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The Ambassador


The Ambassador

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Pietro Sebastiani
Ambassador of Italy to the Holy See

Born in Capannori (Lucca) in 1957,entered the diplomatic service in 1984.He served in Moscow, New York, Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Madrid. He has been Director of Italy’s Development Cooperation (2016-17),Ambassador to Spain(2013-16)and Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN Org. in Italy(2008-12).

He had been a member of the Cabinet of several Italian Ministers for Foreign Affairs: Andreatta, Elia, Martino, Agnelli and Dini(1993-96), then Diplomatic Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Deputies in the 14th Legislature and Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva(2005-2008).

He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Florence and took courses in International Economics at Harvard Univ. and in International Journalism at Columbia Univ. He carried out research for 2 years at the European Univ. in Fiesole and in several British universities, archives and libraries. He has authored several books, papers and articles on historic and political issues.

He is a member of the Board of the Meyer Pediatric Hospital Foundation and of the Board of the Italian Society for International Organization. He was a member of the Board of the Cotec-Italia Foundation in 2013-16, of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO in 2016-17 and of the Italian National Committee of the International Hydrological Programme in 2017-18.

In 2015 he was awarded the Master de Oro in Economics by the Spanish Real Forum de Alta Direccion. In 2018 he received the Prize “100 Italian excellencies”.

He has received many Honours from the Republic of Italy and from several countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Germany, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, San Marino, Slovakia, Souverain Military Order of Malta, Spain, Hungary and Uruguay.

He is the founder and Honorary President of the Italian Association of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome "Seeds for SIDS". He was vice President of the World Federation of Associations Against Cot Deaths, Sids International, between 1997 and 2000.

He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and has studied German, Russian and Dutch.

He is married to Maria Cristina Finucci, an artist, architect and designer. The couple had four children and four grandchildren.