Experts & Staff

Umberto Tavolato

Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Foreign policy planning; peace and security in Africa, Arab Gulf foreign policy; Horn of Africa and Red Sea; political Islam; counter violent extremism; mediation

Languages

English, Italian, Kiswahili

Biography

Umberto Tavolato is a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was senior foreign policy expert in the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a political adviser to the Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the European External Action Service. Tavolato has also led EU Special Representatives’ offices in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia and served in the EU Delegation  to the African Union.