Keynote: H.E Jauhar Saleem, Pakistan Ambassador to Italy
From CE.S.I, Rome
- Andrea Margelletti
Chairman of Ce.S.I. – Centre for International Studies.
Prof. Margelletti has been Strategic Advisor to the Italian Minister of Defense from March 2012 to May 2018. Since 2017 his support to the Italian Minister of Defense has been focused on the NATO hub for the Southern flank of the Atlantic Alliance. He has been also a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Commission on Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament and an advisor to COPASIR – Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic.
In 2012, in 2013 and in 2014 Prof. Margelletti has been invited to deliver a speech at the Fourth Committee on “Special Policies and Decolonization” of the General Assembly of United Nations, about the security situation in North Africa and in the Sahel region.
He is a member of the Strategic Review Group of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the National Security Monitor of the CASD – Centre for Higher Defence Studies.
- Francesca Manenti
Graduated in International and European Politics at Cattolica University of Milan in 2012, she took a Master Degree in Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence at SIOI (Italian Society for International Relations) in Rome.
In 2013, she entered Ce.S.I. as intern and then she has gained experience through the fellowship program.
Now she is the Senior Analyst in charge for Asia and Pacific affairs at the Institute and author of publications on subject of her expertise.
She teaches at the Carabinieri Officer School, at the Centre for Specialised Training of the Italian Financial Police and at the Course for Analysts organized by the Institute.
She has been frequently interviewed as expert commentator on national TV and Radio programs, both public and private.
- Claudia Annovi
After graduating with honors in Languages, Cultures and Societies of Asia and Mediterranean Africa at the Ca ‘Foscari University in 2017, Claudia Annovi graduated in 2020 with honorable mention in International Sciences (MENA Politics) at the University of Turin. During her studies she spent periods abroad in Iran, Tunisia and at the INALCO University of Paris, where she attended the master’s course in International Relations as an Erasmus student.
Since December 2020 she covers the role of Junior Fellow for the Terrorism and Radicalization Desk.
- Lorenzo Cremonesi
He was born in Milan in 1957. He is a journalist and has been following Middle Eastern events for over 25 years. He was first a collaborator (from 1984) and then a correspondent (from 1988 to 2001) from Jerusalem for the Corriere della Sera. His book The origins of Zionism and the birth of the kibbutz (Giuntina) dates back to 1985.
From the early nineties he also began to move as an envoy, giving voice to many hotspots on the planet: Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan.
His conception of journalism is immersive: “a true reporter writes only by being immersed in the ‘hot’ place where the facts happen. Eating that food, breathing that air, talking to people, even in wartime, is the only way to really write about it. Internet and other methods of remote retrieval of information, therefore ‘not in the field’, create insipid surrogates of reality ”. In 2003 his book Bagdad Cafè was released . Interiors of a war . A reportage that tells directly about daily life in Baghdad, before, during and after the conflict. Seventy-five articles – some unpublished – almost all appeared in the Corriere della Sera . Cremonesi in fact experienced the war in Iraq firsthand, where he stayed from 2002 to 2005.
His new book on the great correspondents of Corriere della Sera , from the birth of the newspaper to the end of the Thirties (Rizzoli), dates back to 2008 .
- Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad
Former VC, University of Sargodha, Pakistan
Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad is the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Sargodha, Pakistan. He previously served as the Director of the School of Politics and International Relations at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has also taught at the Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus.
Dr. Ahmad has been the Quaid-i-Azam Fellow at Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford; Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbra, and International Visitors Fellowship, USA and Hans-Seidel Fellow at the Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany.
Dr. Ahmad has published widely on politics and foreign policy of Pakistan, and regional peace and security issues in South Asia. His latest book is an edited volume titled “Pakistan’s Democratic Transition: Change and Persistence”.
- Lt Gen(r) Naeem Lodhi
Former Defense Secretary
Lt General (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was commissioned in the Army on 27 October, 1974. He has a Bachelors in Engineering (Civil). Naeem Lodhi is a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defence University, Islamabad. He also holds a Masters in International Relations. He has served on various command, staff and instructional assignments in his career in the Army, including the important appointments of Directing Staff at National Defence College (now National Defence University) Islamabad, Commander Corps Engineers, Director General Engineering Directorate, Director General Staff Duties Directorate, General Officer Commanding Bahawalpur, General Headquarters Rawalpindi and Corps Commander Bahawalpur. On account of his distinguished military service, he has been conferred the award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (M). Naeem Lodhi has also served as the Defence Secretary. Previously, he has also remained the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Fauji Fertilizer Co. Ltd & FFC Energy Limited.
- Ambassador(r) Ayaz Wazir
Former Ambassador of Pakistan
Ambassador Muhammad Ayaz Wazir (Retd.) is a career diplomat who joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1974. He served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad and Pakistan Missions abroad at Vienna, Maputo, Dubai, Riyadh, Mazar-e-Sharif, London, Manchester and Doha.
While serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director General (Afghanistan, 1997-2000), he was selected as member of the Prime Minister’s Mission for shuttle diplomacy between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance to bring them to the negotiating table for a peaceful solution of the problem in Afghanistan. In 1998, he represented Pakistan in a Pak-Iran Joint Mission for Afghanistan and visited Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar along with Iranian counterpart for meeting with leaders of Northern Alliance and the Taliban. Ambassador Wazir represented Pakistan in the OIC’s Committee on Afghanistan (1999-2000) at meetings with Heads of States/ Governments of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the UN Secretary General to seek their guidance about efforts for resolution of the problem between the two warring factions in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Wazir has participated in various national and international conferences on peace and security issues and has steered key meetings between stakeholders on the subject.
Originally from Wana, South Waziristan Agency, FATA, Ambassador Wazir has a Bachelor’s degree from Islamia College, Peshawar; an LLB from Khyber Law College, Peshawar; and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Peshawar. Ambassador Wazir retired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008. He contributes to current affairs television programing and writes op-eds for various news dailies, both locally and abroad.