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Advisory Board Members

Advisory board members include:


Dr. Guido Acquaviva

Dr. Guido Acquaviva works as senior legal officer at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He has worked as a lawyer in international institutions since 2003, has lectured at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights as well as in several academic institutions in various countries, and has published extensively on public international law and international criminal law.


Mr. Sergio Bonadio 

Sergio Bonadio is President of the National Technical Commission on CBRN response established under the auspices of the Italian Red Cross and member of the Technical Working Group on CBRN of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He has also been Director of the National CBRN Training Centre of the Italian Red Cross.


Mr. Pietro Costanzo

Pietro Costanzo is programme and project manager for EU and UN funded projects in the security sector, specialised in capacity building actions, police and military training, institutional cooperation, with a focus on counter-terrorism, CBRNe threats, crisis management, technology innovation and research. He directly participated in about 45 projects over 12 years in Europe, South East Asia, MENA, Sahel, Horn of Africa regions. Former Carabinieri officer, he is Director of the Observatory on Security and CBRNe Defence – OSDIFE, and co-founder of the geopolitics magazine Il Caffè Geopolitico.


Dr. Federico Filidei 

Federico Filidei is Medical Doctor specialized in urgency care surgery and emergency response. He has been working with the Italian Civil Protection during a set of missions in disaster-hit countries, such as Nepal (2015), Haiti (2010), Sri-Lanka (2005) and Iran (2003) and he has participated in numerous training courses on emergency response in Italy and abroad.


Prof. Andrea Gioia 

Andrea Gioia is Full Professor of International law at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (on leave). Since September 2010 he has been Senior Legal Officer at the Office of Legal Affairs, IAEA.


Cons. Amb. Valerio Negro 

Cons. Amb. Valerio Negro has begun his diplomatic career in 1999 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Directorate General for the Mediterranean and Middle East area. He then served at the Italian Embassy in Sarayevo and at the Permanent Representation at International Organisations in Wien. Since 2011, he has been working at the Directorate General for Political Affairs, Office IV (NATO) as Deputy Chief, Office VII as Chief (fight against terrorism and global threats), and since January 2020 in Office V (on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation).


Dr. Flavia Riccardo 

Flavia Riccardo is an MD, PhD and infectious disease specialist who has worked since 2004 with a number of international organizations, including the Red Cross, UN and NGOs, both in conflict and non-conflict settings in West Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Currently she is working as a researcher in infectious disease epidemiology in the National Public Health Institute in Rome (ISS). Her main interests are communicable diseases (including surveillance, risk assessments as well as epidemic intelligence), health policy and the implementation of international health regulations.


Major Ferdinando Spagnolo 

Major Ferdinando Spagnolo works for the Italian Army since 1998 and he is currently Senior Officer for Health Policy at the Defence General Staff in Rome. From 2015 to 2018 he has been Leader of the Section for Environmental and Health Intelligence and Chemical and Physical Risk. Major Spagnolo holds a PhD in Science and Technologies for Health Products from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (2010) and a PhD in Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences from the University of Udine (2016).  He has been Marie Curie Fellow at the European Bioinformatics Institute of Cambridge and from 2017 he is the Head of the “SENSOR” Research Project, funded by the National Military Research Plan. He has published extensively in various fields, including biological warfare and CBRNE risks.