Our Team & People

SpecialEurasia has a team of analysts and external consultants who aim to provide risk assessment and geopolitical forecasting and consult private and public companies about Eurasia’s current challenges and future opportunities.

Silvia Boltuc – Founder & Managing Director. She is an International affairs specialist, business consultant and political analyst who has supported private and public institutions in decision-making by providing reports, risk assessments, and consultancy. Due to her work and reporting activities, she has travelled in Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and the post-Soviet space assessing the domestic dynamic and situations and creating a network of local contacts. She is also the Director of the Energy & Engineering Department of CeSEM – Centro Studi Eurasia Mediterraneo and an editor/analyst at the Italian media agencies Notizie Geopolitiche, Opinio Juris, and European Affairs Magazine. Previously, she worked as an Associate Director at ASRIE Analytica. She speaks Italian, English, German, Russian and Arabic. She co-authored the book Conflitto in Ucraina: rischio geopolitico, propaganda jihadista e minaccia per l’Europa (Enigma Edizioni 2022).

Giuliano Bifolchi – Research Manager. He has vast experience in Intelligence analysis, geopolitics, security, conflict management, and ethnic minorities. He holds a PhD in Islamic history from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, a master’s degree in Peacebuilding Management and International Relations from Pontifical University San Bonaventura, a master’s degree in History from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. As an Intelligence analyst and political risk advisor, he has organised working visits and official missions in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and the post-Soviet space and has supported the decision-making process of private and public institutions writing reports and risk assessments. Previously, he founded and directed ASRIE Analytica. He has written several academic papers on geopolitics, conflicts, and jihadist propaganda. He is the author of the books Geopolitical del Caucaso russo. Gli interessi del Cremlino e degli attori stranieri nelle dinamiche locali nordcaucasiche (Sandro Teti Editore 2020) and Storia del Caucaso del Nord tra presenza russa, Islam e terrorismo (Anteo Edizioni 2022). He was also the co-author of the book Conflitto in Ucraina: rischio geopolitico, propaganda jihadista e minaccia per l’Europa (Enigma Edizioni). He speaks Italian, English, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.
Riccardo Rossi – Geopolitical Analyst Desk Asia-Pacific. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Milan, a master’s degree in Geopolitics and Global Security from La Sapienza University in Rome and a Diploma in European Affairs from the Institute of International Politics in Milan. He studies geopolitics and writes geo-strategic reports on the Asia-Pacific region.
Enrico Oliari – External Contributor/ Editor. He is a journalist and geopolitical analyst who has paid several visits to the Middle East and North Africa to understand the roots of the socio-economic and security problems and the impact of domestic and international policies on these regions. Since 2011 he has been the founder and editor-in-chief of the Italian media agency Notizie Geopolitiche. He is also the author of several books and investigations. He speaks Italian, German and English.
Luca Urciuolo – External Contributor/ Analyst. He holds a double master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Florence and the State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow. Previously, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale.’ His main research interests include the post-Soviet space, with a specific focus on the geopolitical and economic dimensions of the Central Asian region.

Laura Pennisi – External Contributor/ Analyst. She holds a bachelor’s in International Communication from Catania University and a master`s in Translation Studies from the La Sapienza University of Rome, both with a major in Modern Greek Studies. She also holds a master`s in International Relations from Staffordshire University, UK, and a master`s in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is interested in the politics and geopolitics of the eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. She speaks Italian, English, Greek, Russian, Swedish, French, and Spanish.