Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio (55) was born in Palermo, Italy, where he graduated in law. He began his career in diplomacy in 1990, with his first foreign posting as second commercial secretary, then first commercial secretary, in Bonn, German, in 1994. He became first commercial secretary in Sarajevo, later confirmed in the same position as an advisor, in 2001.
Returning to Rome, from 2001 he served in the Directorate-General for Multilateral Political Affairs and Human Rights, after which, in 2005, he was appointed first counsellor at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade. In 2008 he became ambassador resident in Maputo, Mozambique, whilst also accredited to Mbabane, Swaziland.
In 2012 he served the Director-General for Globalisation and Global Issues, then subsequently the Coordinator for EU relations – sub-Saharan Africa, while in 2013 he was appointed head of the unit for the Balkan Countries.
He became Deputy Director General for the EU and Principal Director for European Countries in 2014, then served as Vice Director General for the EU at the Italian Foreign Ministry in 2015.
Ambassador Lo Cascio was awarded the title of Official Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy in 2007.