Paolo Raffone BIO

In addition to obtaining a law degree from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, he holds an MBA from IEP-Science PO in Paris, and has attended specialized courses in international law, human rights, international relations and diplomacy at various Italian and European academic institutions.


During his university years, at the beginning of the 1980s he carried out pro bono legal advice for various organizations of asylum seekers and for the information offices in Italy of certain national liberation movements.

From 1988 to 1990 he was an Italian development cooperation adviser in Chile during the transition to democracy, with positions such as international legal consultant for human rights within the structure of the Vicariate of Solidarity, special adviser for the campaign for the "NO" in the plebiscite (“Chile, la alegría ya viene"), and for the organization of the parliamentary and presidential elections of 1989. In addition, during the same period he collaborated as a legal and political consultant with human rights organizations from other Latin American countries (Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil) and lastly, he fulfilled an assignment for institutional reforms with the government of Cuba.


From 1990 to 1995 he served at the United Nations in various positions: international legal expert for UNHCR in South East Asia for the application of the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) related to the voluntary repatriation of asylum seekers from Vietnam; human rights officer and Assistant Secretary of the Advisory Council to the Under-Secretary-General Jan Martenson for the Voluntary Fund for human rights technical cooperation with Eastern European countries; civilian official for the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) in the former Yugoslavia for the application of UNSC resolutions, collaborating with Cedric Thornberry and later as adviser of Gen. Jean Cot; assistant to the negotiating team led by Thorvald Stoltemberg and David Owen; finally, he was working with Sergio Viera de Mello as coordinator for humanitarian emergencies in the former Yugoslavia.


In 1996-97 he carried out research and publications in Italy and other European countries and for almost a year he worked with Piero Fassino, Italian deputy minister of foreign affairs, as special adviser for the Balkans. In 1996 and 1997 he was member of the team led by Ambassador Alfredo Matacotta in Albania for the management of democratic transition and electoral processes.


From 1998 to 1999 he was a consultant at the French Centre d’Etude et Prospective Stratégique (CEPS) working in the field of high technology and defense.


In the year 2000, passionate about Net-economy, he developed and sold the business plans of two companies for the digital management of labor supply and demand.


From 2000 to 2002, he was vice-president for government relations in the EMEA region for an American corporation.


In 2003 he founded the Italian Center for International Perspectives (CIPI) in Brussels, a research and consultancy nonprofit corporation on European and global strategic and economic scenarios. Since 2005, he is the founder and general manager of the CIPI Foundation.


Since 2003 he participated in several development cooperation missions of the European Union in the field of democratic transitions, human rights and electoral processes in Africa and Central Asia.


From 2010 to 2012 he worked as an open source intelligence analyst (OSINT) for companies related to the oil sector and collaborated with the Italian hydrocarbon company ENI in the geopolitical training of senior managers.


In 2013 he presented the Italian study for the creation of a mechanism of cooperation and security in the Mediterranean space at the OSCE Security Days.  


In 2016-17 he was regional director in the northern region of Kosovo for OSCE.

Since the beginning of his career, he has collaborated with many newspapers and television broadcasts and he has authored several books and essays on the problems of global coexistence. He has also conducted courses and seminars at various associations and academies. He is fluent in four languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish) and he has a passive knowledge of German.

Media coverage samples:

International TV networks (Youtube selection) 

Italian media (Il Sussidiario) 

Italian media (Formiche)



L'Italie en Marche (1998)

Bosnien-Herzegowina - Der Vance-Owen-Plan Und Der Daytoner Frieden ALS Two-Level-Game (coll; 1998)

La Fredda Guerra (2003)

Crack Italia (2004)

Europa: Guida per elettori accorti (2004)

Le lobby d'Italia a Bruxelles (2006)

Europoli. Europa, Italia, Lobby (2008)

La metamorfosi italiana (2011)

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