Marcello Scalisi has been the director of the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED) since 2008. He gained extensive experience in Sicily in the sustainable tourism sector, managing and monitoring EU projects for local tourism development and providing vocational training for dozens of companies and thousands of workers. Scalisi started working at UNIMED in 1998 as project manager and moved gradually to the coordination of UNIMED’s European, international and national funded initiatives and projects. Since he became director of UNIMED, there has been a significant increase of the number of associated universities to the network, funded projects, employees, and collaborators. UNIMED is now a permanent stakeholder of the European Commission. Scalisi holds a degree in historical sciences and international cooperation from the Faculty of Literature, Philosophy and Languages at the University of Roma Tre, Rome.