President of IAI
Career diplomat from 1972 to 2013, he was Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in Brussels (2008-2013), Head of Cabinet (2006-2008) and Director General for European Integration (2004-2006) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He had previously served in New York at the United Nations, in Algiers, in Paris and in Beijing. He was also diplomatic advisor to the vice-president of the Council of Ministers (1998), lecturer at the Oriental University of Naples (1989) and fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, (1985-86).
In June 2014 he was appointed European Commissioner in the Commission chaired by Manuel Barroso to replace Antonio Tajani, a post he held until the end of the Commission’s mandate on 1 November 2014.
He is currently a lecturer at the LUISS School of Government. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on international relations, European affairs and political science.