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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 of post-communism.

marco vender

Marco Vender - Secretary General

Degree in Agriculture, civil servant of the Autonomous Province of Trento since 1990 and seconded to Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso by the Province's Office for Immigration and International Cooperation in 2001. From 2000 to 2005 he was a member of the Rovereto city council and, since 2010, of the municipality of Villa Lagarina. For many years he was active in the Committee of Associations for Peace and Human Rights of Rovereto and was among the promoters of decentralised cooperation projects between the Trentino province and South-East Europe.

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 wikimedia

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

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.


Marco Abram

Marco Abram - Editor and Researcher

PhD in History at the University of Udine, Master's degree in European History at the University of Bologna. His work mainly focuses on cultural history, identity and memory in socialist Yugoslavia. He spent several years in different south-European countries: he was a visiting PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies - South Eastern Europe and at the Department of History of the University of Rijeka. His work has been published in national and international academic journals. He was also involved in several projects on public memory and dealing with the past promoted by different civil society's actors. Between 2013 and 2014, he was a researcher on the OBCT project "We were striving for peace ". Since November 2016, he works for OBCT on the European project "Testimony - Truth or Politics. The Commemoration of the Yugoslav Wars".

Niccolò Caranti - Editor and Researcher

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.

Giorgio Comai - 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 Dioli - Editor and Researcher

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 and is currently focusing on the topic of media freedom.

Lorenzo Ferrari  - Editor and 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 .

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

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.