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Italy expected to name new U.S. ambassador

Italy's new ambassador to the United States will be Claudio Bisogniero, The Georgetown Dish has heard.

It is expected he will take up the post on Feb. 6, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Bisogniero has served as the NATO deputy secretary general since October, 2007.

Bisogniero is not a stranger to D.C. or to America. In 1992, he 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.

He was born in Rome, on July 2 1954.

He is married to Laura Denise Noce Benigni Olivieri. They have a daughter and a son. Hobbies and personal interests include classical music, reading, sailing, flying.

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.

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.

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, he 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 February 2002 he was appointed deputy director general for Political Multilateral Affairs (Deputy Political Director), responsible for NATO, United Nations, G8, disarmament, OSCE, anti-terrorism and human rights issues.

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.