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The Permanent Representative Mariangela Zappia

 

The Permanent Representative Mariangela Zappia

 

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Ambassador - career diplomat with over thirty years of experience - Mariangela Zappia has been Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York since August 2018, after having served as Diplomatic Advisor and G7-G20 Sherpa to the Prime Minister of Italy (2016-2018). She has been the first woman in her country to hold this position, as well as the first woman Ambassador of Italy to NATO and the UN.

 

MOST RELEVANT EXPERIENCES

• Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels (2014-2016);

• Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN and other International Organization in Geneva (2011-2014);

• Ministry Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva (2007-2011);

• Special assignment as coordinator of major events under the Italian Presidency of the G8 in 2009, including on violence against women and women peace and security;

• Head of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Balkans Department for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome (2007);

• From 2003 to 2006 she dedicated herself full time to her family;

• First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in New York (2000-2003);

• First Counsellor, at the Italian Embassy in Brussels. Detached, on a special assignment, to the NATO media task-force during the conflict in Kosovo (1997-2000);

• Counsellor, in charge of the relations with Italian press and media at the Press and Information Service and Office of the Spokesperson of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Rome (1994-1997);

• She had previously held different positions at the Consulate General in New York (1990-1993) and the Italian Embassy in Dakar (1986-1990). She joined the Foreign Service in 1983 when she was appointed to the Legal Service and later on to the Maghreb and Middle East Department of the Directorate General for Political Affairs;

 

EDUCATION

She holds a Master degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Florence and a Post-graduate degree in Diplomatic and International Relations from the same University. She has followed periodic high-level training courses on diplomatic practice and management at the Diplomatic Academy of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.

 

PUBLICATIONS

• She has published on the Reform of the Security Council and on the Contribution of Italy to UN peace-keeping operations.

• She is a regular speaker at international conferences on Italian Foreign policy, multilateral and global issues.

 

She is a member of the Advisory Board of New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and a Honorary Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations’ International School. She is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the think tank International Peace Institute.

She is an active member of the International Gender Champions Network aimed at promoting gender parity and women’s participation in decision-making in all sectors.

In June 2019 she was awarded with the “Mela d’Oro” (Golden Apple), a recognition assigned by the “Fondazione Marisa Bellisario” to women who stand out for their contribution, at the national and international level, in public institutions, management, science, economy, culture, media and sport.

In 2002, she was awarded the decoration of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

In 2018, she was awarded the decoration of “Commendatore” (Commander) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

She speaks fluent English and French, and has a good knowledge of Spanish.

She’s the proud mother of Claire, 27 and Christian, 23.

 
 

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