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Since August 1, 2014- Coordinator for Environment and Science of the ltalian Development Cooperation, ltalian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Management of a team of specialists, and of the environmental science-policy-finance interface, in charge of ensuring environmental coherence in all ltalian development aid programs, while directly supervising and planning environmental aid programs and financing. Among the achievements, the adoption of a new comprehensive set of indexes to integrate biodiversity in social progress; the launch of a new line of aid programs integrating environment, security and migrations;
National Focal Point for Land Degradation, Mountains, and Global lslands Partnership, Vice Chair of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee;
Head of the ltalian Delegation to UNCCD negotiations, elected EU/WEOG Representative in UNCCD CoP Bureau, Vice President and General Rapporteur of UNCCD CoP (Mandate, October 2015-0ctober 2017);
Member of the Delegations to UNFCCC, UNCBD and other environment-related European and multilateral processes (United Nations Environment Assembly, OCDE Environet, World Bank Safeguards, ECOSOC High Level Political Forum, UN Samoa Pathway for SIDS, EU WPEI, among others);
Member of the National Emissions Trading Commission;
Lecturer and Professor of Environment and Geo-strategy at various institutions, think-tanks and Universities;
Member of the Board of the MA in Development at the Milan lnstitute of Technology (Politecnico);
Member of the Scientific Council of the Master in Sustainable Development at LUMSA Pontifical University and Professor of Social and Environmental Sustainability;
Member of the Scientific Council for Health, Environment and Development at Genova University;
Member of the Consultative Board of Ashoka ltaly;
Member and author at the Steering Committee of UNCCD Global Land Outlook;
Scientific Advisor for the Environment at the Solidarity lnitiatives Centre of Milan Catholic University;
Member of the board and reviewer of the Journal of Development and University Cooperation.
September 1, 2010- July 30, 2014 • Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of ltaly in Tehran
General supervision and management of the Embassy, with a yearly financial turnover above 7.4 million euro; since September 10, 2012, in charge of representing Canada and Canadian interests in Iran, involving funds above1 million U$;
Director of human resources and protocol issues, responsible far a staff of 56 among diplomats, military and security officers, and employees;
head supervisor of political activities, with a direct responsibility far EU political coordination, lranian nuclear file and sanctions, lranian foreign and regional policy including multilateral dimensions;
top Security Officer;
Visiting Professor of Environment and Geo-strategy at Teheran University
July 3, 2006 - August 29, 2010 - Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Jtaly in Ottawa
General supervision and management of the Embassy, with a yearly financial turnover above 1.2 million euro and Director of human resources; Chargé d'Affaires during long periods;
head press and political officer, personally in charge of EU political cooperation, Canadian foreign and internai politics, multilateral issues (UN, NATO, Canadian G8-G20 Presidency of 2010), Afghanistan, Arctic issues and environment, Defence and procurement, relations with Parliament and political Parties and with Administrations al the federal, provincial and municipallevels;
top Security Officer;
Visiting Professor of Environment and Geo-strategy, and of Conflict Resolution alOttawa University.
May 16, 2002 - July 2, 2006 • Head of the Foreign Media Office and Director of the web site at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Direct responsibility far a yearly budget above 16 million euro, managing a set of politically sensitive contracts with national Press Agencies, that l renegotiated to the full advantage of my Administration, obtaining further services far a yearly value of 1.8 million euro without increases in costs;
Press Officer in charge of media communication and public diplomacy on multilateral issues, and of general relations with international media;
Spokesperson far various Undersecretaries of Foreign Affairs;
Director of MFA web site and Project Manager far the launch of a new uniform network of web sites far ltalian Embassies, Delegations, Consular Offices and Cultural lnstitutes, l led a team of 23 people of disparate professional backgrounds - diplomats, journalists, visual artists, administrators, technicians, etc. - to results that were unanimously recognized and labeled by media as an "exploir, swiftly bringing the monthly average of "hits" from 300.000 to 5 million, and being awarded by a Jury of Journalists, in 2005, a Prize far "conceiving and managing the most credible and influential web site in ltalt;
Professor of Conflict Resolution at LUISS University in Rome, lecturer and author on environment and security issues.
January 29, 2002 - May 15, 2006 • Politica( and Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of ltaly in Paris
ECOFIN; bilateral economic relations;
multilateral political issues;
ltalian Delegate lo the Bureau lnternational des Expositions;
lecturer and author on environment and security issues.
May 16, 1994 - January 28,1999 - Consul of ltaly In Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
Head of a prominent consular office, with a staff of 10 and a yearly budget then close to 650.000 euro, in the location of the ltalian largest direct investment abroad (Latin America FIAT car makers); during my term l backed the expansion of ltalian economic presence in my area from 30 to aver 140 companies, also negotiating advantageous fiscal agreements;
in charge of political and economic relations with the Brazilian States of Minas Gerais, Goiàs and Tocantins;
lecturer and author on environment and security issues.
December 13, 1993 • May 15, 1994- Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Coordination of a staff of 40;
contribution to the management of the political agenda of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Han. Beniamino Andreatta,
until the end of his mandate;
lecturer and author on environment and security issues.
March 4, 1993 • December 12, 1993 • Head of the Secretariat of the Legai, Legislative and lnternational Litigation Department at the ltalian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
General coordination of the Department, with a staff of 25;
contribution to legislative drafting;
legal advising in international negotiations and dispute settlement procedures;
delegate lo the UN General Assembly.
