Emiliano Stornelli is the founding Chairman of the Religion & Security Council (RSC).
He established RSC in 2016 to promote the role of the religious factor in conflicts resolution and peace-building, and in advancing dialogue and cooperation for the common good in troubled areas and countries. His expertise encompasses a variety of fields, such as: research and analysis on foreign affairs and security issues, with particular focus on the MENA and Gulf region; addressing radicalization and violent extremism; design and coordination of interreligious dialogue initiatives engaging religious leaders, decision-makers, officials, scholars, practitioners, and civil society organizations. He implemented interreligious programs in Lebanon (Tripoli – 2018, 2019, 2023), as well as forums, panel discussions, and study seminars, with participants from Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Currently, Emiliano Stornelli is also Advisor on Research and Program Development to the “De Gasperi” Foundation (Rome); Subject Matter Expert on “Religion, Peace, and Security” at the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence; KAICIID European Fellow; Advisor to the Nordic Counter Terrorism Network (NCTN), International Association for Counter-Terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), and to the IACSP Southeast Asia Region (IACSP SEA). Formerly, he was an Advisor on Program Development to the Pontifical Missionary Union and the International Center for Mission and Formation, Vatican City (2016-2020); Director of the Mediterranean & Middle East Program at the Italian Atlantic Committee (Rome, 2011-2016), and Advisor to the President of the Atlantic Treaty Association (Brussels, 2014-2016).
Specialized in Strategic Studies at the Center for High Defense Studies (Italian Ministry of Defense), Emiliano Stornelli was Visiting Researcher at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C., and collaborated with the Military Center for Strategic Studies. He graduated at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.