Board of lecturers

ABDELGHANI, Elhusseini

• English Language Instructor at E.S.P Center, Mansoura University (from 7/8/2004 till 30/8/2007) (14/6/09 till now).

• Running different courses:(General English/ TOEFL/ IELTS /Conversation/ Human Development).

• Training Math and Science Teachers to teach in English.

• Teaching English Language subject for the students at some of the Faculties, Mansoura University.

• Materials Selecting, Grading, and Developing.

• Participating in the PD workshops: RELO, Fulbright, and AmidEast. TOT (Mentoring) Training Aug. 2016.

• Participating in the "Erasmus+ Staff Training Mobility" at Masaryk University, Czech Republic from April 24, 2017 until April 28, 2017, Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

• Trained in the AUC, as a RELO/ NileTESOL Mentor Trainer by RELO office, USA Embassy in Cairo, and the NileTESOL, the American University in Cairo, Jan 25th - February 2nd 2017

• Teaching English and Math and Science for 5th and 6th grades at Al Nasr Schools, Saudi Arabia 2007/2008.

• Teaching English at Zahraa Islamic Language Schools (from 1/ 9/1997 till 7/8/2004), Egypt

• Presenting twice at the "Redefining, Integrating, Empowering" NileTESOL 21st ANNUAL CONFERENCE, January 23rd - 24th, 2017 The American University in Cairo, New Cairo Campus.

• Presenting a research at The Fifth Conference of Eajaz in Quran and Sunnah, Mansoura University, 13-15 April, 2010.



AL HMOUD, Maj. Abdulla

Head of CBRN Innovation Lab

Dr Abdulla Al Hmoud is a Major who served in Abu Dhabi Police, GHQ, UAE for over 16 years.  Currently, He is the deputy director of CBRN administration at the Emergency and Public Safety Directorate, AD Police, GHQ.  He obtained his PhD from Salford University, UK 2016.  His doctorate focuses on Community-Centered early Warning System that enhances reliance in disaster.  His subsequent research work and contribution to international conferences addressed this area of interest too. His master degree though was on Disaster Management and completed in 2011 from Dubai University, UAE.

Focusing on other duties and membership, He is the President of Research in Security and Safety, UAE. Also Head of Occupational health, safety, emergency management and public safety in AD Police. His main interests and current research relate to innovation that focus on protection of community from natural hazards and disasters.



ABUL, Miah Basher

Graduated (Hons), Chemistry (1978) & Master of Science, Applied Chemistry (1980), University of Dhaka.

OPCW Associate (2004); Qualified expert course on CBRN, Sweden(2009); Basic, Advance & Exercise course in Switzerland (2007, 2009, 2010); Basic security in the field-staff safety, health & welfare, UN Course (2009); Advance training on civil defense against CW, Slovakia (2008); Training on Process Technology & Industrial Safety in DSM, Netherlands (1989); Higher professional course on Spectrometry & Chromatography in Fontys University, Eindhoven, Netherlands (1997); Presented paper in OPCW academic forum (2007), Seminar in Tehran (2007), Workshop in The Hague(2010), China(2012), Poland (2012), India (2012, 2014, 2016) & Bangladesh many times.



AIELLO, Cpt. Mauro


-    Accademia Aeronautica, Corso Aquila V (2000-2005)

-    Master Degree in Politic Science ,  Università Federico II - Napoli (2004) 

-    Master di II Liv. in “Geopolitics economic globalization and international institutions” Università degli studi di Teramo (2012)

-    Master di II Livello in Leadership ed analisi strategica Università degli studi di Firenze “Cesare Alfieri” (2015)

-    Corso qualificazione operativa di base CBRN

-    Corso Artificiere/EOD

-    Corso qualificazione operativa avanzata CBRN

-    Corso sulla condotta di mini/micro APR

-    Corso per insegnanti MEDID

-    Corso di Consigliere giuridico in DIU

-    Corso ISIPM di base in Project Management

-    Lingue accertate: Inglese (Professional)

Incarichi svolti

 -    Comandante Plotone III Compagnia Fucilieri dell’aria (FCA

-    Vice Com.te III Comp. FCA

-    Com.te III Comp. FCA

-    Insegnante Topografia/DIU corsi Difesa Terrestre 

-    Capo Sez. Piani ed Operazioni/Sez. Add.to dell’Uff. OPS 16° Stormo 

-    Capo Sez. EOR del Dip. EOD/IEDD (CdE C-IED)

-    Capo Sez. EOD del Dip. Add.vo (CdE C-IED)

-    Uff.le Addetto Sez. CBRN Ufficio Controllo Armamenti e Controproliferazione 3° Reparto SMD

-    Partecipazione a missioni FCN: Afghanistan (ISAF, 2006, 7, 8, 9)




In 1999 she graduated at University of Naples in International Trade and Currency Markets. In the first phase of her professional life, she deals with budget and financial statements consulting, working, among others, also at multinational Arthur Andersen SpA in Milan. Then she begins a period of collaboration as contract researcher at the Economics Department of University of Naples, where she achieves a PhD with a published thesis.

In 2005, looking for a dynamic life and growing challenges, she joined as Officer to Italian Navy, where she still is serving with the rank of Lieutenant of Italian Coast Guard in the Maritime Security Office at Italian Coast Guard Headquarters.

She, currently has a role of responsibility in Italian Coast Guard quality management system at national level. In the actual role she has been in charge, in a first step, of safety of navigation, with particular regard to technical instruments for navigation and rescue equipment. In the last two years, she has been included in management, control and monitoring system for maritime security of ships, harbors, port and port facility of Italy.

She lives in Rome, and in her spare time she studies Spanish and French.



ALMARZOUQI, Maj. Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Zainal 

Major Dr. Ibrahim Almarzouqi BBA, MSc, PhD - Directorate of Emergency and Public Safety, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, UAE.

Dr. Ibrahim Almarzouqi is a long-serving Major in Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, UAE. He holds the Doctorate degree in Community Awareness, Crisis and Disaster Management (from Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK); and MSc in Disaster Management from Coventry University, England, UK. Though, his Bachelor degree in Business Administration ( ie BBA degree)  was obtained from the UAE University in 2006.  

He is currently the Head of Data Analysis Section at the Emergency and Public Safety Directorate, AD Police GHQ, UAE. Previously Dr Almarzouqi worked at various departments and hold a range of positions at the Directorate of Emergency and Public Safety, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ . In 2011 for example, He directed the Innovation and Development section and then between 2012- 2017 was appointed as a Head of Strategic Planning at the Emergency and Public Safety Department, ADP GHQ, UAE.

His research work and interests focus on disaster management, risk assessment, community awareness, capability building and communication in disasters.



ALLERT, L.C. Bernd

Bernd Allert joined the German CBRN Defence Corps in 1977. Since 2013 he has been working for the recently established Bundeswehr CBRN Defence  Command within the Policy and Forces Development Division. He is responsible for  standardisation and international cooperation.

From 2008 to 2013 Allert had been assigned to NATO’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Non-Proliferation Centre (WMDC). His areas of expertise covered CBRN defence training, civil-military cooperation and international outreach. Prior to the NATO HQ assignment he worked as a Deputy Force Protection  Officer / Staff Officer CBRN Defence for Allied Component Command Headquarters Heidelberg (ALCC HQ). A seven-month tour as HQ ISAF’s Deputy Theatre Force Protection Officer was included.

For years LtCol Allert represented either Germany or ALLC HQ HD in different CBRN defence bodies like the CBRN Defence Training Working Group or the CBRN Operations Working Group.



ANGELI, Dr. Daniele

Daniele Angeli joined ARPA Umbria (The Environmental Protection Agency) in 2004 after six years working for the Foligno City Hall during the disaster recovery phase after the 1997-1998 Umbria-Marche earthquakes. Now he is working as Technical Coordinator of the Industrial Risk Service of ARPA Umbria.

He has got a Master’s Degree in Civil Protection and Defense, a University Master in Risk Analysis and Emergency Management and two scholarships for research projects on Civil Protection issues with one of them at the international level within a cooperation project between United Nations and University of Perugia.

He has also got the National Qualification for Safety Management Systems Inspector of plants at risk of Major Accident (Seveso Directive) for the Ministry of Environment and the National Qualification for REACH/CLP Regulation Inspector/teacher for the Ministry of Health, moreover he has got other qualifications as Safety Auditor, Coordinator of emergency rooms, Expert in Development and Management of Emergency Plans for Safety of Industries at Risk of Accidents.

He has developed his expertise especially in Chemical Major Accidents during the years working on behalf of ARPA and even as a member of the Local Technical Committee for the enforcement of Seveso Directive of the Local Directorate of the Italian Fire Brigade National Corps and as a collaborator of the local Prefectures Emergency Services Committee for External Emergency Planning and Coordination. He has attended many courses at the international level and teaches at courses having as main topics Chemical Accidents, Risk Analysis, Emergency Planning and Management, Enforcement of Seveso Directive and REACH/CLP Regulations.



APPODIA, Maj. Marco

Maj (IT army, cbt. eng.) Marco APPODIA

Major Marco APPODIA was born in Subiaco (Rome) on April 12th, 1974.

During his life, He got: a Chartered accountant qualification, a bachelor’s degree in “Organization and Management”, a Master’s degree in “Communication and Public Relations in Business and International Organizations”, a Master’s degree in “Strategic Studies and Diplomatic Sciences”, a post-lauream course in “Leadership”, and a post-lauream course in "Explosive and Energetic Materials for Security management”.

Basic Training

  • Academy for non-commissioned Officers (Sergeant, Sergeant Major and Warrant Officer from 1996 to 2001).
  • In 2001, after a selection of Italian Ministry of Defence, He was promoted Second Lieutenant and attended the Technical Application Course for Young Officers as Combat Engineer.

Advanced Education & Training (in Italy)

  • - “Ammunition Technician” Course at Italian Ministry of Defence,
  • - EOD and CBRN EOD Courses at Italian Ministry of Defence;
  • - C-IED Courses at Italian Ministry of Defence;
  • - CBRN Defence Courses at Italian Ministry of Defence.

Current Assignment


  • Head of Education and Training Branch at European Centre for Manual Neutralization Capabilities in Vienna

Previous Assignment (in Italy)

  • EOD Platoon Leader and Head of EOD Section at Italian EOD Training Centre.
  • EOD Company Commander, Head of EOD Department, Head of EOD Analysis and Info sharing and Head of Education & Training
  • Section at Italian C-IED CoE.


Advanced Education & Training (abroad - NATO/EU Nations)

  • - EOD and CBRN EOD Courses in other nations/multinational organizations//partners of Italian Ministry of Defence;
  • - C-IED Courses in other nations/multinational organizations/partners of Italian Ministry of Defence;

Previous Assignment (National Tasks abroad)

  • Incident Commander during the maxi-emergency consequent to the accidental explosion of an Ammunitions and Explosives
  • Depot in Gerdec Village, Vore municipality (ALB);
  • Secretary of European Defence Agency Project Team CBRN EOD;
  • Italian Subject Matter Expert at FINABEL;
  • Technical advisor/national representative at NATO MCLSB Interservice EOD Working Group.
  • CBRN EOD Subject Matter Expert/Master Instructor in support of NATO EOD CoE in Trencin (SVK).

Decorations and recognitions

- Medal of Honour for long command (silver):

- Golden Cross for length of service (seniority) (25 years);

- Commemorative Medal for participation at mission abroad: Afghanistan 2003;

- Commemorative Cross for participation at Operations Other Than War;

- Commemorative Cross for participation at Humanitarian Assistance Operations: Iraq 2004;

- Bronze Medal for merit during Civil Protection Operations in Italy;

- Commemorative Cross for Homeland Security Operations;

- NATO Commemorative Medal: Afghanistan (2003-2010);

- UN Commemorative Medal: South Lebanon (2009);

- Commemorative Medal of NATO EOD Centre of Excellence “Assisting in Saving Lives”;

- “Deutsches Sportabzeichen” and “Leistungsabzeichen der bundeswehr”;

- Skydiver’s Certification;

- Military driving Instructor and Instructor of Phisical Training and Ski and art of fighting in mountains.

Language proficiency levels

English: LWSR 4 3 3 3 (in accordance with NATO STANAG 6001).

French: personal knowledge.



ARDUINI, Prof. Fabiana

Fabiana Arduini is Assiociate Professor at Department of Chemical Science and Technology (Analytical Chemistry), University of Rome "Tor Vergata.

Her research interests include the development of Bioassay and Biosensor systems, Electrochemical (bio)sensors, Electrochemical Mediators, Screen-Printed Electrodes (how to use, fabricate and modify them), Sensors and Biosensors modified with Nanomaterials (carbon black, carbon nanotubes, gold nanoparticles, etc.), Paper-based sensors. Real applications in the field of environmental, food and clinical analytical chemistry.





  • Pio Ciro Aspetti, born the 07/08/1974 at Palermo, he received the Master degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Palermo, with the highest academic distinction.
  • He studied optical applications.
  • He worked as testing engineer for one of the most important Italian certification body.
  • Expert in electromagnetic compatibility, Halt and HASS test.
  • Study on vibration and enviromental test.
  • Automation researcher.
  • He attended the 2nd Level Master Course in Protection against CBRNe Events.
  • He devolope system for carbon filter exhaustion.
  • He is author of several publications.
  • I work in BMD SpA in the technical department.
  • My studies are focused on the CBRNe field.


ATHAVALE, Col. (Dr.) Ram

Col (Dr) Ram Athavale, is an ‘81 Batch veteran and an alumni of Defence Services Staff College and Army War College. He has commanded an Armoured Regiment and held numerous General Staff appointments in his three decades plus military service. He was last posted as Director CBRN at the Indian Army Headquarters. Col Athavale is a specialist in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Security, Risk Mitigation and Incident Management. He holds a MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies, a Certificate in Disaster Management, PGDM in HR, a Fellowship in CBRN Disaster Management and a PhD for his Doctoral research in CBRN Terrorism and its Crisis and Consequence Management in India. Col Athavale has been a Key Advisor to the Govt of India (MoD and MHA) on CBRN Security and Incident Management. For the past three years, he functioned as a Key CBRN Expert for the European Union CBRN Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence initiative (EU CBRN CoE). He was deployed in the Eastern and Central Africa region and advised Government agencies of eleven Partner Countries on CBRN risk mitigation matters from National CBRN Strategy, Gap analysis and Needs assessment, National action plans down to awareness generation and response mechanisms. Professor Athavale is a Visiting Faculty for some Indian and Overseas universities, academic institutions and military training establishments on Disaster Management and CBRN subjects. A prolific writer in CBRN and Defence journals and magazines, he has been a CBRN subject speaker at many international seminars and conferences. He has recently authored a pioneering book titled “Toxic Portents” on ‘CBRN Incident Management in India’. Presently based at Pune, India, he functions as a CBRN Security, Risk Mitigation and Incident Management Consultant. Further details are on his website www.chebiran.com .




Dr. Sergey Babichenko, CEO at LDI Innovation (Estonia), Ph.D. in physics. Initiator and co-developer of key product concepts / designs. Has more than 30 years of experience in research, development, engineering and commercialization of laser remote sensing technique for environmental, industrial and security and safety applications.

Dr. Babichenko worked as a principle investigator of national and international scientific projects at the Estonian Academy of Sciences before the year 2001. Later he acted as an entrepreneur and co-founded several high-tech companies to carry out dedicated product developments.

Dr. Babichenko served as a partner leader in FP6, FP7 EC projects, and continues R&D works in frame of H2020 projects. List of professional credits includes monograph, more than 120 scientific publications, and 12 patents in application of laser and spectroscopy techniques.

Dr. Babichenko serves as a member of the Board of Stakeholders of European Technology Platform Photonics21. He served as a Chairman of the Technology Area CBRNE at the Integrated Mission Group for Security (IMGS) and a Chairman of the Baltic Photonics Cluster (BPC).



BELLECCI, Prof. Carlo

Carlo Bellecci is a Full Professor of Experimental Physics at University of Rome Tor Vergata; he is teacher of Physics for Nuclear Energy at the School of Engineering. Currently, he is deputy President of CRATI S.c.r.l., Consortium for Research and Development of New Technologies, and President of the Scientific Committee of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe Events at University of Rome Tor Vergata. Moreover, Prof. Bellecci is the Project Manager and the Research Leader on renewable energy, remote sensing of atmospheric pollutants and Lidar/Dial technologies in IR spectral range in several projects founded by International and National grants. He has a strong experience in experimental works on optical methods for plasma diagnostics in the framework of nuclear fusion and on exploitation of solar energy. Prof. Bellecci is  referee for several Scientific Journals and has authored more than 250 Scientific Works. 




Head of Training of HPE Flight School and Technical Manager of simulators

Pilot, instructor and examiner of helicopter, glider, ultralight and RPAS (drones). He’s the Head of training of Heli Protection Europe s.r.l. Flight School and Technical Manager of the simulators.

Helicopter pilot Officer of the State Forestry Corp from 1992 until 2017, he’s specialized in firefighting and public rescue. He finalized the certification of Link Campus University as RPAS School covering the role of Head of Training.

Since 2006 he is holding managerial positions promoting the spread of aeronautical culture in Italy, including: Board member of the Italian Gliding Federation until 2009, President of the Aero Club of Rieti until 2013, Executive Director of the Aero Club of Italy until 2017, Member of the Organizing Committee of the FAI World and European Gliding Championships in 2007-2008 and 2013. He has been appointed Delegate for Italy to the International Aeronautical Federation in Lausanne.



BALDASSI, Cpt. Federico

Federico Baldassi was born in 1982 in Viterbo. He received a degree in cellular and molecular biology from University of Viterbo Tuscia. In 2009 he joined Italian Army as Officer in Italian Corps of Engineer and he currently works at Centro Tecnico Logistico Interforze NBC in Civitavecchia as chief of molecular biology cell. In 2013 and 2015 he received respectively master degrees in "Complex organization management" of University of Viterbo Tuscia and in "Protection against CBRNe events" of University of Rome Tor Vergata and.  His research interests focus on: modelling and simulations of evolution and spreading of infectious diseases following natural outbreaks or bioterrorist events; detection and identification of Biological Warfare Agents (BWA); and environmental monitoring and assessment. He teaches at "Protection against CBRNe events" master of University of Rome Tor Vergata and in 2013 and 2015 he tought at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore at "Soccorso Avanzato in Emergenze Extraospedaliere" master. Federico Baldassi is an external collaborator of Industrial Engineering Department at University of Rome Tor Vergata and he is author of same papers on International Scientific Journal.



BANKS, Brian

Mr. Brian Banks is the Product Manager at CHEMTREC®, a division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Brian has responsibility for managing CHEMTREC’s existing suite of product offerings and services, as well as conducting market analysis and market research to develop new products offerings and services to better serve customers.

EDUCATION: Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC and a master’s degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

EXPERIENCE: He has experience in product development, product marketing, business development and market research. Brian has managed many of CHEMTREC’s largest accounts and he has also increased CHEMTREC’s exposure and reach with international manufacturers and industry associations.




Bart Nys (1965) obtained a PhD. in physical chemistry from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1992. He started working as a forensic scientist at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) in 1994 as a gunshot residue expert. Since 2009, he is additionally responsible for the organisation of scientific research activities at the NICC as the institute’s R&D Coordinator. As such, he is responsible for the development of an external sponsoring network comprised of national, regional and international sponsoring organisations. A special role in his project coordinating work is reserved for the EU–sponsored projects through the EU research programmes from ISEC (ISF), FP7 and Horizon2020.

He has been closely involved in the activities of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes’ (ENFSI) Firearms/GSR Working Group since 1995 and he remains to this day active in numerous scientific projects of this group. Since 2013, he is a member of the Research and Development Standing Committee of ENFSI, acting as its chairman since 2015.

Since being involved as a forensic partner in the GIFT-CBRN project, his interests have expanded to the CBRN community. As ENFSI also has an interest in providing training and education for forensic experts in CBRN matters, he is currently setting up a common training programme for forensic and CBRN experts.



BARTELS Dr. Cornelius

Cornelius Bartels is working for the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's federal public health agency, as deputy head of the department "Global Health and Biosecurity".

From 2011 until 2016 he was engaged at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - ECDC in Stockholm. There he was leading the centre's activities in the field of biopreparedness and biosecurity. During the Ebola outbreak in 2014 he was assigned as crisis manager to coordinate ECDC's support to health authorities in European countries and EU-institutions as well. Before moving to Sweden, he worked for the Centre for Biological Security at the Robert Koch Institute. One of his responsibilities was the implementation of a national training concept for first responders from clinical, pre-clinical and public health side when facing biological emergencies. Furthermore he acted as scientific advisor for joint interagency biopreparedness and response at national level. Before transitioning to public health in the early 2000s, Cornelius worked over many years as a specialist for anaesthesiology and intensive care at Berlin University's Medical School. In these periods he also became deeply involved as an emergency physician for ground and airborne recue services.




Prof. John G. Bartzis is Emeritus Professor at the department of Mechanical Engineering of University of Western Macedonia. He obtained his Diploma in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1970), his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the MIT, USA (1975), and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the MIT, USA (1977). He has worked as Research Assistant at the MIT, USA (1974-1977), Quality Engineer at the Public Power Corporation, Athens (1977-1978), Visiting Assistant Professor, at the Nuclear Engineering Department, Purdue University, USA (1979), Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at the Midwest College of Engineering (Chicago, USA) (1979-1980), Research Engineer, at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA (1979-1980) and Researcher in NCSR "Demokritos" (1980- 2001). He has participated in or coordinated numerous European Research Projects in the field of environment and radiation protection. He participates in several international scientific committees. He has authored or coauthored over 300 publications in journals, conference proceedings, books and reports.



BHADORIA, Robin Singh 

Robin Singh Bhadoria is currently pursuing his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India. He had worked on different fields like Data Mining, Frequent Pattern Mining, Cloud Computing Era, Service Oriented Architecture, and Wireless Sensor Network. He has published more than 45 articles into International & National conferences and journals of repute like IEEE, Elsevier and Springer that also include book chapters. Presently, he is serving as associate editor for International Journal of Computing, Communications and Networking (IJCCN) ISSN 2319 – 2720. He is also serving as editorial board member for different journals in globe. Presently, he is a professional member for different professional research bodies like IEEE (USA), IAENG (Hong-Kong), Internet Society, Virginia (USA), IACSIT (Singapore).



BONFANTI, Dr. Matteo E.

Matteo E. Bonfanti serves as Research Fellow at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, based in Pisa. He holds a PhD in International Fundamental Rights Law. His current research focuses on legal and fundamental rights issues raised by targeted initiatives adopted by the EU and its Member States to foster their internal security. These include new solutions to enhance CBRNe preparedness and response, critical infrastructure protection, policing and intelligence cooperation, cyber-security as well as the development and use of new or emerging technologies for security purposes. He has a number of publications in these fields. Before joining SSSUP, Matteo was Research Fellow at the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship in Rome, and at the Central European University, Center for Media and Communication Studies in Budapest. Matteo is active in EC and EDA funded pjects since 2010.




