Irene Fellin was senior researcher on gender and security issues at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), where she mainly worked on research projects dealing with the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on “Women, Peace and Security” in the Mediterranean area, in the framework of NATO, OSCE and the UN. She worked also as project coordinator on the establishment of a Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, while at the same time she worked on education and training programs about the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda. She holds a Master in “Women’s Rights and Gender Issues” from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. Prior of joining IAI, she worked as Gender Advisor of the Special Representative of NATO Secretary General for “Women, Peace and Security” and as a consultant at UNDP and UNICEF in Ankara. She is founder and President of the Italian antenna of WIIS – Women in International Security. In November 2021, Irene Fellin has been appointed as the new NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.