Speaker profile


  • Mr Roberto Ridolfi
    Director, Sustainable Growth and Development
    DG DEVCO, European Commission


Dr Roberto Ridolfi is Director of the European Commission for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG for International  Cooperation and Development. 

Twice Ambassador/ Head of delegation to the European Union,     Mr Ridolfi was first in Suva where he served from 2005 to 2007. There, he was in charge of all the relations of the European Union with 15 Pacific countries and territories. In 2010 he was appointed in Uganda by the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU where he served till September 2013.

In between, during his duty as head of unit of Europe Aid, he managed programmes dealing with Environment and Climate Change, Food security, Human development, migration and asylum as well as the One-Billion-Euro Food Facility in 50 countries.

Director R. Ridolfi joined the European Commission in 1994 and worked in several delegations of the UNION: Malawi, Namibia and Kosovo as development and economic advisor. Throughout Accession negotiations (2001-2004), he was the principal coordinator dealing with Environment and Transport in Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP). 

Dr Ridolfi holds a MSc in Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in A. Technology.

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