Since September 2013 he’s been appointed Ambassador of Italy to the Russian Federation.
From July 2009 until September 2013 he was Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York.
In 2006 he was bestowed the rank of “Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic”.
In November 2006 he was the Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
In 2004 he was appointed the Prime Minister’s Representative to the G8 Summit (Sherpa) and was in charge of preparations for the Gleneagles and Saint Petersburg Summits.
From 2002 to 2004 he was Chef de Cabinet to the Foreign Minister, a position he took up after serving as the Prime Minister’s Representative for the Balkans in 2001.
From 1999 to 2002 he was Deputy Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister.
From 1996 to 1999 his overseas service also included appointments as Head of the Italian diplomatic mission in Baghdad, Iraq.
In 1992 he was named Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in New Delhi, India, where he served until 1995.
From 1989 to 1992 he was Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Intelligence Unit.
First Secretary at Italy’s Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, between 1984 and 1987; and Consul in Tehran, Iran, from 1981 to 1984.
Joined the Foreign Service on 4 May 1978.
Graduated in International Relations at the “Universit? Libre de Bruxelles” in 1975 and in Political Sciences, with an international focus, at the “Cesare Alfieri” Faculty of the University of Florence in 1976.
Born in Massa (Italy) on 6 February 1953.
Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation