Tommaso Virgili is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. His main areas of expertise are: Islam, radicalisation, individual liberties, and the integration of migrants. He was previously Programme Director at the European Foundation for Democracy, a Brussels-based think tank devoted to prevention of radicalisation, where he remains a Visiting Fellow.
Prior to that, he held posts at the European External Action Service, covering Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan; at the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum think tank; and at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Tommaso holds a Ph.D. from Sant’anna School of Advanced Studies at the University of Pisa focused on Islam and individual liberties in the Constitutions of Egypt and Tunisia. He previously obtained a Master of Arts in Middle East, Islamic Studies, and Arabic at the American University of Paris and Cairo, and a Master’s Degree in Law at Sant’anna School in Pisa.
In addition to his native Italian, Tommaso speaks fluent English and French, and intermediate Spanish and Arabic.