Fernando Gentilini is the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. He is an Italian diplomat with more than twenty years of experience in European, multilateral affairs and crisis management. In 2006, he was appointed Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister in Rome. In 2008, he was nominated NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan. In 2011, he was appointed as the EU Special Representative for Kosovo and was director for Western Europe, Western Balkans, and Turkey for the European External Action Service from 2012.