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. From September 2018 he has served as the Acting Director General. 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 specialising in the areas of international crime and criminal justice. He leads the legal team of the Siracusa International Institute and manages its technical assistance projects, training and research in criminal justice, the rule of law and human rights, with a particular focus on the fight against organised crime and corruption. Tobias has extensive experience in planning and conducting complex, large-scale investigations into the commission of the most serious international crimes and related violations of international law.
Prior to joining the Institute, he co-founded the International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) with leading global experts in the investigation and prosecution of atrocity crimes. ICEP’s independent investigation into the Sri Lankan armed conflict established the evidence base for future investigations and prosecutions, and was instrumental to 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.
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.
Flavio BELLIO joined the Institute in 2018 as a member of the Institute’s legal team. He is currently working on a number of the Institute’s projects with a focus on illicit trade. Having graduated in Law at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) with a specialization in public and international law, he is currently writing a thesis on the role of EU delegations in the consular relationships of the European Union as part of his L.L.M. in Law and Government of the European Union at LUISS Guido Carli. Flavio has been a research collaborator for World Bank Legal Advisor Giulio Zanetti and has significant experience in researching various topics of international law, including European intellectual property law and investment law in Asian countries. He has worked for a number of years with a law firm in Belgium.
Stefano BETTI is an expert on transnational criminal law and policy. He collaborates with several UN entities including the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). He is currently Deputy Director General at the Transnational Alliance against Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime. He is Visiting Lecturer at the University of Toulouse I Capitole. From 2013 to 2016, he headed INTERPOL’s legal program on illicit trade. Before then, he held various positions at UNICRI and UNODC where he provided extensive legislative and capacity-building assistance to countries on the implementation of international criminal justice treaties. He holds a Master degree in “EU Studies: EU Policy-Making” from the London School of Economics, an honor diploma in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier (France) and a Law Degree from the University of Milan (Italy). He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian and has contributed scholarly articles for several international journals.
John M. SELLAR OBE FRGS was engaged in law enforcement for almost four decades, initially in the Scottish Police Service and then the United Nations. As a Detective, he investigated murders and other serious crime but also dealt with human rights abuse in Scotland’s maximum security prison. Before transferring to the UN, he was Officer-in-Charge of a police area where royal security and anti-terrorism matters featured significantly. In 1997, Mr Sellar moved to Switzerland, handling anti-smuggling, fraud and organised crime issues for the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), ultimately becoming Chief of Enforcement. During 14 years with CITES he conducted 234 missions to 66 countries, assessing enforcement in the field and designing strategies to tackle wildlife trafficking. He was instrumental in establishing the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime in 2010, a partnership of CITES, INTERPOL, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organisation. He has lectured extensively worldwide and his book, ‘The UN’s Lone Ranger: Combating International Wildlife Crime’, was published in January 2014. He is Senior Advisor of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.
Delphine Verheyde – External 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.