Stefano Stefanini

Permanent Representative – Italy

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Ambassador Stefano Stefanini, Permanent Representative of Italy

From 1971 to 1972, he served as Lieutenant in the Italian Army’s Alpine corps.

He graduated cum laude in Law from the University of Pisa in 1970. He passed both the Bar Exam and the Foreign Service Exam in 1974, and opted for the latter. After serving in Rome at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1977, he was posted first to Australia, as Consul in Perth, and later to the Italian Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Back in Rome in 1985, he worked in development assistance and cooperation and economic affairs.

In 1990, he was posted to Moscow as economic and then political counselor; as an analyst, he has first hand experience with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Russian economic and political transition.

Posted to Washington in September 1993, he was initially in charge of consular affairs and judicial bilateral U.S.-Italy cooperation. In August 1995, he became Senior Political Counselor with responsibility for political and military affairs. He followed U.S. foreign policy and specialized in the Balkans, European Security and NATO, and U.S.-Russia relations.

In September 1998, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was assigned to the General Secretariat where he dealt with the reform of the Ministry.

In July 1999, he was appointed Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Italy.

He entered the Senior Foreign Service in June 2000 with the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary.

As of June 1, 2003, he is Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.

Appointed Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO in Brussels on February 7, 2007

He was born in La Spezia on December 25, 1947. He is married to the former Stephanie McLarty and the couple has two daughters, Sara and Livia.

Decorations: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the ItalianRepublic