The armiger was born in
Gorizia (Italy) on 1964 and is a diplomat and journalist. He is a
member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
(2003); The Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
(2003); The Order of the Wing of St. Michael (2004); The Order of St.
Mary in Jerusalem (Teutonic Order, 2004), of the Order of Saints
Maurice and Lazarus (2005); Order of St. Joseph (2008); Commander of
the Orders of Merit of Spain (1999) and of the Italian Republic
(2005) and a Knight of Magisterial Grace in the Sovereign Military
Order of Malta.
The armiger was educated in Padua University (1987, Political Science,
and MD in International Relations, 1988) and joined the Italian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, serving in Uganda (1993-1996),
Netherlands (1996-1999), Sri Lanka (1999-2001) and Iraq (2004-2006),
where he was Deputy Head of Mission. He is currently Italian
Ambassador in Guatemala since August 30th, 2008.
The armiger has published several articles on foreign and
international politics and the following books in italian: "The civil
war in Rwanda" (1997), "The question of Trieste" (2006) and "Yol:
prisoner of freedom" (2006) and "Towards negotiation" (2007).
The armiger's ancestry
can be traced from 13th century in Piedmont and Eastern Lumbardy as
Bonardi, Bonardel and Benardinelli, and (with the current surname),
from 1605, in Gorizia. Other ancestral surnames include the names of
Bonardo (1600 circa - 1656), Natale (established himself in 1661 in
CormÚns), Giuseppe Domenico Andrea (1764-1830 circa), major of the
town of CormÚns, Guido (doctor and member of the Parliament at the
Counties of Gorizia and Gradisca) and Gualtiero (1904-1972, armiger's
father and diplomat). Prominent in the armigerís family tree are the
painters Giacomo (1741-1815), Giovanni Battista (1819-1858) and
Domenico Mazzoni (1852-1923).