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The Ambassador


The Ambassador

Ambassador of Italy to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam since September 27th 2021.

Mario Andrea Vattani was born in France on July 7th, 1966. After his degree in Political Science from the University of Rome, he entered the diplomatic service in 1991.

He has served in the United States and Egypt both in the economic and consular field, then gaining extensive experience in Japan – in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto - with a focus on economic and cultural relations.

He has been diplomatic advisor to the Minister of Agriculture from 2001 to 2003, and to the Mayor of Rome from 2008 to 2011.

Prior to his appointment in Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, Mario Vattani has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Coordinator for EU-Asia Pacific, also in charge of Italy's relations with regional organizations such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), for which he served as National Focal Point, and ASEAN.

Vattani is fluent in Japanese language and was guest researcher in the Institute of Japanese Identity at Takushoku University in Tokyo. In 2003 he participated in the ETP Japan program of the European Union.

He has published two novels with Mondadori publishing house, and his essay "Svelare il Giappone” (Unveiling Japan) published in 2020 by Giunti, won the "Antonio Semeria Sanremo" literary prize.

He has collaborated with Il Foglio, Libero, Tempi and with other Italian daily newspapers and online publications, dealing with cultural, political and historical issues, especially Asia.

He was a member of the Council of the National Union of Diplomats (SNDMAE).