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Claudio Bisogniero, New Italian Ambassador to Washington
January 11, 2012 - The Italian American community is awaiting the arrival of the new Italian Ambassador to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, who will succeed Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, now serving as Italy's foreign minister. He is expected to present his credentials to the White House this month and officially be in Washington in early February. Bisogniero last served in Washington in 1992 as the First Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs.
A career diplomat, Bisogniero has been serving as the NATO Deputy Secretary General since 2002, one of the highest diplomatic posts held by Italy. He has been referred to by the Italian press as one of the most brilliant Italian diplomats of the current generation.
Bisogniero was born in Rome, on July 2 1954. After graduating with a Degree in Political Science from the University of Rome (1976), he completed his military service as an Officer in the Italian Army in 1976-77. He entered the Italian Foreign Service in May 1978.
In September of 1981 he was posted to the Embassy of Italy in Beijing as First Secretary for Economic and Commercial Affairs with responsibility also for bilateral and multilateral development co-operation programs with China.
From 1984 to 1989 he served at the Permanent Mission of Italy to NATO in Brussels, with the rank of Counsellor with primary focus on disarmament issues, HLTF, CDE, CFE. He also served as a Delegate to the Senior Political Committee.
In 1989 he returned to Rome and was assigned to the Office of the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic, where he remained until 1992. In this task, he covered a wide range of international issues, both bilateral and multilateral, relevant to all aspects of the international activity of the Italian President.
Later in 1992 Bisogniero was posted at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. as First Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs, with special focus also on financial issues, relations with IMF and World Bank, and defense industry co-operation.
In 1996 he was assigned to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York, with primary responsibilities for political affairs and UN reform. During this period he served as a member of the Italian delegation in the UN Security Council in 1996 and as a member of the Italian delegations to the 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd UN General Assemblies.
In 1999 Bisogniero returned to the home office at the Department of Personnel and later at the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as direct collaborator to the Secretary General.
In June 2005 he was named Director General for the Americas, with responsibility for the relations of Italy with the United States and Canada, as well as all the countries of Latin America.
He is married to Laura Denise Noce Benigni Olivieri; they have a daughter and a son. His Hobbies and personal interests include classical music, reading, sailing, flying.
(Pictured from the top: Claudio Bisogniero; Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano and Claudio Bisogniero; Prime Minister Mario Monti, Claudio Bisogniero)