Giulia Sostero is the Middle East & Africa Coordinator at ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy. She holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Inter-Mediterranean Mediation (International Cooperation and Development) from Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III (France), Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice (Italy) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). She previously studied, as a Bachelor degree, Languages, Cultures and Societies of Mediterranean Asia and Africa (Arabic and Turkish) at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (Italy). She also worked in the field of migration and asylum in Italy. Her research centered around the role of music in the political relations between Palestine and Israel, through her BA thesis and fieldwork done in a cultural association. For her MA thesis, she focused on the concept of radicalization, its symbiotic relationship with islamophobia and a case study of the Swedish prevention system. As MEA Coordinator in ALDA, she manages various projects targeting Turkish civil society organisations as well as local authorities, aiming to favour exchange and build long-term local and international partnerships.