Federica Mogherini has been Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since 21 February 2014.
Born in Rome in 1973, she is married and has two daughters. She has a degree in Political Science.
She was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 2008 and re-elected in 2013. She was a member, and Secretary, of Committee 4 on Defence and was a member of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and of Committee 3 on Foreign Affairs.
On 1 August 2013 she was elected Chair of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO. She also coordinated the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Development Cooperation.
She is a member of the Institute for Foreign Affairs (IAI), the Council for the United States and Italy and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
She is a member of the Council of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (ELN) and of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
In December 2013 she joined the National Secretariat of the Democratic Party with responsibility for Europe and International Affairs. She had already been a member of the Democratic Party’s Secretariat from 2007 to 2008 and again in 2009, with responsibility for Institutional Reform.
Previously, in the Democrats of the Left Party, she was responsible for International Relations, with her remit focusing on relations with the Democrats in America, the Party of European Socialists (PES), the European Social Forum – Global Policy Forum, and peace movements. In previous years she was a member of the Board of the European Youth Forum, Deputy Chair of the European Community Organisation of Socialist Youth (ECOSY), and a member of the Secretariat of the Youth Forum of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). As a member of the “Young Left”, her remit covered education and universities, and foreign affairs. As a volunteer with the Italian Recreational and Cultural Association (ARCI) in the 1990s, she followed the national and European campaigns against racism and xenophobia (the Council of Europe’s “All different, all equal” and “Nero e non solo!” campaigns).