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 Ambassador  Gianluigi Benedetti

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Gianluigi Benedetti, born in 1959 in Rome, Italy, studied at the University of Rome, School of Law and graduated with a Master of Law in 1982. He entered the Italian diplomatic service in 1985 and was assigned to the Italian Embassy in Japan (1987 to 1991) and in the United States (1991 to 1995).

On his return to Rome, he served in the Office for Parliamentary Relations of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 1998 to 1999 he was back in the USA, seconded to the NATO Office at the US State Department under the prestigious “Fellowship of Hope” Program. Following this assignment, he served as Counselor in the Political Office of the Italian Embassy in the United States.

He returned to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001, where he served as Personal Assistant to the Foreign Minister (2001 to 2002), Coordinator of the Italian EU Presidency Web Site (2003) and Deputy Head of the Policy Planning Unit and Head of the Statistical Office (2004 to 2006).

From 2006 to 2008 he served as Diplomatic Adviser to the Italian Minister for Public Administration and Innovation. From 2008 to 2011 he was confirmed in the same position under the new Government.

In 2011 he was appointed as the Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Education, Universities and Research, responsible for the coordination of the international activities of the Ministry and the relations with the Research Centers and Universities on international and European affairs.

From 2012 to 2015 he was Head of the Italian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

In 2014 he was responsible for the preparation and management of the semester of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the Education, Research and Space sectors. Under the Italian G7 Presidency, he is in charge of the coordination and preparation of the G7 Science Ministers Meeting in Torino.

In his capacity as Diplomatic Adviser he promoted and managed several flagship initiatives, such as the “Italy-China Science, Technology and Innovation Week”, the “National Award for Innovation”, the European program “Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area” (PRIMA). He also organized several international missions of representatives of the Italian academic and research systems in various countries, including China, Israel, Morocco, Argentina, and Brazil.

On February 17, 2017 he was appointed Ambassador of Italy to the State of Israel.