Francesco, an Italian national, has more than 20 years of experience in Government Affairs and business intelligence. He started his career as a Consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, playing a vital role in the negotiations of the Nice Treaty. He headed the New Delhi Public Affairs Office for the IBM corporation. As Head of the International Affairs department of ERG, Italy’s 3rd largest private industrial company, he supported its rapid EU expansion and establishing public affairs operations in Brussels and several EU Member States. Throughout his career he led complex advocacy campaigns in India, France, Germany, Eastern Europe and in Brussels. An EU affairs practitioner since 10 years, he is specialised in Energy, Environment and ICT.