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Stefano Sannino

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Full Biography

Mr. Stefano Sannino is the Secretary-General of the European External Action Service(EEAS) of the European Union since 1 January 2021.He held the post of the Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues at theEEAS from April 2020 to December 2021.From March 2016 to April 2020 he was Ambassador of Italy to Spain and Andorra.From July 2013 until March 2016 he held the position of Permanent Representative of Italyto the EU in Brussels.After a period at the Cabinet of the President of the Commission (from 2002 to 2004) hejoined the Directorate General for External Relations as Director for Crisis Management andRepresentative at PSC (2004-2006), then Director for Latin America (2008-2009) and finallyas Deputy Director General for Asia and Latin America (2009-2010). In 2010 he moved tothe Directorate General for Enlargement as Deputy Director General and later as DirectorGeneral, a position he held until June 2013.From 2006 to 2008 he was the Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister and hisPersonal Representative to G8 summits.He has also held the position of Ambassador and Head of the OSCE Mission in Belgradefrom 2001 to 2002 and within the Italian Diplomatic Service: Deputy Head of Mission of theItalian Embassy in Belgrade (1994-1996), Head of the Secretariat of the Under-Secretary ofState for Foreign Affairs (1996-1998), Diplomatic Advisor and Head of the Cabinet of theMinister of Foreign Trade (1998-2001).Mr. Sannino is fluent in Spanish, English and French beyond his native Italian.