Arturo Buscarino graduated in Computer Science Engineering in 2004 and received his Ph.D. in Electronics and Automation Engineering in 2008, at the University of Catania, Italy. Currently, he is a Technical Assistant at the University of Catania and teaches Modeling and Optimization at the Laurea Magistrale in Management Engineering. He collaborates with the EUROFusion Consortium, ENEA Frascati, and JET Culham, UK. Dr. Buscarino has been a visiting researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US. His scientific interests include nonlinear circuits and systems, chaos and synchronization, complex networks, control systems, Cellular Nonlinear Networks, and plasma engineering. He is Associate Editor of Cogent Engineering. Dr. Buscarino has published one research monography on nonlinear circuits, and more than 60 papers on refereed international journals and international conference proceedings. In 2017 he received the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale II fascia, SC 09/G1.



BYALYK, Pavlo 

Senior Programme Officer, Implementation Support Branch, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Mr Byalyk graduated from the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna Center) and completed a joint degree in Advanced International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the University of Vienna in 2002. Starting his career with non-governmental organisations which promote freedom of expression, human rights, rule of law and support to civil society, he continued later as a programme manager for various inter-governmental organisations working in the area of conflict prevention, human rights, and disarmament.

When with OSCE High Commission on National Minorities (2005-2012), he managed conflict prevention programmes and projects in Georgia, Moldova and South-East Europe. During 2012-2015 he managed projects on minority rights protection for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Office in Central Asia and later for Council of Europe in Ukraine. Since 2015 Mr Byalyk has been working as Senior Programme Officer for Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on implementation of global capacity-building projects as well as those which specifically focus on the African region. During his work for international organisations he has been a focal point on gender issues, results-based management as well as monitoring and evaluation.



BUZZI, M.S. Fulvio Paolo

Fulvio Paolo Buzzi, MSc in Energetic Engineering, Scholarship in Nuclear Engineering PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, journal's reviewer, Admin of the scientific divulgation project "L'Avvocato dell'atomo" that has hundreds of thousands of followers on the main social network platforms. 



CASTELLUCCIO, Donato Maurizio

M.Sc. in Physics, l hold the Specialization Diploma in Medical Physics and the III degree Qualified Expert (QE) Certification (as stated within Italian legislation). Currently I am in charge of the Fusion and Nuclear Security Department (FSN-SICNUC-PSSN) of the Italian National Institute for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development - ENEA in Bologna. Since 2015 I am member of  the Italian Delegation at the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) based in Vienna, and member of the Italian National Data Center (NDC) for the same Organization as Radionuclide Expert.



CALABRESI, Dr. Giovanni

Giovanni Calabresi, from Rome, has a degree in Political Science, International Political direction. Specialized in Negotiation at the Notre Dame University (South Bend- Indiana - US), he gained a II Level Master in Intelligence and Security at Link Campus University, cum laude. 

Member of the middle management of SOGIN SPA since 2004, he is currently Head of Procedures and Security Culture Area of the Security, Safety and Services Department of SOGIN SPA.

In the past he held the positions of Head of Institutional Relations of SOGIN SPA (2010 ) and Head of Syndicate Inspection of the Ministry of Economic Development in 2011. 

He is  Civil Mediator Professional and  the author of two essays: " Organizzazione del Consenso e Teoria dei partiti" (Editor Clinamen 2003) and " Appunti per il manager. Il Leader e la sua squadra. Leadership e meeting management" (Ibiskos 2012) .



CAPONE, Francesca 

Francesca Capone holds a Law Degree from the University of Naples Federico II and a Joint Ph.D. Degree from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Tilburg University. In 2012-2013 she worked as a research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. She is a Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and the Coordinator of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where she serves also as a lecturer at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been a visiting fellow and a guest lecturer at several academic institutions across Europe, including Leiden University and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. She has undertaken research on a wide range of topics, focussing in particular on children’s rights and victims’ right to a remedy and reparation. Her recent publications include Reparations for Child Victims of Armed Conflict: State of the Field and Current Challenges (Intersentia, 2017) and Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond, co-edited with Prof. Andrea de Guttry and Dr Christophe Paulussen (Springer/Asser Press, 2016).



Marco Carbonelli received a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University ‘La Sapienza’ of Rome in 1987, a post-graduate specialist degree in Telecommunications and ICT from the Italian Ministry of Communication (SSSTLC School) and a second level International Master’s Degree on “Protection against CBRNe events” from the University “Tor Vergata” of Rome.

From 1987 to 2001 he worked as a researcher in the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni in Rome on digital transmission applications. From 2001 to 2004 he was involved for the first time in the Critical Infrastructure protection area, in particular in information security and security certification activities for the Italian Ministry of Communications. From 2004 to 2006 he was Security Certification Division Officer in the OCSI (Italian Security Certification Body). From 2007 to 2011 he was involved in CBRN Emergency Crisis Planning and Management in the Italian National Civil Protection Department and he worked to the Critical Infrastructure UE Directive and Anti-Terrorism Risk Management national activities. Since 2012 he has been involved, as Communication & Information System Security Officer, in the Security Central Body of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Rome. He is author of more than 160 technical papers, at international and national level, four books and he cooperates with University “Tor Vergata” of Rome as a lecturer in the CBRNe and Anti-Corruption Master Courses.


CARESTIA, Dr. Mariachiara

Born in 1984, I hold a Master Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and achieved the Master of Philosophy in “Protection against CBRN events” from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. 

Currently, I am serving as research fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata where my research activities are focused on:

- the EU founded project “CBRN Integrated Response Italy” where I am one of the contributors. The project, conducted in collaboration with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa and Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco, is aimed at building and testing an integrated CBRN response capability of first responders and law enforcement agencies in Italy.

-  the “BIO-F” project. A multidisciplinary project for the development of a device for the detection of atmospheric releases of biological warfare agents, exploiting the induced fluorescence features of biological agents.

Other information concerning my activities on CBRNe:

- In 2013 I attended the “Introduction to the International CBRN Training Curriculum Course” held by the Joint CBRN Defence COE, while in 2014 I participated, as lecturer, at the “Bio Warfare Defence Awareness Course” held by the NATO School of Oberammergau.

- I’m lecturer, and part of the Didactic Management Unit, of the international master courses in “Protection against CBRNe events”. 




CDR Carminati was born in Rome on the 7th January 1973.  In 1992 start the career in the Italian Navy .  He attended Navy officers integrative course from 1995 to 1996 a the Italian Naval Academy. In 2008 he graduated with a bachelor degree in Management and Organizational Studies with final thesis on the "Chemical Weapons Convention" and In 2016 he graduate with 1st Level Master Course in CBRN Event with thesis on "Live Agent Training in Confined Space".

Since 2007 he began his career in CBRN world where he held positions as a CBRN Teacher at NBC School of Rieti  and CBRN Staff Officer at the Italian Defence General Staff.  From 2013 he collaborates with the Master in CBRN events as a teacher and in 2016 he was appointed Didactical Coordinator of the 1st Level Master course.



CAROSATI, Dr. Emanuele

Dr. Carosati received the PhD in Chemistry in 2003 at the University of Perugia (Italy), where he currently works as Researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology. His research field is the computational chemistry applied to organic molecules of natural and biological interest.

He has sound experience in the use of in silico methods to model protein-ligand interactions and to deal with large data collections by using multivariate statistics. Dr. Carosati has experience in a broad variety of computational techniques and has good programming skills (python, R).

In particular, he applies his knowledge in drug discovery focusing on QSAR, Cheminformatics, Virtual Screening, and in silico methods for ADME (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Elimination) and toxicity predictions.

Dr. Carosati had the opportunity to work in pharmaceutical companies in the field of Computer-Aided Drug Design; for six months he was “Visiting Scientist” at GSK (Stevenage, UK, 2002) and for one year he was “Post-doc Researcher” at Technologie Servier (Orleans, France, 2006). In 2014 he received an international Marie-Curie fellowship and spent six

months as researcher at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Melbourne, Australia) where he used the most advanced experimental techniques for studying human drug metabolism.

Dr. Carosati is coauthor of 38 peer-reviewed articles in international journals; his significant impact in the scientific literature is given by more than 1000 citations and an H-index of 18.



CARTER, Holly E.

Dr Holly Carter is a Research Fellow in the Behavioural Science Research Team at Public Health England, Porton Down. Her research interests include factors which affect public behaviour during mass emergencies and disasters, in particular the role of effective responder communication in improving positive outcomes during mass decontamination. Holly has completed a PhD in crowd behaviour during incidents involving mass decontamination. The focus of this research was on the mediating role of social identity processes between effective responder communication and positive behavioural and psychological outcomes during mass decontamination. Findings from Holly’s PhD, and subsequent research, have been used to inform various decontamination guidance documents and training for emergency responders in mass decontamination.

Holly is interested in psychosocial aspects of mass emergencies and disasters, and in factors which affect the way in which members of the public respond to recommendations and interventions implemented by the authorities. In particular, how effective communication from the authorities can increase public perceptions of the legitimacy of different interventions, and how perceptions of legitimacy can increase public compliance with recommended actions.



After graduating in Nuclear Engineering, he held a post-graduate degree in engineering and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lately in 2016 he attended the II Level International Master Course "Protection against CBRNe Events" at Tor Vergata University.

From October 2004 he is a Lieutenant Colonel for the Italian Fire and Rescue services where he covers the position of CBRN Regional Coordinator for the Lombardy region since 2014 and as a National CBRN Expert for the DG-ECHO.

Amongst the various duties covered in the CBRN field, from 2017 to 2019 he coordinated the study supported by the European Space Agency, aimed to the development of Space-based Services in Support of CBRNe Operations, and named Space Fly Multiagent (SFM).

Since February 2020 he is the director of the Biological Laboratory interoperated with the Luigi Sacco Hospital and with the Prefecture of Milan. Since 2021, he is a recognized radioprotection expert and he serves in the radioprotection commission of the Lombardy region and of the City of Milan. 

Edoardo  the team leader of the CBRN Italian modules and RescEU modules for the Italian Fire and Rescue Services. Due to the wide experience in national and international missions, he published several articles in the areas of risk assessment, emergency management, and CBRN. 




Orlando Cenciarelli has obtained in 2010 the Master of Science degree cum Laude in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. In 2011, he achieved the Master of Philosophy in Protection from CBRNe events.In 2015 he achieved the Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering - Physical, Energetic and Sanitary Science and Technology,  working on a project about the development of fluorescence - based LIDAR technology for biological agents. From 2010 to 2015, he was Research Fellow at the Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Subjec Area: Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology). In August 2013, he was Academic Guest to the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology. From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Cenciarelli was Lecturer in Virology at the Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Course of Study in Biotechnology). He is acttually cooperating with ECDC in Sweden as Bio Expert.



Candido Ceracchi is trainer and educator of dogs for the rescue of explosive devices. He his officially enrolled to the ENCI register. He is also trainer for CONI. He has trained dogs for: 3° Granatieri di Sardegna, Securpol, Deltapol, Disneyland Paris.



Dr. Parag Chatterjee works at the National Technological University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After receiving his Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Calcutta, India, he is currently researching in the field of Internet of Things directed to healthcare. His previous works have been published in reputed international journals and presented at several international IEEE conferences and Indian Science Congress. He edited a book on Internet of Things featuring 21 chapters by authors across the world, to be published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, this year. Prof. Chatterjee delivered invited talks at several international conferences and reputed institutions like Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Favaloro University, Buenos Aires. His current research is directed towards developing an IoT platform especially for the elderly people to use eHealth devices seamlessly and get personalized and predictive healthcare services, collaborated with University of the Republic Uruguay, UTT France and Lebanese University.




Mario Ciccotti Graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, PhD student in Pharmacology and Toxicology curriculum Toxicology at Sapienza. He is a specialist in chemical risk assessment and management, and holds a second-level master's degree in NBC medicine at the University of Florence.



CIPARISSE, Dr. Jean-François

Jean-François Ciparisse (born on 09/05/1977), has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master Degree in Astronautical Engineering, a Post-Graduate course that releases 60 ECDS in Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics and two Ph.Ds, one in Environment and  Energy Engineering and one in Industrial Engineering. After having worked for several years as a process engineer in an EPC company which designs power plants. He is specialized in combustion, fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He is actually a senior expert of the Italian Ministry of Development.



CIPOLLONE, Lt.Col. Domenico

Domenico CIPOLLONE is an officer of the Italian Army since  1986. He serves in Joint  NBC Defence  School  in  Rieti  where he teaches  nbc defence organization in Italian Army and he is liable for work safety too.

In the role of  Psychologist  he is responsible of Psychologists in the region of Abruzzo for emergency management.

Expert in environmental risk management  he  participated in various operations and training missions in Romania, Turkey, Germany, UK, Czech Rep., Albania, Kosovo,  Bosnia, Ukraine and Russia.

He has collaborated with the Faculty of Psychology in L’Aquila, the School of Ethics and Security in L’Aquila  and with the Link Campus University as a lecturer in psychology  and environmental risk management.

Currently he is  teaching at the Training Defence  Centre of  Defence Ministry "Communication in conflict management".



CONTESSA, Dr. Gian Marco

Dr Gian Marco Contessa is a research scientist at the Institute of Radiation Protection of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), where he is also Radiation Protection Expert of the Technical Unit for Nuclear Fission Technologies and Facilities and Nuclear Material Management.

He is a Medical Physics Expert and has been working in the field of occupational safety from electromagnetic fields and ionizing radiations for more than ten years.

He is author of more than fifty scientific papers on topics of medical physics and radiation protection published in national and international journals.



COPPE, Dr. Danilo

Geotechnical Mining & explosives operator. Expert in blasting engineering with over 700 interventions of Civil Explosives documented. Also degree in Criminological Sciences and Safety. Founder and designer of SIAG srl of Parma, an Italian company leader in Demolition with Explosives. Founder and President of Explosives Research Institute.

Teacher in the Master of Chemical Forensic Analysis for the University of Bologna. Teacher for Firefighter, for the Defense Industries Agency, for the Air Force, for the Interagency Intelligence Center for "Explosives General" and "Blast Investigation" . Author of over 50 scientific publications on the use of explosives, published in national and international journals and conference proceedings. Seven books: Explosives in fighting forest fires; Practical Manual of Civil Explosives three editions; Building Vulnerability in relation to Terrorist Attacks with Explosives; Dynamite Stories; Identification Colours of Explosives & Blasting accessories. Consultant and Auxiliary of Judicial Police for the Public Institutions for Explosives issues, effects of explosions on the environment, investigations, anti-sabotage and destruction of explosive materials. Advisor for Italian Courts. Director of several projects in the field of anti-terrorist search assignments with the European Commission. Referring Sites: www.esplosivi.it www.esplosivistica.it



CORRAO, Dr. Salvatore

Salvatore Corrao has an academic background in Chemical Engineering and a specialization in photo catalysis and photocatalytic degradation of pollutants.

After his degree at the University of Palermo, he served – for three years - the Italian Army as a Lieutenant in the Engineering Corps at the NBC Defence Joint School of Rieti. Here he worked in the Experimental and Studies Area and took part in training activities and courses on CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear) risk.

Since 2006 he has been working as a Fire Officer in the Central Directorate for Emergency and Technical Rescue – CBRN office – of the Italian National Fire Corps, Ministry of the Interior, in Rome.

Here he has gained experience in CBRN, specialised in training and doctrine, emergency planning, operational support, cooperation and liaisoning with National and International Bodies like NATO, European Commission -DG ECHO, OPCW and UN.



CORTELAZZO, STen.(cong) com. C.R.I. Alessio

Alessio Cortelazzo is a member of the biomedical technician group of the Military Corps of the Italian Red Cross. He specialized in Clinical Biochemistry and Pathology. He did his Doctorate in Biochemistry. Dr. Cortelazzo’s primary area of research has focused on biochemical analysis and protein markers. He is author and co-author of more than 40 scientific and professional papers, and co-worker in projects with research institutes (i.e., Istituto Superiore di Sanità), universities (i.e., University of Edinburgh) and university hospitals (i.e., University Hospital of Rome Tor Vergata). Since 2009, he is involved in operational and demonstrative activities concerning the field sheltered laboratory unit of the Military Corps of the Italian Red Cross.




Alessandro Costagliola di Fiore achieved a Master Degree in "International Relations" and a Second level Master Degree in "Protection from CBRNe Events". During the last five years, he held the role of Sales representative for the GCC and South East Asia for CRISTANINI DECONTAMINATION SYSTEMS. In this period of time he completed various projects in several countries, including: Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. During his studies at the University of Tor Vergata, he was able to make several experiments regarding decontamination of small arms in operative environment, from this experience he produced an award winning thesis work, about to be published.



D’ AMBROGIO, Prof. Andrea 

Andrea D’ Ambrogio is associate professor at the Dept. of Enterprise Engineering of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). His research interests are in the fields of model-driven systems and software engineering, dependability engineering and distributed simulation.



D'AMICO, Maj. Fabrizio

Fabrizio D’Amico was born in 1976 in Rome. He is an external collaborator of Industrial Engineering Department at University of Rome Tor Vergata. He received a degree in biology from University of Rome La Sapienza. In 2004 he joined Italian Army as Lieutenant in Italian Corps of Engineer and he currently works at Centro Tecnico Logistico Interforze NBC in Civitavecchia as responsible of demilitarization of Chemical Weapons branch.  In 2014 he received PhD “Quantistic Electronic and Plasma” in University of Rome Tor Vergata His research interests focus on modelling and simulations of release and spreading of radiological substances in the environment and evolution of infectious diseases following natural outbreaks or bioterrorist events. He teaches at Protection against CBRNe events Master of University of Rome Tor Vergata and in 2011 tought at School of Medicine and Surgery “Biological agents and bioterrorism” (a.a. 2012-2013). Fabrizio D’Amico is author of several papers on International and National Scientific Journal and Conference Proceedings.



D'ARIENZO, Dr. Marco

Marco D'Arienzo, born 1977, received a Master degree in Physics from Roma Tre University in 2003 and earned a post-graduate specialization in Medical Physics at Tor Vergata University in 2006. In 2004 he attained the professional qualification of Qualified Expert in Radiation Protection III degree, the highest level of specialization in radiation protection in Italy. From 2007 to 2010 he was appointed as Radiation Safety Officer for the Consorzio RFX, located in Padua, where he was responsible for the radiological safety of the ITER test facility (consisting in two neutral beam injectors currently under construction). During this period he carried out different studies in the field of radiation protection, including the analysis of possible external exposures and internal contamination issues following radiological accidents.

Since May 2010, he has headed the "Therapy Level Primary Standards" Unit at the ENEA-INMRI Casaccia research center with a permanent position. He has extensive teaching experience in the disciplines of medical physics and radiation protection with a number of academic appointments. His current research interests lie in different areas, ranging from dosimetry to radiation protection ad radiobiology. He is the author of two books on radiation protection and more than 30 scientific papers on international journals.



d'ERRICO, Prof. Francesco

Francesco d’Errico is a Full Professor of Nuclear and Biomedical Engineering and of Medical Physics. He has performed and led multiple projects on advanced methods for radiation detection, dosimetry and imaging, and on image-guided radiological procedures supported by Italian, European and US agencies. FE has been Editor in Chief of the journal Radiation Measurements and is the Director of the Advanced Radiation Protection School “C. Polvani”.



DEADRICH, Col. D. David

Nationality: USA

•Date of birth: 18 January 1968

•Place of birth: California     


•1985-1989; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

•1990; US Army Military Police Officer Basic Course

•1995; US Army Military Police Officer Advanced Course

•2002-2003; US Army Command and General Staff College

Central Michigan University, Master of Science in Administration

•2011-2012; National Defence University - Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Master of Science in National Resource Strategy


•1990-1995; Platoon Leader, 142nd Military Police Company. Provost Marshal Operations Officer, Seoul, Korea. Commander, 3rd Military Police Detachment, Seoul, Korea. Brigade Training Officer and Brigade S1, 8th Military Police Brigade, Seoul, Korea

•1996-1998; Battalion S1, 504th Military Police Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; Company Commander, 571st Military Police Officer, Fort Lewis, Washington

•1998-1999; Operations Officer, 6th Military Police Group (CID), Fort Lewis, Washington

•1999-2002; Unit Assistor and Battalion Executive Officer, 2/338th Infantry Regiment (TS/TSS), Indianapolis, Indiana

•2003-2005; Deputy Provost Marshal, 94th Military Police Battalion, Seoul, Korea Battalion Operations Officer, 94th Military Police Battalion, Seoul, Korea

•2006-2007; Advisor, 1st Iraqi National Police Division, Baghdad, Iraq

•2008-2009; Deputy Commandant, United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Battalion Commander, 705th Military Police Battalion, (I/R), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

•2009-2010; Commander, Taji Theater Internment Facility, Taji, Iraq; Battalion Commander, 705th Military Police Battalion, (I/R), Taji, Iraq

•2010-2011; Operation Officer, US Army Health Promotion Task Force, Pentagon, Washington, DC

•2012-2013; Operations Officer, G3, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany

•2013 – Chief of Staff, JCBRN Defence COE


•April 1997 – November 1997, SFOR; Commander, 142nd Military Police Company, Taszar, Hungary

•January 1999 – July 1999, SFOR; Operations Officer, HQ Commandant, HQ SFOR, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

•January 2006 – January 2007, OIF; Advisor, 1st Iraqi National Police Division, Baghdad, Iraq

•August 2009 – August 2010, OIF; Commander, 705th Military Police Battalion and Commander, Taji Theater Internment Facility, Taji, Iraq


•    Bronze Star Medal

•    Meritorious Service Medal

•    Joint Service Commendation Medal

•    Army Commendation Medal

•    Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal

•    Joint Service Achievement Medal

•    Army Achievement Medal

•    Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal

•    National Defence Service Medal

•    Army Expeditionary Medal

•    Iraqi Campaign Medal

•    Kosovo Campaign Medal

•    Army Service Medal

•    NATO Service Medal

•    Combat Action Badge

•    Basic Parachutist Wings

•    US Air Force Security Police Qualification Badge




Deegre in Physics and Medical Physics Postgraduate Diploma, with an experience as a Radiation Protection Expert (Level 3 - D.Lgs 230/95).



DE SOUZA LALIC, Prof. Susana

Prof. Susana de Souza Lalic  has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of São Paulo (1997), a PhD in Physics from the University of São Paulo (2002) and a post-doctorate degree from Università di Pisa (2011). She is currently a member of the Medical Physics Area Committee of the Brazilian Physics Society, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Sergipe and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Physics at UFS. She has experience in Physics, with emphasis on Condensed Matter Physics, Medical Physics and Applied Nuclear Physics. He works mainly in the following subjects: radiation detectors, material characterization, archaeological dating and metrology of ionizing radiation. 




Biologist at the Italian Ministry of Interior, PhD in Industrial Engineering.



