Marco Tavanti

Marco Tavanti

Program Director / Professor

Program Director
Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Marco Tavanti is an international development scholar whose experience stretches over 25 years and whose work has taken him to more than 18 countries in Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Tavanti’s teaching in sustainable development, leadership ethics, intercultural diversity, and NGO management is grounded in Jesuit values and his scholarship is an embodiment of the University’s mission to be of service to humankind. Professor Tavanti is the Nonprofit Administration Program Director.

Dr. Tavanti is a systems thinker whose scholarship aims at providing practical and integrated solutions to issues in international development and poverty reduction. His research methods are participatory in nature and directed at building international capacity in leaders, organizations, and institutions. Through his teaching he inspires globally engaged leaders while building professional capacity through international managerial skills across sectors.

He is President of Sustainable Capacity International Institute (SCII-ONLUS) and founder of the World Engagement Institute (WEI), two international organizations providing capacity development services for sustainable human security. He designed and directed various professional training programs on sustainable community development, indigenous human rights, anti-human trafficking and refugee service management. He has been consulting and collaborating with United Nations agencies such as the Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Compact (UNGC), the Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).


  • Sustainable Development
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Intercultural Diversity
  • NGO Management

Research Areas

  • International Development
  • Poverty Reduction


  • Program Director, Nonprofit Administration


  • PhD, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2001 (with distinction)
  • MA, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1999
  • MA, Cross-Cultural Theology, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, 1996
  • MDiv Master in Divinity, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, 1994
  • BA, Philosophy, Gregorian University-Studio Teologico Fiorentino, Florence, Italy, 1991

Awards & Distinctions

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty and Student nomination. DePaul University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Science (LAS), 2006, 2014 

  • Wicklander Business Ethics Fellowship Award. Institute for Business and Professional Ethics (IBPE), 2006

  • Latino Students Appreciation Faculty Award, Latin American Studies, DePaul University, 2003

  • Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship Award. Loyola University Chicago Graduate School, 2001

  • Editor in Chief, International Journal of Sustainable Human Security (IJSHS) 

  • Associate Editor, Leadership and the Humanities Journal (LATH-ILA)

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Management and Sustainability (JMS)

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice (IJSPP)

  • Associate Editor, International Research and Review (IRR-PBD)

Selected Publications

  • Tavanti, Marco & Stachowicz-Stanusch, Agata (Eds). Sustainable Human Security: Corruption Issues and Anti-corruption Solutions. Common Grounds Publishing – Sustainability Book Collection, 2014

  • Tavanti, M. & Werhane, P. H. (2014) “On Complacency, Corporate Cliffs and Power Distance: Global Leadership Ethics from Gender and Cultural Studies Perspectives.” Leadership and the Humanities (International Leadership Association Journal), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2014, pp. 21–29.

  • Tavanti, M. “International Law and Global Migration: The UN and NGOs Global Initiatives to Fight Human Trafficking, Protect Refugee Rights and Labor Immigrant Rights.” In E. W. Collier and C. R. Strain (Eds.) Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration. New York: Lexington Books, 2014, pp. 109–128.

  • Tavanti, M. & Sfeir-Younis, A. “Human Rights Based Sustainable Development: Essential Frameworks for an Integrated Approach.” The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practices, Vol. 8, 2013, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp. 21–35.

  • Tavanti, Marco. “Before Microfinance: The Social Values of Microsavings in Vincentian Poverty Reduction.” Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 111, No. 3 (2012): pp. 1–10.

  • Tavanti, Marco. “Responsible Management Education in Practice: The Principles and Processes for Educating Socially Responsible and World Engaged Leaders.” In Charles Wankel & Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching Ethics in Business and Management Education. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2012, pp. 546–563.