Paolo Toschi

Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Italy

Paolo Toschi was born in Ferrara, Italy in 1975. He was educated in Italy, Australia and France.

He graduated summa cum laude in Law at the University of Ferrara, with a dissertation in International Criminal Law. He holds a degree in European Union law from Universite’ Robert Schuman of Strasburg, France and a degree in diplomatic studies from SIOI, Rome.

Paolo joined the Italian diplomatic service in 2001. Within the Italian diplomatic network, he has held positions of Consul in the United States (2004-2007) and of Head of the Economic Section of the Italian Embassy in Serbia (2009-2013). After the signature of the Lisbon Treaty, he was seconded by the Italian Government to the European Commission, where he focused on EU Enlargement and on security in the Balkans, as part of the contingent which then resulted in the European External Action Service (2007-2009).

He served under two Italian Prime Ministers (2013-2016) as a counselor for the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere within the team of the Diplomatic Advisor to the PM. As part of his duties he represented Italy as the acting G20 Sherpa and the assistant G7 Sherpa.

From 2016-2021 he served at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, as Head of the US politics and congressional affairs Section.

From March 2021 he is the Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Culture of Italy. Since the creation of a new Ministry of Tourism in March 2021 he is also the acting Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Tourism.

He chairs two G20 Working Groups under the 2021 Italian chairmanship of the G20: Culture and Tourism.

Paolo has been lecturing as a guest scholar in many universities throughout his career on topics of European integration and international relations. He served in the Italian armed forces within the NATO Combined Air Operations Center of Poggio Renatico, Italy. Paolo is married with Federica Cellini; they have three young children. He is an avid reader, sportsman and friend of the arts.


11:05 - 12:15

22 october 2021 - Day 4

Policy Round Table: Artists in the spotlight! / Artists at the centre! In search of new policy agendas for education and research

Chaired by Paul Dujardin with Panelists: Taaniel Raudsepp, Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Anna Dumitriu, Kathrin Merkle, Paolo Toschi, and Catarina Vaz Pinto. Final remarks will be given by Paul Dujardin.