About us

The Italia-Asean Association was founded with the aim of strengthening dialogue, knowledge and exchanges between our country and those in ASEAN

Born in 2015, the Associazione Italia ASEAN has an ambitious vision: to provide Italy and its “country system” with a tool to understand and work with south-east Asia. The rise of the ASEAN in the globalized arena is an opportunity for Italy to widen the number of its country partners. The Association is open to participation by Italian, European, and Asian supporters. It has a very lean organizational structure, with a Board of Directors responsible for setting the Association’s strategies and policies. Its initiatives will be implemented along three lines of action: events and conferences, economic trade missions, publication of books and reports.

Enrico Letta
Enrico Letta
President

Enrico Letta is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and the founder of the Scuola di Politiche in Italy. He was the Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. Before he served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008. Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013. From 1993 to May 2013 he managed an independent think tank, Arel, founded by the late Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He was born in Pisa (Tuscany) and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa. His whole career and thought have been shaped by a strong commitment to Europe. He is the author of many books on international and economic affairs, with particular reference to EU enlargement, including: Euro sì – Morire per Maastricht (Laterza, 1997); Dialogo intorno all’Europa (with L. Caracciolo, Laterza, 2002); L’allargamento dell’Unione Europea (Il Mulino, 2003); L’Europa a Venticinque (Il Mulino, 2005); In questo momento sta nascendo un bambino (Rizzoli, 2007); Costruire una Cattedrale (Mondadori, 2009), L’Europa è finita? (with L. Caracciolo, ADD Editore 2010) and Andare insieme, andare lontano (Mondadori, 2015). He is 49 years old. He and his wife, Gianna, are the proud parents of three children: Giacomo, Lorenzo and Francesco. He is an avid NBA fan and a Milan AC supporter.

Vice President of the Association Italy-ASEAN, Romeo Orlandi is an economist and sinologist. Professor of Globalization and Far East at the University of Bologna, he also teaches various post-graduate courses. Romeo has directed the think tank Osservatorio Asia since its inception in 2004. He was Trade Commissioner for the Italian Government in Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing (for Greater China). He is an international strategic consultant for governmental institutions and companies, a regular contributor to national and international media, and author of several books on China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and ASEAN.

Romeo Orlandi
Romeo Orlandi
Vice president
Michelangelo Pipan
Michelangelo Pipan
Diplomat

Michelangelo Pipan is an Italian retired career diplomat with a leaning for economic and cultural diplomacy. He held several senior postings in Europe, Asia and Africa. His first assignment was to the Embassy in Manila in 1981; he concluded his career as Ambassador to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia (2009-2013). His vast experience on South East Asia –which he travelled extensively- is also due to the positions in the field of development co-operation he held in the ‘90 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. He has now taken up the position of Executive Vice President of the ITALIA-ASEAN Association, whose creation he was instrumental to.

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