Laurea in Economics, University Rome, 1976. Master of Business Administration, European Institute of Business Administration (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires), 1977. Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1981.
Deputy director general for cultural affairs Italian Ministry Foreign Affairs, Rome, 1997—2000, director general for development cooperative, minister plenipotentiary, 2000—2002, director general for economic affairs, since 2003.
Son of Giada Santasilia di Torpino.