On Tuesday, April 19, in occasion of the first visit to Jeddah od HE Luca Ferrari, Ambassador of Italy newly appointed in Riyadh, IBG organized a reception dinner at the residence of dr. Bashar Jabban.
Mr. Ferrari joined the Foreign and Diplomatic Service in 1986. In his first tour of duty abroad he was posted in Moscow and subsequently in Washington DC.
He served as Executive Assistant to the Foreign Minister in Rome and was later promoted Director for Near Eastern Affairs, a position that he held until his (second) departure for Washington, D.C., in 2005. In the US, Mr. Ferrari served as Minister Counselor for Public and Legislative Affairs.
In 2009 he moved to Spain where he was appointed Deputy Head of Mission of the Italian Embassy in Madrid. In October 2013 he returned to Rome and was designated Deputy General Director for Global Affairs and Central Director for Economic and Financial Multilateral Cooperation at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In December 2015 Mr. Ferrari was nominated Ambassador of Italy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took up his duties in Riyadh March 7, 2016.
Mr. Ferrari holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Rome. He is a contributor to "Aspenia", the geo-political magazine of the Aspen Institute Italy. He holds regular talks for the Executive Management Programme of the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
He was born in Rome, October 28, 1961. He is married and has one son.
The Ambassador attended the IBG dinner accompanied by HE Elisabetta Martini and had the opportunity to meet IBG members and representatives of the Italian business community in Jeddah.