DI GIOVANNI, Dr. Daniele

Daniele Di Giovanni is Assistant Professor in Medical Statistics at University UniCAMILLUS.

Senior Researcher in Applied Physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, he is also Assistant Professor in Statistical Medicine at the Unicamillus University.

Holds a degree in Environmental Engineering and Energy, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2006).

After graduating, he obtained an International Post-graduate Degree in “Protection from CBRNe events”, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Faculty of Medicine and Industrial Engineering), in 2013

In 2017 he received his PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

From 2019 Contract Researcher in Applied Physics (to Biology and Medicine, Cultural Heritage, Environmental), at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.



DI NATALE, Prof. Corrado

Corrado Di Natale is a Full professor of electronics at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata where he teaches courses on “Electronic Devices and Sensors” and “Sensor Systems”. His research activities are concerned with the development and application of chemical, bio-sensors, and artificial sensorial systems (olfaction and taste), and with the study of the optical and electronic properties of organic and molecular materials. Corrado Di Natale authored more than 400 papers on international journals and conference proceedings. His papers received 7704 citations  with a H-index=48 (source Scopus). He chaired the 9th International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose (Rome, 2002) and Eurosensors XVIII Conference (Rome, 2004) and has been member of the organizing committee of national and international conferences in sensors. He serves as component of the editorial board of  the journals Scientific Reports and Sensors; of the steering committee of the Eurosensors conferences series, and of the technical programme committee of the Transducers conferences series. He is the chairman of the Italian Association on Sensors and Microsystems.




 - Pilot, IOS Operator and auditor

Helicopter and RPAS commercial pilot and compliance/safety areas auditor. In the aviation field since 2012 as a helicopter pilot in aerial work operations for methane pipeline supervision and as an auditor in compliance/quality areas for European and National aeronautical regulations. Since 2017 he works with Heli Protection Europe Srl as IOS Operator on flight simulators, auditor and safety officer.



DI TRAPANI, Prof. Giovanni

The Institute mission consists in the study of service activities and their interdependence with the other sectors of the economy. It was formulated at the beginning of the 1980s when the development of services in industrialised economies became clearly outlined, and it is still relevant today largely due to the speed with which the dynamics of these processes have impacted on contemporary economies, as well as their strong links with innovation in the overall productive and social system.



DI PAOLO, Dr. Ferruccio

Born in Rome on 07.31.1961.

MSc in Sociology. Post‐graduate course in Mass Communication

Officer at the 21st Artillery Group "Romagna" in the Italian army.

Since 1985 and currently working for the Department of Firefighters, Public Rescue and Civil Defence at the Italian Ministry of Interior. Member, since 2008, of the Working Group on the activities of communication learning, research and training in crisis situations.

Manager of the activities and training in Institutional Relations, with particular emphasis on crisis communication. Writer of the documents relating to the management of crisis communication on numerous national and international military exercises.

Part‐time worker from 1990 to 2012 devoting part of his time to professional activities in the field of communication, supporting in this way the skills acquired within the Public Administration to those already acquired.

Visiting professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Sociology and Communication at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where he is also been appointed expert, since 2010 on the subject " Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility” and entitled to be part of the examination boards for university students. Manager of the syllabus on Public Relations (media relations, event planning, crisis communication, new media, Litigation PR).

Communication Specialist and member of many national and international networks on communication.

Author of publications and online newspapers writer on the field of communication, risk communication and crisis communication, issues for which he has participated in numerous conferences. Editor for the “Di Virgilio” publishers. Manager for the “Scienze Sociali” Series.


“Le istituzioni politiche nell'era dell'ascrittività. La Grecia, Roma e l'Alto Medioevo” by Stefano Scarcella Prandstraller and Ferruccio di Paolo; FrancoAngeli Editions, 2009, Rome, ISBN 9788856811087.

“Relazioni istituzionali e sociologia relazionale ‐ Una disciplina, una professione, un

paradigma” written by Stefano Scarcella Prandstraller with chapters ”Le relazioni con il sistema dei media; L’organizzazione degli eventi; Le relazioni istituzionali con internet e i nuovi media; Le relazioni istituzionali nelle situazioni di crisi,” written by Ferruccio Di Paolo; Virgilio Editions, “LaSintesi” Series, 2011, Rome, ISBN 9788890504839.

“Teorie e tecniche della Responsabilità Sociale d’Impresa” written by Stefano Scarcella Prandstraller with the chapter “Il contenzioso con gli stakeholder e le litigation PR” written by Ferruccio Di Paolo; Virgilio Editions, “LaSintesi” Series, 2013 Rome, ISBN 9788897971054. “Litigation Public Relation, La gestione della strategia comunicativa nei contenziosi giudiziari.” “LaSintesi” Series, 2014, Rome.



DOSSI, Dr. Licia

Dr Dossi is a Senior scientist with expertise in synthetic polymer chemistry and explosives chemistry gained in more than 25 years’ experience in European Academic institutions.

She graduated with a MSc in Chemistry from Pisa University Italy, with a thesis on Liquid Crystalline Polymers and received her PhD in Biomaterials from Brescia University Italy. Dr Dossi has had several research contracts with Pisa University-Italy, Genoa University-Italy and Bristol University-UK and a brief experience in a pharmaceutical industry, Ivoclar-Vivadent-Liechtenstein before joining Cranfield University in 2008.

She is currently active researcher at Cranfield Defence and Security in Shrivenham, she delivers lecturers and manages modules and short courses and she is Health & Safety Manager of two laboratories within the Centre for Defence Chemistry. She is involved in several areas of research as chemical detection of explosives, curable polymers, energetic binders for explosive formulations, smart high performance energetic formulations, synthesis and characterisation of common explosives, coating of explosives and metals and fluoropolymers. She collaborates with academic and industry in UK and overseas and manages staff and resources.



DUSHEK, Dr. Frank

After finishing his PhD on resonance Raman spectroscopy in 1996 at the University of Würzburg, Germany, Frank Duschek joined the Germany Aerospace Center (DLR) for research and development on high power and chemical lasers. Since 2008, his main research interest is focused on standoff detection of chemical, biological and explosive hazards applying laser based spectroscopy. The main aims are to develop solutions for defence and security applications, to evaluate mature and new technologies and to advise and train end users. He is the head of the department Atmospheric Propagation and Effect at the Institute of Technical Physics at German Aerospace Center.



DVORAK, Dipl. Ing. Jindrich

Jindrich Dvorak, born 22 March 1960, is a graduate (Diplom-Ingenieur) from the Military University of Ground Forces located in Vyskov, Czech Republic, specialized in CBRN Defense.

He served 18 years in the Army of the Czech Republic as a CBRN Defense officer and lecturer at University of Defence in Brno, specialized in CBRN (WMD) protection, emergency response and related logistics. He then worked for over 13 year at Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and recently in private sector with a company specialized in CBRNE Training and consulting services.

To further enhance his education in the field of toxic industrial chemicals and related protection he completed a postgraduate course in Industrial Toxicology in 1991-1992 at Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic.

He also completed Health Physic, Level 4A course at Delft University of Technology - in 2007 in order to supervise CBRN munitions non-destructive evaluation and related training.

- in 2012 he finished a qualification course for implementation of tasks of risk prevention.

- in the area of work and safety in the Czech Republic and earned a status of independent Work and Safety Officer.

Maj Dvorak (Retired) completed various assignments with international organizations:

- Liaison Officer and Logistics Plans Officer for the IFOR-NATO Commander for Support HQ in Former Yugoslavia, 1996.

- Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW): Inspector (Chemical Weapons Munitions Specialist), Acting Inspection Team Leader, 1998 – 2009, and Expert (Special Service Agreement) for Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities inspections at OPCW till 2011.

- Munitions Non-destructive Evaluation trainer for OPCW inspectors: Radiographic Testing (X-Ray), Ultrasonic Testing and Hydrogen Concentration Measurement including independent work and supervision of handling of radioactive sources and radiation producing equipment.

He is currently appointed as Senior Consultant and Trainer for Hotzone Solutions Group at the Live Chemical Agent Training and Testing Facility in Vyskov, Czech Republic


EID, Adolph

Adolph is an experienced trainer and practitioner in CBRNe security and protection. He was a former Chief of the Nuclear Security Unit and Central Alarm Station (CAS) in the Lebanese Customs Agency. Adolph was instrumental in the US-DOE Nuclear Security/MEGAPORT project in Lebanon as one of the main coordinators and trainers. Here he showed his great skill in radiation detection and had a unique ability to identify, deter, and detect the crossing of Radioactive/Nuclear materials and contraband across the Lebanese international borders. A regional instructor for the National Nuclear Security Administration/NSDD office/ Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Washington, US. Adolph is a former IAEA (nuclear security division) freelance consultant/instructor in several worldwide training and workshops. He is a Certified Nuclear Security Professional (CNSP), certified by the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS). He specialized in Nuclear Security Incident Management and Radioactive Source Security Management (license number: 01567). A Master's Degree holder in protection against CBRNe events from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy.



CBRN Risk control Office. Atomic Laboratory.


  • Vigile del Fuoco dal 27/01/1997
  • Caposquadra del C.N.VV.F. dal 01/07/2019
  • Specialista NBCR III livello
  • Squadra Speciale NR
  • Professionalmente esposto cat.A


  • Diploma Perito Tecnico Aeronautico 1986 Ist.Tecn Aer.”F.De Pinedo”
  • Brevetto pilota civile II grado 1986
  • Diploma ACI  Perito Infortunistico 1992

A brief descrition of current position at the Italian FireFighters

  • Radiation Protection field instructor for CNVVF (Italian Fire Brigades) staff.
  • Worker exposed to ionizing radiation for Category A component of the task force under the Legislative Decree no. 230/1995, in the event of major accidents throughout the country (interventions with specialist instrumentation to support the Provincial Headquarters, analysis of environmental media samples solid, gaseous or liquid with gamma spectrometry, characterization of radioactive sources)
  • Responsible for the management of the fixed and portable radiometric instrumentation equipped to the italian fire brigades (control, calibration, periodic maintenance, repairs)
  • Responsible for technical management purchases
  • Supervisor radiometric instruments in controlled areas
  • Management assistant of radiation detection National network
  • Chief operating field dosimetry industry and involved in the management of interventions in the field dosimetry.
  • Responsible for research, innovation, experimentation of italian fire brigades activities.
  • Collaborator in the studies and researches purpose of defining of fast-track procedures to measurement radiation protection to be implemented in the intervention of the fire brigade (standard operating procedure on radiological decontamination field, aerial surveys of radioactivity, measurement procedures neutrons, rapid contamination measures superficial)




Lea Fellner studied biology at the University of Osnabrück. Her doctoral thesis at the Technical University of Munich was concerned with investigation of overlapping genes of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and genome re-sequencing und re-annotation of an EHEC strain. Currently, she is head of the microbiological laboratory (S2) at the Institute of Technical Physics at the DLR Lampoldshausen and works on the standoff detection of biological agents.



FERELLA, Chief Inspector. Fabio

Fabio Ferella, born the 1966 September 03 at Marino (Rome) is a Chief Inspector of the Italian National Police and, since 1990, EOD. During the celebration of the religious event “Giubileo e Giornata Mondiale della Gioventu” in the year 2000 was responsible of the bomb squads activity in Tor Vergata (Rome). From 2001 he works in a Central Office of Ministry of the Interior responsible of all Bomb Squad, CBRN and Sniper activity of Italian Police. The Central Office is a point of contact with other similar Offices of the European Member States and in many occasions he participated at EOD/CBRN conference and training. Particularly training are HME (Home Made Explosive), Booby trap and IED/EOD disruption techniques; he has a background, concerning conventional Italian and International military weapons. Since 2013, he is CBRN Instructor formed at the military NBC School in Rieti. He studied at the school of expert industrial electronics and achieved the bachelor on sociological science discussing a thesis about “IED people impact”. Recently he realized the “vademecum” for generic Police operator concerning the procedures of intervention in case of “IED” or “Dirty Bomb” warning.



FERRARI, Arch. Giovanni

Born in Rome in 1952, Masters Degree in Architecture and authorized to the profession, has also achieved, at the Faculty of Medicine, a Postgraduate Master Degree in Defense from Chemical and Biological Weapons. Since 1989 acting as Officer of the Central Directorate for Civil Defense and Civil Protection Policies of the Ministry of Interior, is a CBRN Expert, appointed by the NBC Defense Joint School of the Defense General Staff and a NATO Civil Emergency Planning Expert in Analysis and CBRN Consequence Management.

He Participated, and participates, in the drafting of the main CBRN national plans and of the Civil Defense exercises and simulations in crisis management. Has prepared from 2010 to 2014, on the mandate of own Administration and operating in the Observatory for National Security, the exercises of the Civil Military Cooperation Courses at the Defense Studies Centre of the Defense General Staff.

Repeatedly National Representative in the meetings of NATO Committees and Groups, he collaborates to the preparation of the exercises of the Atlantic Alliance in the field of emergency management and crisis.

As teacher, cooperates with the Second University of Rome “Tor Vergata” within the International I and II level CBRN Master Courses and, again as CBRN Expert, in the courses for the Red Cross Volunteers, in the Courses of the Ministry of Health on the Antidotes National Stock  and in the Training Courses of the Joint School for NBC Defense of JGS and in other similar initiatives of other Organizations and Agencies.



FIORE, Dr. Stefania

After graduating in Chemical Engineering, she held several postgraduate training courses, including the II Level International Master Course "PROTECTION AGAINST CBRN EVENTS" at Tor Vergata University.

  • From February 2006 to April 2006 Employee of the Conser S.p.A. in Rome, as Process Engineer in the roles of Junior, Senior and Process Manager.
  • Technical officer of the National Fire and Rescue Service from April 2006.
  • From February 2007 to November 2009 in service at the Provincial Head Quarter of Piacenza, with the role of Rescue Specialist and CBRN Coordinator.
  • From November 2009 to February 2016 in service at the Provincial Head Quarter of Rome, with the position of NBCR Regional Coordinator and National Expert.
  • From February 2016 in Service in the Central Directorate of Emergency and Technical Rescue, as CNRN and USAR (Urban search and Rescue) National Coordinator.

She has a wide experience for national and international missions both in field exercises and in emergency technical assistance. She also held numerous lectures and participated to international conferences as CBRN expert of the National Fire and Rescue Service.



FONTANA, Dr. Claudia

Biologist at the Italian Ministry of Health (previously biologist at the Italian Red Cross Employee Role Professional Level 2 , Area VI Leadership. Head of Environmental Radioactivity Measurements). Head of Laboratory Measurements Gamma Spectrometry SMRA / LC who organized and structured , and the personnel assigned there. CRI Representative to the Annual Meetings of the National Networks organized by ISPRA. Head of Laboratory Radon SMRA / LC who organized and structured , and the personnel assigned there. Coordinator and Scientific Director of CRI projects financed with public grants. Representative CRI meetings in Technical Coordination Group of the Ministry of Health of the health actions of Civil Defense in the field of CBRN.Teacher and Tutor _ Convention CRI and International Education Students (IES ) of the theoretical and practical training at teh american studens in the field of nuclear emergency. RN Expert of the Department of Public Health of the CRI. Committee Member of the Regency  of  Academy of  Art History Health. Referent in the environment and biological. Collaboration in educational activities with the Master Courses in "Protection against CBRNe Events"  University of Rome Tor Vergata.



FONTANA, Prof. Fabrizio

Associate Professor in Physics at University Guglielmo Marconi, Expert of Optics.




Flavio Fontana, was G7-G8 GIP Pilot Project Coordinator (1995-2001), professor in the Web and Multimedia Database Design at University of Rome (Computer Science Dept. 1999-2013). His teaching, research and professional experience in the fields of Web-Database Applications Design, Computer Software Usability, Human-Computer Interaction and Human Interface Design, e-Learning and IC Technology extend over a period of twenty-eight years. Prof. Fontana has been the project manager on numerous research projects and contracts in the areas of software usability and user interface design. He is the author of numerous scientific and technical papers in the areas of user interface design, multimedia database, e-learning, human computer interaction and cognitive science. He is a co-editor of the ENEA Technical Report in Advanced User Interface Design, Multimedia Database, e-Learning. Prof. Fontana's latest paper is “An Mobile Application to Search Heterogeneous e-Learning Objects and Multimedia Contents in MATRIX Platform: Mobile-QS”. Prof. Fontana is the founding Coordinator of the ENEA Usability & Media Lab and the Group of Work (GoW) titled “Glass of Water” in User Interface Design, Web Usability, Automating Usability Evaluation and Usability in Organizations at University of Rome (March 2014-2016). In 2017, an ENEA reference (DTE) was designated for interoperable platforms with high technological content.



FORTH, Prof. Shaun A.

Shaun Forth has expertise in Scientific Computing and Computational Fluid Dynamics. He is the primary author of the ProSAir tool used to simulate blast waves arising from the detonation of high explosives and predict the resulting loads on nearby buildings. ProSAir has 14 commercial users worldwide in the structural engineering, insurance, and defence manufacturing sectors. He has developing interests in risk-based estimation of financial losses following terrorist incidents.

Shaun joined Cranfield University in 1994 after spending 5 years developing computational fluid dynamic tools for BAE Systems. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Bristol in 1990 and a BSc from Warwick University in 1986 – both degrees were in Applied Mathematics. He is also an international expert on Algorithmic Differentiation – the differentiation of functions defined by computer programs.



FOTIA, Dr. Giovanna

Giovanna Fotia works at ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco since 2011, as both Project Manager and Junior Expert. She is in charge of coordinating the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies Grants Office as well as Sacco activities in different International, EU and National funded projects. She offers a technical contribution to the department activities concerning the international and European legal framework, working, in particular, on the international legal system of restraints on biological weapons and their implementation at the national level.

Giovanna also serves as Project Manager and Analyst of healthcare regulations, guidelines and best practices in the University of Milan. She is currently conducting a research (both desk and field based) on the capacity of the Ugandan healthcare system to respond to epidemic and pandemic outbreaks.

She holds a M.A. in International Relations and has a solid background in Project Design and Management. She is fluent in English and Spanish, she has a good command of French and a beginner level in Arabic. 




•Senior scientist (biologist/biotechnologist) at the ‘Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development’ (ENEA), Division of Health Protection Technologies, Rome.

•Academic Activities: Contract Professor, years 2000-2015: ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome: Applied Biology; ‘Tuscia’ University, Viterbo: Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies; ‘Tor Vergata’ University, Rome: Plant Biotechnologies for the Environment and Human Health; University of Siena: Scientific Communication on Plant Biotechnologies. PhD school tutor: Plant Biotechnology (‘Tuscia’University, Viterbo) and Plant Biology (‘Sapienza’ University, Rome)

•Memberships: European Society of Virology; International Society for Plant Molecular Farming; NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme’s ‘Independent Scientific Evaluation Group’ (ISEG) (years 2015-2017).

•Most recent research activities: genetic vaccines and plant-derived biopharmaceuticals against infectious agents (i.e. Human papillomavirus, SARS Coronavirus) and cancer; recombinant antibodies for new diagnostics.

•Co-author of 6 patents (including 3 European), > 50 papers in international journals.




In her capacity as Senior Legal Officer at the OPCW in the Hague; Arianna Fraschetti is primarly responsible for providing  legal advice on issues related to the interpretation and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Since 2014, Ms. Fraschetti has also been serving as the focal point of the OPCW legal dpt. Fo legal issues concerning the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapon programme.



GADE, Col. (Retd.) H R Naidu [B E (Civil Engg), M Sc (Defence Studies), M B A (HR)]   

Commissioned in to the Indian Army Corps of Combat Engineers in 1974. A Civil Engineer, Management and Security Professional, with 40 yrs of rich experience (8 years international) in the field of Combat Engineering, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Defence, Security & Disaster Management and Counter IED Operations. He has undergone Advance Chemical Weapons and Disarmament Training in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Russian Federation and the UK. He is also trained in Toxic Area and Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) in the USA. He is a qualified CBRN and C-IED Professional.

Graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Army War College, commanded an Armoured Engineer Regiment, prior to taking up an assignment with a United Nations Agency in 1997. Held important Command, General Staff and Instructional appointments in the Army. As the Joint Director for CBRN Defence, the Ministry of Defence (Army), he was responsible for evolving, planning and executing CBRN defence measures for the Indian Armed Forces.

Is former Chief CW Inspector for nearly a decade with the ‘Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)’, The Netherlands, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2013. He led teams of international professionals on a large number of verification missions to various member countries, to verify the inventory of Chemical Weapons and monitor their destruction. He logged many hours operating in heavily contaminated environments at the CW Destruction Facilities around the globe.

Is presently the Chief Consultant with ‘CBRNe Secure India’ a ‘forum’ for bringing in awareness in the general public, government and corporate entities on the threats arising from the use of CBRNe material and their disastrous consequences. He has been extensively speaking in various international & domestic conferences on CBRNe and C-IED Issues. Additionally, he contributes articles to many CBRNe and C IED related journals world wide.



GALATAS, Brigadier General (ret’d) Ioannis, MD, MA (Army MC)

Brigadier General (ret’d) Ioannis Galatas, MD, MA (Army MC), is a retired military physician with +35 years of military industry experience. His is specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Board certified) and for more than two decades he served as Head of the Department of Allergy & Clinical Immunology at Army General Hospital of Athens, Greece.

Since 2001 he has been involved in CBRNE operations as planner and instructor trained (including live agent training) in a number of countries abroad. His main passion is “Hospitals’ CBRN Defense & Preparedness in Megapolis Environment” and “CBRNE Design/Hardening of Critical Infrastructure” [airports, shopping malls, hotels etc]. During the 2004 Athens’ Olympic Games, he served as Commandant of the Olympic Hospital CBRN Response Unit – the only hospital-based specialized unit (70 people) deployed for the Games.

He holds a M.A. degree (with merits) on “International Terrorism, Organized Crime and Global Security” from Coventry University, UK (2010) and he is a PhD candidate at Athens Medical School, Department of Forensics & Toxicology.

His last appointment (as of August 2010), was as Head of the Department of Asymmetric Threats at the Intelligence Analysis Branch, Joint Military Intelligence Service of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff in Athens.

After retirement he is delivering CBRNE classes for Abu Dhabi Police Authority and continues to participate as invited speaker in many CBRNE/security conferences, congresses and workshops around the globe.He is also ad hoc advisor at the Joint CBRN Platoon, Hellenic National Defense General Staff.

Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief of the monthly on-line “CBRNE Terrorism Newsletter” initiated in November 2005 and delivered freely to CBRNE-CT First Responders of more than 80 countries around the globe. He is also a Research Associate at "Center for Security Studies" (KEMEA), Athens, (under the Ministry of Public Order & Civil Protection).



GALLO, Dr. Mariapina

Dr Mariapina Gallo has a degree cum laude in Medicine and Surgery at University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli.

She is postgraduated cum laude in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli.

Currently, she works as a medical toxicologist at Bergamo Poison Control Center – Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital Bergamo. 

