Francesca Spidalieri

Francesca Spidalieri

Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity, cyber crime, information security strategies and policies
  • NATO and transatlantic relations, EU policies and institutions, United Nations


  • B.A. in political science and international relations, University of Milan
  • M.A. in international affairs and security studies, Tufts University


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 also as subject-matter expert for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Cyber Readiness Index Project, the Center for Internet Security’s Roles & Controls Panel, and the Ponemon Institute. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber-strategic leadership, cyber risk management, cyber education and awareness, cybersecurity workforce development, and the professionalization of the cybersecurity industry. She regularly speaks at cyber-related events nationwide and lectures on cybersecurity issues at Salve Regina University and other local organizations.

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.