Francesca Spidalieri

Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity, cyber crime, information security strategies and policies
  • NATO and transatlantic relations, EU policies and institutions, United Nations


  • B.A. in political science and international relations, University of Milan
  • M.A. in international affairs and security studies, Tufts University


Francesca Spidalieri is the Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, where she leads the Cyber Leadership research project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). Francesca serves also as Co-Principal Investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, as Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) Fellow at New America and at the Global Public Policy Institute, as a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute, and as a non-resident Research Associate for the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS) at the University of Florence. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, comparative organization analysis, and national cyber preparedness and resilience. She lectures regularly at cyber-related events nationwide and contributes to journal articles and other publications on cybersecurity matters affecting countries and organizations worldwide.

She holds an M.A. in International Affairs and Security Studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Milan, and has completed additional cybersecurity coursework at the U.S. Naval War College’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies.