Input your search keywords and press Enter.

Italy appoints its first woman head of Italy secret service

Italy for the first time has appointed a woman, career diplomat Elisabetta Belloni, to head the country’s secret service, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced on Wednesday. 

Belloni, who is also the first woman to hold key foreign ministry posts, will now lead Italy’s Security Intelligence Department (DIS), reporting directly to the cabinet, said the statement. 

The DIS’s brief includes handling intelligence and security matters at home and abroad as well as counter-espionage and cybersecurity. Belloni came to public notice when she led the foreign ministry’s crisis unit between 2004 and 2008, taking responsibility for operations involving Italians injured or killed abroad, whether in attacks or natural disasters. She was the first female to hold that position.  

The unit also deals with handling kidnappings, and one high-profile case she handled was the freeing of La Repubblica correspondent Daniele Mastrogiacomo who was kidnapped in Afghanistan.  

Belloni also coordinated the search for Italian survivors of the December 2004 tsunami in Thailand. The 62-year old’s most recent position was as secretary-general of the foreign ministry, the highest position a career diplomat can hold there. 

Hi! I am Saloni Chhetri. I have done masters in Mathematics and currently working as a team member of How to Crack SSB. My hobby is writing which is one of the prime reasons, that I work for this organisation. Apart from this I would like to share one more information about myself, that I am also a Defence aspirant and one day I wish to join the Indian Air Force.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

22 − 19 =