Claudio Loiodice (born in Potenza, Italy on July 14, 1960)
- Professional Sociologist, Criminologist with expertise in geopolitics.
- Teacher of Criminology applied to Investigations at the Department of Education of the Republic and Canton of Ticino (Switzerland)
- Board Member of Italy’s National Association of Sociologists - Associazione Nazionale Sociologi – UK delegate.
- National Board Member and UK representative of the Antonino Caponnetto Foundation.
- Member of the British Sociological Association and of the American Society of Criminology.
- Member of CII, Council of International Investigators.
He joined the Italian National Police force in 1979.
Following an instructor’s course, he was transferred to Torino (Italy) where he was immediately employed in the most sensitive activities to combat crime.
In 1984, he was transferred to the Organized Crime Department of the Italian Flying Squad and was employed in delicate nation-wide investigations into various mafia-type organizations, quickly becoming a close collaborator of several well-known investigators.
At that stage, he focused on kidnapping, at that time a national emergency. In particular, he worked on the kidnapping of Marco Fiora, Carlo Celadon and of Patrizia Tacchella. He also worked on several murder cases related to mafia-like organizations (including the ‘Ndrangheta in the Calabria region and the Sicilian Mafia).
In 1987 he attended Italy’s National Police Inspectors Academy. Once graduated he was appointed Chief of the Investigation Team of the Murder and Organized Crime Department of the Italian Flying Squad.
At the end of 1989, he was chosen by the Executives of the Italian Police as the first Officer of Judiciary Police for undercover activities. He then underwent operative training with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In 1990, he completed his first undercover mission, infiltrating an international criminal organization managed by Kurdish citizens in Italy and in Spain.
Between 1990 and 2002, he completed 12 undercover missions both on a national and international level, working to bring down dangerous mafia like organizations from the inside.
In the meantime, he continued his in-depth studies on the sociology of migration. He conceived and then created the first Italian Police Team to deal with non-national crime rings. He focuses on North Africa, Albania and China.
In 1993, he personally carried out investigations into the first murder case related to Chinese organized crime. He collaborated directly with the Public Prosecutor in a delicate international investigation that led to the arrest of Chinese criminals in Italy, France and Holland.
His studies on this matter enabled him to participate in an academic research symposium held at Oxford University’s Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology.
At the beginning of the 2000s, he extended his studies to Islamic fundamentalism in Europe and to the dynamics of proselytism and of radicalization in North African Countries. These studies related to infiltration techniques used to illegally migrate subjects involved in international terrorism.
He conducted in-depth studies into the phenomenon of the so-called “Houses of Prayer” that develop in districts characterized by a strong Muslim presence and by social exclusion.
In the meantime, he completed his last undercover mission, infiltrating Calabria’s most dangerous criminal organization, while specializing in anti-money laundering activities.
The mission led to the total dissolution of the criminal structure’s northern Italian base, with a heavily negative effect on the Calabrian mafia-like families and on their finances.
He used his experience as an infiltrating “accountant” in order to hone his skills in international economic processes, in Business Intelligence and Due Diligence. Thanks to his international intelligence contacts, he offers analysis techniques, industrial crisis management techniques and anti-fraud and anti-money laundering projects.
In the second half of the 2000s, he retired from the Italian National Police and moved to London where he became Managing Director of the company Strategy & Security Advisory – SSA EMEA Ltd, whose core business is financial and industrial risk management.
In 2012, he achieved a Master’s degree in High Geopolitical Studies organized by the prestigious Italian Society for the International Organizations - SIOI. His Master’s dissertation focused on the “Arab Spring” in Bahrain.
As a board member of the Antonino Caponnetto Foundation, he works on projects related to lawfulness and on studies on corruption, anti-money laundering and public tenders.
He is a consultant for the geopolitical affairs of the Italian Mediterranean Observatory for the Organized Crime and mafia- like organizations.
He is memeber of CII, Council of International Investigators, since May 2016
He constantly publishes his researches in journals in Italy and the UK, via the Italian Sociological Association - http://www.ans-sociologi.it/ and the British Sociological Association - BSA Teacher Journal.