My name is Marco Cochi, and for over two decades I have been a professional print journalist and researcher covering crisis areas, human rights, peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa. I specialise in Africa’s Islamist extremism and for over a decade I am a regular contributor of op-ed pieces for magazines Africana, Nigrizia, Eastwest, Metodo. I am sub-Saharan Africa country analyst at Think Tank Il Nodo di Gordio and I write in the Africa section’s blog of the Madrid-based Centro de Información y Documentación Africana/Fundación Sur.
For four years I have been Head of research at Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa Observatory of Defense Research and Analysis Institute (IRAD) within Italian Ministry of Defense. I carried out studies for the Africa Research and Development Forum (ARDF), Centre for Politics and International Studies (Ce.SPI) and Centre of Excellence “Altiero Spinelli” (CeAs-University Roma Tre).
I have many years of teaching experience at university level in various lectures and training, seminars, masters and postgraduate courses at Eastwest European Institute, Carid Research Centre Athenaeum of the University of Ferrara, Link Campus University, Lumsa, Luspio, Sapienza University of Rome, Unicusano, Roma Tre University.
Many years of experience in the field of development cooperation, where I coordinated projects of intercultural education and international solidarity, and I led delegations to visit the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and in some African countries. I am citizen of the State of African Diaspora (SAD).
Graduated summa cum laude in Modern Literature, Major in Philosophy and Politics. I have two 2nd-Level Master’s Degree in “International Security Studies” and in “Non-profit Economy and Development Cooperation”.