  • She is an Instructor of the Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) Program of the University of Arizona, USA.
  • She is a lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Milano –Bicocca.
  • Dr. Gallo has presented numerous scientific abstracts and invited presentations, as well as published many scientific articles.
  • Her main fields of interest are emergency medical management of hazmat incidents and CBRNe events, and acute drug poisoning.
  • She is member of Italian Society of Pharmacology (SIF).
  • She is member of Italian Society of Toxicology (SITOX).
  • She is member of Italian Society of Drug Addiction (SITD)



GAMAL, Ibrahim Ahmed


Ahmed Gamal is a a dedicated, versatile highly accomplished Business Director seasoned with 12 years of rigorous experience in the design and delivery of Emergency Management, CBRN Safety & Security, Learning and Education industry. He used to providing his services to a variety of domestic and foreign government, military and civilian personnel within austere, hostile & intense HazMat & live CBR agent environments. Possessing a robust skill-set reinforced by two master degrees in CBRNe protection for First  Responders and decision-makers' support in Emergency Management from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Mr. Ahmed serves as a Subject Matter Expert in ensuring that appropriate resources are identified and applied to support  client training schedules, events and evaluated exercises to provide safe, innovative, and reliable solutions to meet clients'  diverse and complex challenges.

He is an effective communicator and dynamic decision maker driven by solid analytical, leadership and advisory skills, came with a proven record of business start-ups/expansio



GAUDIO, Prof. Pasquale

Prof. Pasquale Gaudio achieved the Master Degree in Physics and the Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics (2007). He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata. Dr. Gaudio is an expert in laser and its applications; he worked for several years in the field of the environmental remote sensing techniques Lidar/Dial. In this context, he worked with important private companies, such as Finmeccanica SpA and Vitrociset SpA. He coordinates several research projects granted by the National and International funding programs (both public and military programs) about laser system development for Toxic Industrial Chemical, Toxic Industrial Material, Chemical Weapon Agents and Biological Weapons Agents identification an protection and CBRNe safety and security. He collaborates with the “Associazione EUROFUSION - ENEA per la Fusione” to study the dust mobilization inside thermonuclear fusion reactors. In the same framework, his research activities on Nuclear Fusion involves analysis and interpretation of the polarimeter signal at JET fusion reactor in Culham (UK). Currently Dr. Gaudio is the coordinator of the both International Master Courses in Protection Against CBRNe events (I and II levels). He is author of more than 200 scientific works published on International Journals, Conferences Proceedings and of three Italian Patents.ns.



GAJDOS, Col. Jiri

JCBRN Defence COE Director

Nationality: Czech

Date of birth: 10th October 1962

Place of birth: Cesky Tesin


•    1982

graduation from the Military High School - Chemical Technology in Valasske Mezirici

•    1984 – 1988

Military Academy of Ground Forces - Military Chemistry in Vyskov

•    1997 –1998

Superior Academic Course of Management of Defence, Military Chemistry at the Military Academy in Brno (10 months)

National Defence University (Industrial College of the Armed Forces) in Washington D. C., USA (1 year)


•    1982 – 1984

Administrator of the Warning and Reporting Center of WMD of Ministry of Defence in Hostivice-Břve

•    1988 – 1989

Commander of the NBC Company, Chief of CBRN Defence Support of the 1st Tank Regiment in Strašice

•    1989 – 1994

Chief of CBRN Defence Support of the 1st Tank Regiment 19th Motorized Rifle Division

•    1994 – 1997

Chief of Logistic Support, Deputy commander of the Logistic Department of the 1st NBC Brigade in Liberec

•    1997 – 1998

Commander of the Logistic Department of the 1st NBC Brigade in Liberec

•    1998 – 2003

Commander of the 9th NBC Company, Allied Mobile Force (Land) of the 1st NBC Brigade in Liberec

•    2002

Commander of the 1st Czech and Slovak CBRN Defence Battalion in Kuwait, mission Enduring Freedom

•    2003

Commander of the 51th Training Base of Chemical Corps

promoted to the rank of colonel

•    2003 – 2005

Commander of the 31st NBC Brigade in Liberec

•    2005 – 2007

Commander of the 31st CBRN Defense Brigade in Liberec

•    2007 - 2008

Head of CBRN Defence of the Czech Armed Forces

•    2009 - 2012

NATO IMS P&P Nuclear and CBRN Defence Policy Branch, action officer


•    October 1999 – April 2000 SFOR II Kosovo

Commander of the 1st Mechanized Company, SFOR Kosovo

•    March – September 2002

Commander of the 9th NBC company, Deputy Commander of the Czech Army Contingent, ENDURING FREEDOM Kuwait

•    February – May 2003

Commander of Czech-Slovak CBRN Defence Battalion, ENDURING FREEDOM, Kuwait, Iraq


•    Cross for Merit 2nd and 3rd class of Ministry of Defence

•    Medal of Czech Army 3rd class

•    Medal of NATO for serving for peace and freedom

•    Memorial badges for serving in SFOR mission and for serving in Enduring Freedom mission

•    The Army Commendation Medal, Texas National Guard

•    The Outstanding Service Medal of the State of Texas.



GEBERT, Florian

Florian Gebert studied physics at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, and graduated in 2009. Here, he worked on Raman spectroscopic investigations of complex metal hydrides as potential energy storage materials. After graduation, he joined the Quest Institute for Experimental Quantum Metrology at the German Metrology Institute in Braunschweig and received his PHD from the Leibnitz University of Hannover, for his work on precision isotope shift measurements of trapped, singly charged Calcium ions, in 2015. Currently, he works at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on laser-based standoff detection techniques.



GENTILE, Gianluca

2013 – today. Head of the Odontostomatology Unit at I.N.I. in Grottaferrata

2010 - today - Member of the Italian society of Osteonecrosis and partner Andi.

2013 - 2017 - PhD Industrial Engineering on the numerical simulations to test the filling materials resistance for dental applications. Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

2003 - 2010 - Master Degree in Dentistry and dental prosthetics. Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Rome Tor Vergata

He carries out his work between hospital activities (at I.N.I in Grottaferrata) and private practice (Dragona-Acilia) where he devotes particular attention to prosthetic and implant-prosthetic rehabilitations with high aesthetic factor,  aesthetics dentistry and treatment of comolex patients. He is lecturer in effects of CBRNe agents on the dental apparatus for the International Master Courses in Protection Against CBRNe events (University of Rome Tor Vergata)



GERI, Dr. Francesco

Master Degree in Engineering, currently referent for Technological risk (industrial plants, critical infrastructure, dangerous materials and goods) in the Department of the Civil Protection. He has worked in the following areas: risk analysis, planning and natural hazard (seismic, volcanic, hydrogeological, tsunami) and man-made (hazardous industrial installations, hazardous substances), and complex emergency operational coordination. Lecturer in Emergency Planning and Management.



GIORGI, Prof. Gianluca

Gianluca Giorgi has a Ph.D. degree in chemistry and he is professor of organic chemistry at the university of Siena.

His scientific research concerns the study of gas phase ion chemistry of organic and bioorganic compounds using different approaches of mass spectrometry and computational methods, with special regards to structural, regio- and stereochemical features and aggregation properties.

He is author of 178 publications in international journals, 8 monographs, 5 editorials and more than 250 presentations at national and international conferences.

He is Past President f the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Chemical Society, member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Mass Spectrometry and member of the Society Advisory Board of the Portal "Chemistry", both published by Wiley.

He is the representative of Area A (Europe, Africa) in the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation.

He is chair of the XXII International Mass Spectrometry Conference which will be held in Florence (Italy) on August 26-31, 2018.




Raffaella Giovinazzo: Biologist; Post-graduate course on Management of the Environment and Health Care; PhD on Public Health.

Professional of the Technical Directorate for Risk Assessment and Prevention (CONTARP) of the Italian Workers' Compensation Authority (INAIL, General Direction).

Referent of the Biological Section of the INAIL Industrial Hygiene Central Laboratory; Coordinator of the national inter-laboratory net for the improvement of analytical data quality; Member of national working groups for the drawing up of Guidelines on safety and health at workplaces. Organizer and Teacher in technical-professional courses intended for public employees and employers (health and safety at work, biological agents).



GIRIBONO, Col. Stefano

Col. Stefano GIRIBONO was born in Rome on 6th February 1969. He attended the 171th Course at the Italian Military Academy in Modena from 1989 to 1991 and the Application School of Turin from 1991 to 1994. He is assigned to the 5th Field Artillery Regiment "SUPERGA" in Udine, in 1994, where he has employed as deputy Battery Commander, Battery Commander and Tactical Officer. In 2002 he left the 5th Regiment and he was assigned to the General Army Staff  In 2009 he was employed in Lebanon as a liaison officer between Lebanese and Israeli forces under the UNIFIL mission. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2010 he took over the command of the 1st Artillery Group of the 33rd "Acqui" Artillery Regiment on 29 November. On 19th February 2011 he served as Tactical Team Commander within the Homeland Security Operation called “Operazione Strade Sicure”. From December the 5 th, 2012 to September 21st, 2015, he served as Chief Executive of General Army Staff.



GISMONDO, Prof. Maria Rita

Maria Rita Gismondo is Associate Professor of Microbiology since 1987, currently at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Milan and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies at L. Sacco University Hospital, Milan. The is a national reference center for pandemics and bioterrorism and it is equipped with BSL3 and BSL4 facilities. She has years of experience implementing EU and UN projects on topics involving bio-threats, such as CBRN risk mitigation, biorisk management, epidemics/pandemics, biosafety, biosecurity, biohazardous waste management. She has published over 247 scientific papers in national and international journals and she is a member of several scientific societies.



GLORIA, Lt. Col. Andrea

Gloria Andrea, Liutenant Colonel (OF-4), ITA-Army, Course Director & Instructor, CBRN Defence, Protection Department.

Lt. Col. Andrea GLORIA was born in Rome on 10 February 1976. He began his career attending the military college ‘Nunziatella” in the period 1992-1995 and was commissioned officer in 1997 after having attended the Army Military Academy. Prior to assuming his duties as CBRN Defence Course Director and Instructor at the NATO School he joined the 2nd “Bersaglieri” Infantry Regiment as Deputy Company Commander, then the Army Military Academy as Platoon Leader /Military Instructor, after the 7th CBRN Defence Regiment as CBRN Defence Coy Commander and Staff Officer and, lastly, the “Sassari” Infantry Brigade HQ as Staff Officer/CBRN Defence Instructor.

Lt. Col. Gloria attended several national and international military courses.



GOULART, Margarida

Margarida Goulart has a Pharmaceutical Sciences degree, a Medical degree, and a PhD in Genetic Toxicology. She worked as a researcher and university professor for several years, in different topics linked to toxicology of organic compounds, inorganic and radioactive elements, including gene expression studies, population biomonitoring and in vitro toxicology, in Portugal and in the United States. She was also a postdoc researcher at the Portuguese Institute of Nuclear Technology. She took a permanent post in the European Commission in 2013, as a Research Programme Officer, and is part of the Joint Research Centre Euratom Coordination Unit, where she is responsible for the coordination of CBRNE activities.



GRANDI, Simone

RPAS pilot, instructor post-processing using responsible

RPAS pilot and instructor, specialized in the management of systems and sensors, and in the analysis and post processing of data. Since 1998 he’s employed as rescue technician and RPAS pilot in search and rescue operations with the Dipartimento di Protezione Civile and the 118 (emergency) of the Regione Emilia-Romagna. 

He’s in HPE since 2015 as RPAS pilot and instructor, dealing with the planning of missions and research, development and integration of new technologies in the field of air detection. He’s currently studying to become an airplane pilot.

Technical Office employee and RPAS Ground Instructor

Aeronautical Technical Expert in C.A.M.O. Technical Department, pilot, and RPAS ground instructor.

Since 2014 he works in C.A.M.O and aircraft maintenance, managing aircrafts of Italian and foreign private owners, flight schools and Italian Air Force.

He’s in Heli Protection Europe Srl since 2017 as Technical Dept. employee and RPAS pilot and ground instructor.



GROLMUSOVA, Dr. Katarina

Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons, Inspection Team Leader – Analytical Chemist.

Katarina received her M.S. in the Environmental Chemistry at the University of Matheus Bell in Banska Bystrica. Shortly after graduation from University, she started to work as a researcher in the CBRN Reference Chemical Laboratory in Zemianske Kostolany – Slovakia, where she focused on unambiguous identification of CWA by LC/MS, GC/MS and HPLC she was also responsible for sample preparation and quality control system. In the short time, she became a Deputy of the Head of the Laboratory. During this time, she also led the Slovak Support Team and was a key instructor during Life Agent Training of foreign Armed Forces and OPCW inspector in the field conditions (the Training and Testing Centre of CBRN) as well as laboratory conditions in Zemianske Kostolany.  In 2013 she moved to The Hague where she has been working as an Inspector – Analytical Chemist for OPCW. Last three years, she focuses mostly on the contingency operations and training of the inspectors. She is a core team member and a Deputy of the Team Leader for the Fact Finding Mission in Syria.



GRATTA, Dr. Laura

Nata a Roma il 28 marzo 1965

Titoli di studio

- Diploma di maturità scientifica conseguito nel 1983 presso il Liceo Scientifico Statale “J. F. Kennedy” di Roma con la votazione di 60/60.

- Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica conseguita il 9 novembre 1989 presso l’Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza” con la votazione di 110/110 e lode.

- Tesi di laurea nell’ambito del corso di Commutazione Telegrafica e Telefonica sul tema “Confronto prestazionale di protocolli di accesso per reti in area metropolitana”, svolta presso il dipartimento di INFOCOM dell’Università di Roma “La Sapienza”.

- Abilitazione alla professione di Ingegnere conseguita il 15 giugno 1990 con la votazione di 107/120.

- Diploma ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) conseguito il 31/10/2006.

- Diploma di specializzazione in telecomunicazioni conseguito presso la Scuola Superiore di Specializzazione in Telecomunicazioni dell’Istituto Superiore C.T.I. nell’anno accademico 2006-2007.

Incarichi lavorativi

Attualmente ricopre l’incarico di Funzionario COMSEC della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri ai sensi del DPCM 22 luglio 2011 “Disposizioni per la tutela amministrativa del segreto di Stato e delle informazioni classificate”.

Nel recente passato ha svolto i seguenti incarichi:

· docente presso l’Università di Tor Vergata (Roma2) nel Master di II livello “Protezione da eventi CBRN” sui temi di Gestione delle crisi ed emergenze in caso di attacchi CBRN e sulla Comunicazione e gestione dei gruppi operativi in caso di emergenza;

· incaricata della docenza per un corso di formazione interno della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri su “I servizi di internet e gli strumenti di base per l’Office Automation” (ottobre 2012);

· Support Officer, nell’ambito del programma EPCIP, per la rete CIWIN (Critical Infrastructure Warning and Information Network); tale rete, realizzata sulla base di una decisione della Commissione Europea, permette lo scambio di informazioni e best practice per la protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche tra le istituzioni;

· responsabile durante l’emergenza Abruzzo della raccolta dei dati e delle operazioni di acquisizione ottica delle schede del censimento della popolazione assistita (presso le tendopoli e presso la costa abruzzese) organizzato dal Dipartimento della Protezione Civile nel periodo agosto-settembre 2009;

· responsabile della progettazione e sviluppo della Intranet e del Database per la gestione dei dati dell’emergenza terremoto Abruzzo 2009 presso la Di.Coma.C. (Direzione Comando e Controllo) di L’Aquila;

Sul tema della sicurezza informatica ha svolto le seguenti attività:

· Responsabile dell’area “Formazione” dell’OCSI (Organismo di Certificazione della Sicurezza Informatica) istituito con il decreto “Approvazione dello schema nazionale per la valutazione e la certificazione della sicurezza nel settore della tecnologia dell'informazione”;

· responsabile delle aree “Processi di certificazione” e “Pre-certificazione” dell’OCSI;

· certificatore per i processi di valutazione OCSI;

· valutatore della sicurezza di sistemi/prodotti secondo i criteri ITSEC e Common Criteria;

· docente nei corsi di formazione per Valutatore e Assistente di Sicurezza organizzati dall’OCSI;

· co-redattore delle Linee Guida Provvisorie che disciplinano il funzionamento dell’OCSI;

· vice - coordinatore Tecnico della Scuola Superiore di Specializzazione in TLC (SSST - scuola post-laurea) del Ministero delle Comunicazioni.

· membro dell'ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Centre) sulla sicurezza delle comunicazioni come rappresentante ISCOM.




Louis Gauntlett is a Master's qualified Psychologist, having studied Psychological Research Methods at the University of Southampton. He holds many years of practical experience in the field of clinical psychology in addition to public health research. His experience includes writing Standard Operating Procedures; designing and running online experiments; statistical analysis using SPSS; analysis of qualitative data using NVivo; conducting systematic literature reviews; participant recruitment and management; and using qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to measure mental health outcomes for healthcare staff involved in supporting the recent Ebola response in West Africa. Additionally, he has used knowledge and expertise to make recommendations for improving psychosocial support for experts deployed in future overseas crisis responses. He has also developed training modules for emergency first responders to improve their skills in communicating with the public in preparation for, and during CBRN emergencies.




Brigadier Dr. Naeem Haider is a PhD in Defence & Strategic Studies (DSS) from Quaid-i- Azam University (QAU) Islamabad. He previously did his MSc in DSS from QAU. He is a graduate of Command Staff College Quetta, and has served on various command, staff and instructional appointments in the Pakistan Army. Naeem specializes in chem-bio policy, and currently he is a Director of Arms Control & Disarmament Affairs at Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division.

Naeem has attended and participated in several national and international arms control, nonproliferation & disarmament courses, workshops and seminars. On these subjects, he has also represented Pakistan in multilateral negotiations on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation issues as part of Pakistan’s delegation. Naeem is visiting faculty to QAU Islamabad and is on the editorial board of Pakistan Army Green Book.



HEIDARI, Soheila

Soheila Heidari is a Ph.D. of European, American and Intercultural Studies at Sapienza University of Rome. Her background in humanities provided her with in-depth knowledge about human beings and gave her the chance of delving in the role of man in cyber space. She has participated in several cyber-oriented conferences, digital humanities, artificial intelligence and cyber security that include but not definitely limited to the last CBRNe Workshop as well as Illinois Interdisciplinary conference where she addressed the interaction of Internet and users as a reading process.



HENAWY, Jan Tawfik

Technical Office employee and RPAS Ground Instructor

Aeronautical Technical Expert in C.A.M.O. Technical Department, pilot and RPAS ground instructor.

Since 2014 he works in C.A.M.O and aircraft maintenance, managing aircrafts of Italian and foreign private owners, flight schools and Italian Air Force.

He’s in Heli Protection Europe Srl since 2017 as Technical Dept. employee and RPAS pilot and ground instructor.



HOSIN, Prof. Amer

Dr Amer Hosin is a Visiting Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ulster, Coleraine, N. Ireland , UK . Currently a senior Executive Advisor Emergency and Public Safety Department, Abu Dhabi Police, GHQ, UAE. His current research work focuses on Trauma Research in particular Survivors, Victims and Vulnerable groups in emergency and disaster settings.



HUANG, Tzu-Yun

Tzu-Yun Huang is a public health officer of the department of Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Disease in Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. He is responsible for making policies for preparedness and response to bioterrorism in Taiwan, and has experiences in education and training for Taiwan bioterrorism response teams. He also participated many multi-agencies exercises in Taiwan.




MD in Law (LUMSA University, Rome) with a specialization on the Chemical Weapon Convention and OPCW activities. Completing the MSc in Protection against CBRNe events (University of Rome Tor Vergata). She has developed a new method of game theory application to optimize the non-conventional events management (like the CWA transloading from Syria). She has served in the didactic management units of graduate and postgraduate academic courses on safety & security, and in the organization of many international events both for private and public entities. She fluently speaks Italian and English. She has completed a Master in Human Resource Management in Philadelphia (USA). She is has served as Document Control Manager at the Joint Research Centre (Ispra-Varese) European Commission. She actually President of HESAR Association and PhD candidate at the Industrial Engineering School of University of Rome Tor Vergata.



JAVED, Muhammad Athar

Fellow, International Security Program

Muhammad Athar Javed is a program fellow with New America's International Security program (https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/muhammad-athar-javed/) and Director General Nordic Institute of Stability Studies (www.nordicstabilitystudies.com). He is also Director General, Pakistan House, an Islamabad-based think tank of international affairs (www.pakistanhouse.net).

Expertise: Iran and Middle East Security, Strategic Assessment, Strategic Communication, sub-conventional and psychological warfare, CT, CVE, International Security Relations and Military Strategy. 

He is a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Excellence Defence against Terrorism (COEDAT), (NATO), Ankara – Turkey. Muhammad taught courses on Terrorist use of WMD (COE-DAT-2016/18/19) and also specializes in technical and critical analysis in the area of policy for countering chemical, biological, and radiological terrorist attacks. He has been a visiting faculty at Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC), University of Rome Tor Vergata, National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad, and the School of Politics and International Relations at Quaid-e-Azam University. 

He has also served in numerous capacities at various governmental and inter-governmental organizations including Canadian Council for Peace and International Security in Ottawa, Copenhagen Peace and Research Institute (COPRI), University of Copenhagen, People’s University of Denmark, and the Centre for Future and Strategic Studies at Kuwait University. He regularly appears on domestic and international TV channels including RT and Al-Jazeera International, and gives commentary on International security issues. He also writes columns for domestic and international English dailies.

Besides holding Masters in English Literature (from Pakistan), and Masters in European Journalism Studies from Cardiff University, UK, Javed has also studied for PhD at the Institute for Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen (2000-2010). 

Currently, he is attending 2nd Level Advance Master Course in Protection against CBRNe Events – (leading to PhD degree), Department of Industrial Engineering, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. He is also a Member Board of Didactic:  2nd Level Master Course in Protection against CBRNe Events, University of Rome. He is the author of a book, “Biting the Silver Bullet”: Role of Pakistan’s State Institutions in War on Terror (published in 2013 & second edition 2016).  



JENKINS, Bonnie D. 

Ambassador Jenkins is currently a Joint Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House. From 2009 - 2017, she served as the Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs at the Department of State (DOS). During that time, she was the US DOS lead for the Nuclear Security Summit, and was a leading US government official in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). Ambassador Jenkins was also the U.S. Representative to the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.



JOHNSON, Prof. Steve

Steve Johnson is an adjunct professor in the graduate Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency & Disaster Management. He started his career within the British Army then served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before positions in consulting and industry, including Senior CBRNE adviser to Thales UK. He has served tours in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Belize and other locations.

Steve’s main role is at Cranfield University based at the UK’s Defence Academy. He is Course Director for the MSc Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation MSc, and teaches Hazardous Investigations, Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices Capability (for the Ministry of Defence), Forensic Intelligence and Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices. He has an active research program and supervises students in CBRNE detection, Threat assessment and CBRNE Forensic science. He advise and works with a range of governmental and international organizations.



