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I was born in Parma (Italy), but (as my surname suggests) I am half-Greek.
In June 2017, I obtained a Master's degree in International Relations: Professional Focus Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (magna cum laude / grande distinction) at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). My Master's thesis was titled 'Japan’s Maritime Security Strategy in Response to Chinese Military Power - The Protection of the SLOC'.
Previously, I graduated in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Parma, with a final score of 110/110, with a thesis (in Italian) on 'The Relations between the United States, Soviet Union and China (1964-1972)'.

I am an open-source intelligence analyst specialized in international security and defense with demonstrated experience in writing strategic policy-oriented eports. I am interested in various topics including international affairs, geopolitics, strategy, military affairs and history (the great passion of my life); but also economics, international and public law, political philosophy, sociology and others.
I specialized on the indo-Pacific region, which was the regional focus I choose during my Master's degree. However, I also have a relevant competence of other areas; namely Europe (including EU affairs) and the Middle East.

My mother tongue is Italian. I am proficient in English and French, and I understand Spanish as well (although I rarely use it to speak or write). I have a certain knowledge of Greek (sadly, my level is not as good as I would like), I have a base in Japanese; and I am gradually working to improve both. I am willing to learn more languages in the future, if I will have the opportunity and most importantly the time.

I carried out multiple activities that prove my expertise in open-source intelligence analysis, research and report drafting for decision-makers.

I am currently the PACOM Team Leader at The Counterterrorism Group (CTG), a US-based intelligence and security company. I am responsible for supervising the redaction of weekly open-source intelligence reports on security issues (not limited to terrorism) in the Indo-Pacific region. Since I became the TL in early December 2020, my team has produced various reports, some of which were posted on LinkedIn and raised much interest among CTG's followers. I also perform weekly shifts of real time-monitoring and reporting of worldwide security-related events and social-media intelligence activities to flag potential threats.
I joined CTG on 1st September 2020 as Counterterrorism Analyst Intern for a four-months period. Upon completion of the initial three-weeks intensive training, I received a certificate that can be viewed here. I ended up being promoted to Team Leader before the end of the internship period on 31 December 2020.

Between 1st October 2019 and 29th February 2020 I worked as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME). I was assigned to the Counter-Terrorism Unit, where my work mainly revolved on activities aimed at countering the potential threat represented by drones.

Since February 2018 I am a contributor to Geopolitical Monitor, where my analyses often appeared among the website's Top Stories. I suspended this activity while I was employed at the European Commission. In spite of current engagements, I occasionally still contribute to Geopolitical Monitor.

In September 2018 I joined GlobalWonks, a US-based consultancy consisitng of a network of analyst from all over the world. I provide short analyses to answer the questions on geopolitical, foreign policy and political risk issues that clients submit via the Network Pulse (TM) platform. My answers have been selected among the top three on multiple occasions, and several times my response was included in the e-mail brief sent by GlobalWonks to advertise the platform. Once I was also selected to write a full report. I am still a member of the network, even though I now contribute occasionally due to my other engagements.

Between October 2018 and September 2019 I also collaborated with KJ Reports (formerly KJ Vids), a media company focused on international affairs channel that creates short documentaries uploaded on YouTube as well as reports posted on its website. I wrote the background analysis that become the script for the videos, as well as some of the reports. I ended my collaboration with KJ Reports when I started working at the European Commission.

In the May-September 2016 period I was an Analyst Intern at Wikistrat, a US crowdourced consultancy. I was assigned to the Asia-Pacific Desk and I contributed to collaborative scenario-building, analysis and forecasting on a wide range of (geo)political, security, technology and economic trends on the Asia-Pacific and other regions (notably Europe and the Middle East). I also assisted in finding experts who may be interested in joining Wikistrat. At the end of the internship I was promoted to Researcher. I kept on contributing to Wikistrat on a voluntary basis for about one year, when I shifted to other activities.

Throughout 2020 I further enhanced my knowledge by completing several courses (click to view the certificates):
- Intelligence Training, delivered by Intelligence Fusion (link)
- Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) in Fragile Contexts, delivered by the United Nations Institute for Training ans Research - UNITAR (link)
- Political Risk Analysis, delivered by the Istituto Affari Internazionali - IAI (link)
- Various courses on physical/cyber/information security, counterintelligence, OSINT techniques and analysis that were required for the CTG training.

For more information on my professional experience, you can visit my LinkedIn profile here.

The following is a partial list of my main achievements:
- As a Blue Book Trainee, I completed a mapping of existing counter-drone systems and of a list of drone-related incidents, both of which were later shared with Member States and other EU Institutions/Agencies.
- My article on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean was quoted by the radio programme France Culture (link) and in an article (in Greek) published on Foreign Affairs - The Hellenic Edition (link, see pages 3-4, note 11).
- My analysis on the conflict in Cameroon was used as a source in the Boletim Geocorrente n.77 published by Brazil's Naval War School (link, see page 13).
- My report titled "The Strategic Implications of Hypersonic Missiles" was among the sources of an academic article by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (link, see page 85).
- My article on the coverage of the European elections in English-written Russian media was mentioned the Czech media outlet EuroZprávy (link)

Apart from my university and professional experience, I enjoy reading, playing videogames, watching movies, travelling, photography and doing physical exercise.
In regard to books, apart from History and IR-related essays, I particularly like sci-fi, fantasy and techno-thriller novels. These are also my favourite film genres; although my preferences are wider in this regard. As far as gaming is concerned, I appreciate strategy, shooters, RPGs and flying simulators. I really like travelling: I have been to various European countries as well as to the US and others; and I lived in Italy, Belgium and Poland. Finally, I practice photography as a hobby, especially when I travel. I even used some of my own pictures here on Strategikos and I may even decide to create a dedicated platform for my photos in the future.

If you have any question, feel free to contact me.
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