Sergio Bianchi is the General Director of the NGO Agenfor International, Italia where he has also served as its Chairman from 1996 until 2012. He is responsible for all initiatives aimed at raising funding and designing innovative projects to counter violent extremism, insurgency and terrorism from a civil society perspective. Currently, he collaborates with the Italian Ministry of Justice - Department of Prison Administration, as a trainer of trainers on counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization. He is, also, a member of the EU Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN).
Orientalist and Middle East Expert, Dr. Bianchi has a Master in Islamic Studies from the Oriental University of Napoli, specialized in the field of Muslim minorities. As researcher and between 2001 and 2017, he carried out several long-term in-deep field missions in Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Tunisia to assess the transformations of the North African and Middle East Societies after the Arab Spring. He has served as the Vice President of Palestinian Marble District in Hebron Municipality (2007-2009), a Trainer of trainers for Local Police Forces in Regione del Veneto “Regional Institute for Security” (2001-2008), the Director of the Regional School for Security (2007 – 2008) and the Vice President of the former Osservatorio Parlamentare - Roma, (known as Fondazione Farefuturo), (Public institute of the Italian Ministry of Culture), (2000-2004).
His articles and video productions, regarding a wide range of topics from politics to breaking news, have been featured in national and internationally published newspapers and TVs over the years. Among his recent books are: "Low Intensity Conflicts in a Liquid World" (2016), "Is Islamism a Threat?" (2015), "Jihadist Radicalization in European Prisons" (2010), "The Italian right parties in the age of leadership" (2008).