JOKSIC, Dr. Gordana

Dr. Gordana Joksic, biologist, PhD, research professor at the Vinča Institute has a background in radiation biology and genetic toxicology. She was the first to characterize the role of mitochondrial superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) in modulating the radiosensitivity of human cells, and provided experimental evidence that MnSOD determines the relative biological effectiveness of ionizing radiation. During recent years the focus of her main line of research is selection of substances with radioprotective and antimutagenic properties with potential medical use. She collaborates with the University of Bologna, Italy and with the Brunel University, UK.



JUDEK, Clément

I have completed my studies in Geography specialising myself in risk management. More precisely in risk assessment for flooding.

I started my PhD in 2014. The topic of my research is the consideration of cascading effects in crisis situation. My work is part of the FP7 European Project CascEff (www.casceff.eu) focusing on cascading effects.



KARKALIC, Prof. Radovan

Associate Professor, PhD (CBRN Department, Military Academy, University of Defence, Republic of Serbia).

Responsible for teaching of CBRN individual and collective protection, Technologies of CBRN decontamination and Prevention and acting in the accidental situations (Bachelor, Master and PhD studies).

Instructor for the CBRN protection at the annual OPCW basic and advanced courses in the CBRN Training Center in Krusevac (Republic of Serbia). 



KEARNEY, Cap. Alan

Alan Kearney is a PhD candidate with Maynooth University under the Hume Scholarship award programme. His thesis explores the development of the Improvised Explosive Device and the entry of the term into the general lexicon in the last decade as a result of its global proliferation. He is a serving officer in the Defence Forces, Ireland, with over twenty eight years service.   Alan served as an instructor for many years in the Ordnance School and has extensive operational experience in the domains of Counter-IED, IEDD, search and CBRNE. Alan attends many academic programmes as guest lecturer in various faculties across security and/or enterprise risk management related topics. 



KHALFAOUI, Ibtissam 

My research focuses primarily on modelling and Optimizing the Medical Emergency Care Systems, under the title: «Reference model of optimized organization, management and steering of the Integrated Network of Medical Emergency Care in Morocco: case of the INMEC of the Region Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer», under the guidance of the professor A.HAMMOUCHE. My career in research has provided me with the opportunity to attend and participate in international conferences:

I. Khalfaoui, A .Hammouche (2015) « a GIS platform for the optimized organization and management of an Integrated Network of Medical Care Emergency (INMCE) in Morocco. Case of the NMCE -Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer », In the International Conference of GIS Users, Taza, in October 21-22nd

I. Khalfaoui, A. Hammouche (2016), «Modelling of the territorial network of the pre-hospitable emergencies in Morocco: Case of the INMCE of the Region Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer», The 8th Francophone Conference in Management and Engineering of Hospital care Systems GISEH, In Casablanca, on July 11th, 12th and 13th.



KIM, Min-jeong

Birth: 26 June, 1979; Nationality: Republic of Korea; Senior Researcher, K-water; Ph.D. candidate at Chungbuk National University.




Current employment: Director to the His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka and Presidential coordinator for the Disaster Management / Disaster Management coordinator to the Ministry of Health

Post Graduate Training in Disaster Management and Disaster Medicine University of Polytechnic Ancona Italy

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: Master of Science (M.Sc in Disater management) at University of Peradeniya

Postgraduate diploma in health sector disaster management.



KIREEV, Albert

dec 2015 – today

Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research

Developed and implemented methods of using stable isotope tracers to evaluate anticancer drug effect. Metabolites profiling by processing LC/HRMS data obtained in the international project.

The Hague, Netherlands

1. Worldwide inspections to verify identity and completeness of destroyed toxic chemicals or to check for absence undeclared toxic chemicals, their precursors and degradation product in traces amount in complex matrices.

2. Conducting or supervising sampling, sample preparation and analysis of environmental/industrial species under strict QC/QA regulations.

3. Inspection preparation by literature study, chemical industry modeling in laboratory scale, micro synthesis, GC/MS and LC/MS analysis.

4. Research and development to improve current analytical procedure, mass spectral and retention indices databases.

KRAUS, Marian



KRAUS, Dr. Marian

Dr. MarianMarian Kraus studied Mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he wrote his diploma thesis about statistical methods of analysis and visualization of heart rate variability. He is employed at the German Aerospace Center as a data analyst, emphasized by his passion for logic puzzles (participations at world championships).




Klara Kubelkova has completed her PhD at the University of Defence (UoD), Faculty of Military Health Sciences (FoMHS). She is a member of cell biology group of Department of Molecular Pathology and Biology, FoMHS, UoD. She is a member of Academic Senate of FoMHS, UoD and co-investigator of many scientific grants supported by Czech Ministry of Defense, Czech Science Foundation and European Defence Agency. She has published many scientific papers and book chapters in reputed journals.



KOGAN, Dr. Yankov

Dr. Kogan is the Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLI) – an innovative biopharmaceutical company developing novel approaches to activate the immune system and address serious medical needs such as treatment of radiation-induce damage, cancer immunotherapy, and vaccines. Dr. Kogan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland BioLabs in June 2012. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Dr. Kogan served as company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2012 and as Executive Vice President of Business Development from 2003 to 2008. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Kogan built an infrastructure with more than 50 full-time employees and established and structured operations for two majority-owned subsidiaries and securing multiple federal and state grants. While serving as Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Company, Dr. Kogan played a significant role in establishing operations, hiring senior operations staff and executing the Company’s initial public offering on the NASDAQ exchange.

Prior to founding Cleveland BioLabs, Dr. Kogan served as Director for Business Development at Integrated Genomics in Chicago, IL, where he was responsible for commercial sales and expansion of the company’s capital base. Prior to his tenure in business development, Dr. Kogan worked as a Group Leader/Senior Scientist at Integrated Genomics and at ThermoGen, Inc. and as Research Associate at the University of Chicago, where he led the execution of several sophisticated genome sequencing projects.

Dr. Kogan holds a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from VNII Genetica, as well as an MS degree in Biology from Moscow State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.




LAMPALZER, Hermann Alex 

Mr. Lampalzer graduated in 1992 from the Austrian Military Academy as a NBC Defence Officer. Besides various postings in the Austrian Army, he gained almost 20 years of experience in international arms control. His first-hand verification expertise stems from working as a chemical weapons inspector with UNSCOM in Iraq and later in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Subsequently, he served as a Senior Policy Officer in the OPCW as well as a Policy Planning Officer in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. Alex represented, inter alia, the OPCW in 2007 in the update of the UN Secretary-General Mechanism and was also a member of the Temporary Working Group on Verification/Scientific Advisory Board established under the auspices of the OPCW Director-General between 2013 and 2015. Mr. Lampalzer holds also a PhD in political sciences from the university of Vienna and a MSc in Intl. Project Management.



LANCIA, Dr. Corrado

•    Degree Biology ( University ‘La Sapienza’ – Rome )  1976-1981

•    Master Protection from CBRNE ( University  ‘Tor Vergata’ – Rome ) 2010

•    Plant  Biologist  -  Agriculture Industrial Development SpA 1981-1984

•    Biologist - Plant Pilot Fermentation Department Cyanamid Italia  1984-1986

•    Biologist - Plant Flower Production 1987-1988

•    Biologist - ENEL  Aquaculture  Pilot  Plant 1991-1993

•    Sales Specialist -  Research Division  Prodotti Gianni SPA  1988-1991/1994-1996

•    Sales Specialist Biotechnology – ( Roche Diagnostics / Gruppo Carli/CLAB Biotec) 1996-2009

•    Sales Specialist  Sterility Assurance ; Classical/Rapid Microbiology - (Biotrace Microsafe-3 M Group - Particle Measuring Systems  ) 2009 - Today



LOMBARDI, Dr. Eng. Gianrico

Gianrico Lombardi received a degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2003. He has been working in Sogin S.p.A. since 2004 and he is an expert in the technical management of reprocessing contracts of irradiated nuclear fuel and the management of spent fuel and radioactive material transports.

From 2004 to 2013 he was involved in the preparation and realization of 26 irradiated nuclear fuel transportations from Italy to reprocessing sites in Great Britain and France.

He has also collaborated with NPPs regarding procedures applied for the shipment of irradiated nuclear fuel. Since 2006 he has been the Dangerous Good Safety Advisor for class 7 – radioactive materials and since 2007 he is DGSA for 5 Italian sites. He has also collaborated in the publication of the third edition of “Il consulente per la sicurezza dei trasporti di merci pericolose” (EPC Libri) and he is also a professor at the Radwaste Management School of Sogin S.p.A..

Since 2012, he has been a coordinator of the UNI working group related to transport of radioactive material and he has recently become a member of ISO/TC 85/SC 5/WG 4 “Transportation of radioactive material”.



LEE, Gyu-Cheol Lee

Birthday: 24 Oct, 1972; Nationality: Republic of Korea; Principal Researcher; Ph.D., Dept. of Microbiology, Chungbuk National University. 



LOMBARDI, Gianrico

Mr. Lombardi holds Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and work in Sogin since 2004 on transports of nuclear materials and on the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

He has been involved into transports of spent nuclear fuel from several Italian sites to UK and to France and in transport of High Enriched Uranium and Plutonium from Italy to the United States of America.

From 2006 he is the Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor - Class 7 for the following Sogin’s nuclear plants: EUREX plant (VC), Casaccia site (Rome), Caorso Nuclear power plant (PC) and ITREC plant (MT).

Mr. Lombardi is currently responsible for technical and administrative management of contracts related to the back end nuclear fuel cycle of Sogin: contracts for transport and reprocessing of the irradiated nuclear fuel with international operators, interim storage of irradiated nuclear fuel, interim storage of nuclear materials and transport of wastes. Responsible for planning and coordinating the executive phases of transports of nuclear materials and nuclear fuel

In the Sogin’s Radwaste Management School, he is the reference for transports of nuclear materials.



LONGO, Dr. Giovanni

Business Development Manager Europe. Post Graduate Studies in International Relations Italian Society for the International Organisation (SIOI), Rome, Italy; Honours Degree in Political Science (summa cum laude) Bari University. Professional Development Training: Leadership Development; Situational Leadership; Sponsorship; Coaching EU Competition Law; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); UK Bribery Act Procurement Procedures; EU Public Sector Procurement; Public Contracts Business Relations with Public Administrators; Value Selling; Value Pricing; Strategic Selling Chemical Biological & Radiological Awareness; Time Management; Project Management Communication; Negotiation; Problem Solving; Leader Effectiveness Training (LET) Technical Advisory. Professional Experience: W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, Italy and Germany from 1999 to the Present. Business Development Manager GORE Military Fabrics (2007-Present). Promoted to drive sales and performance of the military fabrics line of business. Collaborate closely with cross-functional product, engineering, R&D, manufacturing, marketing, and support colleagues to ensure the superior achievement of customer needs. Ran all Italy sales for the Gore military fabrics and GORE CHEMPAK ChemBio Protective fabrics product lines, strategically aligning global and European business objectives with the market-specific sales approach.



LUDOVICI, Gian Marco

Gian Marco Ludovici achieved the Bachelor’s Degree and the Master of Science Degree’s in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biology of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. In 2016, he achieved the Master of Philosophy (2nd Level Master Course) in Protection from CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) events at the Schools of Medicine and Engineering of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. During his research work he worked at the Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics Research Group of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and in the HOROS project of the University of Medicine of Innsbruck. He has also worked in international pharmaceuticals company such as Bristol–MyersSquibb and PQE. Currently, He is a PhD student at the Industrial Engineering faculty of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" while He works as a Chemical Research Analyst at ThermoFisher Scientific.



MALIZIA, Dr. Andrea

Andrea Malizia is a Researcher in Nuclear Measure and Instrumentation at the Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata. He achieved his Bc.S. in 2003 and the Ms.S. in 2005 (cum laude) in Environmental Engineering both at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Dr. Malizia defended his Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics in 2010 (Rank 4/4); he later achieved in 2010 the postgraduate title in Protection against CBRNe events (cum laude) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research interests center on improving the understanding, design, and performance experimental set-up to analyze the mobilization of toxic dust in case of accident in the energy plants. Currently, he studies the mechanism of mobilization in case of accident like Loss Of Vacuum Accident (LOVA), Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) by the mean of experimental and numerical characterization. In addition, Dr. Malizia has contributed to the development of LIDAR/DIAL systems for environmental control and military application. He cooperates with international entities (public, military, academics and private) involved in CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive) safety and security. He is the Didactical Coordinator of the International Master Courses in Protection against CBRNe events since 2008, cooperating with the most important national and international entities involved in the CBRNe events. He is Assistant Professor for the course of Medical Physics at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome Tor Vergata . He also serves as Tutor Assistant in the courses of Physics, Laser systems, Nuclear Fusion Energy and Measurements. During 2008-2009, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Culham Centre of Science (UK). Dr. Andrea Malizia is author of more than 90 scientific works on international and national Scientific Journal and Conference Proceedings and of 1 National Patent. He received two National Awards for his research activities: “Premio Città e Sicurezza” (2007) and “Premio Sapio” (2011). 



MANCINELLI, Prof. Sandro

Present position

Associate professor of Hygiene and Public Health, department of Biomedicine and Prevention; Director, CIFAPPS (Interdepartmental center for health professionals education and training),  Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy. 


1979: MD; 

1982: Specialty in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine; 

1987: PhD in Epidemiology and Microbiology, La Sapienza University, Rome. 

1988: researcher;

2001: associate professor .

Languages: Italian, English

Working and research experience: 

1987-92: Fellowship, Italian Ministry of Health: SIEO Project, aimed to create a nationwide network for drug surveillance in hospital; 

1990-1995: Fellowship, FATMA-CNR (National Research Council): Project aimed to develop an epidemiologically oriented software for GPs’ activity; 

1996-97: Head of Operative Unity , Italian Health Ministry : TB National Project; 

1995-2000: Head of Operative Unity, CNR (National Research Council): Italian National Project for Hospital Infection Control; 

1999: Health expert for cooperation in Mozambique, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 

1999-2013: Team member, the DREAM (Drug Resources Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition) program, fighting HIV/AIDS and malnutrition in African countries; 

2012 Unit manager, Italian Health Ministry: Project "Italy in Europe” national ECDC study.

Author of more than 200 scientific publications: 98 articles, 103 abstracts / posters / communications, 8 books/chapters/monographies.




Mrs. Mancinelli is a Nuclear Engineer specialized in Radiation Protection and Radiological Characterization for the decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear fuel cycle facilities. She is a Radiation Protection Expert since 2016 and has a knowledge in IAEA Safety Standards and Regulations as well as other field-specific International Standards in Radiation Protection, Radiological Characterization and Radioactive Waste Management. She holds lectures on Radiation Protection on a regular basis and has also collaborated in the past with the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety for the implementation of training material on the Safe Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities: Basic Module.

She currently works for the Engineering and Radiation Protection Department in Sogin, providing support to nuclear sites for Health Physics aspects, regulation compliance (especially for material clearance) and dose assessment for workers and the public for both normal operation conditions and accidents. She is also involved in the design process of decommissioning activities by performing shielding calculations and preventive dose evaluations for planned decommissioning operations, through the use of international recognized computer codes (such as VISIPLAN 3D ALARA, MICROSHIELD, MCNP, etc.)




Dr. Claudia Marchionni is a professional journalist, reporter and editor for Italian Television. She has been editor in chief for TG5 and actually she his editor in chief for Matrix.

She worked also for Il resto del Carlino , La Voce, Mixer,  Corriere del Mezzogiorno. She works also with Marie Claire e D - la Repubblica delle Donne.



MARSELLA, Dr. Stefano

He has an MD in Civil Engineering and actually he is the Director of the National Fire Academy (Istituto Superiore Antincendi), Italian Ministry of Interior.

In the past he has been:

•    Manager at the Fire Brigades of Milano (Italy), Italian Ministry of Interior

•    Manager at the Fire Brigades of Arezzo (Italy), Italian Ministry of Interior

•    Manager at the automatic informative systems of the Fire Brigades, Italian Ministry of Interior



MARTELLINI, Prof. Maurizio

Professor of Physics at the University of Insubria. 

Main competences and experiences: 1) Analysis and elaboration of security strategies on international security issues, WMD-related proliferation prevention, CBRN and dual & international practice and scientists engagement & redirection programs; 2) Analysis and engagement of critical countries, including “states of proliferation concerns”, like Iran and North Korea; 3) Experience in “track-2” diplomacy and “facilitator” activities; 4) Strategizing, planning and management of long-term international cooperative programs and projects on global issues; 5) Organization of international meetings and workshops on global issues and related brainstorming round-tables; 6) Research programs in nuclear security & safety and fundamental physics; 7) Founder of the International Think-and Do-Tank “Landau Network Fondazione Volta (LNFV)” and “International Working Group (IWG)” Como, Italy

Most important achievements of the last five years: 1) EU CBRN CoE Projects management , namely Team Leader of Project 3 “Knowledge development and transfer of best practice on bio-safety/bio-risk management”, of Project 18 “International Network of Universities and Institutes for Raising Awareness on Dual-Use Concerns in Bio-Technology”. Also Team Leader of the Project tiled “Redirection of former Iraqi WMD scientists through Capacity Building for Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities, including site and radioactive waste management”. As Team Leader, I covered the following tasks: • Assure coordination and communication flow among partners; • Assure respect of deadlines and management evaluation; • Assure organizational planning and day-to-day management; • Assure sound financial management and compliance with financial rules (including commissioning independent audit); • Assure project’s risk mitigation and response; • Assure comprehensive coordination among the implementation of project activities and respect of guidelines of the contracting authority; • Evaluate and assure the sustainability of the projects; • Report to contracting authority. 2) GP-IWG Management Executive Secretary of the International Working Group (IWG) for the European Nuclear Cities Initiative (ENCI) on behalf of the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) of Moscow, of the European Commission DG Research and of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  



MASSETTI, Vittorio

CEO and Accountable Manager

Helicopter, airplane and RPAS pilot. He made his first flight in 1994 and since 1999 he served as commercial pilot companies mainly operating in aerial work and disaster relief. In Italy he flew for Dipartimento della Protezione Civile della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri and for many Governments and Organizations in Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Middle Est. 

Since 2009 beyond his flight activity he is CEO of Heli Protection Europe.



MASSONI, Dr. Francesco

Research Fellow – University “Sapienza” of Rome

  • PhD in Public Health, University “Sapienza” of Rome
  • Postgraduate course in Forensic Psychopathology, University of Milan
  • Postgraduate course in Forensic Psychiatry, University of Turin
  • Postgraduate course in Criminology, University “UniTelma Sapienza” of Rome
  • Postgraduate course in Forensic Anthropology, University of Milan
  • Specialization in Legal Medicine, University “Sapienza” of Rome
  • Graduated in Medicine and Surgery, University “Sapienza” of Rome
  • Author more than one hundred of publications.
  • Editorial board member or reviewer of many International journals



Humanitarian operator and crisis manager, specialised in command & control systems in emergency and development operations, other than security planning, preparedness and response. Operating with the Italian Red Cross since 2004 (starting as a Volunteer) and since 2008 working in an international environment cooperating with NATO, other NGOs and Governmental Organisations. Deployed for both assessment or ongoing operations in more than 10 countries, in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Europe, appointed as Head of Mission or Delegation, Team Leader, Liaison Officer, Security Officer, Project Manager.

Working in the CBRN sector since 2005 – at the beginning trained as decontamination operator -, he developed specific procedures for mass gatherings and response, specific for the Italian Red Cross CBRN volunteer-based units, that has been used to manage the 6-months’ activity during EXPO 2015.

Actually covering the position of European Affairs Officer at the Italian Red Cross Headquarters in Rome, exporting the Italian Red Cross knowledge and know-how in CBRN and sharing ideas and procedures with international partners.



Mauro Mattavelli Solbiati Expert Team Leader Italian Firefighter Brigade

  • master's degree construction engineering / architecture (Milan Polytechnic)
  • 2nd level CBRN Master (Torvergata University, Rome)
  • CBRN pioneer; since 1997
  • National / international instructor; Center Of Excellence UE (highest educational level in all CBRN sectors)
  • CBRN Advisor for: State Police, Municipality of Milan, Judicial Police, Carabinieri, Milan Polytechnic and many others



MATRONE, Gaetano

T.V. (GN) of Direzione degli Armamenti Navali, Italian Nay, Ministry of Defence (and former student of the International Master Courses in Protection Against CBRNe events.




Lei Meiling graduated from Changchun geological college in 1994. She got doctor’s degree on environmental engineering in 2009. Her major work is decontamination research and analytical chemistry research. She is working at the state key laboratory of NBC protection for civilian now.



MEROLA, Vincenzo

Former Director at the General Secretariat of Defence for the tech innovation. He has served Stato Maggiore della Difesa for informatics system protection issues. He has served for the informatic security at the Italian Prime Minister Office.



MEULENBELT, Dr. Stephanie

Stephanie Meulenbelt (1986) holds an MA in Criminology (University of Utrecht, Netherlands) and an LLM in International Law (University of Reading, UK). She has worked for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), where she performed research in the areas of (CBRN) defence, safety and security. Stephanie has written reports and published several articles on a variety of topics, including cyberwarfare and cybersecurity, international organised crime and CBRNE (terrorism) related issues. Currently, she is employed at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Within the Centre for Environmental Safety and Security, which focuses on the physical safety in the Netherlands with regard to the threat and consequences of (CBRN and other) accidents and incidents, Stephanie works on CBRNE as well as other (inter)national safety and security related topics.




Elisa Michelini has been a researcher in analytical chemistry at the University of Bologna since 2006. Her scientific activity has been devoted to the development of bioanalytical methods including bioluminescent whole-cell biosensors with applications in drug screening, environmental monitoring, forensics, and diagnostics. More recently her activity has been devoted to the development of portable biosensing devices and smartphone-based sensors for on-site multiplexed and point-of-need analysis. She is author of 57 papers on refereed journals with high impact factor in the fields of Analytical Chemistry, Environmental and Food Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry and more than 100 oral and poster presentations in national and international congresses (of which 8 invited lectures). H-index: 23; Sum of the Times Cited: 1738 (Source: Isi Web of Knowledge). Since 2012 she has been a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the “International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence” (ISBC) and Secretary since 2015. She is Expert of European Commission for nanobiotechnology (Evaluator of FP7 and H2020 Proposals). In 2013 she received National Scientific Habilitation for full professorship in Analytical Chemistry. She is coordinating the international project “CELL BIOSENSORS- Cell Biosensors for Detection of Chemical and Biological Threats” (funded by NATO-SPS, 2016). 




Dubravka Milovanović is Assistant Research Professor and Assistant Director at Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinča, Serbia. Dr. Milovanović’s main professional activities are organic pollutants detection, protection and decontamination, laser material processing, pulsed laser deposition of catalysts on the electrodes for fuel cells and quality management system in laboratory, including the accreditation of test methods according to the requirements of applicable standards.



