ITSTIME’s Team

Marco Lombardi, director of ITSTIME research center, is full professor at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, where he teaches Crisis management and risk communication, Mass Communication theory, Sociology, Intelligence and counter terrorism, Security policies. He is member of the scientific board of the School of Doctorate, the masters in Cultural Diplomacy and the School of Journalism. He managed several EU founded research projects mainly focused on terrorism, security and crisis management. He co-operates with different institutional agencies involved on security both at national and international level. He is member of the Governmental Commission on Counter Radicalization and of the Strategic Policy Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He is member of the board of “JD – Journal for Deradicalization” (www.journal-derad.com), “Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence – JMBI” and “Sicurezza, Terrorismo e Società – STS” (www.sicurezzaterrorismosocieta.it)

Maria Alvanou, is a defence lawyer and a full professor of criminology at the Greek Police Officer’s Academy. She lectures at the Police Officers’ Post Educational Academy-Department of Thessaloniki on issues of National Security and Terrorism. She acquired her doctorate from the International PhD Program in Criminology of Transcrime (Joint Research Center on Transnational Crime, University of Trento & Catholic University of Sacro Cuore – Milan), where she was also an external collaborator. Her doctoral research was focused on Palestinian female suicide bombers and for this reason she conducted fieldwork in Israel. She has also obtained an LLM from the Department of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Law – Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki. Among her research interests in terrorism is aviation security- counterterrorism meaures and she is a special collaborator for 11Aviation Publications in Greece.

Gabriele Barni MBA, ASERI International Relations Management Master, graduated under the Political Sciences Faculty of “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” with a thesis on “Cyber Threats a National Security Issue”.  He work as Human Resource Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry and is expert lecturer in the following fields: Information Technology, Human Resource Cyber Security, HR Data Privacy, Open Source, Computer Forensic and Information Security .

Claudio Bertolotti (PhD in Sociology and Political Science) received a B.A. in Contemporary History and he is specialized in Sociology of Islam, his research has focused on “Suicide attacks” and “motivations of Armed Opposition Groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan”. He is a former NATO-ISAF Counter-intelligence analyst and Section chief. Currently, he is a NATO Humint and Info-Ops Subiect Matter Expert and senior research fellow at Italian Military Centre for Strategic Studies (CeMiSS). Since 2008, he has lectured Italian ISAF staff and military personnel teaching “History, Societies, Cultures and Conflicts of Contemporary Afghanistan”. He has authored several articles, researches and books (the latest on suicide terrorism in Afghanistan, and on “Afghan Cultural-Awareness”); he publishes on insurgency and counterinsurgency, cultural approach to contemporary small wars, geopolitical and geostrategic policy. He introduced the «triple way to read» method about insurgency offensive techniques, in particular suicide attacks. He is now assistant professor at Post Conflict Operations Study Centre of the Italian Army in Turin.

Laris Gaiser is assitant professor of security studies. He graduated, after a period of study at Anglia Polytechnic University of Cambridge, in Law at the University of Verona in 2002 with a final dissertation on “The consequences of the devolution of power in United Kingdom and the new role of the State in public economy”. He earned his Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) of Milano and after a specialization in crisis management and humanitarian action at UN Staff College he obtained a Ph.D. in Geopolitical Economy at University Guglielmo Marconi of Rome. His area of specialization are Economy Intelligence, Strategic Studies, and Geoeconomy.  From 2012 until 2014 he was Vice President acting as President of Euro Mediterranean University – EMUNI, serving at the same time as a member of the Strategic Council at Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Laris is involved in political and business advising, writes as a columnist for several european newspapers and is a visiting lecturer at Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Austria). He is member of the Paneuropean Union presidency in Strasbourg.

Giovanni Giacalone, raised between Texas and northern Italy, sociologist and islamologist, with a MA in Islamic Studies at Trinity Saint David University of Wales with a thesis on the development of Islam in Italy. Further specialization abroad in counter-terrorism. Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna, member of Associazione italiana Sociologia. His research interests and activities are focused on three areas: the study of Islamic communities in Italy, the analysis of Islamic radicalism in the Balkans and Caucasus, the street-gangs phenomenon. His expertise fields are profiling, networking and the study of radicalization process. He is author of the book “La Spirale Balcanica” (The Balkanic Spiral) published in 2016.

Marek Górka – Ph.D. is political scientist graduated of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. He is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Koszalin University of Technology and author of works devoted to Israeli and Polish intelligence services, cyberbullying and cyberbullying among children and adolescents. Research interests: security policy, cyber security, terrorism, intelligence and counterintelligence services, internet sociology, electoral rivalry, charismatic leadership.

Michele Groppi obtained his BA in International Relations from Stanford University (Honors Program), writing his thesis on trade and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After his experience in North America and China, Michele moved to Israel where he obtained his MA with Summa cum Laude in Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Currently, Michele is about to conclude his PhD program at King’s College London, Department of Defence Studies. His PhD dissertation features the largest quantitative and qualitative analysis of Islamist radicalization in the field, testing causal models of radicalization within the Italian milieu. Michele’s academic interests include all aspects of international relations, international security, terrorism, and counter-terrorism, and radicalization and counter-radicalization. Lastly, Michele holds a graduate teaching assistant position at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, where he teaches RAF Junior officers basic concepts of international relations, international security, military ethics, and the role of military power. Starting July 2018, Michele will also teach a short course at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, on Islamist radicalization.

