A career diplomat and expert on European Institutions, Vincenzo Grassi served most recently as Italy’s Ambassador to Belgium. He has been Italy’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2012), and subsequently Principal Director for European Integration at the DG for the EU within Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013). He was appointed Head of the Department for European Policies (DPE) within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in 2014, before returning to the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation. Secretary General Grassi obtained his laurea magistrale in Law from the University of Naples Federico II in 1982, and participated in the Cycle Etranger at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1985-86. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, and is the author of various publications on European politics.