I am a Part-time Professor at the European University Institute of Florence, Italy (EUI), where I have worked since September 2013. My main research interests are in social and political dynamics in Libya, with a focus on processes of mediation and reconciliation; the political economy of conflicts; security issues.

I am also the Scientific Coordinator of the Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies.

Prior to this, my main research focus has been on Egyptian politics and transformations within the regime before and after the 2011 revolution. I also have significant experience as an independent consultant and an analyst on North Africa and the Middle East with European governmental bodies and international organizations.