New Italian Consul arrives in San Francisco!

by Mario Fusco

Mauro Battocchi

Mauro Battocchi

As of September 4, Italy has a new Consul General in San Francisco. Mauro Battocchi, 45, began his mandate at 2590 Webster Street after four years at a multinational power company, Enel, as head of governmental affairs.

“Italy is a world leader in renewable energies and smart-grid technologies,” he said in Rome before departing for San Francisco. “I am committed to showing Italy’s advancement in sustainability and technology to our San Franciscan and North-Western friends,” he added. Previously, he supported the international expansion of Italian firms at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also the head of the economic section of the Italian Embassy in Tel-Aviv (1999-2002) and served at the financial section of the Italian Embassy in Bonn (1995-1999), taking part in the negotiations for the beginning of the European Monetary Union. Mr. Battocchi graduated in economics at Bocconi University, Milan, and received a Master’s degree in public policy at Princeton University. Born in the Alpine region of Trentino, he would welcome suggestions for the best hiking and skiing spots in the San Francisco area.

To better interact with the community, Mr. Battocchi has launched his own website, http://sanfranciscoitaly.com/, which he terms a “culture connector”. On it he writes and talks about his personal experiences, about Italy, and about his expectations as the chief representative of the Italian State in San Francisco. Visit him on his site, you will be impressed by his friendliness, openness, and affability.
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