Antonella Di Trapani

Executive in Residence Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy


Dr Antonella di Trapani is currently Executive in Residence Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where she is investigating the climate change – energy security and global security nexus and the threats and opportunities offered by emerging and disruptive technologies for the green transition. She has also been lately as EU Science Diplomacy Working Group member leading one subtopic on emerging and disruptive technologies for foreign and security policy.

She has been until Dec 2023 Head of Nuclear Education and Knowledge Management at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency heading the Secretariats of the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework and the Global Forum on nuclear education, science, technology, and policy.  She has senior level experience in science management, policy, diplomacy, communication, education and capacity building policies and programmes, and international research co-operation gained by working in academia, industry and in several international organisations, including the European Commission.

She delivers lectures on Science Diplomacy for nuclear challenges at UPM and the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) new course on “Introduction to science and tech diplomacy: the new geopolitics of technology’. She is a member of several Programme Committees and invited as key-note panel speaker in international conferences.

Dr di Trapani is an Italian national and holds a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Palermo (Italy) during which she was awarded an Erasmus Fellowship at University College London (UK), a PhD in Chemistry and a PostGraduate Diploma in Quality Improvement from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), a MSc in Science Communication and Journalism from University of Ferrara (Italy), and a PostGraduate Diploma in International Development from London School of Economics and Social Sciences (UK).

She was a Global Policy, Sustainability and Diplomacy Fellow in the Winter 2022. She completed a certificate on Diplomacy 4.0 – Beyond the Digital Frontier from United Nation Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), a certificate on Climate Change and Security from the European Security and Defence College and she is currently completing a certificate in International Law from UNITAR and a PostGraduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy.