Stefano Manservisi

Former Director-General, DEVCO, European Commission


Stefano has twice served as the European Commission’s Director-General for Development, where he led efforts to reshape EU development policy, deliver the Millennium Development Goals and work towards realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. He has also served as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs.

Moreover, Stefano has headed the private offices of:

  • Romano Prodi, Commission President
  • Mario Monti, Commissioner for Competition, Taxation and the Single Market
  • Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President

His contributions to policy and strategy have resulted in key EU milestones; notably, the Euro, treaty and institutional reform, enlargement, neighbourhood policy and relations with Africa. In addition, he has served as EU Ambassador to Turkey, further consolidating his diplomatic and negotiating skills on the ground and deepening his knowledge of Turkey and of the region.

A lawyer by training, Stefano enjoys teaching and has been a visiting professor at various universities and research centres.