Biological Weapons Convention – Ninth Review Conference

President-Designate

LEONARDO BENCINI

Graduated in International Relations at the University of Florence, 1991

Joined Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993

1993-1997, at the Political Affairs Directorate, responsible for human rights issues

1997-1998, at the Political Affairs Directorate, Research and Planning Unit

1998-2001, Consul at the Consulate General of Italy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2001-2005, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy to Norway and Iceland, Oslo

2005-2010, Deputy Head of UN Office, Multilateral Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of United Nations issues (reform of the UNSC, peace-keeping, peacebuilding)

2010-2014, First Counsellor, Head of the Trade and Economic Section, Embassy of Italy to the Russian Federation and to Turkmenistan, Moscow

2014-2018, Consul General at the Consulate General of Italy in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

2018-2019, Minister Plenipotentiary, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, MFA, in charge of communication

2019-2022 Director of Strategy, Global Processes and International Organisations, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, MFA. In charge of global health issues

From May 2022, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva