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Washington Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Stefano Stefanini, Named Italy’s Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels

Date:

08/01/2011


Washington Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Stefano Stefanini, Named Italy’s Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels

  Minister Plenipotentiary Stefano Stefanini, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, has been named Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels.  His nomination was made public on Monday, April 9, 2007, by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.  He left Washington for Brussels on April 11th and will take up his new duties on the day after his arrival, April 12th.  

A career Diplomat, Stefano Stefanini was born in Lerici on December 25, 1947, and after obtaining a high school diploma in the Classics, he enrolled at the University of Pisa Law School, class of 1970.  He joined the Italian diplomatic service in 1974.   

Among the positions he held Ambassador Stefanini worked as Consul in Perth, Australia, and later as Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York.  Back in Rome, he first worked at the Department for Development Cooperation, and later at the Department for Economic Affairs.  From 1990 to 1993 he was Counselor at the Embassy of Italy in Moscow and later became First Counselor at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.   

In 1999, he was named Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Republic.  In 2000 he was promoted Minister Plenipotentiary.  In 2003 he took the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.  

In Brussels, Ambassador Stefanini will be  accompanied by his wife Stephanie.  In response to a journalist’s question regarding his recent appointment, he replies that “It is an enormous satisfaction.  It is an appointment full of great responsibilities, especially at a time like this.”



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