Armando Sanguini is Senior Scientific Advisor at ISPI. He started his diplomatic career as commercial attaché in Ethiopia and then in Spain as Vice-Ambassador. Sanguini was Head of the Italian diplomatic mission in Chile and Italian Ambassador to Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. He took part to several short missions in Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Russia and Venezuela. In Italy, he worked as Deputy Director General for the Unit responsible for Italians living abroad and foreign citizens in Italy and as the Assistant Secretary-General for the reform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As Director General he worked for the promotion of cultural relations abroad and was in charge of cultural institutes and Italian schools all over the world. Sanguini was also General Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and Personal Representative of the President of the Council for the entire African continent. Ambassador Sanguini left his diplomatic post in late 2008.