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January 23, 2017

Filippo Musca joined the Siracusa Institute in 2008 as Coordinator of the Afghanistan Program and has been the Deputy Director General of the Institute since February 2014. He is responsible for the development and effective implementation of the Institute’s strategies, plans and priorities by directing and being accountable for the technical assistance, educational and research projects while managing and supervising the work of up to 10 staff members at the Institute.

He supports the Siracusa Institute President and Board of Directors for all administrative and financial issues related with the Institute’s overall budget and the coordination of the development and implementation of agreed fundraising strategies with public and private donors. He holds a degree in International Relations and a Master in International Strategic Studies.

Assia Buonocore is the Office Manager of the Siracusa Institute. She has a pivotal role in the office, being in charge of all logistical aspects while organizing workshops and conferences at the Institute. She follows and updates the agenda of the President and Director General. She keeps the office organized, makes sure the various appointments and meetings on the schedule are kept straight and manages the flow of visitors or employees who need to meet the management staff.

She negotiates with vendors and performs more advanced executive functions. Occasionally, she travels in Italy and abroad accompanying foreign delegations in study visits to foreign institutions.

Stefania Lentinello has worked at the Siracusa Institute as a Program Officer since 2006. She has significant experience in the organization and coordination of technical assistance projects, specialization courses, meetings of experts and high-level conferences. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the drafting of project proposals and implementation of technical assistance programs in cooperation with the European Commission and/or other international funders, comprising the mobilization of experts and the preparation of budgets and final financial statements.

Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures with further specializations on management of the mass communication and the importance of public relations in a business, she is also responsible of the Institute’s scientific reporting, publications and library.

Gabriele PULVIRENTI joined the Siracusa Institute in December 2016 as Communication Manager. He is responsible of the Institute’s communication strategy by disseminating knowledge and information on the Institute’s programs, events and areas of work. He manages the contents on the website and the Institute’s media campaigns. After graduating in political sciences with a specialization on Mediterranean countries, he obtained a second level post-graduate Master in Institutional Relations, Lobby and Corporate Communication at LUISS Guido Carli. He has a significant experience in the domain of institutional and corporate relations, communication strategies and web management.

Tobias FREEMAN  is an Australian lawyer with expertise in the fields of criminal justice and human rights. He has specialised in illicit trade, criminal justice reform and international crimes and accountability. He leads the Siracusa Institute’s legal team and manages its capacity-building project Strengthening the Fight Against Illicit Trade in South Eastern Europe among others. Tobias has extensive experience in planning and conducting complex, large-scale investigations into the commission of international crimes and related violations of international law.

Prior to joining the Institute, he co-founded the International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP), a ground-breaking initiative established in 2012 with leading global experts in the investigation and prosecution of atrocity crimes. ICEP’s independent investigation into the Sri Lankan armed conflict was instrumental to building international consensus on the need for accountability and the creation of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ comprehensive investigation on Sri Lanka in 2014. Tobias is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. He is also a rostered expert with Geneva-based Justice Rapid Response, which manages the rapid deployment of criminal justice and related professionals to investigate atrocity crimes.

Kelsey Lee is an American lawyer and researcher, specializing in international criminal law and human rights. Ms. Lee recently graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law with a Juris Doctor, Certificate in Trial Advocacy, and a range of academic and other honors.  Prior to joining the Institute as an International Research Fellow, Ms. Lee worked on international criminal law and illegal trade issues with Global Rights Compliance, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, and Greenpeace International as a Legal Aid and Human Rights Advisor. She has extensive research experience for leading international jurists and has published several works on international human rights and transnational crime, specifically relating to human trafficking.

Francesca Amerio received her B.A in Political Science – International Relations in 2009 and her MA in International Development – Economics from “La Sapienza” University in Rome in 2012 with a final dissertation on the main Syrian opposition leaders involved in the ongoing conflict, spending one year both at Sciences Po Paris and at Yale University, where she further pursued her research on the sequencing of transitional justice process in post-conflict situations.

Before joining the Siracusa Institute as a research fellow, Francesca worked as a Project Assistant with the International Organization for Migration – IOM, Office in Italy (2010-2012), and in a shelter for Iraqi women with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Damascus, Syria (2010). She has also written several articles on the Syrian conflict for the Italian Geopolitical Magazine – Limes. She has lived in Belgium, France, Russia, Syria, Turkey and the United States.

Anika Bratzel is an Australian/German lawyer with a Masters in EU and International Law, specialising in human rights and international dispute resolution. Anika previously worked at an NGO in Australia providing legal advice and advocacy for disadvantaged and marginalised women, primarily in the areas of family and criminal law with a focus on family violence. Prior to joining the Institute Anika also worked as a research associate at the Europa-Institut in Germany in the Chair of EU and Public International Law on various matters including EU integration as well as in the legal services of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) in The Hague.

Andrea Chmieliński Bigazzi is specialized in International Criminal Law (LLM), and is a Senior Expert in Rule of Law and Justice Reform programmes.  He is also an expert in EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and UN Peace-Keeping Missions, and in civil-military cooperation.
He has served the Chief International Prosecutors’ Office within the Department of Justice of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).  He further served as national detached expert of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation covering various positions within the Justice Component of the European Union Mission in Kosovo (EULEX KOSOVO).  Andrea then moved to join the EU CSDP in Brussels, working on the establishment and launch of the operations of the EU Special Investigative Task Force.  Afterwards, he deployed in Palestine as Defence Counsel Expert within the Rule of Law Section of the EUPOL COPPS Mission.
Also thanks to this latter experience, Andrea has conceptualised and developed the Siracusa Institute’s International Defence Counsel Training Programme of which he is Programme Director.  Concerning lawyers’ activities, he is a member of the International Affairs and Relations Committee of the Florence Bar Association (FBA).  Additionally, Andrea organizes and coordinates training programmes on International Law and European Law for the Legal Education Foundation of the FBA.
His current and previous assignments include extensive justice reform programmes in post-conflict and developing environments, the establishment and management of justice bodies, the planning, drafting and direction of UN and EU projects for judicial reforms and human rights protection and promotion (currently in the Caucasus, Western Balkans, and the Middle East).  Andrea is trainer to international judges, prosecutors, lawyers, NATO and non-NATO military forces, law enforcement officials, and law practitioners.
In recent years, Andrea has deepened his area of expertise on the international procedural aspects of cybercrime related cases.  He works on data protection matters including privacy advocacy in front of supra-national jurisdictions and regulatory authorities

Delphine Verheyde – External Consultant

Sebastiano FERLA
Labour Consultant

Stefania Mangiafico manages the overall accounting operations of the Institute; fulfils the requirements foreseen by the current national financial legislation and by the Institute’s regulations; drafts the annual budget and the final balance sheet of the Institute; collaborates, according to her specific duties, to the internal audit of the administrative and accounting management of the Institute; processes payments in accordance with their deadlines and deals with the bank; provides support and specialized assistance to the other offices on accounting and financial matters.

After graduating in Political Science with a specialization on political and economic matters at the University of Catania, Stefania Mangiafico has worked as an accountant for several years at an accounting firm, gaining significant experience in accounting for partnerships, corporations and cooperatives. She also has extensive experience in tax consulting and tax litigation.

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