Coordinator of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network on International Cooperation and Development.


Stefano Allievi

Professor of Sociology, President of the master’s degree course in Sociology, Director of the Master Course on Islam in Europe at the University of Padua.

Paolo Branca

Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature and of History and Literature of Islamic Countries at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Milan.

Franco Cardini

Full Professor of Medieval History at the University of Florence.

Alessandro Ferrari

Associate Professor of Canon Law and Comparative Religious Laws at Insubria University (Como and Varese) – Department of Law, Economy and Cultures.

Silvio Ferrari

Professor of Law and Religion at the University of Milan and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

Paolo Maggiolini

Research Fellow at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, and Lecturer in History of Islamic Asia at the Faculty of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; Associate Research Fellow at ISPI.

Roberto Mazzola

Full Professor of European Law and Religions and Intercultural Law, and Dean at the Department of Law and Economics at the University of Piemonte Orientale; Director of the international Forum for Religions and Democracy (FIDR).

Claudio Paravati

Director of Confronti – monthly magazine of Religion, Politics and Society.

Paolo Pieraccini

Professor of History of International Relations at the University of Urbino; expert on Italy and the Holy See’s policy towards Palestine, and on the political, archaeological, diplomatic and religious dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mohammed Khalid Rhazzali

Adjunct professor of Sociology of Human Rights and PhD in Sociology of Communication and Intercultural Processes at the University of Padua, Docteur de recherche en Sociologie at the École de Hautes Études en Science Sociales (Paris).

Giovanni Carbone

(PhD, London School of Economics), Professor of Political Science at the University of Milan


Raul Caruso

Associate Professor in Economic Policy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Director of the European Centre of Peace Science Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC), Executive director of the Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS).

Pierluigi d'Agata

General Director of Confindustria Assafrica e Mediterraneo

Salvatore D'Alfonso

Executive at Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, currently Head of the Innovative Projects section

Manfred Hafner

Professor of Economics and Energy Geopolitics at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advances International Studies – SAIS(Bologna), at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs – PSIA (Paris), and at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management (Moscow). He is Coordinator of the Energy Scenarios and Policies programme at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM ).

Luca Puddu

Adjunct Fellow at the University of Cagliari and Research Director at CEMISS on the Horn of Africa.

Federico Nicola

Head of industrial and institutional relations at GHZero S.r.l.


Massimo Zaurrini

Director of Africa e Affari/Infoafrica

Maurizio Ambrosini

Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations at the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, University of Milan. Coordinator of the degree programme in Social Sciences for globalization at the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, University of Milan.

Daniele Frigeri

Director of CeSPI since 2014 and of the National Observatory for the financial inclusion of migrans in Italy, Member of the Italian Working Group on Remittances at the Italian Ministry of foreign Affairs and international Cooperation (MAECI)

Modou Gueye

President of the Italian-Senegalese cultural association Sunugal.

Massimo Livi Bacci

Professor Emeritus of Demography at the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences at the University of Florence.

Ugo Melchionda

President of the Study and Research Centre IDOS – Statistical Dossier on Immigration.

Petra Mezzetti

Co-Director dell’Area International Migration and Development Studies al Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI).

Simonetta Della Seta

Director of the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS).

Alessia Melcangi

Melcangi Adjunct Professor in History of the Middle East at the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences at the University of Florence.

Francesco Palermo

Senator of the Italian Republic (17th Parliamentary Term), President of the Joint “Committee of the Six” for the implementation of Trentino-Alto Adige Special Status; Head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism at EURAC Research in Bolzano and Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Verona; President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS); member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Günther Rautz

Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Institute for Minority Rights at EURAC Research in Bolzano.

Simone Zoppellaro

Journalist and researcher, he writes articles about the Caucasus and the Middle East for several newspapers, such as Il Manifesto, La Stampa and Il Giornale.