MINGHETTI, Salvatore

C.A.T. Salvatore Minghetti

1990 graduation degree (B.Sc.) in Biological laboratory technologies - University of Rome “La Sapienza”;

1990-93 biological laboratory technician at the “Population Genetic Institute” – Dept. of Biology – University of Rome “La Sapienza”;

1993 – 2017 employed as administrative technical officer at Italian Department of Firefighters Public Rescue and Civil Defense – National Fire Corps (since 2001 at the C.B.R.N. advanced regional team of Venice);

2007 - 2017 Biological laboratory Responsible - C.B.R.N. advanced regional team of Venice.




Medical Officer responsable for research projects and training in CBRNe, Clinical Pathology and  Clinical Biochemistry at the Military Hospital of Rome. Former Director of Health Service at the 34° Gruppo Squadroni AVES “Toro” – Venaria Reale (TO).




Army Corps General, Head of the Test Flight Center of the Italian Air Force Logistic Command (Comandante della 1ª Divisione del Comando Logistico dell'Aeronautica Militare - Centro Sperimentale di Volo).




CAMO Postholder and Compliance Monitoring Manager 

Aerospace engineer, commercial airplane and RPAS (drones) pilot, instructor and flight examiner for RPAS (multicopter and fixed wing).

Since 2004 he’s ground instructor for pilots (airplane and helicopter) and aeronautical technicians licenses.

Since 2006 he deals with airworthiness and aeronautical quality, and since 2014 also with EASA Safety Management System. He currently holds in Heli Protection Europe Srl the position of Head of Engineering (CAMO Post Holder) with ARS privileges and Quality Manager.



MORAMARCO, Dr. Stefania 

Nutritionist with a  PhD in Nursing Sciences and Public Health, and Master in CBRN Advisor. Fellow researcher at the Department of Biomedicine and Prevention (University of Rome Tor Vergata). Main area of research: epidemiological surveillance and health monitoring system in war-torn countries, community management of malnutrition in low-middle income countries, food security and safety in pre- and post- CBRNe events.




Dr Laura Morciano is a researcher at Biomedicine and Prevention Department, with an expertise in emergency organization. She has the training in Public Health, Risk Management and Health Direction. In 2016, she won a PhD studentship and in 2018 she won a research grant on the Analysis of Emergency Department. To date, she is Health Director at Santa Famiglia clinic, in Rome, and she is Risk Manager of several clinics in the Lazio Region. She has the expertise in risk evaluation in all levels of the health organization, and she masters most of the common risk analysis tools. Since 2011, she has authored several research articles, in the fields of infectious diseases, epidemiology and organization of health services, epidemiology of chronic diseases and frailty. She taught Epidemiology and Public Health in University courses (Medicine and Surgeon, biotechnology, nurses sciences, biology) and in many first and second level university master: CBRNe, physiotherapy, nurse specialist in epidemiological surveillance and control of healthcare-related infections.



MOREA, Prof. Donato

Adjunct Professor of Engineering Economy at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where carries out research on the analysis of investments in the renewable energy sector. PhD in Engineering Management. Civil engineer freelancer in technical and economic fields. Chairman of Project Financing Commission at the Order of Engineers of the Province of Rome, where he conducts research on Project Financing and teaching activity in training courses. Technical Consultant of the Court of Rome in technical, economic and financial fields. Its fields of expertise and research interests concern the Engineering Economy, Energy Technology, Renewable Energy, Finance, Investment Analysis, Project Financing, Management, Taxation, Civil Engineering, economic impacts of CBRNe events. He is the author of scientific publications in national and international journals.



MRVAN, Lubomir

During his military tour he served as an engineer at different commanding posts. He was deployed to UNTAES mission in Eastern Slavonia, later to HQ SFOR in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the Iraqi Freedom operation, he took over the leading position as a demining company commander. He was assigned as a senior officer to Joint Engineer Operations Branch at the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy for three years. After serving at the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, Staff for Operations, he took over the position of the Engineer Battalion Commander of Land Forces.

In 2014 he assumed a position of the Director of the NATO EOD Centre of Excellence in Trenčín, Slovakia.




Roberta Mugellesi is Integrated Applications Manager in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications of the European Space Agency. She holds a Doctor Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a Master in Business Administration from the Schiller International University of Heidelberg, Germany.  Before joining current position, she led orbit and manoeuvre operations for several ESA satellites during different phases of the mission. In the current position, she is working on a varied range of IAP projects with recent focus on CBRN counteracting measures.



MURARI, Dr. Andrea

Andrea Murari received his B.A. in Applied Electronics, his M.S. degree in Plasma Engineering and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Power Plants in 1989, 1991 and 1993 respectively. After a period in the private sector in the field of electronic and telecommunications, he has mainly worked in measurements, data analysis techniques and control of high temperature plasmas. Between 1998 and 2002 was leader of the technical group supporting all diagnostics of the RFX experiment. Between 2002 and 2010 he was Task Force Leader for Diagnostics on JET and between 2008 and 2014 he has also covered the role of Head of JET CSU Group on Diagnostics and CODAS (COntrol and Data Acquisition). From July 2008 to December 2016 he coordinated the European participation to the ITPA topical group on diagnostics. Since 2011 he is the official interface of JET to the EIROFORUM Thematic Group on Instrumentation. Since 2014 he is the Head of EUROfusion JET Enhancement Department. Since 2014 he is the official interface for EUROfusion to the EIROFORUM Thematic Group on Information Technologies. He is presently Leader of the JET Team of the EUROFUSION ITER Physics Department.



MYJER, Prof. Eric

Professor of Conflict and Security Law, School of Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands; Director Centre for Conflict and Security Law.

-member of the Committee on the Use of Force of the International Law Association (ILA);

-external researcher at the University of Amsterdam;

-Judge (locum) The Hague Court of Appeal.

- Previously: advisor to the Netherlands Delegation to the OPCW; vice-chair and a member of the Confidentiality Commission of the OPCW; Associate Professor of public international law (University of Amsterdam); diplomat with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; practicing lawyer with an Amsterdam international law firm; attached to the Netherlands Council on Legal Cooperation with Indonesia (Leiden University); research fellow at the Department of War Studies of Kings College (London), and at the Polemological Institute of Groningen University. 



NIKOLIC, Zeljka Miodrag

Zeljka Nikolic was born on May 9th 1979 in Pozega, Republic of Serbia. She is an assistant research of analytical chemistry at the INN Vinca, Belgrade. She is a Phd student at the Technical Faculty in Environmental Engineering, University of Belgrade. She is focused on different methods environmental sample extraction developing, chromatographic analysis and organic pollutants degradation and transformation in different matrices.



OLIVA, Riccardo

Mr. Oliva holds Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza, and has 10 years of work experience in different engineering companies.

He has 7 years of experience in Nuclear decomissioning activities, gained during his work in Sogin. In particular he has a full knowledge on conditioning strategies for liquid and solid radioactive waste and in final container (cylindrical o prismatic container).

He also has a good knowledge of nuclear liquid waste treatment facilities and he has collaborate with the design of some important Sogin’s treatment plant. 


Actually, he works in Chemical and Process unit within the Engineering and Radioprotection Department, where his work is to collaborate with external labs for the qualification of conditioning process for radioactive liquid/solid streams and for the qualification of prismatic and cylindrical containers



OSVALD, Col. Vratislav

Colonel Engineer

Position: Training Education and Exercise Department Director

Company Name: NATO Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence

Colonel Vratislav Osvald was born on 3 th October 1963 in Přibram. His military career started in 1982 after graduation at the specialized military chemical high school in Valašské Meziříčí. That year he started studies at The Military University of Ground Forces in Vyškov.

After the graduation (he reached the Master of Science degree from chemistry and radiology) he served as a Recce Platoon/company Commander and as a Deputy Commander for Armament of the 4 th CBRN Defence Battalion. In 1991 he was appointed as a Senior Staff Officer of the CBRN Section and in 1992 as a Senior Officer of the Logistic Support Department of the 9 th Tank Division. In 1996 he was appointed as a Deputy Commander of the 5 th Support Battalion.

From 1997 to 1998 he did post gradual study at the Military University in Brno. After graduation he started serving as the Chief of staff of the 2 th Logistic Battalion.

In 2000, he participated in the peacekeeping mission SFOR in Bosnia and Hercegovina serving as an Operational Logistic Officer-Deputy Chief of Logistic Support department of the Multinational Divisional Headquarters in Banja Luka.

From September 2003, he started building-up the 1st NATO Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence Battalion for NATO Response Force as the battalion commander. During the standby period he was responsible for CBRN support to the Istanbul summit and he was the commander of the NATO CBRN Task Force deployed to Greece in support of Olympic Games 2004.

In 2005, Col Osvald was transferred to Prague and appointed as the director of The National CBRN Monitoring Centre. As a part of obligations, he worked as the permanent representative of The Czech Armed Forces within NATO CNAD/NAAG – CBRN Joint Capability Group (CBRN JCG) and co-chaired NATO CNAD/ Defence Against Terrorism Program of Work (CBRN DAT POW) group.   

1st JULY 2006, Col Osvald was designated as the SACEUR’s NATO CBRN Joint Assessment Team Commander for NATO Response Force (NRF) 8.

1st February 2008 was Col Osvald transferred to Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE) as a J5 CBRN staff officer responsible for CBRN Policy and CBRN Reach back and fusion.

1 September 2011, he was appointed as Training, Exercise and Education department director at the Joint CBRND COE Vyskov, CZE and promoted to the Colonel.

Since 1st September 2011, Col Osvald was designated as the NATO CBRN Joint Assessment Team Commander for NRF 18.

In 2012, Col Osvald was elected as the co-chairman of the NATO CBRN Training and Exercise Panel.  

He has been honoured following Medals:

  • Meritorious Cross 3rd class
  • Medal of Czech Army gold class
  • Medal of NATO for serving for peace and freedom
  • Memorial badges for serving in SFOR mission
  • The Texas Adjutant general’s Individual award



I am Luigi Palestini and I work in the Italian Fire Brigade from 2006, as a Lieutenant Colonel Engineer. My professional duties are firefighters training on CBRN, equipments and vehicles, disaster response coordination in local and national emergencies and fire prevention. In 2016 I attended the "Civilian-Military Cooperation Course (COCIM)" at the Italian Ministry of Defense, in 2011 I earned a 2nd level master course in “Protection against CBRNe events" at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and in 2003 I got a mechanical engineering degree in University of Rome "La Sapienza". My interests are education and training, sports, psychology and reading.




Mirko Palestrino has been working at ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco since 2014. After a six-months internship, he has been hired as Team Assistant in the Grants Office of the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies. He works now as both Assistant Project Manager and Project Data Analyst. He is responsible for the collection and the analysis of project data, as well as for the drafting of relative reports.

As Assistant Project Manager, he contributes to the monitoring of the project progress and quality of the outputs, including supervision of field activities in the target regions. Furthermore, he is in charge of the research of new funds and the design of project proposals.

Mirko is interested in International Relations theory and research with a focus on realism and international political economy as theories of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, as well as disarmament and armament proliferation control. He holds a B.A. in International Sciences and European Institutions and is currently attending a Master’s programme in International Relations focused on international politics and regional dynamics. He is fluent in English and Spanish, he is endowed with a good knowledge of German and Catalan and a beginner level of French. 



PALOMBI, Prof. Leonardo

Prof Leonardo Palombi (male). Born in Rome on April 28, 1954, Leonardo Palombi graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1979, subsequently obtained a specialization in Hygiene in Medicine and Surgery (1982) and a master's degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene.

He is currently Full Professor of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health (SSD MED 42) at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the "Tor Vergata" University of Rome

From 2012 to 2018, he was elected Director of the University Department of Biomedicine and Prevention at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Since 1989 he has been conducting studies on the demand for out-of-hospital care of community-dwelling older adults

Since 1996 Leonardo Palombi has carried out activities as an expert and consultant abroad on behalf of various national and international agencies:

  • Expert of Italian National Health Council for Out-of-Hospital care of community-dwelling older adults
  • With the DGCO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for pediatric programs aimed at controlling malnutrition and infectious diseases in Albania and Kosovo.
  • With the World Bank and UNICEF for the reception and medical assistance to refugees during the conflict in the Balkans.
  • With the World Bank for the treatment of AIDS in Southern Africa, in particular as coordinator of the DREAM Implementation Unit within the Treatment Acceleration Program, the Bank's first project for the treatment of AIDS drugs in Africa.
  • With several European national cooperation (Catalonia, GTZ - Germany, Ireland, France) for the control of infectious diseases and AIDS in Africa.
  • With the World Health Organization for the drafting of guidelines and documents in three distinct areas of the HIV / AIDS sector: prevention of mother-child transmission (PMTCT), control of viral resistance (HIV-RESNET), development of procedures for adherence (Retention network).
  • Author of over 300 national and international scientific publications, numerous monographs, book chapters, books and popular publications. 


PALUCCI, Antonio

Antonio Palucci, graduated in Chemistry, his field of interest are most in spectroscopic (IR, VIS, UV and Raman) and analytical techniques for trace monitoring in different field of interest as environmental, health and cultural heritage. Recently, he is deeply involved in Security as project coordinator or advisor. Formerly coordinator of ISOTREX (FP6), BONAS (FP7) and RADEX (NATO security projects. Member of ESRIF and IMGS, ESETF, NDE (Network Detection of Explosive), ISEG (Independent Scientific Evaluation Group of NATO), European Reference Network fir Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP): Detection of Explosives & Weapons at Secure Locations (DEWSL). He is Director of the Diagnostic and Metrology Laboratory, at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA, since 2009, where manage five research activities, namely: Diagnostics for Security, Diagnostics for Safety, Environmental Diagnostic related to Climate Change, Diagnostics for Cultural Heritage preservation and Fruition and Diagnostics for Energy. All of these based on optoelectronic technologies and with the support of 30 staff members. As result of his activities garnered 7 patents, more than 100 papers published on national and international scientific journals and more than 400 reports and proceedings of national and international conferences.



PARATORE, Dr. Angelo

Angelo Paratore has been working since the early 80’s in the nuclear industry, participating in the Caorso NPP refueling outages.

In 2001 he joined the Engineering Dpt. of SOGIN where he covered positions of increasing responsibility, being involved in the decommissioning activities of the Italian NPP’s and Fuel Cycle Facilities. In 2011 he was appointed Responsible of the National Repository & Technology Park Division, since then being involved with different roles in the activities aimed at siting, designing and realizing a centralized surface repository for the final disposal of short-lived radioactive waste and the interim storage of long-lived radioactive waste generated in Italy. 



Antonio Parrilla, born in 25/06/1964 at Corigliano Calabro (CS), is a WHO certified Infodemic Manager currently working for the Italian Prime Minister Office, Office of the General Secretary. He received a degree in Computer Science from University of Salerno, a Specialization course and a Master Degree in Quality for Public Administration from Roma due University, a first level and a second level Master Degree in Protection against CBRNe events from University of Rome, Tor Vergata, plus a number of certifications including “Cohoperation between Military and Civil forces” from Centro Alti Studi Difesa (CASD), “Digital Forensics Fundamentals” from Italian Military School for Telecommunications Chiavari, and many others.

He is the author of the book: “How the Communication of CBRNe Events Changes in the Era of Social Media and Fake News” and has published several articles regarding computer science and communication. 


PASQUINO, Cap. Francesco

Francesco Pasquino, born the 31/08/1974 at Galatina (LE). In 2001 he received a degree in chemistry from University of Bari. In 2001 he joined Italian Army as Lieutenant of Corp of Engineer. From 2005 he work at Joint Technical Centre of Civitavecchia (RM) that is Italian reference centre about Chemical Warfare Agents where he work as analytical chemist and he is involved in testing of protection and decontaminating material. In 2007 he have been promoted Captain. From 2008, he is the head of chemical laboratory Joint Technical Centre.  From 2011 he give lectures about Chemical Warfare Agents at Master Protection against CBRNe events of University of Rome Tor Vergata.



PATUREJ, Krzysztof

Mr. Krzysztof PATUREJ, President of the Board of the International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS), Warsaw, Poland (www.iccss.eu), a career diplomat, the Chairperson of the OPCW Third Review Conference /The Hague, April, 2013/, former Director at the OPCW Technical Secretariat. Amb. Paturej is experienced in multilateral diplomacy, negotiations and multicultural relations, disarmament and non-proliferation of WMD, efforts against terrorism, development and cooperation programmes, relations with stakeholders and public society, result based management and risk management strategies. He is actively engaged in the promotion of the global cooperation to mitigate CBRN security threats and the development of the global chemical security culture. He co-organized and leads the multi-stakeholder and non-political process of global cooperation to enhance chemical safety and security – CHEMSS. He chaired the first CHEMSS2016 - Global Summit on Chemical Safety and Security (ww.chemss2016.org) in Kielce, Poland. He chairs the preparations and the Program Committee for CHEMSS2017 (Shanghai, China, 19-20 September, 2017).




Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio (13 March 1959) is an Italian politician, lawyer and journalist. He is actually President of Fondazione UniVerde. He served as Minister of Agriculture in the second cabinet of Giuliano Amato and as Minister of Environment in the second cabinet of Romano Prodi. Born in Salerno, member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies since 1992, Pecoraro Scanio was the leader and president of the Federation of the Greens, one of the parties making up the ruling coalition in the new Italian government. He also served as Minister for Agriculture from 2000 to 2001 in the cabinet of Giuliano Amato.



PEDEMONTE, Massimo (MAX) Police Officer S.U.P.S. OF9

Officer Pedemonte is an Italian Police Superior Inspector on duty as Bomb Squad Commander. Actually is leading a Police Special Unit with C-IED and CBRNe capability dealing with certification & training of Police personnel and emergency quick reaction.  Graduated by Naval School in 1979 joining the Navy as Engineer, he was travelling spending some years around the world. After was hired by a National Company dealing directly with CEO security he finally joined the Police in 1988. At the end of the Police Academy training, he get immediately assigned to the anti-terrorism and, due to his military background, joined voluntary the Army EOD School in 1989. Following the threat evolution, he get first the EOD badge and after became IEDD operator. He is also a CPU Operator and Instructor Following the operational and tech development, after Sept. 11, he was also qualified by the ARMY NBC interforce Training Center in Italy and abroad as Specialist and Instructor on CBRN. Qualified by ATF as Post Blast Investigation expert is tech advisor for forensic and get a seat into several tech panels. Max was part in several and different missions, serving abroad for many years with CIV/MIL/POL entities as field officer, tech advisor and operations, embedded with National, International and local Military and Police forces as J2 J3 and J9. From is fields experience he get the possibility to be trained and certified as C-IED and CBRNe Instructor and is actually making lectures looking the threat with a “police approach” focused on C-IED and CBRNe at Universities and Academy Military and Police both.




Roberta Pellegrino was born in Rome on the 12th August 1991.

She attended the Technical Institute I.P.S.I.A. Emilio Cavazza in Pomezia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome (UCBM) in 2014. The thesis “Treatment and transformation of the waste materials of the olive-products industry” proposed a reuse of the remaining biomass as fuel for gasification plants with the aim of producing energy from renewable sources.

Now, she is about to get her Master Degree in Chemical Engineering, always at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. The thesis “Analysis of the impact of terroristic attacks against chemical plants” aims at identifying the damages provoked by a potential terroristic attack in a specific point of interest of a chemical plant and the consequent analysis of the critical areas of the plant itself. Her work has been developed within the Coserity Lab. The laboratory is involved in three main fields: Interdependency Models for Critical Infrastructures, Fault detection and Reaction strategies, Indoor localization of ad-hoc sensor networks.



PENSALFINI, Lieut. Col. Stefano

Lieutenant Colonel PENSALFINI has occupied a multitude of military appointments, with responsibilities ranging from Bersaglieri Infantry Platoon Leader to Bersaglieri Infantry Company units Command. He has also served as Staff Officer covering diverse range of appointments within the 7th CBRN Defence Regiment Headquarter. He has specialist knowledge and extensive experience in CBRN Defence, a field in which he has attended numerous advanced courses: he led Logistics Branch within a multinational CBRN Battalion as part of the 2007 rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF 9) and, subsequently experienced as Chief of Logistic Support Office and therefore as Security and Information Officer at the “Cremona” 7th CBRN Defense Regiment in Civitavecchia (Rome). Since August 2013, he has been appointed as Capabilities Development and Defence Planning

Section Chief for Transformational Support Department of the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence in Vyskov (Czech Republic).




"Master’s Degree cum Laude in Energetic and Nuclear Engineering at University of Rome "La Sapienza". In CAEN SyS he is working on different areas, from testing instrumentation and systems before the sale to the end-user to managing the South Italy market. He is also following different projects concerning Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning in Italy and abroad"



PEREZ-DIAZ, Prof. José L.

Prof. Dr. José Luis Pérez Díaz, coordinating person of the project COUNTERFOG, Ph. D. on Physics and Mechanical Engineer has been involved in more than 25 R&D projects of very different areas like security, vehicle transportation, railways, aeronautic, aerospace, fire safety, mechanical design, cryogenics or even software development. He is author of more than 70 papers and inventor of 15 patents. He has been coordinator of several EU projects in different fields. He has recently received the 1st prize to best R&D Cooperation project VII edition Madri+d Fundation and the 1st price to best project of partners of FP7 Clean Sky award.




Born in 1982, Silvia Pezzola graduated in 2006 in Biology at the University of “Roma Tre”, Rome, Italy. In 2010, she discussed her PhD thesis on the developing of anti-cancer drugs having as target a family of multidrug resistant enzymes. After PhD, she worked two years as post-doctor at CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche). During them, she analysed, using in vivo and in vitro models, the involvement of small RNA and microRNA in the development of Alzheimer disease. Further, she studied the development of self cleaning and self hygienic coating at department of Material Engineering, University of “Tor Vergata” Rome Italy. Thanks to this experience, she deeply analysed effects of organic and inorganic compounds towards several bacterial strains, produced in food packaging or surface exposed to severe weather. Since the beginning of her career, she has cooperated in approximately 20 papers on international journals, as well as posters and oral communications in national and international congresses.




Dr. Maria Pilar PINA (female) is associate professor with tenure (2007) in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Zaragoza, member of Nanoscience Institute of Aragon (http://www.unizar.es/nfp/nfp.php), coordinator of the Master in Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology applications (http://www.unizar.es/nanomat) and Vice-Director of IBERNAM network (http://www.ibernam.net).

Her current research pivotes on microsystems development based on nanostructured materials for reaction, separation and sensing applications. More specifically, her research lines are focused on the following topics: i) nanostructured materials and substrates for SERS detection in gas phase; ii) microfabrication using microporous films and coatings for preconcentration applications; iii) incorporation of nanostructured materials on polymer based microsystems for reaction, sensing and PEMFC applications; iv) cantilever based sensing, application to explosives and nerve agents detection, environmental monitoring, immune detection of pathogens and biomarkers. She has participated in 42 competitive research projects (6 EU funded and 1 as coordinator (ZEOCELL -FP7 project)) and 8 private projects; in 21 of them as principal researcher at national and international level. She is coauthor of 3 patents, 5 book chapters, 1 handbook chapter, 63 indexed scientific papers (JCR) and 150 communications to scientific congresses. She has supervised 8 PhD and 4 PhD thesis are under supervision (orcid.org/0000-0001-9897-6527).




