Professor Giacomo Luciani
Professor Luciani was the senior vice president for international investment projects at ENI from 1990 to 2000. From 2000 to 2006 he directed the Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. In 2006 he moved to Geneva to establish and direct the Gulf Research Centre Foundation. While at EUI, Prof. Luciani launched and directed a major cooperative research effort on EU-GCC energy relations, known as EUROGULF, which was supported by the European Commission under the SYNERGY program. Prof. Luciani was one of the founders of the Observatoire Méditerrannéen de l’Energie (OME) and has maintained a close working relationship, contributing notably to the MEDSUPPLY and ENCOURAGED projects, specifically providing the geopolitical analysis and discussion underpinning both projects. Prof. Luciani also contributed to the INDES project led by the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), notably providing the analysis on security of gas supplies. Prof. Luciani teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Bologna Centre, where he offers a course on the Politics and Economics of International Energy as well as at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Role in the Project
As an expert of global energy issues and of the political economy of the Gulf oil producing countries, Prof. Luciani contributes to the project with his extensive experience, especially in conflict and cooperation between oil and gas producers and importers, as well as the geopolitical dimensions of oil and gas security. His main contribution to the project relates to the analysis of current and future trends and challenges regarding access to natural resources and the strategies of key players (WP 3 and 4), as well as the identification of possible policy solutions and future strategies (WP 5).