Dr Ivano Bongiovanni

Lect. Infosec, Governance & Leaders

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 344 31210


Ivano’s research and practice focus on the managerial implications of Information Security and its repercussions in terms of Governance and Leadership. Ivano is also a keen researcher and practitioner in the field of Design Thinking and Design-Led methods.

Ivano is a Lecturer in Information Security, Governance and Leadership with the UQ Business School. Prior to this appointment, Ivano worked as a Research Fellow with the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. During his time in the United Kingdom, Ivano developed his research in the fields of cybersecurity management and design thinking and, among others, was the lead organiser of two editions of the Start-Up Factory, an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at promoting the most promising student start-ups. Ivano has also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the PwC Chair in Digital Economy, a team tasked with supporting public and private organisations in their transition into the Digital Age. At the PwC Chair, Ivano was in charge of running Innovation Sprints aimed at producing innovative digital solutions to wicked organisational problems, by applying design thinking methodologies. He currently holds a honorary position as Digital Fellow with this team. Ivano obtained his PhD from QUT, with a thesis that explored organisational vulnerability to safety and security disruptions in Australian international airports. Before his PhD, he was a lecturer and researcher with Bocconi University and SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan).

His prior professional experiences include, among others, his work as a Deputy Venue Security Manager at the XX Winter Olympic Games - Turin 2006 and his service as a Police Officer with the Italian Police.

With a background in International Relations and Security Management, Ivano has extensive professional and academic experience in the fields of Risk and Crisis Management, Management Consulting and Management of International Organisations. He graduated summa cum laude with a double degree (MSc) in Economy and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions (Bocconi University, Milan) and in International Security (Sciences Po, Paris). Ivano also holds a BSc in International Relations (University of Torino). In 2005, he was an Erasmus student in Political Science at Sorbonne University (Paris IV).

An eager snowboarder, Ivano loves soccer, American football, travelling and (when he finds some time) writing novels and poems.

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity Management
    Ivano's research and practice revolves around Cybersecurity Management, the science (and art) that allows public and private companies to effectively protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and information they collect, store, elaborate and produce. In particular, Ivano works in the following areas: cybersecurity governance and leadership; human factors in cybersecurity; user-centric information security systems; root cause analysis and organisational vulnerability assessment.
  • Design Thinking
    After accumulating extensive experience in running Innovation Sprints, Ivano has developed a passion for design thinking and design-led methods to help organisations solve some of their most complex problems by adopting innovative solutions. Ivano's work on design thinking ranges from facilitating design-led workshops, through conducting research on design in business, to delivering lectures and seminars on design-led methods and using design thinking as a research method.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, QUT.


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Bongiovanni, Ivano (2020). User Safety and Security Experience: Innovation Through Design-Inspired Methods in Airports. The Coupling of Safety and Security. (pp. 53-61) edited by Corinne Bieder and Kenneth Pettersen Gould. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Open. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-47229-0_6

  • Bongiovanni, Ivano and Fischbacher-Smith, Denis (2018). Governance of disaster management. Global encyclopedia of public administration, public policy, and governance. (pp. 1-7) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3314-1

  • Bongiovanni, Ivano, Missoni, Eduardo and Alesani, Daniele (2013). Governance models and reforms. Management of International Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, Practices and Challenges. (pp. 215-238) London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315887364

  • Alesani, Daniele and Bongiovanni, Ivano (2013). Strategic thinking and planning. Management of International Institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, Practices and Challenges. (pp. 239-265) London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315887364

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