Pasquale Salzano


Pasquale Salzano

President of the CDP Foundation since November 2020, President of SIMEST and Chief International Affairs Officer of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

From April 2017 to December 2019 he was the Ambassador of Italy to Qatar.

He graduated in 1996 in law from the Federico II University of Naples, where he subsequently collaborated with Prof. Benedetto Conforti at the chair of international law. He obtained a PhD in international law from the University of Siena and passed the state exam for lawyer.

He entered the diplomatic career in 1999 and held his first positions in Rome, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Directorate General for European Integration.

In 2001 he was Chief of Staff of the OSCE International Mission in Belgrade and the following year he was in Pristina to set up the Italian Diplomatic Office in Kosovo, now the Embassy of Italy.

In 2005 he is in New York at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the United Nations where he follows the Balkans dossier.

In 2007 he returned to Rome at the Office of the Diplomatic Advisor of Palazzo Chigi where, in view of the Italian Presidency of the G8, he was appointed Head of the G8 / G20 Sherpa Office.

At the end of the Italian Presidency of the G8 in 2009, he was sent to Paris at the OECD Secretariat to take on the role of Director of the Heiligendamm / L’Aquila Process, a process of dialogue and involvement of the main emerging economies on the major global challenges started in 2007 from the G8 countries.

Since 2011 he has been seconded from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Eni as head of International Institutional Relations and head of the Eni office in the United States. Since 2014 he has been appointed Senior Vice President and subsequently joins the Eni Management Committee as Executive Vice President and Director of Institutional Affairs.

In 2011 he was appointed “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and member of the Italian board by the European Council on Foreign Relations.

As a “Young Global Leader” of the World Economic Forum, in 2012 he was selected to participate in the Leadership programs of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. In 2013 he also attended the Oxford Energy Seminar intensive program at the University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous publications on the topics of energy and geopolitics and is Adjunct Professor of gas geopolitics at the Luiss Business School in Rome.