Luca Attanasio, who was the Italian ambassador killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo: wife and children
Luca Attanasio, the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed during an attack on a United Nations convoy, along with a Italian carabiniere whose identity is not yet known. The news, initially released by Reuters, it was confirmed by the Farnesina. The attack was part of an attempt to kidnap UN personnel. But who was Attanasio?
Born in Saronno, in the province of Varese, Luca Attanasio was 43 years old. He graduated from Bocconi in 2001 and began his diplomatic career in 2003, after a short professional career in business consulting and a Masters in International Politics.
He works in the Department for Economic Affairs of the Farnesina, at the Business Support Office, then at the Secretariat of the General Directorate for Africa. Subsequently he was Deputy Head Secretariat of the Undersecretary of State with responsibility for Africa and International Cooperation (2004).
Abroad he is Head of the Economic and Commercial Office at the Italian Embassy in Bern (2006-2010) and Regent Consul General in Casablanca, Morocco (2010-2013). In 2013 he returned to the Farnesina where he was appointed Head of the Secretariat of the Directorate General for Globalization and Global Affairs. He then returned to Africa as First Counselor at the Embassy of Italy in Abuja, Nigeria (2015).
Since 2017 he was head of mission in Kinshasa, Congo. From 31 October 2019 he was confirmed at the headquarters as an Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador accredited in the DRC.
In 2020 he was awarded the “Nassiriya International Peace Prize 2020”, together to his wife Zakia Seddiki, also awarded as president of a humanitarian organization that helps street children. Here is his biography on the embassy website.
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