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The Director General for Political Affairs and Security

Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara

Pasquale Ferrara was Born in Caserta (CE) on June 17, 1958.

He graduated in Political Science from the University “Federico II” of Naples in 1981 and entered the diplomatic service in 1984.

He served in the Directorate-General for Italians Abroad, dealing with the issue of desaparecidos of Italian origin in Argentina.

In 1986 he was in the Minister’s Cabinet dealing with Relations with Parliament.

In 1987 he joined the Office of the Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Republic.

In 1989 he served at the Italian Embassy in Santiago, Chile.

In 1992 he was appointed Consul in Athens.

He returned to Rome in 1996 to serve again in the Secretary General’s Office.

In 1998 he was Counsellor at the Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

In 2002 he was appointed First Counsellor in Washington.

Once returned to Rome, in 2006 he was Head of the Minister’s Press Service and Spokesperson of the Minister. In 2009 he was appointed Head of the Analysis and Planning Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

In 2011 he was appointed Secretary General of the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole.

From October 3, 2016, he held the post of Ambassador in Algiers.

In 2020 he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador and was appointed Special Envoy for Libya of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Since May 2021 he has been Director General for Political Affairs and Security of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

He is a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

He speaks English, French and Spanish fluently and he has knowledge of Greek and German. In parallel with his diplomatic activity, for many years he has carried out academic and research work on the theory and practice of international relations. His interests include, in particular, the study of religions.