The Secretary General - Biography
Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta is the Secretary General of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative, he was appointed to such position by the AII Ministers of Foreign Affairs gathered in the Adriatic and Ionian Council in Ioannina (11 May 2017) under the Hellenic Chairmanship.
Amn. Castellaneta has been Ambassador of Italy to the United States of America, to Australia and to Iran. From 2001 until 2005 he was Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Ministers Giuliano Amato and subsequently to Silvio Berlusconi, as well as their Personal Representative for the G8 and G20 Summits. During Mr. Castellaneta’s diplomatic career, he held many economic, political and social positions both at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad, especially in the Italian Embassies in Somalia, Francia, Portugal and in the United Nations Offices in Genève.
In Rome, he also served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Treasury Minister and then Spokesman of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Office for International Activities of the Italian Regions, Head of the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Government Coordinator for the Reconstruction Program in Albania.
From 2002 until May 2011 he was member of the Board of Directors of Finmeccanica Spa and he has also been the Vice Chairman of the group from 2004 to 2005.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of doBank, and Torre Sgr., Chairman of Bizzi & Partners Development and Milanosesto Spa, Deputy Chairman of the Board of CFE – Finance and Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees of St. George’s School in Rome.
He is Member of the Advisory Boards of various companies, such as MIC Industries Inc. (Manifacturing International Company) of Reston, Virginia - USA, IAI (International Affairs Institute), ISPI (Political International Studies Institute) and ICSA (Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis Foundation).