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.
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.
Artemis Papavasileiou is a Greek lawyer and criminologist. She holds a Masters in EU Public Law, specialising in International and European Human Rights Law and EU external relations, as well as a Masters in Criminology and Security. Prior to joining the Siracusa Institute as a research fellow, Artemis worked as a Project Assistant at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces in Switzerland. In that capacity, she was involved in the planning, implementation and steering of a multi-country programme focusing on the topic of police integrity in South Eastern Europe. She has also worked at the legal service of an EU Agency (CEDEFOP) and as a self-employed lawyer in Greece. Over the years, she has been involved in a number of volunteering initiatives which include projects on social inclusion of young inmates, children without parental care and people with disabilities in Greece and Serbia. She is currently engaged as a volunteer legal advisor on asylum law with a Swiss NGO and a research volunteer with Trial International.
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.