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The Ambassador


The Ambassador


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Pasquale Salzano is the Ambassador of Italy to Qatar since the 20th of April 2017.

Born in Pomigliano d'Arco (Naples) on April 7th, 1973, he graduated in 1996 in Law at the University of Naples Federico II, where he cooperated later with Professor Benedetto Conforti who held a Chair in International Law. He achieved a PhD in International Law at the University of Siena and he passed the State Exam to become lawyer.

Since 1999 he has been a career diplomat, starting in Rome at the General Directorate for European Integration of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2001, he was appointed Chief of Staff at the OECD Mission in Belgrade and, the following year, was in Pristina to set up the Italian Diplomatic Office in Kosovo, now the Italian Embassy.

In 2005, he was posted to New York, at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, where he was in charge of Balkans issues.

In 2007, he was back in Rome at the Office of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Advisor where, on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the G8, he was named Head of the Sherpa G8/G20 Office.

At the end of the Italian G8 Presidency in 2009, he was at the OECD Secretariat in Paris as Director of the Heiligendamm/L’Aquila Process , a dialogue and engagement process with emerging economies on major world challenges initiated by the G8 in 2007.

In 2011, he was seconded by the Italian MFA to Italy’s Oil&Gas major Eni as Head of International Institutional Relations and Head of Eni’s USA Office. In 2014, he was named Senior Vice President and, in February 2015, he joined Eni’s Management Committee as Executive Vice President and Director of Government Affairs.

Pasquale Salzano graduated in 1996 in law from Federico II University in Naples where, until 1999, he collaborated with Prof. Benedetto Conforti on his classes in international law. During this period, he earned a PhD in international law from the University of Siena and, in 2000, he qualified as Attorney at Law.

In 2011 he was appointed "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum and since then has been a member of the Italian board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

As "Young Global Leader" of the World Economic Forum, in 2012 he has been selected to participate to the Leadership programs of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and of Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. In 2013 he also attended the intensive program of the Oxford Energy Seminar at Oxford University. He has extensively written about energy and geopolitics for national and international publications and he is Adjunct Professor of geopolitics of gas at the LUISS Business School in Rome.

He speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.