Mauro Maldonato is an italian psychiatrist, professor at Universita degli Studi della Basilicata of Matera. His academic formation includes studies at the La Sapienza University (Rome), Federico II (Naples), London School of Economics, and the Ecole des hautes etudes (Paris). He has been a recurrent visiting professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC) di Sao Paulo and at Duke University. He is an author and curator of volumes and scientific articles published in numerous languages. He is also the scientific director of the International Research Week.