Nathalie Tocci elected Director of the Institute of International Affairs (IAI)

26 April 2017

Nathalie Tocci is the new Director of the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI). She takes over from Ettore Greco, who has held the position since 2008, and was elected Executive Vice President last month.

Formerly IAI’s Deputy Director, Nathalie Tocci is Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini and honorary professor at the University of Tübingen.

“In her capacity as Deputy Director, Nathalie Tocci has significantly contributed to IAI’s growth - said Ettore Greco - I’m sure that, thanks to her energy, her acknowledged research skills and her undisputed prestige, she will boost, in her new role, the Institute’s activities and international reach”.

Nathalie thanked the former Director and reflected on the new challenges ahead: “Building on IAI's tradition and its excellent state of health, I begin today a new and exciting adventure. With and through my direction IAI completes a process of renewal, which is as much generational as it is related to the research and the national and international roles of the Institute”.

IAI President, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, congratulated both Ettore and Nathalie: “I would like to thank the outgoing director for his extraordinary contribution to the strengthening of IAI’s activities over the course of his nine-year mandate. At the same time, I warmly congratulate Nathalie Tocci on her new role as Director of the Institute and I wish her all the best in her work”.

The Italian Institute of International Affairs, founded in 1965 upon the initiative of Altiero Spinelli, carries out research in the field of foreign policy, economics and international security. A non-profit entity, IAI aims to promote knowledge of issues in these fields through studies, conferences and publications. To this end, it collaborates with institutes, universities and foundations in other countries and participates in various international networks.

The main areas of research are European Union institutions and policies, including its common security and defence policy (CSDP), Italian foreign policy, trends in global economics, internationalization processes in Italy, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and transatlantic relations.