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 has been appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission, and serves as subject-matter expert for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Cyber Readiness Index Project and as a Distinguished Fellow for the Ponemon Institute. She serves also as a volunteer member for the RI Cyber Disruption Team, and assists Salve Regina University’s graduate programs in the development of additional coursework and training on cybersecurity and risk management. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cyber education and awareness, cybersecurity workforce development, and countries’ cyber preparedness. In addition, 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 a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Milan, Italy; an M.A. in International Affairs and Security Studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University; and has completed additional coursework in cybersecurity at the U.S. Naval War College's Center for Cyber Conflict Studies.