Enrico Granara was born in Asmara (Eritrea) in 1955. He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Padua in 1978. He joined the Italian Foreign Service in 1983. He was assigned to Maputo in 1984, where he served as First Secretary for Development Aid at the Italian Embassy in Mozambique. In 1988 he was appointed Consul in Grenoble (F). In 1990 he was appointed Consul General in Jeddah (KSA). Back to the Foreign Ministry in 1992, he served as Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Desk until 1995. He was then assigned to Mexico City as Counsellor and DHM. In 1999 he was appointed Consul General in Chicago (US Midwest). In 2003 he served as Head of the Budget Unit in the Directorate General for Development Aid and as the Italian Focal Point for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM). In 2005 he was elected Executive President of the Italian Diplomats Union. In 2008 he was appointed Ambassador of Italy to the State of Kuwait. Upon completion of his mandate, he served as Counsellor for International Affairs at the Centre for High Defence Studies (CASD-Ministry of Defence, 2012-2013). He was then appointed Coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Multilateral Activities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity he is the Italian focal point for the 5+5 Dialogue, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Center for Mediterranean Integration and the Board of Governors of the Anna Lindh Foundation.