Alix Valenti

International Defence & Security Expert.

I have several years experience conducting projects for the European Commission on a wide range of topics such as migration, education and training, and employment. 

In addition, I have extensive experience in the peace building, urban development and peacekeeping domains with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region, notably the Philippines, Thailand and Timor Leste. I have also published widely on defence and security issues in the Asia Pacific and beyond, specifically focusing on naval and maritime security issues, defence procurement and peacekeeping and peace enforcement.

I am fluent in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian) and have developed basic skills in Portuguese and Tetun whilst in Timor Leste.



  • | September 2020 - Present |

    Valenti Communications & Consulting - International Defence & Security Expert

  • | September 2019 - August 2020 |

    Strategic Communications Manager

  • | May 2017 - July 2019 |

    Editor in Chief of Naval Forces

  • | January 2015 - June 2017 |

    Independent Consultant in Governance, Development and Security

  • | 2007 - 2014 |

    GHK Consulting - Consultant

  • | 2010 - 2012 |

    University College London - Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • | 2006 - 2007 |

    Initiatives for International Dialogue - Volunteer ceasefire monitor

  • | 2006 |

    European Commission - Trainee

  • | 2005 |

    Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice - Intern


  • | 2010 - 2014 |

    PhD in Development Planning/Political Science, University College London

  • | 2004 - 2005 |

    MSc, Urban Development Planning, University College London

  • | 2002 - 2004 |

    BA (Hons), Business Management and Urban Development, Westminster University

  • | 2000 - 2002 |

    CERAM Sophia Antipolis

  • | 1996 - 2000 |

    Lycee Stendhal de Milan


  • French

    Level : Mother tongue

    Applicability : Interviews, background research, reporting, document drafting, teaching

  • English

    Level : Fluent

    Applicability : Interviews, background research, reporting, document drafting, teaching

  • Italian

    Level : Fluent

    Applicability : Interviews, background research, reporting, teaching

  • Spanish

    Level : Fluent

    Applicability : Interviews, background research


  • Stakeholder Engagement

    questionnaire design, interviews, case study visits, reports

  • Editing

    drafting communication documents with technical content, conference and event rapporteur

  • Project Management

    managing projects with large teams across different countries, time zones and cultures, delivering high quality work within tight deadlines

  • Communications & media relations

    delivering media training, designing communication campaigns

  • Policy analysis

    analysing and comparing policy in different countries, evaluating policy impacts, impact assessments for proposed policy changes

  • Teaching

    higher education as well as professional education and training seminars


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Client Testimonials

Dr. Alix Valenti has made a major contribution to both the Asian Military Review and Armada International with her extensive knowledge, clear writing style and high levels of professionalism.
She has been a valuable addition to our team, and is a highly trusted colleague.

Thomas Withington, Editor, Armada International and the Asian Military Review.

Dr Alix Valenti is an excellent writer and researcher who is a regular and valued contributor to both Asia Pacific Defence Reporter and also Defence Review Asia.
Her articles are invariably balanced, informative and styled in an engaging and very readable manner.
She is able to meet tight deadlines and enjoys working in an open, consultative way, showing initiative and energy at all times.

Kym Bergmann, Editor, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter & Defence Review Asia

Working with Dr. Valenti is always a pleasure. Giving her broad experience as a writer, her professionalism and her rhetoric skills she delivered a report that was on the spot and ready for the press. In addition, her good nature and great communication skills make working with her a pleasure, and are all the more reasons to recommend her to anyone seeking a motivated, reliable independent professional.

Johannes Peters, Researcher, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, Centre for Maritime Strategy & Security

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If you would like to hire me for your projects, discuss in more details my previous or current work, or if you would simply like to get in touch to talk about potential collaborations together, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!