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The Consul General


The Consul General

hanna pappalardo

Hanna Pappalardo holds a degree in Law from “La Sapienza” University in Rome and a Master of Arts in European Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges Campus in Belgium.

She joined the Italian Foreign Service in 2003 and was initially in charge of the relations with the countries of the Mediterranean and the Gulf and coordinator of a project aimed at supporting, through European Funds, the accession of Poland to the European Union.  

Assigned to the Italian Embassy in Berlin in 2006 she was in charge of the economic and commercial relations between Italy and Germany. She focused on promoting the investment and interests of Italian companies in a country of particular relevance for Italy in light of the strong complementarities between the Italian and German economic systems.

In September 2010, she moved on to be Consul at the Consulate General of Italy in Jerusalem, where her main tasks have been to improve relations with the Italian Jewish community and with the Italian humanitarian aid workers operating in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as deepening ties with the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian business community.

Back in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2013, she was first assigned to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation as Chief of Staff of the Director General. Subsequently, in July 2013, to the Coordination Unit of the General Secretariat. In October 2015, she was sent for two months to the Italian Embassy in Riyadh as Deputy Chief of Mission. In June 2016, she joined the team of the Crisis Unit of the General Secretariat of the Ministry.

In June 2017, she was assigned to the Permanent Representation of Italy to NATO in Brussels at a time of profound transformation for the Atlantic Alliance. She has been chief of Operations, a department of special importance to Italy as the top contributing Ally to NATO Mission and Operations (year 2021 figures).

Since January 3, 2022, she has been appointed Consul General in Melbourne, with jurisdiction over the Australian States of Victoria and Tasmania. She is supported by a team of 14 colleagues.

Hanna Pappalardo is married to Christian Schultz. Italian and German are her mother tongues. She speaks English and French and has studied Arabic. She loves sports, movies and photography and she is member of “Women in International Security” Italy, the Italian chapter of a global network advancing women’s leadership in international peace and security.