Luca Pinciarelli, Rome (Italy) April, 12th 1968, is working for B.M.D. S.p.A., a leading Italian Company in defence business, as Research and Development Manager for Chemical, Biological and Software Management for CBRNE products. Before joining B.M.D. was area manager for a world famous CBRN Company. From beginning of ’90 he served as full time Military Officer, Italian Army Corp of Professional Engineers, for some 15 years as NBC Armament specialist. During that time was engaged in domestic and foreign NBC operations (Iraq, Unmovic, Unscom, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania). He is a chemist, with physical and analytical background, 5 yrs university degree received 1992 (cum laude). Later he spent some training periods inside Italian National Research Council and got a Master in defence against C/B agents @ University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2004.

His main CBRNE interest are:

- Field identification of chemical agents (Raman, FTIR, MS, GC/MS, FID/PID, electrochemical); -

- Field detection of C/B agents (IMS, DMS/FAIMS, fluorescence, Elisa, electrochemical);

- Advanced technology for C/B detection;

- Mobile mass spectrometric detection (GC/MS, GC/MS2);

- CBRNE SW management;

- Improved technologies for field and lab detection of explosives and energetic material.



PIZZI, Dr. Roberto

Roberto Pizzi, geologist, has been working for almost 15 years at the Department of Civil Protection, the operative branch of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet in charge of the overall management of the National civil protection service. His main fields of expertise are focused on environmental emergencies, disaster waste management, environmental consequences of radiological and nuclear emergencies as well as radioactive waste management. He has got a Master degree in chemical and biological weapons and a Master degree in environmental economics and engineering. He is a lecturer for several post-graduate courses on the same issues. He has also written many articles and books related to environmental issues.



POHLMANN, Christopher

Dr. Christopher Pöhlmann works as Senior Application Scientist Biological Detection since 2010 for Bruker Daltonik GmbH in Leipzig. He is responsible for the development and evaluation of detection technologies for biothreat agents, e.g. electrochemical biochip technology as well as utilization of mass spectrometry for confirmatory identification of bacteria and toxins. Christopher Pöhlmann has a M.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology from the Technical University of Munich (2006) and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bayreuth (2010).



POLESE, Davide

Davide Polese received the mathematical engineering degree and the PhD degree in engineering of sensorial and learning system from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2008 and 2012 respectively. Currently, he works as researcher at the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems of the National Research Council in Rome. His research interest are in multivariate data analysis of chemical gas sensors, development and characterization of sensing materials and design of system for recording and stimulation of the neural tissue.




Degree in nuclear engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Pisa,

I worked for about 15 years in the field of environmental protection and industrial safety. I am qualified inspector Seveso and Reach for the Ministry of Environment and expert in systems safety management. I work as a teaching in the field the environment and safety for public and private companies. Substantial are also consulting for the Procure and Administrative Tribunals.

Currently I hold the job of Manager of Section ARPA Umbria.



QI, Jiayi

Dr. Qi Jiayi is a professor of Research Institute of Chemical Defense in China, and he achieved his PhD degree from Harbin Institute of Technology. He served as a director and standing director of the Chinese society for composite materials. He devoted a long-term effort to international composite materials research.



QUANTE, Volker R.

Colonel (GS) Volker R. Quante (German Army) is Deputy Director of the NATO Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence. He has a broad background in CBRN Defence (different leading positions) and in CIS (several assignments in the German Ministry of Defence) with many multinational experiences. His academic qualifications include Computer Sciences and Environmental Engineering as well as Higher Military Studies in Poland and in Germany.



QUARANTA, Dr. Riccardo

Riccardo Quaranta is a research fellow in CBRN safety and security and prevention against terrorist attacks at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and completed successfully the first edition of the 2nd Level International Master Course in “Protection against CBRNE events” in 2010. Since then, Riccardo took part in research activities in the field of CBRNe safety. Due to his experience, he is a member of the directive board of the International CBRNe Master Courses of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and has participated in the organization of several conferences and workshops, such as SICC 2017. He co-authored several scientific papers published on Italian and international journals and presented the work of the team at international conferences. He has extensive international experience as he studied in Finland and worked in Australia and Thailand.



QUINN, Frederick D.

Research Interests: Identification and analysis of virulence factors from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other mycobacteria

Head of the Department of Infectious disease

The mission of this laboratory is to identify, isolate and analyze virulence factors from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. shottsii, and other pathogenic mycobacteria of humans and animals. The primary focus is currently on examining a number of mycobacterial genes for the purpose of understanding their regulation and control of the host-pathogen interaction. Ultimately, these genes, gene products or associated factors could be used as targets for (the causative agent of tuberculosis) and their genetic coding regions for potential use as vaccine and diagnostic candidates and perhaps as guides for novel disease treatments. An example of one of our studies involves a gene product only expressed during the latent stage of tuberculosis (the most common and most difficult phase to treat). The currently available diagnostic test for tuberculosis, the tuberculin skin test, is not always accurate, does not reflect active disease or latent disease, and most unfortunately, once a person is vaccinated with the currently available BCG vaccine, the skin reaction is positive for at least seven years. Additionally, since the BCG vaccine is not effective in a large fraction of the population, and as previously mentioned causes a positive tuberculin skin reaction, this vaccine is not recommended for use in the United States. We are currently attempting to define the role of this protein in disease and are engaged in an international field trial using this protein as a diagnostic for latent infection.

With the number of cases of tuberculosis and particularly multi-drug resistant tuberculosis at its highest level in decades, this project is extremely relevant to not only the goals of our laboratory but also public health agencies. Identifying and working with virulence-associated genes and gene products are not only attainable goals with current technologies but vitally necessary if we are to deal with the prevention of emerging infectious diseases such as the Mycobacteria. We anticipate that the genes and gene products analyzed in this project ultimately will be a useful beginning in the search for accurate diagnostic tests for latent disease (and perhaps active disease), more effective vaccines and more basic knowledge about the bacterial factors involved in the overall pathogenesis of tuberculosis.




Dr. Javier Quiñones Díez is a Chemist (specialist on material science and metallurgical engineer) involved since 1994 in R&D projects of very different areas like spent fuel behavior under repository conditions, fusion material behavior (lead-lithium alloy), Nuclear safety and security and Nuclear Forensic. He has been participating in the European FP projects since 1994 until FP7 (i.e. COUNTERFOG (Security)). He is author of more than 70 articles and 4 patents. Actually, he has the position of General Deputy Director of Safety and Refurbishment Facilities of CIEMAT and Lecture of Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He collaborated as expert & lecture in different IAEA regional courses related to Security of nuclear material and radioactive sources.



RAPETTO, Umberto

Umberto Rapetto is an Italian computer scientist, journalist, writer and financier. He is a former student of the Military School "Nunziatella", Brigade General (reserve) of the Guardia di Finanza and former commander of the Special Telematic Fraud Nucleus. Actually he is CEO of Human Knowledge as Opportunity (HKAO), Senior Partner at CYBERIUS.



REINER, Frank 

Since 2010, Frank has led as President of The Chlorine Institute (CI), whose mission is to support the chlor-alkali industry in advancing safe, secure, environmentally compatible, and sustainable production, distribution, and use of its mission chemicals.  At CI, he is responsible for day-to-day operations and for helping to strengthen the Institute’s safety, stewardship and leadership programs.  

Frank joined CI in 2005 as Vice President of Transportation and Emergency Preparedness, and continues to guide the industry’s engagement of chlorine producers and packagers as well as outreach to chlorine customers.  He represents the Institute before government agencies at public forums, and at industry groups including the Association of American Railroads’ Tank Car Committee and the National TRANSCAER® (TRANSportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) Task Group.   He has been a member of the National TRANSCAER® Task Group since 2006 and was appointed chair in 2015.  

Prior to joining the Institute, Frank had a successful career at Union Tank Car Company where he held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership including Chief Engineer and Director, Shop Operations.

Frank earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Management from Purdue University and is a registered Professional Engineer. 



REZZA, Dr. Giovanni

Dr. Giovanni Rezza, M.D., specialized in hygiene and in infectious diseases, He is serving at the Italian Ministry Of Health as Epidemiology Expert and he was  senior scientist at Istituto Superiore di Sanità di Roma and Director of the Department of Infectious, Parasitic and Immune-mediated Diseases since 2009. He is author of more than 380 article, indexed in PubMed, and 4 books. He is also contract professor at the “Sapienza” University of Rome, and he has given courses at the University of Sassari for several years.

His area of expertise includes HIV and emerging infectious diseases, such as  Chikungunya, West Nile, influenza, Congo-Crimea hemorrhagic fever, and Q fever.

He has carried out epidemiological investigations in Italy and abroad, collaborating with the  World Health Organization, the Italian Cooperation and the European Union. He has managed several research projects on AIDS and other infectious diseases. He is Chairman of the Board Administration of the Consortium “Collezione Nazionale dei Composti Chimici e Centro Screening” (CNCCS). Finally, he is the editor of the “infectious disease epidemiology” section of BMC Public Health, and has been in the Editorial Board of “AIDS” for six years period and Editor of the supplement of “AIDS” for two years.



RICCIO, Direttore Tecnico Ingegnere Roberto

- Master of Science Degree in Electric Engineering - University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Department of Electric;

- Professional Engineering Qualification at University “La Sapienza” –Rome.

From the year 2000 up to 2007 I worked in projecting electric plants and, specifically, I have carried out the design of photovoltaic and thermal plants.

From 2007 working as Direttore Tecnico Ingegnere at the Minister of Interior – Polizia di Stato.

At the moment my core activity is focused in managing operational, logistics and equipment features dealing with the snipers and bomb squads of the Polizia di Stato.

In my role as Director of the 3rd “sezione” of Division 3 of the “Servizio Reparti Speciali” I also organize the courses for all the “specialists” of the Police: dog  units, mounted police, scuba divers, nautical teams, bomb technicians, snipers and also CBRN courses and related activities.



RILEY, Dr. Paul William

Paul Riley is a senior expert in preparedness at the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) working in the Country Preparedness Section. He joined in May 2017. Prior to working at ECDC, Paul worked for 13 years in the Emergency Response Departmentof Public Health England, where his role was to prepare the health community to respond to unusual emergencies. This included leading the simulation exercise team and he has been involved in the design and delivery of over 100 simulation exercises to as few as 20 and as many as 5000 participants. His interest in emergency preparednesswas developed during his training and short deployment in Iraq as a UN weapons inspector in 2003 within the bio team. Here he realised that by applying his knowledge and experience directly to real world problems was his preferred career path.



RINALDI, Dr. Teresa

1989 Degree in Biology 110/110 cum laude. La Sapienza, University of Rome.

1995 PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology. La Sapienza, University of Rome.

1997 PhD in "Expression génétique chez les microrganismes" Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France.

From 2001 Researcher, Dpt. of Biology and Biotechnology, La Sapienza, University of Rome.

2003-2008 Teacher of Industrial Microbiology, Faculty of Science, La Sapienza, University of Rome.

From 2009 Teacher of Microbial and Ambiental Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, La Sapienza, University of Rome.

From 2009 Teacher of Pharmacogenomic, Faculty of Science, La Sapienza, University of Rome.

From 2010 Major of the Reserve of the Italian Army.




Carlos Rojas Palma holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In the past he has been actively involved in the field of nuclear emergency preparedness and response under the Environment, Health and Safety Institute of SCK•CEN. He coordinated several R&D projects and thematic clusters for the Euratom FPs (SAMEN, MOONEM and DETECT), in off-site nuclear emergency management and rehabilitation of contaminated environments, and optimisation of radiological monitoring networks. He also coordinated the project resulting in the handbook for triage, monitoring and treatment of members of the public exposed to ionising radiation after a malevolent act (TMT Handbook). He has been a member of the expert group chair of the Assistance Work Group in charge of the implementation of the new IAEA action plan on notification and assistance in case of a nuclear incident or radiological emergency. He is currently advisor to the Belgian Superior Health Council; to the Counter Terrorism Unit of the European Commission DG Migration and Home Affairs and to the European Commission Research Executive Agency on security related matters.



Luca Romano, M.S. is an expert in nuclear engineering with many years of experience of didactic activities on Physics and also with a good experience in teaching on Nuclear Physics. He is also a professional scientific communicator that has started a project "L'avvocato dell'atomo / The advocate of the atom" that has hundreds of thousands of followers on the main social network platforms. 



ROSSI, Dr. Riccardo 

Riccardo Rossi, born in 1992, achieved a master’s degree in energy engineering in 2016. He completed a  the PhD in industrial engineering at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in April 2020. His principal research activities regard the study of dust resuspension and mobilisation in the case of loss of vacuum accidents in nuclear fusion reactors, and the development of innovative optical diagnostics for chemical (LIDAR) and biological (LIF) detection.




Dieter Rothbacher, born 1966, a graduate from the Austrian Military Academy, is the co-owner and Director Operations of Hotzone Solutions Group BV, located in The Netherlands, a company specialized in CBRNE training and consulting services.

Furthermore, he is the President of the International CBRNE Institute (ICI, Belgium), an international non-profit organization founded in 2013.

His professional background includes more than 25 years of experience in the area of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Materials (CBRN) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD):

- more than 15 years as a CBRN Defence Officer of the Austrian Armed Forces;

- 10-year employment with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as an Inspection Team Leader and as lead trainer for Chemical Weapons Inspectors of the OPCW Inspectorate;

- WMD destruction and inspection assignments with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) in Iraq.

He is part of Austrian delegations to international organizations, such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBTO) to discuss on-site inspection procedures, and he served as Operations Officer at the Regional Arms Control and Verification Assistance Centre (RACVIAC) under the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, with the aim to provide arms control training, promote confidence and security building measures, and broaden cooperation in South Eastern Europe.

He is currently part of the directive board of the Master Courses in protection against CBRNe events at the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, where he has also delivered lectures since the 2012-1013 academic year.

Mr. Rothbacher has a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Business Development, and a postgraduate Master of Science (MSc) degree in Safety and Security Management. He is currently studying for his PhD at the United Kingdom Defence University in Cranfield (UK), with his Doctorate dealing with CBRN Defence.




Luca Rotondi, deaf (oralist and sign language), degree in biology with four master's degrees, first responder CBRN, expert of the specific emergency management for deaf people, national BLSD and antifire instructor, working in the institutional web communication of the Municipality of Rome.



RUGGIERO, Dr. Aino-Maria

Aino Ruggiero is university teacher in Corporate Communication. She is currently finalising her PhD thesis on the topic of crisis communication and terrorism. She has an MA degree in Organisational communication and PR, from the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä. She has previously worked as a project researcher in an EU-funded research project CATO (CBRN crisis management: Architectures, technologies, and operational procedures) dealing with crisis management in CBRN terrorism crises in the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä. Her non-academic work experience covers Finnish regional state administration in the environmental sector and the European Parliament.



RUSCONI, Dr. Carlo

PhD in Energy Studies, Master in Safety & Security and Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering achieved at University “La Sapienza” of Rome. Safety expert, Practice Leader and Professor of Safety Culture training courses at Radwaste Management School of Sogin group. Speaker and author of publications on Safety Analysis and Safety Culture in national and international meetings.



RUSSO, Colomba

Colomba Russo has an MD in International Relations (University of Naples L'Orientale) and 2 M.Sc, one in International and Local Development (STOA' Business School) and one in Protection Against CBRNe events at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Specialist in National and International grant projects preparation, management and realization (i.e. H2020, NATO projects, LIFE, PON, PRIN etc.) both in private and public sectors. Expert in international cooperation and business internationalization. Program manager in many national and international research projects and didactic activities. She fluently speaks Italian, English, and German.



SALZANO, Ernesto

•    National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor (2013)

•    Italian National Research Council - Senior Researcher Qualification (2010)

•    Winner of National Price for scientific excellence of Italian National Research Council (2005).

•    V, VI, VII Programm: Expert member of European Commission, General research, NMP, SME,

•    Industrial research, Security.

•    Associate Editor of Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industry, Elsevier.

•    Associate Editor of International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, SciencePG.

•    Page 2 - CV Ernesto Salzano

•    Member of National Steering Committee of Gruppo Interdivisionale per la Sicurezza in Ambienti

•    Chimici (GISAC) of the National Society of Chemists.

•    National coordinator of European Platform on industrial safety (EPTIS). Italian section on

•    Focus Group 5 (emergency and cross-cutting risks)

•    Scientific Committee of CISAP (International Conference on Safety and Environment in the

•    Process Industry) of AIDIC (Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Chimica).

•    Referee of international journals specialised on industrial risks (Journal of Hazardous Materials,

•    Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Risk Analysis, Process Safety and

•    Environmental Protection, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Industrial and Engineering

•    Chemistry Research, Safety Science, and others, on regular basis).

•    Membership of Professional Bodies

•    Italian Chemistry Register

•    Italian Society of Chemists: Member of Interdivisional Group of Industrial Chemistry

•    Italian and World Combustion Institute

•    Italian Association of Chemical Engineering (AIDIC)

•    European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE)




Jayant Sangwan  is an Associate Programme Officer at UNICRI with more than 6 years of experience in the areas of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Emerging Technologies (Benefits and Security Risks). I hold a Law Degree as well as a Masters Degree in International Crime and Justice. I have been supporting the successful implementation of several projects that have helped partner countries in building national and regional networks for more coordinated efforts to tackle CBRN Risks; and in fulfilling their international legal obligations in the CBRN domain.



SASSOLINI, Dr. Alessandro

Alessandro Sassolini, born the 29/08/1969 at Città di Castello (PG), is an external collaborator of Industrial Engineering at University of Rome Tor Vergata. He received a degree in chemistry from University of Perugia. He received also M.Sc. in Preventive Conservation of Cultural and Archaeological Heritage in 2005 from University of Perugia and a M. Sc. in Protection against CBRNe events from University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2010. In 2015, he received a Ph.D in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics in the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He joined Italian Army as Lieutenant and analytical chemist at Joint Technical Centre of Civitavecchia (RM) from 2005 to 2007. From 2008, he works in the Environmental Protection Agency of Lazio in Rieti. His research interests focus on environmental pollution from military activities, smart CBRN defense as field methods for chemical and biological analytical techniques and protection materials based on self-cleaning properties. He teach at Master Protection against CBRNe events of University of Rome Tor Vergata from 2011. Alessandro Sassolini is author of several papers on International and National Scientific Journal and Conference Proceedings and of one National Patent.



SAURINI, Dr. Maria Teresa


2001 Industrial Chemistry, address: "Biotechnology", University "La Sapienza" of Rome

2002 - Award of Master's Degree in "Environmental protection and planning of surface water’s quality" at the Faculty of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, University of Pavia.

Technical skills

ICP-MS and mineralization processes; GC-MS  and extraction processes with organic solvents; UV-VIS; IR; IC; DTA/TG; SEM; XRD; XRF.

Work experience

From June 2002 - "LaboratoRI spa" (group ACEA). Activities: analysis of drinking water, wastewater, sludge, contaminated soils, development of methods for the analysis of food and waste materials in industrial production.

From July 2003 - "Biokit". Activities: chemical laboratory’s head for environmental analysis.

From November 2005 - Lieutenant of the Army Corps of Engineers, test department of the Pole Maintenance of Small Arms and Light Weapons, with the rank of departmental chief of technology labs. Activities: perform chemical and chemical-physical analysis concerning the testing of materials purchased by the army and control the functionality of metal surface treatment plant in the section of arms repair.

From May 2008 - "X-Tech spa". Activities: research on various materials and quality control of raw materials for ceramics industry.

From November 2013 – “ARPA Lazio” Activities: organic micro-pollutants analysis in environmental samples.



SCHMIDT, Mr. Oskar

Oskar Schmidt, born 1971, graduate from the Austrian Military NCO Academy, is Senior Consultant of Hotzone Solutions Group BV located in The Netherlands, a company specialized in CBRNE training and consulting services.

His professional background includes more than 15 years of CBRN experience; 10 years as CBRN Recce Platoon Leader; 5 years working in the Basics Division of the Austrian CBRN Defense School responsible for the Warning and Reporting system as well as development of SIBCRA matters for the CBRN and Environmental Monitoring Team. He is also working as Radiation Protection Commissioner for the Austrian Armed Forces.



SETOLA, Prof. Roberto

Associate Professor at Iniversità Campus Biomedico, Director of Master Homeland Security at Università Campus Bio-Medico, former Secretary of AIIC - Associazione Italiana esperti in Infrastrutture Critiche, former Head of the Working Group for the Protection of Informatic Critical Infrastructure at the Italian Prime Minister Office



SHINWARI, Prof. Zabta Khan

Prof. Zabta Khan Shinwari is a Tenured Professor at Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University and Secretary General of Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He did his Post-doc from Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences and Ph.D. from Kyoto University. His research interests lie in Medicinal plants, Molecular Systematics, Cancer Nanomedicine, and dual use education. He is UNESCO Laureate and Avicenna Gold Medalist for Ethics in Science, 2015. Dr. Zabta owns to his credit 408 scientific publications with cumulative citations of 4749 having h-index of 32 and i10-index of 112. He is declared number one biotechnologist by PCST in 2014 and got Research Productivity Award in Category "A". He has to his credit highest National Civil Awarded, “Tamgha-e-Imtiaz”. Moreover, Dr. Zabta has been awarded many times with special increment award by Quaid-i-Azam University, declaring most productive Professor of University. He remained Vice Chancellor of many Universities in Pakistan and has won outnumbered national and international scientific projects. He vigorously promote responsible conduct of science and bioethics on various national and international forums.




Trey Sieger is Market Director at 908 Devices in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Sieger’s responsibilities include directing the strategic product development roadmap for the safety and security industry, leveraging new technology breakthroughs to solve problems for civilian and military responders in the field. From 2007-2014, he helped build the market for handheld Raman and FTIR instruments at Ahura Scientific, which was acquired by Thermo Scientific in 2010. Mr. Sieger joined Ahura/Thermo Scientific from GE Security, where he managed GE’s emerging chemical and biological identification product line. He earned an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and completed his undergraduate education at Denison University.



SIMONE, Dr. Nicola

Nicola Simone started studying biology, chemistry and explosives since he was a child. He took a high school qualification as “Chemistry operator” then a high school diploma as “Biology- chemistry lab technician”. After this, he moved to University of Perugia and got a master degree in Biological Science. In 2001 he achieved a second high school diploma as “agricultural technician” and, the same year, the qualification to practice as a biologist. He achieved a PhD equivalent in food chemistry in 2003. He is a biologist but have a really deep knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, and some skills in toxicology. He achieved the 2 nd level master in CBRN events protection (University of Rome Tor Vergata). He is a panel leader (virgin olive oil and table olives) and an international expert on sensory analysis. Currently he works for Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), and he is considered an expert in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and other spectroscopy analysis. In the meanwhile, he is also an official shooting instructor (UITS- CONI) and worked as teacher for many universities and other international organizations. He has also excellent skills in communication and management. He is a member of MENSA Italy and MENSA International. Dr Nicola Simone is co-author of 15 publications on refereed journals and many others in Italian sector magazines (agriculture). ORCID id: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5631-4573. Web of Science ResearcherID: AAO-5713-2020.



