Professor Giacomo Luciani is Senior Advisor, Gulf Research Center and Director, The Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva. Since 1997, he has been Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the SAIS Johns Hopkins University Bologna Centre.
Currently, he is also Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and at the University of Lausanne. From 2000-06, he was Professor of Political Economy and co-director of the Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. He has been visiting professor at the CAP, Ludwigs-Maximilians-UniversitÙ†t in MÃ¼nchen, Germany (2004-05), Institut dâ€™Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris (1994-97) and the Department of Economics at UCLA (1986-88). From May 1990-May 2000, Prof. Luciani worked with ENI as Vice President in charge of international intelligence and major strategic projects involving several lines of business. Earlier, during 1988-90, he was Plan Operations Manager, SRI International team, at the Ministry of Planning, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From 1977-1986, Prof. Luciani, who began his career as an economist with the Bank of Italy, was associated with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), first as Director of Economic Studies, then as Director of Studies. He founded and directed the Institute for Research on International Economics (IRECI) from 1974-77. (IRECI merged with the IAI in 1977).
His research interests include Political economy of the Middle East and North Africa and Geopolitics of energy. His work has focused primarily on the economic and political dynamics of rentier states and issues of development in the GCC countries.
He is a member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club, the Geneva Petroleum Club, and the Energy, Oil and Gas Club of the Institut FranÃ§ais du PÃ©trole (IFP). He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events organized by leading institutions in the field of energy affairs.
Prof. Luciani leads the research component of the GRCâ€™s Al-Jisr project. He also leads research on security of oil supplies within the SECURE project (Security of Energy Considering its Uncertainty, Risk and Economic implications), a large research effort involving 15 research centers funded by the European Commission, which started at the beginning of 2008 and will extend over three years. He will also participate in the POLINARES (POLIcy for NAtural RESources) project led my the University of Dundee, another large research effort involving 11 institutions and funded by the European Commission under FP7, which will start in January 2010.