Federica was an IAI Researcher at the "Multilateralism and Global Governance" programme, focusing on nonproliferation and disarmament, and on gender in international security. After graduating summa cum laude in Political Science at the University of Roma Tre, and winning a full merit scholarship for an exchange programme at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Federica obtained her Master's degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California. In 2014, she won the Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize for best MIIS paper on Human Trafficking and concluded an internship at the Asian-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a US Department of Defense academic institute. She was the recipient of the United Nations Security Council Monitor Fellowship at the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), as well as the Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Fellowship at Pacific Forum – Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She also worked at Deloitte UK, and as Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), at the William Tell Coleman Library, and as a free-lance collaborator for the online magazine Geopolitica.info.