Business and Government Executives Receive NIAF Italia 2015 Award in Rome, Italy


Contacts: (NIAF) Elissa Ruffino, 202-939-3106,

(NIAF Italia) Francesca Macchia,


*NIAF Italia Hosts Legal Conference following NIAF Italia Gala*

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 18, 2015) NIAF Italia Foundation, an Italian charitable foundation founded in 2014, honored industry leaders at its inaugural gala at Horti Sallustiani in Rome, Italy, on November 11, 2015.

This year’s gala honorees included: Italy’s Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano; ENI Chair Emma Marcegaglia; SACE Chair and former Italian Ambassador to the United States Giovanni Castellaneta; Chief Executive officer of Condè Nast Italia Giampaolo Grandi; and Professor at Syracuse University and former Chief Executive Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Carl Schramm.


Paolo Catalfamo, Paolo Torchetti (CEO Flumen Communications);
Riccardo Monti (President Italian Trade Commission Worldwide); Arthur J. Furia

More than 200 guests joined United States Ambassador to Italy John Phillips; NIAF Italia President and a member of the NIAF Board of Directors Paolo Catalfamo; NIAF Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso; NIAF’s General Counsel Arthur J. Furia; and United States Congressman Thomas Marino.

Following the Gala, on November 12, 2015, NIAF Italia hosted a legal conference “Innovation through Regulation: How Legal Reforms Can Strengthen Economic Cooperation between Italy and the United States.” The Rome conference was held in the Vanvitelli Room at the Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Via dei Portoghesi.

After the welcome address by the President of Avvocatura Generale dello Stato, Massimo Masselli Ducci Teri, the conference opened with introductory remarks by Catalfamo and Del Raso. Ambassador Phillips also addressed the conference attendees, followed by the keynote speech delivered by Congressman Marino, who serves as chairman of the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Regulatory Reforms. The first panel discussed legal reforms and dispute resolutions and was moderated by Stefano Amore. A second panel followed regarding reforms and bilateral investments.

niafitalia1Arthur Furia; Joseph Del Raso; Mr. Carl Schramm;
Andrea Delfini (President, BLASTNESS/Nero Hotels)
(a major sponsor of the gala/conference)

NIAF Italia Foundation is an Italian charitable foundation formed in 2014 under the law of Italy and under authority to operate from the National Italian American Foundation, the USA Foundation (founded in the United States in 1975). NIAF Italia Foundation fosters cultural, political, and social relations between the United States and Italy. It organizes conference and round table discussions, and conducts research on Italian and American culture, as well as on political and economic interactions. Visit