President of the Italian Trade Commission
Born in Skopje, Macedonia, on 5 December 1938. Studies in France, Great Britain and the United States – (with a Fulbright Scholarship). Doctor in Law (1960) and Political Sciences (1962) at Rome University, summa cum laude.
Through a national competitive exam enters the “Banca d’Italia” – Department for Research and International Economics–, 1961.
Enters the Diplomatic Service, 1962.
Italian Mission to the U.N., New York, 1963-1965; Italian Mission to the OECD in Paris, 1966-1969; Counsellor at the Italian Embassy in London, 1969-1974.
Cabinet of the Foreign Minister, 1975-1978.
Principal Private Secretary of the Prime Minister, 1980-1981.
Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy in London, 1982-1987.
Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister and Personal Representative for the G7 Summits, 1988-1992.
Italian Ambassador to Germany, 1992-1996.
Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1997-2001.
Italian Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels, 2001-2004.
For the second time Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 2004.
President of the Italian Trade Commission – ICE –, as from July 2005.
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Ehrenbürger of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 1993.
Honorary Member of the Academic Senate of the Freie Universität Berlin, 1998.
Professor at the LUISS University (European Integration) Rome, 1999-2001.
President of Venice International University (VIU), Isle of San Servolo, since 2000.
Member of the Board of Trustees and Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Shanghai, 2007.
President of the Fondazione Italia-Giappone, 2007.