SMITH, Dr.  Gary 

Gary is a native Northern Californian and resides with his wife and family in Santa Cruz County, 100 miles south of San Francisco. 

Gary served 32 years in the fire service, 20 as fire chief (now retired). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration and is an advocate for the value and benefits of education. 

In 1987 Gary co-founded and is the President of the Ammonia Safety & Training Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing or stopping emergencies when they are small. 



SO, William

William So is a Policy & Program Specialist for the WMD Directorate’s Biological Countermeasures Unit at FBI Headquarters since 2007. Will provides subject matter expertise, in the field of biological sciences, that support the development of FBI and U.S. policy, response planning, and biosecurity matters. His current projects include bridging the gap between the scientific enterprise and the law enforcement community with all levels of stakeholders inside and outside the U.S. in matters related to biosecurity, dual-use, emerging technologies, and pathogen security. Will earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the George Washington University in 2005.



SOAVE, Dr.  Maurizio

Maurizio serves at the Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli, Università Cattolica and als as Didactic Coordinator of the International Master COurses in Prrotection Against CBRNe events. He is involved in several national and International research project on CBRNe and non conventional afety and security. He is an expert of medical managment and first AID in case of CBRNe events.



SONG, Yeongtak

Yeongtak Song was born in Ulsan, Korea, in 1983. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, in 2016. He is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. He is also a Senior Researcher in the Convergence Technology Center for Disaster Preparedness, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. His current research interest includes biomedical engineering, especially for emergency medical devices.




Scott Spence is the Programme Director for the National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme at London-based VERTIC. He oversees the strategic vision and delivery of the programme, which works with interested governments in all regions of the world on comprehensive national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540), the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions, and the international instruments for nuclear security. This includes awareness raising activities, promoting universal membership in several treaties and legislative assistance.

Scott Spence previously worked at INTERPOL and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He also worked as an attorney in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He developed the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' - Indonesia's gift basket to the Nuclear Security Summit in 2014 - as well as VERTIC's 'Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540'. He also codeveloped the 'Sample Act' for national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention, and prepared VERTIC's 'Regulatory Guidelines' for implementation of the BWC.


SPORA, Lt. Col. Alex

Lieutenant Colonel Alex Spora is a staff officer in the Engineer/ Rescue/ NBC Training Unit of the Swiss Armed Forces. He previously served for over 12 years as an EOD officer, first in operational duty, and later becoming the Head of Operations at the Swiss EOD Center. In this role he had over 700 EOD tasks per year under his supervision. From late 2020 to 2022 he served as the Head of Clearance at the MITHOLZ project, which aims to remove exploded ordnance from an underground storage site. He deployed multiple times in Africa and in the Balkans, and served as the Swiss representative at several NATO and UN Working Groups.



Dr. Stef Stienstra is a Strategic consultant in biomedical science, with a parallel career as a Commander of the reserve of the Royal Dutch Navy. 

He is a Key Expert for CBRN Center of Excellence P48 (Improve regional management of outbreaks in African countries) at Expertise France.

For the Dutch Armed Forces he has responsibility for the counter measures in CBNRe threats and medical consequence management both in a military and a civilian setting.

He was the director of the 2014 and 2016 World Congress of CBRNe Science & Consequence Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. And he is also visiting professor for Punjab University in Pakistan and Rhein-Waal University in Germany. 

He has finished his studies in Medicine and in Biochemistry at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and has extensive practical experience in cell biology, immuno-hematology, biodefense and transfusion medicine. 




Inspector Stubbs will outline the doctrine model applied by the UK emergency services in response to a CBRN event, from the ‘initial operational response’ by non-specialist resources through to the specialist response. The presentation will highlight some of the shortcomings of alternative and historic approaches and highlight how science has informed the current approach and how, if it is operationally usable,  it can continue to support the response and the delivery of the overarching strategic objectives. The presentation will focus on the on-scene management of the event, under 5 broad activity themes:

1. Confirmation (Information and Intelligence),

2. People Management,

3. Hazard Management,

4. Scene Management,

5. Decontamination.




Lieutenant Commander Luca TEDESCO joined the Italian Navy on 1998. He attended the Italian Naval Academy from 1998 to 2003, graduating with a Master Degree in Politic Sciences on 2002. After several courses in the Navy he obtained a specialization in Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) and embarked from 2005 to 2013 on board of:

•    ITS SCIROCCO (as ASWO and Officer of the Deck)

•    ITS LIBECCIO (as ASWO and Command Duty Officer)

•    ITS GRECALE (as AWSO and Command Duty Officer)

•    ITS FAVIGNANA (as Commanding Officer)


•    Active Endeavour (Mediterranean sea)

•    Allied Protector (Red sea - Gulf of Aden)

•    Ocean Shield (Red sea - Gulf of Aden – Indian Ocean – Arabic sea)

As of  2013 he started getting specialized in CBRN and he is currently working at the Italian CBRN Area Control Center, for the Warning & Reporting issues, and at the Italian Joint NBC School as teacher of Chemical Defense. As CBRN expert he is also involved in exercises of Civil Defense, in military exercises and in the CBRNe Master Courses’ didactic activities of Tor Vergata University.

CBRN Courses:  

•    CBRN basic qualification operative course;

•    CBRN advanced qualification operative course for instructors;

•    CBRN qualification course for personnel of Warning and Reporting centers;

•    NATO Biological Defence Awareness course;

•    CBRN Specialist sampling and survey team course; 

•    Master in "Protection Against CBRNe Events";

•    CBRNe intelligence course.



THORNTON, Dr. Michael

Michael Thornton is the team leader coordinating on behalf of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the EU CBRN Centre of Excellence (CoE) Risk Mitigation Initiative with 2500 members, in 53 countries and 8 Regional Secretariats. He has carried out missions to more than 30 countries worldwide in support of the CoE, meeting with Ministers, senior government representatives and CBRN experts. He has performed in-country Needs Assessment and supports countries developing National Action Plans to mitigate the risks of CBRN events.

In parallel to this, he has designed and delivers training courses on the identification of nuclear installations using satellite imagery to military and non-military image analysts, at the European Union Satellite Centre in Spain, where he has been a lecturer since 2003. From 2007 to 2010 he represented the Commission on the European Council’s civil protection working party for the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP) Directive.

He is an invited speaker to Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C., for their Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management. 

Prior to working for the European Commission, he worked at the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, in support of the Polaris and Trident weapon programmes.




General Director and Safety Manager

Graduated in Political Sciences at Florence University, she attended a level I master in marketing and management at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli” University in Rome.

She started her career in aviation in 2006 and since 2014 she’s responsible for the Safety Management System of Heli Protection Europe certifications.



TOSIC, Milos S.

Milos Tosic was born 26.10.1985. in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. On Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, he enrolled in October 2005, where he graduated on 26. November 2014. with the theme "Quality Management in the physical-chemical laboratory for oil and petroleum products in the function sustainable development of the company". From 01. October 2015. employed in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, the Institute for nuclear sciences ''Vinca'' where it deals with the development of instrumental detection and chromatographic methods for the application of the determination of organic contaminants in samples of building materials and air. 




Based on 35 years of experience, Ralf provide technical, legal and policy advice in the fields of disarmament and non-proliferation, with particular emphasis on the control of chemical and biological weapons. I analyse the impact of advances in science and technology on the regimes pertaining to chemical and biological weapons, and provide advice on preparedness and consequence management (including chemical/biological terrorism).

Areas of expertise (past projects, publications, studies):

•    Verification and investigation concepts, methodologies and equipment

•    Inspection conduct (challenge inspection, industry inspections, investigations of alleged use of CBW)

•    Industry relations, impact of advances in chemistry, the life sciences, biotechnology and chemical engineering on international security and arms control

•    National implementation measures for the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention (legislation, regulations, training, enforcement, self-regulation in industry and academia, oversight, education)

•    International response to threats of CB terrorism (prevention, preparedness, response, risk mitigation)

•    Protection against chemical weapons and related materials

•    Conduct of negotiations



TRIPODI, Col. Romano

Col. Med. C.R.I. Romano Tripodi is the Head of the Health Office at the National Inspectorate of the Military Corps of the Italian Red Cross. He specialized in Aerial and Spatial Medicine, Anaesthesia and Resuscitation, Civil Protection, Disaster Medicine and Disaster Management. From 2000 to 2010, he participated in national and international humanitarian emergency activities. He was involved in the Bilateral Project regarding the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Italian Red Cross in Kosovo (2000-2001). He participated in missions in Baghdad (Iraq), where he was operational in the field hospital and in the Medical City Centre hospital (2003-2004). He was responsible of a field hospital in Pakistan (2005), and responsible of a Medical Post and coordinator for the Italian Red Cross Personnel in Italy (L’Aquila, 2009), during earthquake emergencies. Furthermore, he participated as medical Coordinator for Medevac from Haiti (2010).



TRTICA, Milan S.

Dr Milan S. Trtica is Full Res. Professor at Department of Physical Chemistry, VINCA Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade. The main field of activities of Dr Trtica can be described as, Lasers and Their Applications. The high level of innovative research, in which he was involved often as a team leader, is of permanent interest to Dr Trtica. Scientific areas generally comprise: (a) laser-matter interaction phenomena with emphasis on high laser intensities, as well as ultra-high laser intensities; (b) material surface modifications (metals, non-metals, semiconductors, bio-materials, thin films) with ns-, ps- and fs-lasers, at micro- and nano-levels; (c) generation and applications of nanostructures/nano-particles (NPs). Laser assisted NPs creation in gaseous and especially liquid phase; (d) environment/air pollution detection; (e) spectroscopy applications/studies such as laser intracavity spectroscopy, laser photoacoustic and fluorescence spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy; (f) laser isotope separation and decontamination of surfaces; and (g) designing, realization and studying of physical/physico-chemical characteristics of various laser systems.



TSUCHYA, Ken'ichi

Dr. Ken’ichi Tsuchiya has been a senior scientist for Physics section in National Research Institute of Police Science in Japan. His current areas of research include development and evaluation of first responder’s equipment for radiological threat. He is also developing gamma-ray spectroscopy with an emphasis in nuclear forensics.

He obtained his B.S. in earth and space science from Osaka University in 1999, and his Ph.D. on the subject of cosmic-ray physics from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in Kyoto University to develop X-ray imaging detectors for synchrotron radiation experiments. Since joining National Research Institute of Police Science in 2007, he has worked on research and development at nuclear detection, nuclear forensics, and image analysis.




Project Officer

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, International Cooperation and Assistance Division, Assistance and Protection Branch


2013 - Present

Began at OPCW as an Inspector, Health and Safety Specialist. Conducted inspections at destruction facilities in Russia and Libya. Worked on the Fact-Finding Mission to Syria with three deployments to Damascus in 2015. Transferred to current role in ICA/APB working directly with states parties to help develop national programmes for protective capacity against CW.

2007 - 2013

Worked as a Remote-Duty Medic in Iraq, Afghanistan and offshore platforms, as well as Medical Operations Manager for International SOS (Sydney, NSW Australia) on the island of Papua New Guinea.

1996 - 2007

Firefighter, Paramedic and Haz Mat Technician in New Hanover County, North Carolina U.S.A


Masters Public Policy and Management, University of York (UK)

Bachelor Political Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (U.S.A)


Community Preparedness and Disaster Management, Certified Emergency Manager University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (U.S.A.)



VASILIOU, Prof. Vasilis

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health.  Dr. Vasiliou received his BSc in Chemistry (1983) and PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then trained as a Fogarty Fellow in gene-environment interactions, molecular toxicology and pharmacogenetics at the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1991-1995). In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy where he rose through the ranks to become Professor and Director of the Toxicology Graduate Program. In July 2014, he joined the faculty of Yale University in his new position.

Professor Vasiliou has established an internationally recognized research program that has been continuously funded by several USA federal agencies such as NEI/NIH, NIAAA/NIH and NIH/NIEHS since 1997. His research interests include mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress, gene-environment interactions, alcohol –induced tissue injury, pharmacogenetics and his laboratory studies metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Vasiliou has published over 190 papers and edited three books on Alcohol and Cancer. He has trained over twenty five doctoral and post-doctoral students. Dr. Vasiliou is the editor of Human Genomics.



VEGA, Jesús 

Jesús Vega is working at Laboratorio Nacional de Fusión (LNF)-CIEMAT from 1983. His research activity in fusion has covered several fields: data acquisition, control, remote participation techniques, data analysis and experimental physics. At present, he is Head of the Advanced Data Analysis Unit of LNF-CIEMAT. His current research lines are related to machine learning methods (real-time prediction of disruptions in tokamaks) and data mining techniques (analysis of massive databases in fusion with applications to disruption avoidance and mitigation). J. Vega has been chair under EFDA of the European Working Group “Data Analysis and Calibration Techniques”

(2009-2013). Also, he has been co-chair of the EFDA Topical Group on Diagnostics

(2010-2013). Moreover, he was co-chair of the Area “Disruptions, prediction, avoidance, mitigation and consequences” in the EFDA Workprograms 2012-2013. Dr. Vega has been Scientific Coordinator of several JET experiments related to disruption prediction and avoidance schemes.



VENIER, Silvia

Silvia Venier holds a BA and MA in International Relations (University of Trieste) and is currently PhD candidate at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS) at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. Her PhD project focuses on Human Rights (HRs) issues raised by prevention and response to major emergencies, and it particularly explores positive obligations stemming from HRs law related to protection from unconventional risks (i.e. chemical, biological, radio-nuclear, CBRN). As part of her PhD research, Silvia has been visiting research fellow at the Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis at the Copenhagen University, at the multidisciplinary Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research (COPE), and at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Before joining the DIRPOLIS Institute, Silvia has been working in a private research centre based in Rome on projects funded in the scope of the European Commission 7 Framework Programme, dealing with HRs and ethical implications of emerging security, surveillance and disaster management technologies. She has been deputy coordinator of the 7FP PACT Project (Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security). She has also served as Ethical Monitoring Manager for the 7FP EDEN project (End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe) at the Rome Catholic University.



VENTURA, Maj. Piergiorgio

Piergiorgio Ventura is a Major of the Italian Army, actually serving at the Joint Logistic Technical Centre in Civitavecchia (Rome). He achieved his Ms.S. in 1998 (cum laude) in Nuclear Physics at the University of Catania.  Major Ventura defended his Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and Plasma Physics in 2010 (Rank 4/4). Major Ventura has contributed to the development of LIDAR/DIAL systems for environmental control and military application and is still involved in new research activities on this field. He is actually in charge of the environmental and testing Branch, devoted to the environmental protection technical activities for the Italian Army as well as test and technical exploitation of new systems during procurement in order to check the CBRN protection or resistance, in general, or the performance, if testing a CBRN materiel.  He is also in charge of the Physics Section under the Laboratory Branch, where Nuclear and Radiological tests for the army are performed, as well as routine activity for the calibration of field dosimetry.



VILARDI, Ignazio

Ignazio Vilardi is a researcher of Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA).

Education: 2013, post-degree specialization course in Medical Physics, University of Milan (Italy), and Qualified Expert (III level) in radiation protection, Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy; 2008, Ph. D. in Physics, University of Bari (Italy) – DESY (Germany); 2004, Master Degree in Physics, University of Bari (Italy), score summa cum laude.

Main competences and experiences: 1) analysis, elaboration and evaluation of measurements related to environmental radioactivity in nuclear reactor facilities; at the half of each year, he validates the annual report on environmental radioactivity, referring to the previous year, around ENEA Casaccia site (Rome, Italy). 2) Activities related to nuclear and radiological accidents (organization, management and coordination). 3) Development and characterization of nuclear radiation detectors. 4) Radiation protection activities (personal and environmental dose assessment), also related to the decommissioning of nuclear research reactors. 5) Functional imaging techniques (PET and SPECT) applied to the development of innovative strategies for prevention, diagnosis and tumor therapies. 6) Ordinary activities in Medical Physics (Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy and Radiology).

He is author of more than 70 scientific publications on international magazines and books of abstracts (h-index = 24), including 24 contributions to Italian and international workshop.




Mr. Volpetti graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Bari, Italy, in 1998 discussing a thesis in Molecular Biology (Bioinformatics). He was then engaged in academic research in Italy, UK and USA; laboratory experience resulted in peer-reviewed publications on bioinformatics, plant virology, molecular biology and genetic engineering. In 2005 Mr. Volpetti was recruited in the Italian Army as a CBRN Officer and participated in the ISAF mission.

Mr. Volpetti joined Thales in 2007 to manage the project on the development of CBRN Mobile Laboratories. In 2012 he was appointed Thales Italia CBRN Product Manager. Since 2009 he is registered at the European Defence Agency (EDA) as CnGE (Captech non-Governmental Expert).

In 2010 Mr. Volpetti obtained the Master of Sciences Degree in “Protection in CBRN events” at the University of Tor Vergata (Rome). Since graduation, he has often been invited to give lessons, seminars and talks on CBRN topics at University of Tor Vergata events and courses.

Since 2012 Mr. Volpetti is also part of the teaching body for the Master Degree in “Advanced Rescue in extra-hospital emergencies” held at the Catholic University “Sacro Cuore” (Rome).



VRÁBEL, Col. Ph.D.  Zdeněk

Education: Ph.D., University of Defence, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Defence, 1994


JCBRN COE, CBRN Defence Training, Education and Live Agent Exercise Section Chief, from 2010

NATO School, Deputy WMD Department, 2007 – 2010

University of Defence, Department Director, 2003 - 2007

United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia, Team Leader, 2001- 2003

University of Defence, CBRN Section Chief, 2000-2001

OSCE Mission to Croatia, Deputy of OSCE Field Office, 1999 – 2000

University of Defence, Head of CBRN Logistic Section, 1997 – 1999

United Nations Mission in IRAQ, UN Team Leader, 1996 -1997


‘NATO CBRN Warning and Reporting System',Exercise Book, co-author, NATO School Oberammergau, January 2009

‘NATO CBRN Warning and Reporting System',Manual Procedure Book, co-author, NATO School Oberammergau, September 2008

‘Protection against CBRN in the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic’, co-author, Institute of Operation and Tactical Studies, Brno, February 2007

‘CBRN Defence Tasks of Chemical Corps in the Integrated Rescue System’, co-author, Conference Proceeding, University of Defence, Brno, May 2005

‘Awareness of Population about Recommended Proceeding at Terroristic Threat’, co-author, article in CBRN Journal, 2004

‘Protection against Mass Destruction Weapons’, Mimeographed, co-author, Military Academy, Brno, September 1991

‘Explosives and their Chemical Stability ’, Mimeographed, Military Academy, Brno, February 1990

‘Operational Procedure of Employment Communication Troops at Area Contaminated Chemical Warfare Agents’, VSSS, Poprad, 1987



WENGLER, Patrick

Patrick Wengler is a Project Officer in the Assistance and Protection Branch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Prior to his current appointment in 2020, he was a Police Inspector and lecturer for various universities and

international organisations, including NATO. His remit at the OPCW covers non- proliferation projects as well as training programmes in emergency management and investigation in a contaminated environment as a result of his extensive experience as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Wengler is a Luxemburgish citizen holding a Master of Science in Security Studies from the London Metropolitan University (UK), a Masters in CBRN first responder and decision making from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT), and a University Degree in tactics and techniques in case of a CBRN / HAZMAT incidents from the University du Haut-Alsace (FR). He is also a Hazardous Material Technician qualified by the New Jersey State Police (US).



WIESLANDER, Elisabeth  J.S.

Dr J.S.E. Wieslander has over the past two decades contributed predominantly to the domains of nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear explosion monitoring, and her forte is particularly in research and development of nuclear radiation detection systems and environmental sampling in air, water and underground as well as associated concepts of operations. She has worked in the private sector, the university domain, the EU Commission's research center (JRC) and in the United Nations organisations CTBTO and now lately the IAEA. Up until 2016 Wieslander was the project leader and technical expert for the noble gas detection development programme in CTBTO's on-site inspection division.

Dr Wieslander holds a PhD in nuclear physics from Jyväskylä University (Finland), a M Sc in engineering physics from Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden), and has a background of a couple of years in medicine before changing to science and engineering.



ZAGARELLA, Col. Raffaele

Officer of the Italian Army Engineer Corps


As Lieutenant,  RZ attended the mandatory Technical Course for newly enlisted officers (in Turin and Rome).

Promoted to the rank of Captain RZ was in charge of supervising contracts with private companies as “Quality Assurance Responsible”

Promoted to the rank of Major RZ started working as Radio Protection Advisor (RPA) dealing mainly with X-ray machines for security controls and environmental radiation surveys.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel RZ has been appointed the command of the Environmental Safety Division at CISAM.

Positions held:

  • RZ has been Technical Director of many training courses in radiation safety for military personnel.
  • RZ is involved, together with other Italian officers, in projects of cooperation with the NATO Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (Vyskov, Czech Republic)
  • RZ is in charge, as Army representative, of an Agreement with the Engineering Department of Pisa University. According to terms of this Agreement, he has been thesis supervisor for students interested in specializing in environmental radiation monitoring.
  • RZ worked as Military Technical Consultant for the Prosecutor’s Office of Larino (CB), Lamezia Terme (CZ) and S. Maria Capua Vetere (CE) during judicial investigations about environmental crimes.
  • RZ is a full member of the Italian professional association of RPAs (ANPEQ) and radiation safety experts (AIRP).
  • RZ is called as lecturer by the University of Rome Tor Vergata for the “Master CBRNe”
  • RZ was member of the Scientific Committee of the 2015 AIRP Congress
  • RZ was member of the Scientific Committee of the 2016 “Study day in radiation protection” organized by the University of Pisa and AIRP
  • In 2017 RZ was appointed as Secretary, for a three years mandate, of the “High School of Radiation Protection C. Polvani”



Medical professional by education: graduated from Minsk State Medical University (PhD in medical science).

Employed at WHO ECEH since 2012. The portfolio of the position includes all health-related aspects of chemicals safety, including public health management during chemical emergencies, one of the core responsibilities being to provide expertise and  technical leadership in such situations.

Previous positions include: chief scientist and head of Laboratory of Biochemical Methods of Research (6 years); Deputy Director of Science at the Republican Research Practical Centre of Hygiene (Minsk, Belarus) (12 years).

Extensive experience in policy development at national and international level,  environmental health research prioritization, research in public and environmental health, and chemical safety. Since 1999, have been involved in international processes in the areas of chemicals management and management of emergency situations, first as country representative and later as WHO staff member.