Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has appointed Laura Frigenti as Director of the new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, at Minister Gentiloni’s proposal. Ms Frigenti was chosen through a public selection process, at the end of which the selection committee submitted a shortlist of 5 names to Minister Gentiloni, all of them highly qualified in development cooperation matters. The different stages of the selection procedure were published and constantly up-dated on the Farnesina’s website.
Born in Rome and active in the development cooperation sector since 1984, Laura Frigenti is currently the Vice President of the Global Development Practice, a US association of non-governmental organisations operating at the international level in the emergency and humanitarian aid sphere and in development cooperation.
Ms Frigenti previously spent nearly 20 years at the World Bank, which she joined in 1994 and where she progressed to increasingly senior positions: lead specialist for social protection for Africa (2000-2001); country programme coordinator for Turkey (2001-2002); sector manager for human development for Africa (2002-2007); country programme director for the central-American countries (2008-2010); director of strategy and operations director for Latin America and the Caribbean (2010-2012) and for Africa (2012); and chief of staff and director of the President’s office (2012-2013).
“Development cooperation is a vital and prominent element of Italian foreign policy”, declared Gentiloni. “I offer Director Frigenti my very best wishes in her new job. She will have the delicate and crucial role of organising the structure of the new Agency and starting its operations. Working closely with the Ministry, the Agency will ensure that Italian Development Cooperation – which in the ‘Stability Law’ saw its resources increase significantly – is as effective as possible in its activities as a whole”.