Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (1946), career diplomat since 1972, is at present Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in Bruxelles (since 2008). He has been previously Chief of Staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-2008) and Director General for European Affairs in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2004-2006).
He had previously served in New York (Permanent Mission to the United Nations, 1976-80), in Algiers (Head of the Economic and Commercial section of the Embassy, 1980-83), in Paris (Political Counselor, 1991-95) and in Beijing (Deputy Chief of Mission, 1995-98). He has also served as Diplomatic Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture (1998-99).
After receiving his degree in Law (University of Pisa, 1970), majoring in European Law (magna cum laude), he specialised in International studies at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organizations) in Rome. He has been Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, (1985-86), and contract Professor at the "Istituto Universitario Orientale", University of Naples (1989). He is member of the Steering Committee of the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) and of the Italian Society for International Organizations (SIOI). He is the author of many articles and essays on international relations, european affairs and political science; and has frequently held conferences, lectures and seminars on subjects of european interest (University of Roma I and Roma II, University of Siena, European College of Parma, High School for Public Administration ecc.) .
Since 1986 he has been following closely developments in the process of european integration, first in his capacity as Head of the Unit for European Political Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1986-1990) and later in his capacity as Deputy Director General, Director General for European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2006), and most recently in his position of Permanent Representative to the European Union. He is member of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union, and has an extensive knowledge of the EU institutions, policies, programs, and methods of works. He has been directly involved in various negotiations on Treaty revisions, on enlargement, on multiannual financial perspectives of the EU, on the definition of major EU policies, and more recently on the management of the economic and financial crisis.
He speaks fluently English and French and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.