Bernardo Mariani is a freelance conflict prevention and peacebuilding consultant, with specialist knowledge of China. Since 2005, he has managed and implemented research and policy dialogue projects on the implications of China’s growing role in global security affairs. He served for 10 years on the Organisational Management Team of Saferworld – as Head of China Programme. Previously, he managed and implemented advocacy, research and training activities in the fields of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across Europe, Russia and Central Asia. He has also worked as a Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and for the European Commission, researching and advising on trans-regional security threats.