H.E Liborio Stellino
Ambassador of Italy in the United Arab of Emirates
During a recent visit to Abu Dhabi, we caught up with H.E. Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy in the United Arab of Emirates and talked to him about his extensive work recently in promoting commercial, social and cultural relations between the UAE and Italy.
H.E Liborio is married and has two daughters who have travelled to different parts of the world during his postings abroad. His children are now based in France and Switzerland studying Biology and Hotel Management.
Being an Italian with a love for all things Mediterranean, H.E Liborio is passionate about Sicily and all the socio cultural elements related to it including gastronomy and loves that his culture has so much in common with the Arabic culture.
H.E Liborio started his career after earning a Degree in Political Sciences at the Libera Universita degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) of Rome. His diplomatic career began in 1990, at the Africa Desk of the Political Affairs Department at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1992, he became the head of the Commercial Office and the deputy head of mission in Nicosia, Cyprus.
H.E Liborio tells us that most countries he was selected for had close resemblance to his own upbringing and hence he was able to adapt easily. In 1997, he moved to the Italian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, as head of the Economic and Commercial Office as well as responsible for development cooperation activities. Morocco was another country where he found similar values to the Mediterranean.
In 2000, H.E Liborio returned to Rome as Advisor for International Affairs to the Minister of Higher Education and Research. Soon after, he served at the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Office for the Relations with the Parliament. This was an exciting period for H.E Liborio as he feels Rome promotes pride in the Italians as the centre for creativity and innovation for a better future.
H.E Liborio has also been in charge of the press office of the Embassy of Italy and worked in Milan as Advisor to the Governor of Lombardy for international activities and also. His time in the USA was also insightful and he felt the passion for Italy from Italians based in the USA first hand.
H.E Liborio was also the diplomatic advisor to the Commissioner General for EXPO Milan 2015. He believes strongly in enhancing progress in the areas of food safety and food security so he enjoyed working on the theme of feeding the planet for the future.
Soon after, H.E Liborio returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome to lead the Department responsible for the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. On June 29th, 2015 he is appointed Ambassador of Italy to the United Arab Emirates.
His time in the UAE has been an exciting one with nearly 22 visits by members of the Italian Government is three years. He oversees a strategic dialogue every six months, which has proved to be successful with increased collaboration between the two countries especially in the areas of jewellery, machinery and Interior Design.
During his time in the UAE, numerous strategic partnerships have been formed with entities like ADNOC, Mubadala and many more. Overall, it has been a successful period and he is delighted that everywhere he goes; he finds that the Italian communities are passionately patriotic and place Italy in a safe corner in their hearts.