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


English, Italian, Kiswahili


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.

In the media

Umberto Tavolato discusses innovation and the impact of geopolitical and economic dynamics on emerging markets in this podcast.