Alissa Pavia is assistant director for the North Africa Program within the Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. She is responsible of providing research and analysis on a number of countries, including Libya, Tunisia and Israel, as well as exploring strategic partnerships to further the work of the North Africa Program. 

Previously, Pavia worked for a Brussels-based think tank, where she developed expertise and knowledge on combating anti-Semitism, countering violent extremism, analyzing developments in the Middle East, and other related topics. Pavia was previously a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. During her time in Brussels, she also worked for other important organizations, such as the United Nations and the American Jewish Committee. Pavia has conducted extensive field research in a number of countries, including Israel and Tunisia. 

Pavia holds a Master Degree in Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor Degree in European Studies from the University of Milan.