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Management and Administration

Luisa Chiodi

Luisa Chiodi - Director

PhD at the European University Institute of Fiesole (Florence), degree in Political Science at the University of Milan, director of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2006. From 2003 to 2008 she held lectures on 'Eastern European studies' at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna and has taught in other university courses in Italy and abroad. She has edited several academic publications and coordinated many research projects. Her research interests focus on civil society and the transnational social dynamics.

Chiara Sighele - Projects Director

MA in European Project Development promoted by the Europelago Foundation and the Italian Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. Degree in Political Science from the University of Pavia. She has researched the role of Germany's Turkish community in relation with Turkey's accession to the EU. She has worked for the Immigrants' Integration office of the municipality of Konstanz, Germany, and in the Italian Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has been at Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2007.

rosssella vignola

Rossella Vignola - fund-raising and project manager

MA Degree in International and Diplomatic Studies at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus and post-graduate specialization on European funding and project design at the Venice International University. She joined OBC in 2014 in the frame of a 6-month traineeship financed by the European Social Fund. After an internship at the European Citizens Action Service in Brussels where she worked on digital democracy and participation at the EU level, she came back to OBC where she is fundraiser and project assistant. From May 2016 to April 2017 she is Wikipedia curator within the project "European Centre for Press and Media Freedom".

Chiara Cont - Events organisation and Administration

Degree in Cultural Tourism at the University of Ferrara. She has worked on youth policies, community-building activities and awareness-raising campaigns for the Autonomous Province of Trento from 2008 to 2011. In 2008 she also started working for  Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, where she is now full-time.


Editorial Board

Luka Zanoni - Editor in chief of the registered website

Post-graduate studies in History and Philosophy at the Bocconi University after a degree in Theoretical Philosophy from the University of Milan. From 1999 to 2005 he was an editor and translator for Notizie Est-Balcani and from 2002 to 2003 he carried out editorial work for the monthly publication Balcani economia. He is a journalist, speaks fluent Serbo-Croatian and has been working for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2001.

Roberta Bertoldi - Editor and Content Manager

Roberta has worked in the field of on-line information focusing on social themes and human rights issues for many years. From 2001 to 2004 she has worked for Unimondo, the Italian branch of the international network 'Oneworld’. An expert in content management systems. She has been a part of the editorial staff of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2005.

Nicole Corritore – Journalist and Press officer

From 1992 to 2000 Nicole worked in international and decentralised cooperation projects in Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia. From 1992 to 1996 she worked on external affairs for Radio Popolare Network. She is interested in environmental and cooperation issues. She is a journalist and manages relations with the Italian and South-East European media, as well as with the press offices of local bodies and institutions, NGOs, associations, etc. She speaks fluent Serbo-Croatian and joined Osservatorio in 2001.

Francesco Martino

Francesco Martino - Journalist

Degree in Media Studies from the University of Trieste. He worked in the field of international cooperation in Kosovo before becoming  a journalist. He has been living and working in Sofia since 2005 and in Bulgaria he has collaborated with various Italian and international media providers. He speaks Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene and Macedonian. Based in Sofia, he has been working for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2006.

davide sighele

Davide Sighele - Journalist and Documentary-film maker

Degree in International and Diplomatic Studies at Gorizia, University of Trieste. He has worked in the field of international cooperation in Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo and has written numerous reports published in the Italian daily and weekly press. He has been an editor at Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2001.

Paolo Martino - Filmmaker

After the degree in International Relations he lived in the Middle East, where he developed his passion for story-telling. He is author of short and medium-length films, but also reportages and articles focused on migrant peoples. He collaborates with OBCT as a videomaker and is author of the reportages Mussa Khan - The rebel Afghan and From the Caucasus to Beirut . He is on Instagram as

Ivana Draganić

Ivana Draganić -  translator

MA student in Social Citizenship and Interculturality at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, after a Master in Immigration from the same institution and a BA in Philosophy and History of Art from the University of Belgrade (Serbia). Her main research interests regard human rights, in particular migrant and minority rights. She has been collaborating with OBCT since 2015 as translator from BCS to Italian and vice versa, and from English to Italian and vice versa


Marco Abram - Editor and senior Researcher

PhD in History at the University of Udine, Master in History of Europe at the University of Bologna. He spent research periods in different countries and worked for the Center for Advanced Studies - South Eastern Europe, the Department of History of the University of Rijeka and the University of British Columbia, where he was a lecturer of history of South East Europe. His research has been devoted to Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history, and his articles have been published in several Italian and international academic journals. He was involved in many dissemination projects promoted by different organizations and has been collaborating with OBCT since 2009, mainly on projects focused on history, memory and the dealing with the past.

Niccolò Caranti - Editor and Researcher

Master's degree in Law, expert Wikipedian, besides his volunteer work he has collaborated with Wikimedia Italy and Wikimedia Foundation. He has collaborated as an editor with Sanbaradio, the student radio of Trento, and as a photojournalist with Corriere del Trentino, the local edition of Corriere della Sera. After a first collaboration with OBCT in 2017, since 2018 he is Resource Centre & Wiki Curator. He is on Twitter as @ncaranti.

