The Foundation

The Foundation

The Med-Or Foundation was created by leading aerospace, security and defence company Leonardo in the spring of 2021. The Foundation seeks to promote cultural initiatives, research and education in science, with the goal to strengthen links, exchanges and international relations between Italy and countries in the Med-Or area, which spans the Mediterranean, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, as well as the Near and Far East.

The Med-Or Foundation is an innovative, global and collaborative initiative seeking to combine the skills and capabilities of industry and academia for the development of geo-economic and socio-cultural partnerships. The Foundation collaborates with experts and professionals with longstanding national and international experience in the institutional, industrial and academic fields.

Statute of Med-Or Foundation


Med-Or shares and embraces the values of its founding partner Leonardo. The Foundation’s work therefore abides and is inspired by the principles of ethics and respect, competence and merit, innovation and excellence, internationality and multiculturalism, rights and sustainability.

Scientific committee

Franco Anelli

Rector of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; Full Professor of Private Law.

Gabriella Arrigo

Director of International Affairs at the Italian Space Agency. Scientific Director of the Master in Space Institutions and Policies at SIOI, where she has been teaching International Space Policies and Relations since 2009.

Giorgio Barba Navaretti

Full Professor of Political Economics at the University of Milan and Distinguished Visiting Faculty at SciencesPo in Paris.

Massimo Bergami

Full Professor of Business Organization at "Alma Mater Studiorum" University of Bologna and Dean of Bologna Business School; member of the Board of Trustees of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and of the Board of Directors of Ferrarelle spa.

Giovanni Betta

Full Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurements; former Rector of the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.

Francesco Bonini

Rector of LUMSA University; Full Professor of History of Political Institutions.

Stefano Bronzini

Rector of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro"; Full Professor of English Literature.

Raffaele Calabrò

Rector of the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome; Full Professor of Cardiology.

Lucio Caracciolo

Director of Limes; journalist and political scientist, he taught Strategic Studies at LUISS Guido Carli.

Carlogiovanni Cereti

Full Professor of Philology, Religions, and History of Iran.

Francesco Cupertino

Rector of Polytechnic University of Bari; Full Professor of Converters, electrical machines and drives.

Melina Decaro

Professor of Comparative Public Law at LUISS Guido Carli. Former Deputy Secretary General and Director of the General Secretariat's Office of the Presidency of the Republic.

Flavio Deflorian

Rector of the University of Trento; Full Professor in the disciplinary scientific field "Science and technologies of materials".

Ersilia Francesca

Associate Professor (national habilitation as Full Professor) of History of Islamic Countries at the University of Naples "L'Orientale".

Vincenzo Loia

Rector of the University of Salerno; Full Professor of Computer Science.

Matteo Lorito

Rector of the University of Naples "Federico II"; Full Professor of Plant Pathology and Phytopathology.

Alberto Lucarelli

Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Naples "Federico II"; since 2007, Contract Professor at the University of Paris 1 - La Sorbonne.

Paolo Mancarella

Rector of the University of Pisa; Full Professor of Computer Science.

Raffaele Marchetti

Prorector for Internationalization at LUISS Guido Carli; Full Professor of International Relations.

Alessia Melcangi

Researcher of Contemporary History of North Africa and the Middle East at "La Sapienza" University of Rome; Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Washington.

Karim Mezran

Senior Fellow at Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council; Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Antonello Miranda

Delegate to assist the Prorector for Internationalization in relations with international political and diplomatic institutions at University of Palermo; Full Professor of Comparative Private Law and of the EU.

Leopoldo Nuti

Full Professor of History of International Relations at Roma Tre University.

Maurizio Oliviero

Rector of the University of Perugia; Full Professor of Comparative Public Law.

Paolo Passaglia

Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Pisa and pro tempore scientific coordinator of the Area of Comparative Law of the Constitutional Court's Research Department.

Alessandra Petrucci

Rector of the University of Florence; Full Professor of Social Statistics.

Luca Pietromarchi

Rector of Roma Tre University; Full Professor of French Literature.

Antonella Polimeni

Rector of "La Sapienza" University of Rome; Full Professor in the disciplinary scientific field "Odontostomatologic diseases".

Andrea Prencipe

Rector of LUISS Guido Carli of Rome; Full Professor of Organization and Innovation.

Riccardo Redaelli

Full Professor of Geopolitics and History and Institutions of Asia and Director of the Center of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean (CRiSSMA) at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; President of the Italian Society of International History (SISI).

Ferruccio Resta

Rector of Politecnico di Milano; Full Professor of Mechanics of Machines.

Flaminia Saccà

Full Professor of Sociology of Political Phenomena and President of the Degree Course in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Tuscia; President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee Sociotechnics - Sociological Practices RC26.

Ciro Sbailò

Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Psycho-Social Dynamics at the University of International Studies of Rome (UNINT); Full Professor of Comparative Public Law.

Giancarlo Scalese

Full Professor of International Law at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.

Roberto Tottoli

Rector of the University of Naples "L'Orientale"; Full Professor of History of Islamic Countries.

Francesco Ubertini

Full Professor of Structural Mechanics; former Rector of "Alma Mater Studiorum" University of Bologna.

Arturo Varvelli

Head of the Rome Office of European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Arianna Vedaschi

Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at Bocconi University of Milan.

Lorenzo Vidino

Director of the Extremism Program of George Washington University; expert on Islamism in Europe and North America.

Ida Zilio Grandi

Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Islamology, International Relations and Politics at "Ca' Foscari" University of Venice.

Santo Marcello Zimbone

Rector of the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria; Full Professor of Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Protections.