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Ambassador Zappia is coming to NC


It is with great excitement that we announce the official visit of H.E. Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, to the state of North Carolina in October 2022. The Honorary Consulate and CCI-NC, together with partner organizations NC State University and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, are planning two days of events for the community. Please note, the dates have changed since the first announcement.

All event registration links are open. Please see the details below for:

  • Monday, October 17: 6th Round Table in Raleigh

  • Tuesday, October 18: WACC luncheon in Charlotte

  • Tuesday, October 18: Italian Community Reception in Charlotte


Round Table
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Round Table

Date:         Monday, October 17, 2022  

Time:         Reception: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Time:         Round Table Discussion: 5:45 - 7:30 pm                

Location:  NC State

                    Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center

                    2450 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606

Tickets:     FREE

This year marks the 6th Round Table on Italian Technology & Italian FDI in North Carolina. We are pleased to welcome Her Excellency, Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, as our special guest at the event. The focus will be on the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries.

Distinguished Guests:

  • H.E. Mariangela Zappia - Ambassador of Italy to the United States

  • Ms. Cristiana Mele - Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia

  • Dr. Valentina Cecchi - Honorary Consul of Italy to North Carolina; Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UNC Charlotte; President of CCI-NC

Distinguished Panelists:


We look forward to a lively discussion around Italian technology, innovation, and investment within the Pharmaceutical and Chemical industries here in the U.S.

Chiesi USA is part of the Chiesi Group, which was founded in 1935 in Parma, Italy. The U.S. venture began in 2008, with the current name being announced in 2014. Chiesi USA is based in Cary, NC. Chiesi is a research-focused international Group that develops and commercializes innovative pharmaceutical solutions to help improve the quilty of human life.

Polaris was founded in 1996 in Misinto, Italy. Polaris's patented technology offers process solutions for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries (as well as Petrochemical and Refinery/Oil&Gas firms). Their ability to study processes of different complexity levels, along with their flexible structure and constant focus on combining engineering, operation, and construction know-how has gained them customers worldwide.

Comi Condor was founded in 1920 in Milano, Italy. Comi Condor is a worldwide leader in the production of centrifuges for solid/liquid separation in the pharmaceutical (API - Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, and HPAPI - Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients), chemical, and food industries.

Polaris and Comi Condor have a joint venture in the US, Comi Polaris Systems, Inc., which is located in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Cecchi to speak more broadly about Italian technology and Italian foreign direct investment and what that means for the state of North Carolina.

CCI-NC is partnering with the Poole College of Management at NC State University for this event. In addition to being a great business school, Poole has an International Business Dual Degree Program. With five languages to choose from, including an Italian track, the degree incorporates two years of study at NC State, two years of study at an international partner institution, two internships, and two degrees from two institutions - all in four years! It's a great option for those considering a global business career.

Do not miss this exciting, free event.

You can read more about the Round Table series here

WACC Ambassadors Circle Series Luncheon (Updated)

Date:           Tuesday, October 18, 2022  

New Time: 11:30am-1:00pm (VIP reception, if qualified, starts at 11:00am)

Location:    Hilton Uptown Charlotte, 222 East Third Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Tickets:       $30-75 depending on WACC membership


As part of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte's Ambassadors Circle Series, Ambassador Zappia will speak to the Charlotte business and International community. She will talk about Italy’s diplomatic and trade relationship with the U.S. and offer insight into ways to continue strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.

As a longtime career diplomat in the Italian foreign service, Ambassador Zappia will offer her perspective on Italy’s role in the world and regional alliances, including NATO. In addition, she will address Italy’s response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, European politics, and geopolitical tsunamis affecting communities worldwide.​


Italian Community Celebration with the Ambassador

Important Announcement!

The Community Reception for Ambassador Zappia event that was scheduled on Tuesday, October 18th from 2:00-300pm, has been canceled. But you can still meet her at the Round Table or at the WACC luncheon. So, don't wait, register now!

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