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Simone De Santi is an Empedocle Maffia Fellow and a candidate in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2001 he joined Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving as Desk Officer for the Western Balkans Office (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia); Consul of Italy to Adelaide, South Australia; Deputy Head of Mission of the Italian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; Deputy Head of Mission of the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and most recently, in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where he was in charge of the Italian Embassy in Baghdad’s first Office Branch in northern Iraq. In his diverse assignments and capacities, he has worked on planning, implementation, and monitoring development activities, multilateral and bilateral in nature, many of which pertain to the environmental sphere. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations and a Master of Arts in Economics, both from Boston University. He also holds a Laurea (Bachelor of Arts) in Political Science from the University of Rome - Roma Tre and pursued diplomatic studies at the Società Italiana Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOSI) (Italian Society for International Organizations) in Rome prior to successfully passing the Italian Foreign Service Competitive Examination in 2001. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.