March 4, 1992 • March 3, 1993 • Assistant to the Diplomatic Advisor of the Italian Minister of Defence
Called to join the Cabinet of the Minister of Defence, in a phase of acute crisis, to contribute to the assessment and planning of international policies involving ltalian armed forces (former WEU/UEO transition process, peacekeeping operations, arms control, Somalia, Albania, Balkan stabilisation, etc.)
March 4, 1991 • March 3, 1992 • Deputy Head of the Treaty and lnternational Disputes Office, within the Legai
Department of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Legal counselling in bilateral and multilateral negotiations; strategic planning of negotiation and litigation procedures;
certification of treaties, ratification procedures.
Education and training
MA in lnternational Relations and Diplomatic School, June 1, 1989 Diploma of the "Superiore Scuola di Alti Studi Internazionali", Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale, Piazza Venezia, 2, 00186 Rome (Italy)
1988 to 1991 - While training as a Barrister in a law firm in Milan (mainly international mergers and acquisitions), l attended several courses at the Hague Academy of lnternational Law, Harvard Negotiation Centre, Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris.
Law School Diploma, November 5, 1988 Catholic University of Milan, L. Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan (ltaly) Public and private internationallaw: l graduated with honors, with a thesis on international investment disputes that was awarded the national prize "Luigi Craici" for the "best thesis on international organization" and the national prize "Guglielmo Reiss Romuli"
Fluent, both in speaking and writing, in English, French, ltalian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Basic interaction in Greek and Farsi.
Social skills and - competences
Substantial interpersonal skills, refined in many different cultural and professional environments. Since 1988 l have acted as an intercultural trainer (for instance, for ICCROM/UNESCO and Council of Europa programmes, private corporations and foundations, schools and universities), researched, published and lectured on intercultural communication, mediation and adaptation, developing a sound ability to operate in multinational contexts (l lived, researched and worked in 9 countries);
with a professional communication background, l am credited with highly advanced public speaking skills; furthermore, in my four year experience as Press Officer and Spokesperson at the ltalian MFA, l developed the technicalities, strategies and alertness necessary to manage an effective and safe media exposure; l am confident addressing audiences in English, French, ltalian and Portuguese.
Organisational - skills and competences
Proven team building and leadership aptitude, having successfully managed teams of up to 50 people facing challenging goals. My approach is based on inclusiveness, cooperation, motivation and recognition of individual achievements: l take special care in short and long term planning, staff direction, cautious and rigorous administrative procedures and, above ali, in fostering a collective problem solving attitude in my teams. While asserting a transparent leadership, my experience has led me to favour bottom-up dynamics that - generally and given proper conditions- enable groups to achieve goals more effectively, in a more fulfilling human environment;
frequently confronted with high pressure situations and periods, l refined skills necessary to lead teams in stressful conditions while maintaining an objective appraisal of reality.
Technical skills - and competences
With a significant institutional, academic, public, and media recognition as an environment expert, for the fast twenty years l have been engaged in promoting the awareness of the deep link between environmental balance and human balance, researching, publishing, teaching and lecturing about the impacts of ecosystem degradation. As l master the inner workings of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, I have a pragmatic understanding of the balance of interests involved in modulating international environmental policies. l can also contribute with a solid experience in environmental programs conception and implementation, due to my current position within the ltalian Development Cooperation;
credited with quick, reliable and balanced political judgment and insight, l am considered a cautious, constructive, and effective international negotiator; l am able to put the same solid interpersonal and mediation aptitudes to the service of internal consensus building;
an extensive juridical background that, beyond international law, has proven essential for sound and correct administration; l have a flawless record of effective, correct, and punctual administration and financial transparency, not limited to internal procedures. l have supervised highly performing frontline teams and substantial financial turnovers;
since my youth, l have been involved with social and cultural non profit organisations in various countries, holding positions of responsibility; on their behalf, l have also developed a significant experience as a fund-raiser. In particular, l was awarded by the Brazilian Government three prestigious Knighthoods for successfully running a fund raising program in favour of abandoned children. ln-field involvement with NGOs has taught me to interact effectively with civil society actors;
a multi-faceted and multi-lingual drafting experience, ranging from legislation to speech writing, from political reporting to press releases, from multilateral documents to web communication
Selected Publications Numerous articles - and other texts published by official organizations - about human impacts of environmental degradation, and the following Books:
Il negoziato e la conclusione degli accordi internazionali, CEDAM, 2000 (Negotiating and Concluding lnternational Agreements).
Il ciclo indissolubile - Pace, ambiente, sviluppo e libertà nell'equilibrio globale, V&P/Catholic University Press, 2002 (The Unbreakable Cycle- Peace, Environment. Development and Freedom in Global Balance).
Il nostro turno: il semestre italiano di presidenza dell'Unione Europea, Ministero degli Affari Esteri, 2003 (OurTurn: the ltalian Presidency of EU, published by the ltalian MFA)
L'ecorivoluzione necessaria, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2008 (The Necessary Eco-Revolution).
L'Arca di Noè- Per salvarci tutti insieme, Chiarelettere, 2014. (Noah's Ark- Saving the Environment Together)