Pier Benedetto Francese
Graduated in Law at the University of Turin, he began his diplomatic career in 1970. From 1973 to 1980 he was employed at the Embassies of Italy in London and Jakarta.
He then served at the Press and Information Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1980 to 1984, and was subsequently Secretary General of International EXPO of Tsukuba (1985) and Vancouver (1986). In 1987 he was director of the Armaments Disarmament and Arms Control with the Political Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he attended various international negotiations, from the reduction of the conventional armed forces in Europe (CFE) in Vienna (1987-1988) to the CSCE meetings in Vienna (1990) and Helsinki (1992), from the annual sessions of the Disarmament Commission in New York to the negotiation of the total ban on chemical weapons in Geneva (1992), where he led the Italian delegation in the crucial final phase of the negotiations. Invited back to the Press and Information Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992, he assumed the direction of the same in 1993.
Appointed Advisor to the International Affairs of the Ministry of Cultural and Environmental Heritage in 1994, he was a diplomatic adviser to the Vice-President of the Cabinet from 1994 to 1998.
Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, he became the Ambassador of Italy to the Swiss Confederation from 2003 to 2007 in Berne.
Between 2007 and 2009 he was coordinator of relations with the World Trade Organization for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2009 to 2012 he served as the head of the Italian delegation at IRENA International Renewable Energy Agency.
From 2012 to 2016 he served as President of the Chamber of Commerce of Biella and Vercelli. He is currently President of Atl Tourism Valsesia Vercelli.