Simone Pieranni, born in Genoa, lived in China from 2006-2014. A political science graduate, he has written for Il Fatto Quotidiano, il manifesto and Wired, among other publications. He has published two books about China and founded the China Files blog.
Giuliana Sgrena is an Italian journalist who works for il manifesto and the German weekly Die Zeit. While working in Iraq, she was kidnapped by insurgents on Feb. 4, 2005.