MEM Team/Equipe

Gilles Kepel

Scientific Director

Professor Gilles Kepel is a French Political Scientist and Arabist, has specialized in the contemporary Middle East and Muslims in the West. He is the Director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Chair at PSL Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University, based at École Normale Supérieure. Kepel holds degrees in Arabic, English, and Philosophy, a PhD in Sociology and a Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in Political Science. He has specialized in contemporary islamist movements since his 1983 PhD. He has been a Visiting Professor at New York University and Columbia University and was elected a Senior Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France from 2010 to 2015. Professor Kepel created and was general editor of the series ‘Proche Orient’ at Presses Universitaires de France, which was comprised of 23 volumes between 2004 and 2017. His books, such as ‘The Revenge of God’ and ‘Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam’, have been translated in a dozen languages. Recently he has published ‘Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West’ (Princeton U. Press, 2017).

Maria Cristina Reinhart

General Platform Manager

Maria Cristina Reinhart has solid humanistic studies followed by a specialization in management. She has worked and collaborated with national and international institutions in the field of communication, education, and non-profit, offering strategic, territorial and marketing advice. She is currently working for the Foundation of the Università della Svizzera italiana, dealing with programs’ development, institutional relations and fundraising.

Federica Frediani

Educational Program Manager

Dr. Federica Frediani is a senior researcher and lecturer at USI, where she worked for several years at the Laboratorio studi mediterranei. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Università di Siena. Her research is primarily focused on the cultural representations and productions of the Mediterranean as well as its intercultural and political dynamics.

Monica Steger

Administrative Assistant

Monica Steger has over 22 years of experience in university administrative support. While assisting in the administration of the Rectorate office at the Università della Svizzera italiana, she is also occupied with the general administration of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform. She is fluent in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.