Paolo Barilla - Vice Chairman Barilla Group and Barilla Foundation
Paolo Barilla, Deputy Chairman of the Barilla Group, was born in Milan in April 1961. In 1991, he began his career in the family Company at Barilla France, a subsidiary of the Group. In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Barilla Group, a role he still holds today. He also served as CEO from 1999 to 2000. Since 2010, the year in which he was appointed Chairman of the newly formed Italian Association of Confectionery and Pasta Industries (AIDEPI), Paolo Barilla has held numerous positions in associations. In 2014, he became Deputy Chairman of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation. In October 2016, he was elected Chairman of the International Pasta Organization (IPO). From March 2017 to December 2018, he was the Chairman of the Italian Food Association (Unione Italiana Food), and since 1 January 2019, he has taken on the role of Deputy Vice-Chairman.
Luigi Mattiolo - Italian Embassador
H.E. Luigi Mattiolo, currently Italian Ambassador to Germany, was born in Rome in 1957. After his degree in Political Science (University of Rome, 1980), he joins the Italian Foreign Service in 1981 and serves at the Directorate-General for Immigration and Social Affairs of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair until 1983. Between 1983 and 1992 he serves at the Italian Embassies in Moscow, Bern and Belgrade. When he comes back to Rome, he is appointed Deputy Diplomatic Advisor of the Italian Prime Minister (1993-1994). He also worked in Brussells, first at the Secretariat of the European Union (1995 – 1997), then at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union. Between 2001 and 2004, Luigi Mattiolo serves at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the United Nations in New York and afterwards he becomes Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the NATO. His first experience as Italian Ambassador is in Israel (2008 – 2012); after this mandate, he is appointed Director-General for the European Union at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012 – 2015). Before coming to Berlin, Luigi Mattiolo has also been Ambassador of Italy to Turkey (2015-2018).