H.E. Ambassador Giorgio Novello of Italy, obtained his law degree from the University of Padova in 1984, and as an elève étranger, Promotion “Liberté égalité fraternité,” 1995, he graduated at l’École Nationale d’Administration – ENA, Paris.
Attended courses at the International Law Academy in The Hague, Netherlands, in the summer of 1991. Ambassador Novello also received a Bachelor of Science in Economics (external student) from the University of London in 1993 as well as a Master of Philosophy in Economic History from the London School of Economics in 2004.
Ambassador Novello joined the Italian Foreign Service in 1986, before obtaining the position of First Secretary (deputy Head of Mission) at the Italian Embassy in Lagos from 1989 to 1991. Shortly afterwards, he served as First Secretary of political affairs at the Italian Embassy in London from 1991 to 1995. During this time, Ambassador Novello was also a member of the Italian delegation to the Western European Union from 1991 to 1993.
In addition, Ambassador Novello served as the Deputy European Correspondent for the Italian MFA in Rome from 1995 to 1998 and was seconded to the German MFA (Austauschbeamter), in Bonn from 1998 to 1999.
To add, Ambassador Novello served as Counsellor of political, press and cultural affairs for the Italian Embassy in Berlin from 1999 to 2002, as well as the First Counsellor, later Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission for the Italian Permanent Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna from 2002 to 2006.
Ambassador Novello has also held the positions of Head of International Financial Institutions Desk of the Italian MFA in Rome from 2006 to 2008, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to Italian Minister of Economic Development, and acted as Foreign Advisor to the members of the Italian government in charge of foreign trade from 2008 to 2013. He was also appointed Minister Plenipotentiary by the Council of Ministers in 2009.
More recently, Ambassador Novello has worked as the ambassador of Italy to Norway and Iceland from 2013 to 2017, and the Senior Vice President Institutional Relations for Avio SpA of Italy (otherwise known as a space company producing the European light launcher Vega) from 2017 until present time.
Furthermore, Ambassador Novello has worked as a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Trieste from 2005 to 2008. He is also co-author of a book and author of several articles on international relations and law and has received awards including the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and the Gold Medal of Dante Alighieri Society of Italy.
Not to mention, Ambassador Novello is a passionate cyclist, having travelled back and forth from Northern Italy to Paris, to the southern tip of the Italian peninsula and Croatia. He has done this despite suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years. Ambassador Novello is very active in promoting the rights of fellow persons with disabilities and the removal of architectural barriers.
Ambassador Novello is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish, and Esperanto. He also obtains knowledge of Dutch and Greek, and is interested in Latin literature, social psychology, and HR management.
Ambassador Novello was born in Dolo (Greater Venice, Italy). He is married, has one son and twin daughters.