Italy has for the primary time appointed a lady, profession diplomat Elisabetta Belloni, to move the nation’s secret service, Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced Wednesday.
Belloni, who has already been the primary girl to carry key international ministry posts, will now lead Italy’s Safety Intelligence Division (DIS), reporting on to the cupboard, mentioned the assertion.
The DIS’s transient contains dealing with intelligence and safety issues at dwelling and overseas in addition to counter-espionage and cybersecurity.
Belloni got here to public prominence when she led the international ministry’s disaster unit between 2004 and 2008, taking duty for operations involving Italians injured or killed overseas, whether or not in assaults or pure disasters.
She was the primary girl to carry that place.
The unit additionally dealt with kidnappings, and one high-profile case she oversaw was the liberating of La Repubblica correspondent Daniele Mastrogiacomo who was kidnapped in Afghanistan.
She additionally coordinated the seek for Italian survivors of the December 2004 tsunami in Thailand.
Born in Rome in 1958, Belloni first entered the international ministry in 1985 and took postings in Vienna and the Slovakian capital Bratislava.
The 62-year-old’s most up-to-date place was as secretary normal of the international ministry, the very best place a profession diplomat can maintain there. There too, she was the primary girl to occupy the put up.