Sandro Gozi, Italian Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, will join Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director Cathryn Cluver for a conversation that explores the challenges facing Italy as a nation and as a member of the European Union.

Sandro Gozi was appointed as State Secretary to European Affairs by Decree of the President of the Republic of 28 February 2014, after a career of public service within Italy and the European Union.

A member of Italian parliament since 2006, Mr. Gozi has held leadership positions within the Democratic and Socialist Parties, most recently serving as Vice-President of the Socialist Party, and has led multiple parliamentary groups related to inter-European cooperation. .

Between 2013 and May 2016, he also served as Advisor to the Municipality of Rome on matters related to the European funds and projects.

From 1995 to 1996 he served as a Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1996, he was in charge of the Relations with the European Parliament at the European Commission, and participated in the negotiation process for the adoption of the Euro.

He also worked as an official of the European Commission for 10 years, dealing with several matters, namely Institutional Affairs, regional cooperation in the Balkans and the Mediterranean, education and culture. Furthermore, he was a member of the cabinet of the European Commission's President Romano Prodi from 2000 to 2004, and later a Political Advisor to President José Manuel Barroso.

When he retured to Italy in 2005, Sandro Gozi worked as a Diplomatic Advisor to the Governor of the Apulia Region, and as Advisor on European Policies to the Prodi Government (2006 – 2008).

From 2004 to 2012, he was Deputy Secretary-general of the European Democratic Party.

He is the President of the Italy-India Association and professor of European Institutions and Policies at the Paris Institut d'Ėtudes Politiques and at the European Colleges of Bruges and Parma.