Expert Profile

Dr Antonella Di Trapani
Position(s) Executive-in-residence at the GCSP and former Head of Nuclear Education and Knowledge management at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Dr Antonella di Trapani has been until Dec 2023 Head of Nuclear Education and Knowledge management at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency heading the Secretariats of the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework and the Global Forum on nuclear education, science, technology, and policy.  She has senior level experience in science management, policy, diplomacy, communication, education and capacity building policies and programmes, and international co-operation gained by working in several international organisations, including the European Commission. She has been lately nominated as EU Science Diplomacy Working Group member (since the end of 2023). She delivers lectures on Science Diplomacy for nuclear challenges at UPM and the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) new course on “Introduction to science and tech diplomacy the new geopolitics of technology’.She was a Global Policy, Sustainability and Diplomacy Fellow in the Winter 2022. She is a member of several Programme Committees and invited as key-note panel speaker in international conferences.  

She is, among others, Advisory Board member of the IAEA Technical Working Groups on Human Resources Development and Knowledge Management, the European Commission European Human Resources Observatory in Nuclear, the UCL Bachelor Degree on Science and Technology for Social Change and the University of London Knowledge Diplomacy Project. 
In addition, she also worked for the private sector as Research Scientist in Johnson Matthey Technology Centre.  
She was awarded two EC Marie Curie Fellowships during her PhD and PostDoc, and she was Chair of the Marie Curie Fellows Association where she founded and chaired the Women in Science WG. She is also co-founder and former Vice-Chair of the Gender in Science for Mobile Scientists of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.  

Dr di Trapani is an Italian national and holds a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Palermo (Italy) during which she was awarded an Erasmus Fellowship at University College London (UK), a PhD in Chemistry and a PostGraduate Diploma in Quality Improvement from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), a MSc in Science Communication and Journalism from University of Ferrara (Italy), and a PostGraduate Diploma in International Development from London School of Economics and Social Sciences (UK). She completed a certificate on Diplomacy 4.0- Beyond the Digital Frontier from United Nation Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and she is currently carrying out a PostGraduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Geneva School of Business and Economics.