Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni
Born in Rome in September 1958, she graduated in Political Science at the LUISS University in Rome.
She started her diplomatic career in 1985 serving at the Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for Political Affairs and then at the UNIDO in Vienna in 1986.
From 1989 to 1992, she returned to the Directorate General for Political Affairs to follow the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and was appointed Deputy Head of the CSM (Confidence and Security Building Measures) Delegation in Vienna and later member of the Italian Delegation at the CSCE Follow-Up Conference in Helsinki.
From 1993 to 1996 she was First Secretary of the Diplomatic Mission to International Organizations in Vienna and she then served at the Italian Embassy in Bratislava until 1999.
She returned to Rome in 1999 to work at the Russia Office of the Directorate for Political Affairs. In 2000 she was appointed Head of the Secretariat of the Directorate for the Countries of Europe and in 2001-2002 she was designated Head of the Office for the Countries of Central Eastern Europe.
From 2002 to 2004 she was appointed Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs. In 2004 she became Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Unit.
From 2008 to 2012 she was designated Director General for Development Cooperation and from 2013 to 2015 she assumed the function of Director General for Resources and Innovation.
Promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2014, in 2015 she assumed the function of Chief of Staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Since 5 May 2016 she serves as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.