UN Special Envoy to Syria, Ambassador Staffan de Mistura, will discuss innovation in crisis response.

Ambassador Staffan de Mistura, long-serving Italian-Swedish diplomat was appointed UN Special Envoy for the Syria crisis by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon in June 2014, succeeding Lakhdar Brahimi.

His last appointment in Italian government was as Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the Italian cabinet headed by Mario Monti.

De Mistura's previous UN posts have included that of Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq (2007–2009) and Afghanistan (2010–2011), Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon (2001–2004), and Director of the UN Information Center in Rome (2000–2001). His work has taken him to many of the world's most volatile trouble-spots including Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and the former Yugoslavia.