After completeing a BA and a B.Th. at the University of Gothenburg, Ferdinando received a MA in Religious Studies with a major in History of Religions at the same university. He defended his Ph.D. at the University of Gothenburg in 2010. He is presently a researcher at Uppsala University where he is the Director of the Forum for South Asian Studies for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ferdinando spent two terms in spring 2008 on doctoral work at the OCHS as a visiting scholar through a scholarship from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.