Giacomo Persi Paoli

Giacomo is the Head of the Security and Technology Programme at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). His expertise spans the science and technology domain with emphasis on the implications of emerging technologies for security and defence. His recent work focused on artificial intelligence and cyber security. Before joining UNIDIR, Giacomo was Associate Director at RAND Europe where he led the defence and security science, technology and innovation portfolio as well as RAND’s Centre for Futures and Foresight Studies. He also served for 14 years as warfare officer in the Italian Navy. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome, a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pisa, and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste. He speaks English, French and Italian.