Research Team

Enrico Fardella

ChinaMed Project Director

Enrico FARDELLA is an Associate Professor of the History Department of Peking University (Beijing, China) and Director of the Center for Mediterranean Area Studies of Peking University. A Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Enrico is Director for Area Studies of the ChinaMed Business Program. His research interests range from Chinese foreign policy, to History of international relations, and History of contemporary China.

Andrea Ghiselli

ChinaMed Project Manager

Andrea GHISELLI is a Researcher at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University (Shanghai, China). He is a non-resident Research Fellow with the TOChina Hub. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy and relations between China and the Middle East.

Anna Caffarena

Associate Researcher

Anna CAFFARENA is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Torino, and the President of the Torino World Affairs Institute (Torino, Italy). Her research focuses on the relationship between the international multilateral order and global governance, as well as on Italy’s foreign policy and the impact of China’s re-emergence on international relations.

Giovanni B. Andornino

Associate Researcher

Giovanni B. ANDORNINO is an Assistant Professor of International Relations of East Asia at the University of Torino, and  the Vice President of the Torino World Affairs Institute (Torino, Italy). His research interests include China’s politics, foreign policy, and relations with the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Giovanni Gabusi

Associate Researcher

Giuseppe GABUSI is an Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy and Political Economy of East Asia at the University of Torino, and the Director of the Changing World Politics Program at the Torino World Affairs Institute (Torino, Italy). His research interests range from the institutional implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to East Asian regionalism and the political economy of South-East Asia.

Andrea Barbieri

Associate Researcher

Andrea BARBIERI is a Master student in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). His research interests include China’s foreign policy, political psychology, and international history.

Roie Yellinek

Associate Researcher

Roie YELLINEK is a Ph.D. student at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan (Israel), a doctoral researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. He is a specialist in the growing relationship between the Middle East and China, especially in regards to the soft power component of Chinese diplomacy. His research is based on fieldwork conducted in China, Israel and other countries. He has authored numerous articles that have been published by research institutions and newspapers in both Israeli and international media outlets.

Ahmet Faruk Isik

Associate Researcher

Ahmet Faruk ISIK holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Politics from Shanghai International Studies University. He is now a graduate student at the Department of Political Science of Taiwan National Chengchi University. He focuses on Chinese foreign affairs and East Asian politics.

Maria Grazia Giuffrida

Associate Researcher

Maria Grazia Erika GIUFFRIDA is a Master student in Modern China Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany). Her research interests cover Chinese political language, China’s foreign policy and contemporary issues, with a specific focus on migration.

Nicholas Konidis

Associate Researcher

Nicholas KONIDIS holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Greek Language and Literature from the University of Athens. He currently teaches Modern Greek as a Foreign Language in Beijing Foreign Studies University and conducts research in the university’s Center for Hellenic Studies regarding the perspectives of Chinese students who study Modern Greek as a Foreign Language. He is also an oral examiner for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Greek.

Anastas Vangeli

Associate Researcher

Anastas VANGELI is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. His research interests include the normative impact of Global China, the Belt&Road Initiative, and the relations between China and Europe, with a focus on Central, East and Southeast Europe. Within ChinaMed, he contributes on China-Balkans relations.

Valeria Garbui

Associate Researcher

Valeria GARBUI is a Master student in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Mediterrean Africa at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, with a major in Persian Language and Culture. Her research focuses on the relations between China, Middle-Eastern countries and Iran.

Hamed A. Kermani

Associate Researcher

Dr. Hamed A. Kermani is an Iranian researcher that holds a PhD in International Relations from Allameh Tabataba'i University in Tehran, Iran. He was a visiting fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a non-resident researcher and lecturer in several think thanks and universities in Iran and collaborates with media in Iran and abroad. His research interests include Asian security and energy affairs in relation with Iran and the Persian Gulf.

Altay Atlı

ChinaMed Senior Contributor

Dr. Altay Atlı is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Koç University, who is also providing business advisory services through his company based in Istanbul, Turkey. Academic interests of Dr. Atlı include international political economy, comparative Asian political economy, business-government relations, economics of Turkish foreign policy, and Turkey’s relations with China and other Asian countries.

Pooja Chandramohan


Pooja CHANDRAMOHAN is a Malaysian-born American. She graduated from New York University’s campus in Shanghai with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in political science. She has spent most of her academic career in Shanghai while also spending semesters abroad in Argentina, New York, and Spain.

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