Dr. Lara Scarpitta is a gender expert with over a decade of experience on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) and the role of women in conflict and post-conflict countries of the Balkan region and the Middle East, especially Bosnia, Syria, and Yemen.
Since January 2020, Dr. Scarpitta has worked as Political Advisor at the European Union Delegation to the U.N. in Geneva. She served in various advisory roles for the E.U. in Bosnia (2008-2012), Turkey (2012-2017), and Brussels (2017-2019), as well as in the private office of former VP of the European Commission Franco Frattini. Educated in the U.K., she holds a Ph.D. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham.