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The Consul General


The Consul General



Cristiana Mele
The Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia

Cristiana Mele is a career diplomat, with more than 20 years of experience.

In her last assignment in Rome, she has been the Chair of the G20 Thematic Group on Food Security during the Italian Presidency of G20.

She was also the focal point for the Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition at the Directorate General for Development Cooperation from 2018 to 2021, gender equality focal point and vice head of unit for multilateral affairs and global strategies from 2018 to 2020.

From 2014 to 2018, she served as Chief of Staff to the Ambassador of Italy to the United Nations and later as Chief of the Sustainable Development and Environment Desk of the Italian Mission to the United Nations and delegate to the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly.
She was appointed Vice Chair of the Second Committee for the 72nd UNGA.

Prior to her New York assignment she was chief of the division to defend the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Civil Procedures and Arbitration at the legal department of the Ministry in Rome.
She has also served at the Africa Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Deputy head of Great Lakes Region Desk and desk officer for Central and Eastern Europe.

Her previous assignments abroad include Italian Consul in Perth, Western Australia (2003-2007) and Deputy Consul in Zurich, Switzerland (2000-2003).
She joined the Ministry after graduating from the University of Florence in Political Science and international relations with a thesis on the European common defense project, a research study during her year abroad at the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne.
She is also a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York (Master of International Affairs, SIPA, conc. in Environmental Policies).

She is an outspoken gender equality advocate and an outdoor enthusiast.

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