Cristina Caparesi has a master’s degree in Science of Education and a specialization in Family Mediation. She is an educator and family mediator with an expertise in conflicts related to cultic affiliations. She is President, EXIT ONLUS Cooperative enterprise, Director of the Helping Centers for Job Harassment of the Province of Udine SOS Antimobbing and CISL-Province of Prodenone; and Director of the Helping Center of SOS Abusi Psicologici. She is also a member of the Working Group of the European Commission, “First-line Deradicalisation Practitioners”; vice-president of ANPE, the professional association of educational consultants; Director for the project, “Plurlingual Families” for educaforum.a.p.s.; Editor of the scientific journal of SOS Abusi Psicologici, Manipulation and Abuse; an expert for the Criminal Court of Udine in the branch of education, with a specialization in criminology and problems related to cultic affiliations; Italian Co-correspondent for ICSA Today; and a member of the Italian Society of the Psychology of Religion. She works professionally in the areas of multiculturalism and bilingualism, educational services, undue influence (including job harassment, cults, bullying), and family mediation and alternative dispute resolutions (ADR). She is a co-author, with Mario Di Fiorino and Steven Kent, of “Costretti ad amare. Saggi sui Bambini di Dio, the Family” (only Italian), and other articles published by Italian magazines.
Dolors Gironés, who translates abstracts into Spanish for ICSA’s academic journal, International Journal of Cultic Studies, has a degree in Library and Information Science. She works as a librarian.
Friedrich Griess, educated as an electrical engineer, was in 1983 confronted with disastrous consequences when one of his four children joined a questionable group. Since then he has been engaged in activities of consulting and prevention, being a board member of the Austrian Gesellschaft gegen Sekten - und Kultgefahren (association against the dangers from sects and cults) and from 2005 - 2009 the president of the European umbrella organization FECRIS. In 2013 he received an ICSA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Piotr T. Nowakowski, PhD, born in 1974, doctor of pedagogy; Assistant Professor at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – Off-Campus Faculty of Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola (Poland). Areas of scientific activity: philosophy of education, aretology, pedagogy of mass media, pedagogy of resocialization, social work; author of headings in the Universal Encyclopedia of Philosophy (published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Tomasza z Akwinu). Books include: Sekty – co kazdy powinien wiedziec (1999), in English: Sects – What One Should Know; Sekty – oblicza werbunku (2001), in English: Sects – Faces of Recruitment; Fast food dla mózgu, czyli telewizja i okolice (2002), in English: Fast Food for Mind, i.e., television and surroundings; Modele czlowieka propagowane w czasopismach mlodziezowych. Analiza antropologiczno-etyczna (2004), in English: Models of Man Propagated in Selected Magazines for Young People. An Anthropological and Ethical Analysis; The Phenomenon of Cults from a Scientific Perspective (editor, 2007); Higher Education in Nigeria: Selected Aspects (editor, 2010); Wokól pigulki gwaltu (editor, 2011), in English: Talking about Date Rape Drugs. Dr. Nowakowski is ICSA Today’s News Correspondent for Eastern Europe.