Mr. Paolo Sabbatini has a wide experience (30 years) in international relations, public affairs and top-level negotiations. He joined the United Nations in 1982 and has monitored the development projects financed by the United Nations Development Programme in Morocco, India and China until 1988. He became an expert in project design and evaluation, and trained government officers in various countries using a training course which has been since adopted by the UNDP worldwide and published in the UNDP Manual. He also underwent a comprehensive training in Administration, Finance and Human Resource Management meant to prepare him for directive functions at the UN.
Specialties: Government liaison, monitoring development projects, management of cultural events
1974 – 1979: Universita’ Statale di Roma, Italy
Diploma in Political Sciences
Activities and Societies: The Harpsichord Society, Rome, Italy Residenza Universitaria Lamaro-Pozzani, Rome, Italy
1977: Diploma in international economics,Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
1969 – 1974: High School Diploma in Liberal Arts from Liceo Classico di Fermo, Italy
2014 – Present: Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, Italian Government
2012 – 2013: Director, Area for Cultural Promotion, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy
2011 – 2012: Director, Italian Culture Office in Prague, Italian Government
2006 – 2011: Director, Italian Culture Office in Shanghai, Italian Government
2003 – 2006: Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy
2001 – 2004: Professor, The State University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
2001 – 2003: Coordinator Government Relations, World Vision International
1997 – 2001: Expert, the European Union; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy
1993 – 1997: Chief of Operations, Pakistan, UNICEF
1992 – 1993: Senior Officer, Italian Government
1988 – 1992: Senior Officer, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1985 – 1988: Program Officer, U.N.D.P (Beijing, China)
1981 – 1985: Program Officer, U.N.D.P (Rabat, Morocco; New York City, USA; New Delhi, India)
1979 – 1981: Researcher, Assistant Professor, University of Rome, Italy
1974 – 1979: Journalist, Federazione Nazionale Cavalieri Lavoro, Roma, Italy
Chief of the Italian Delegation, Consultative Meeting on Co-financing with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In Charge of Negotiations for Co-financing in Latin America and the Caribbean Region.
1992: Knight Commander Grand Cross of The Order for Distinguished Services, Government of Peru.
2007: Counsellor for the Arts, Shanghai Jing’an Municipal Government.
2007: Special Counsellor, Shanghai Theatre Academy
2010: Expert for Italian Opera, Shanghai Grand Theatre
Honorary Proffessor from Ain Shams University
2018: Coptic Orthodox Cultural Center Pope Shenouda III Wisdom and Compassion Award