Barbara Lucini is postdoctoral fellow and phd in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan. She is also adjunct professor of risk management and crisis communication. She has been involved in several research projects (European and others) focused on crisis management, risk communication, risk perception, security and resilience. Her research interests are oriented to disaster resilience, disaster management, civil protection systems. Further, the issue of the relation between terrorism and resilience as well as political extremism have been studied. She is the author of “Disaster Resilience from a Sociological Perspective Exploring Three Italian Earthquakes as Models for Disaster Resilience Planning”, Springer International Publishing 2014 and the forthcoming book “The Other Side of Resilience to Terrorism A Portrait of a Resilient-Healthy City”, Springer International Publishing.

Marco Maiolino: is Senior Analyst at the Italian Team for Security Terroristic issues and Managing Emergencies – ITSTIME, he is specialised in strategic analysis, terrorism and open-source intelligence (OSINT). Marco Maiolino’s topics of research cover Terrorism, Hybrid Warfare and Sociocultural Intelligence (SOCINT). Regarding his educational background, Maiolino earned a Master degree in International Relations (MIR) at ASERI – Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations – and previously graduated under the Faculty of Sociology and Political Science at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Mauro Pastorello, graduated in Social and Political Sciences for security, with a final thesis on “Protection and resilience of critical infrastructures to cyber attacks and their interdependencies”, and holds a bachelor degree in Legal Sciences. He has served in the Italian Army. He is  currently Security manager of the biggest Italian security company, he is in charge of international security services and strategic consulting. His research interests and activities are focused on international Islamic and domestic terrorism, intelligence and country intelligence and the use of cyber space by terrorist organizations. He has several publication in accademic journal and magazine regarding the security field. He is a member of ASIS, and waiting for CPP board certification.

Giovanni Pisapia obtained a degree in political science with a thesis on violent crime in South Africa and a Ph.D. in criminology with a thesis on risk assessment – management of critical infrastructure facilities, both from the Catholic University of Milan. As Consultant for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), he was responsible for training and advance education on crime prevention and administration of justice for law enforcement personnel and subject matter experts. As Security Manager for various local organizing committees (LOCs), in cooperation and coordination with local, national and international law enforcement agencies, he planned, managed and evaluated the implementation of safety and security operations for major sport events – 2006 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games in Turin (Italy), the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Scotland, UK), and the 2015 European Games in Baku (Azerbaijan) – where he specialized in the implementation of security measures for transport systems and traffic management. As Project Manager for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), he was responsible for Johannesburg’s public safety plan for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. In addition, he designed, conceptualized and implemented crime prevention projects related to situational crime prevention, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and social crime prevention approaches. He advised on the implementation of crime and violence reduction policing strategies, including community policing, problem-oriented policing and hot-spots policing through the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology. He recently conducted a security review of major sport events for the Tokyo Municipal Government in preparation for their 2020 Olympic/Paralympic Games and coordinated the stadium operations for the 2016 UEFA Champions Final in Milan (Italy). Currently, he is serving for a police department in North Carolina, USA, as Crime Analyst, focusing on administrative, strategic and tactical crime analysis and crime mapping.

Davide Scotti is psychologist, specialized in psychology of emergencies at University of Padua and in crisis management at the Catholic University. Along with a specific theoretical background he has been involved as a fireman at the Regional Center of Fireman – Regione Lombardia. He has been teaching psychology of emergencies, victims’ and operator’s traumatic deseases, social networks coping with traumatic events at Catholic University, Italian Red Cross, Civil Protection and Police. In particular he is in charged of fireman psychological support (Lombardia Regional Center) where started the project on Dispositivi di Protezione Relazionale. He was part of the security activities project in Sri Lanka promoted by Catholic University after 2005 tsunami.

Urszula Soler is graduated in polish literature, social philosophy and sociology. She is Assistant Professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. She is specialized in disposition groups of the military social system. Her research interests are focused on security, paramilitary organizations, food security, technology
assessment, sustainable development and innovations.  She is founding member of the PANTA (Polish Academic Network of Technology Assessment) and founder of Polish Academic Legion; cooperates also for many years with Catholic University of Sacred Heart (Milan).

Matteo Vergani has a PhD in “Sociology and Methodology of Social Research” (2011, Catholic University of Milan), with a thesis on activism and participation in political movements. After a second PhD in Political Science at Monash University, Melbourne (Global Terrorism Research Centre), Matteo is now reasearching at Deakin University – Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Australia. His current interests focus on violent extremism in the digital media, Terror Management Theory and hybrid criminal-political groups. Twitter: @teoverga. Recent publications: Vergani M. and Zuev D. (2015) ‘The visualizations of militant Islam: comparing visual representations of Uyghur and Chechen neojihadist militants in YouTube’, Asian Studies Review. (forthcoming); Vergani, M. (2014) ‘Neojihadist prosumers and Al Qaeda single narrative: the case study of Giuliano Delnevo’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. 37(7); Vergani, M. (2014) ‘Neojihadism and Muslim-Christian Relations in the Mindanao Resistance Movement: A Study of Facebook Digital Narratives’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. 25(3).