Federico Caruso

Federico Caruso Researcher and journalist

MA degree in Political and Social Communication at the University of Milan, journalist since 2009, he attended the European Project Design course at the International University of Venice - AICCRE Centre. He has worked as a press officer for various public and private bodies, as well as for non profit organisations. Since 2011 he is in charge of journalistic communication tasks for the main Italian blood donors associations (AVIS) and he is editor-in-chief at Nurant Illustration Mag. He dived into data journalism as a self-taught student, in order to gain expertise in new practices and tools. He works for OBCT since 2019, contributing to the European Data Journalism Network and Panelfit projects. He tweets as @_federicocaruso

Giorgio Comai - senior researcher and data cruncher

PhD at Dublin City University, MA in East European Studies and degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna. He is an expert on post-Soviet affairs, with research focusing in particular on de facto states and on different approaches for the bulk extraction and analysis of textual contents form the web in this context. He is the author of a text-mining package for the R programming language. He is member of the board of directors of Asiac, Italy’s academic association for the study of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Exchange student at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia; he has been visiting regularly Russia and other post-Soviet countries since 2000. He speaks fluently Russian and Romanian. He tweets at @giocomai.

Irene DioliResearcher and translator

PhD in Diversity Management and Governance from the University of Bologna, MA in Eastern European Studies and degree in Translation from the same institution. She worked as a researcher within two projects of the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). She has collaborated with OBCT since 2006.

Gianluca De Feo

Gianluca De Feo - Editor and Researcher

After earning a bachelor degree in political, social and international sciences from the University of Bologna, he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in North American studies at the Freie Universität of Berlin. He collaborated with Quorum/YouTrend as an editor and parliamentary researcher, and previously dealt with communication and social media for organizations active in the field of migration and coworking. He is particularly interested in international politics and environmental issues. Twitter: @GianlucaDeFeo

Lorenzo Ferrari  - Editor and senior Researcher

PhD in Political history at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies (Lucca), after a BA in Cultures and human rights and an MA in History at the University of Bologna. His main areas of expertise are European political integration and human rights; in 2016 he published the monograph Sometimes Speaking with a Single Voice. He has been working for years as an editor and author for publishing companies and as a collaborator of Il Post and VoxEurop. He works for OBCT since 2017. He tweets as @lorferr .

Ornaldo Gjergji

Ornaldo Gjergji -  Editor and Researcher

MA in International Relations and European Studies and BA in Philosophy from the University of Genova. After some experience in NGOs such as Amnesty International, in 2019 started collaborating with OBCT as a data journalist within the “European Data Journalism Network” project. His interests are ethics, human rights, public opinion, and security.
On twitter: @GjergjiOrnaldo

Giuseppe Lauricella

Giuseppe Lauricella - Researcher

Historian of Economics, he collaborated with the Office for Historical Research of the Bank of Italy for a few years. Then, he worked as research assistant at the European University Institute and later in the History department of the University of Siena, developing and coordinating cultural history projects and creating several software applications for the management of databases containing digitalised historical sources. He also advised the Giunti publishing group on the application of digital technologies in publishing. He held teaching contracts in the schools of Economy and Literature of the University of Siena and in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies of the University of Modena.

Fazıla Mat - Editor and Researcher

MA degree in Humanities at the University of Milan. She writes mainly on topics related to Turkish politics and society. She has been working for OBCT since 2008 as a contributor and since 2016 she works in European projects and as researcher on the situation in Turkey with a special focus on fundamental rights.  Currently she is one of the curators of the Resource Centre on Media Freedom within the project "European Center for Press and Media Freedom".  Tweets @fazilamat

Paola Rosà

Paola Rosà - Researcher and journalist

Degree in Political Sciences, International Studies, in Florence after a 2-year degree in Translation at the SSLMIT, Secondary School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators of the University of Trieste. Journalist and translator from German, she has worked for several media outlets in Trento, both as a freelance and as a full-time editor, and has translated books by Reinhold Messner and social anthropologists, beside publishing her own researches about German history. She has directed and edited several documentary films shot in Israel, Canada and USA, with a focus on emigration, First Nations and environmental activism. For OBCT she is one of the curators of the Resource Centre in the EU-funded project ECPMF.

Sofia Verza

Sofia Verza - Senior researcher

Sofia Verza is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science of the University of Perugia. She holds a master degree in Law from the University of Trento and studied at Bilgi University in Istanbul. Her main research interests regard sociology of communication, media law and criminal law. With OBCT she worked on the  Resource Centre  of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom  (ECPMF). She collaborates with the Global Freedom of Expression Initiative of Columbia University. Tweets as @sophia_verza .

Valentina Vivona - Editor and Researcher

Environmental and development economist, she has worked as a freelance press and video-journalist for years. In 2014 she co-produced “Smoke ring”, an investigative short video for Rai News on illicit waste disposal in Rome which won the national Premio Morrione. She researched and worked in BiH and Macedonia too many years ago, she is happily focusing again on the Balkans for OBCT since June 2017


roberto antoniazzi

Roberto Antoniazzi - Webmaster and System administrator

Degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Padua, he has worked as a project manager for various software companies. From 2001 to 2004, he was web manager for Unimondo, the Italian branch of the international network 'Oneworld’. In 2005, working in the field of open-source software, he was a co-founder of the company OpenContent. He has been webmaster and system administrator for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2007.