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The Ambassador


The Ambassador

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Pietro Sebastiani
Ambassador of Italy to the Holy See


He was born in Capannori (Lucca) in 1957, and entered the diplomatic corps in 1984. He served in Moscow, New York, Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Madrid. Director General of Italy’s Development Cooperation between 2016 and 2017. Ambassador to Spain between 2013 and 2016 and Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Organisations in Italy between 2008 and 2012. Member of the Cabinet of five Ministers for Foreign Affairs: Andreatta, Elia, Martino, Agnelli and Dini from 1993 to 1996. Diplomatic Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Deputies in the 14th Legislature and from 2005 to 2008 Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva.

A graduate in Political Sciences with a major in International Law from the "Cesare Alfieri" University of Florence with full honors also took courses in International Economics at Harvard University and in International Journalism at Columbia University, New York. He carried out research for two years at the European University Institute of Fiesole and in several British universities, archives and libraries. He has authored several books, papers and articles on historic and political issues.

Ambassador Sebastiani is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mayer Pediatric Hospital Foundation in Florence, the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), the Guido Carli Foundation and the Sister Nature Foundation; he is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Master MODSC of Tor Vergata University. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Cotec-Italia between 2013 and 2016, of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO between 2016 and 2017, and a member of the Italian National Committee of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO between 2017 and 2018.

In 2015 he was awarded in Spain the Master de Oro Prize in Economics of the Real Forum de Alta Direcciòn, in 2018 the Prize "100 Italian Excellences" and in 2019 the International Prize "Bonifacio VIII".

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

On 18 June 2020, the Holy See awarded him the honor of Knight Grand Cross of the Pian Order.

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, and the couple has four children and five grandchildren.