Ambassador of Italy to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Andrea Canepari, Ambassador of Italy to the Dominican Republic, starting August 1, 2017.
From August 2013 to July 2017, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia (U.S.A.), with consular jurisdiction for the States of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland (except Montgomery and Prince George counties), New Jersey (southern counties), North Carolina and Virginia (except for Arlington and Fairfax counties) and West Virginia.
He received several awards, citations and over 50 mentions in the last 4 years in the press, TV and radio for raising awareness about Italian cultural contributions to the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S.A., highlighting the success of the Italian-American community, promoting a new image of Italy and supporting concrete initiatives to further strengthen the links between Italy and this region. He promoted initiatives such as “Ciao Philadelphia” (www.ciaophiladelphia.com), the month-long celebration of Italian culture with over seventy events held throughout the U.S., bringing together prominent cultural institutions to celebrate Italy and promoting opportunities for economic and cultural international collaborations.
From 2011 to 2013, he was Alternate Director of the North America Division, Political Affairs and Security Bureau, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010, he assumed the position of Counselor and Diplomatic Advisor to the State Minister within the Italian Presidency for the Council of Ministers (the Italian White House). From 2006 to 2010, he was assigned, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C, to U.S. internal politics and liaison with U.S. Congress. He was also assigned to follow Barack Obama’s first Presidential campaign. From 2002 to 2006, he was Chief of the Economic and Commercial Office at the Embassy of Italy in Ankara, when Italy at the time was Turkey’s second commercial partner. In Ankara, he organized the economic dimension of the visit to Turkey of the President of the Republic of Italy (with the largest entrepreneurial mission organized so far to date). He began his diplomatic career in 1999 where he was assigned to the Balkans desk.
A passionate supporter of the bridge building with Italy, he has served on numerous committees, including the Papal Event Committee (organizing Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia in 2015), the Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team, the Presidential Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University, the American Liver Foundation Mid-Atlantic and the International Advisory Board of the Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS of Pavia. In November 2016 he was awarded the bi-annual “2016 Global Philadelphia Award” from Temple University, for his activity creating connections between Italy and Pennsylvania.
His decorations at the international level include: Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Knight of Magisterial Grace, Order of Malta (Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta – SMOM), one of the oldest institutions in the Western world at more than 900 years ago and a sovereign entity subject to international law; and the EUFOR LYBIA CSDP Service Medal for Planning and Support.
Andrea Canepari has published editorials and contributed writings in numerous international papers, including the “Philadelphia Inquirer”, a daily newspaper winner of 20 Pulitzer prizes. Along with Prof. Luca Molinari, he is an editor of the book published by Skira in 2007: “The Italian Legacy in Washington, D.C. Architecture, Design, Art and Culture”, with a preface by Nancy Pelosi, at the time, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America.
Ambassador Andrea Canepari graduated with top marks in 1996 from “Bocconi” University in Milan with a degree in Economics and in 1998 from the University of Parma Law School. In 1999, he completed a Master of Law, L.L.M., at the University of Pennsylvania Law School while on a full merit scholarship awarded each year to only one Italian lawyer for academic excellence by the “Fondazione Gianani – A.B.I. (Italian Bankers Association). From 1996 to 1998, he also completed a teaching fellowship at the Comparative Law Institute of the “Bocconi” University in Milan. Born in Pavia in 1972; Married and father of two children.
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