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The Ambassador

Natalia Quintavalle


Natalia Quintavalle is an Italian diplomat with over 35 years of experience in international relations.

Minister Plenipotentiary Quintavalle began her Diplomatic career in 1986 in the development cooperation sector – multilateral unit.

She was Consul of Italy in Toulouse, France (1989-1991) and First Secretary in charge of political and consular affairs at the Embassy of Italy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1991-1995).

Back in Rome, she was appointed as head of the Italian non-governmental development cooperation (1997-1999).

She has also significant experience in the multilateral field:

She served at the Permanent Missions of Italy to the UN in Geneva (1999-2004) where she held the position of First Counselor for social and health issues (WHO and ILO) and she represented Italy in many international negotiations related to health and social affairs;

In February 2004, she was appointed to the Italian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York where she was the Italian delegate to the Budget Committee of the General Assembly and subsequently Head of the Economic and Development sector.

She then returned to the MoFA, where she held the position of Deputy Director General for Political Affairs in charge of the United Nations and Human Rights issues until 2011, when she was appointed as Consul General of Italy in New York (2011-2016).

She later served as the Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister of Justice from June 2016 to January 2019, when she was appointed by the Council of Ministers Head of the Inspectorate General of the MoFA.

Since 2022 she is the Ambassador of Italy in Kabul (Embassy temporarily relocated in Doha, Qatar).

She is Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

She holds a degree in Political Science, with a major in Economics, from the University of Pisa.

She is married and has a daughter.

She speaks French and English.