Dr Ivano Bongiovanni

Lect. Infosec, Governance & Leaders

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


Ivano is a researcher, consultant, author, and speaker whose work focuses on the managerial and business implications of Cybersecurity.

A Lecturer in Information Security, Governance and Leadership with the UQ Business School and a member of UQ Cyber, Ivano helps business leaders and executives make evidence-based decisions in cybersecurity. With a professional background in risk and security management, Ivano’s work bridges the gap between technical cybersecurity and its repercussions across organisations. He has advised ministers, policy-makers, board members, and senior executives on strategies, governance structures, policies, and training programs for effective cybersecurity management. Ivano is also an experienced facilitator in the fields of Design Thinking and Design-Led innovation, having run since 2015 more than 50 design-led workshops and longer projects for public and private sector organisations.

Prior to UQ, Ivano worked as a Research Fellow with the Adam Smith Business School (University of Glasgow) and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the PwC Chair in Digital Economy (QUT). In this role, he worked with public and private sector organisations in projects aimed at facilitate their transition into the Digital Age. Ivano obtained his PhD from QUT in 2016, with a thesis on safety and security management in Australian airports. His academic career includes stints with Bocconi University and SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan), where he worked as a faculty member and consultant for three years.

He also worked as a Deputy Venue Security Manager at the XX Winter Olympic Games - Turin 2006 and as a Police Officer for the Italian Ministry of Interior.

He has a double MSc in Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions (Bocconi University, Milan) and International Security (Sciences Po, Paris).

A father of one and an eager snowboarder, Ivano loves soccer, American football, and 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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