Filippo Formica, Ambassador and Permanent Representative from Italy
The Chair of the Board of Governors for the unexpired term of office for 2011-2012 is Mr. Filippo Formica. He succeeds the Governor of Italy, Mr. Gianni Ghisi.
Born in 1955 in Naples, Mr. Formica holds a degree in International Law from the University of Rome.
Mr. Formica joined the Foreign Service in 1980 and served in the Italian representations in Geneva at the United Nations (UN), Dakar as Deputy Chief of Mission, Washington D.C. and in Brussels at the European Union (EU) as a Political Counselor. He has worked in the office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and of the Counselor of the President of the Republic.
Mr. Formica has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy, disarmament, non-proliferation, security matters and issues of arms control and has been involved in many international negotiations with the EU, UN, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. During the Italian Presidency of the EU in 2003, he chaired the Working Party on Global Disarmament and Arms Control (CODUN) and the Working Party on Non-Proliferation (CONOP).
From 2003 to 2007 he held the position of Director of the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Department at the MFA, and as Deputy Director General for Political Affairs from 2007 to 2012. In 2009, under the Italian Presidency of the G8, he chaired the Non-Proliferation Directors Group which drafted the l'Aquila Declaration on non-proliferation.
Appointed by the Prime Minister as Sherpa for the Nuclear Security Summit, he attended the Washington Summit in 2010 and the Seoul Summit in 2012.
Mr. Formica will take up his current assignment as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna on 11 June 2012.