Research Team

Giovanni B. Andornino

Project Director

Dr. Giovanni B. ANDORNINO is Assistant Professor of International Relations of East Asia at the University of Torino and Part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute. He is the Director of the TOChina Hub, Vice President and Head of the Global China Program at the Torino World Affairs Institute(T.wai), Editor of OrizzonteCina, Director of the ChinaMed Business Program and Secretary General of the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum.

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Andornino's work focuses on the relations between Italy and China in the context of the wider Mediterranean region.

Enrico Fardella

Project Advisor

Dr. 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.

Martina Poletti

Project Manager

Martina POLETTI holds a double Master's degree in International Sciences from the University of Turin and Zhejiang University. Since 2015 she is Program Manager at the Torino World Affairs Institute.

Andrea Ghiselli

Head of Research

Dr. Andrea GHISELLI is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University. He is a non-resident Research Fellow with the TOChina Hub. His research focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy making and China's policy toward the Middle East and North Africa

Anna Caffarena

Honorary Fellow

Dr. Anna CAFFARENA is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Torino, and the President of the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai). 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.

Altay Atlı

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Altay Atlı is a lecturer at the Asian Studies program ofBoğaziçi University, and the founding director of Atlı Global, an Istanbul-based advisory firm providing consulting services on global affairs. His areas of academic interest include international political economy, Asian international relations, Turkey’s relations with Asian countries, business-government relations and the political economy of Turkish foreign policy. Having studiedin Turkey and Australia, and worked as research coordinator at Turkey’s ForeignEconomic Relations Board (DEİK), Dr. Atlı is currently an expert member at the China Network of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), and the host of the weekly show “Yükselen Asya” (Rising Asia) on Ekotürk, a Turkish national television channel.

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Atlı's work focuses on Turkey’s China policy and the relations between the Middle East and China.

Simone Dossi

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Simone DOSSI in an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Milan and a nonresident Research Fellow at the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai). His research interests include China’s foreign policy and the Belt and Road Initiative, the military doctrine and force modernization of the People’s Liberation Army, and Chinese views of the cyber domain.

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Dossi focuses on Italy's security strategy and its relations with China.

Giuseppe Gabusi

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Giuseppe GABUSI is an Assistant 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 (T.wai). 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.

Giorgio Prodi

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Giorgio PRODI is Associate Professor in Applied Economics at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Ferrara where he teaches Applied Economics for Business Sciences and Business Market and Competition. After graduating in Economics at the University of Bologna, he specialized at the London School of Economics and Politics Science (Msc in Economics). He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics and Institutions at the University of Bologna. His research interests span from the study of the Chinese economy to industry structural changes. On these themes he has written books and articles published both in national and international journals. He is a research fellow at Twai and member of the Mandarin 2 Fund Advisory Board.

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Prodi focuses on Italian and European trade relations with China.

Anastas Vangeli

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Anastas VANGELI conducts research and writes on Global China and the worldwide competition of ideas and paradigms of socio-economic development. He has extensive experience studying China's relations with post-socialist Europe and the Balkans. He is also teaching Geopolitics and Economy of Asia and China and country-risk along the Belt and Road at the Shanghai Campus of the ESSCA School of Management. Dr. Vangeli obstained his PhD in Sociology from the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (2019), and Master's degrees in Contemporary China Studies (Renmin University, Beijing, 2013) and Nationalism Studies (Central European University, Budapest, 2009).

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Vangeli's work focuses on China's presence and policies toward the Balkans.

Andrea Barbieri

Research Fellow

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.

Valeria Garbui

Research Fellow

Valeria GARBUI is a Master student in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Mediterranean 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.

Maria Grazia Giuffrida

Research Fellow

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.

Ahmet Faruk Isik

Research Fellow

Ahmet Faruk ISIK earned his BA in International Politics from Shanghai International Studies University, has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Taiwan National Chengchi University, and currently is an expected Ph.D. student with a project on China's relations with the Middle East. His research interests cover Turkey’s relations with Greater China and the economic and political dimensions of Chinese Foreign Policy toward Turkey.

Nicholas Konidis

Research Fellow

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.

Samy Sayed

Research Fellow

Samy SAYED holds a Master's degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Mediterrean Africa from Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He specilized in Arabic language and culture. His research focuses on the relations between China and the countries in North Africa and Central Africa.

Roie Yellinek

Research Fellow

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.

Bandar Alghamdi

Partner Research Fellow

Bandar ALGHAMDI is an Assistant Researcher at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery of Zhengzhou University.

He supports the ChinaMed Project's research on the relations between China and the Gulf countries. His research focuses on Saudi-Sino relations and the concept of "New Type of International Relations" between China and Islamic World.

Virginia Mariano

Research Assistant

Virginia MARIANO holds a Master's degree in International Studies, with a focus on China and Global Studies, from the University of Torino. She is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Torino, where she conducts research on China's relations with Italy and its neighbourhood, the internationalisation of Chinese higher education, and Chinese philanthropy. Virginia is also in charge of double-degree programs and incoming students welfare at the TOChina Hub.

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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