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Director of Special Programs and PR | NIAF
(Washington, D.C. – December 19, 2023) – The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) proudly took part in the American Chamber of Commerce In Italy’s (AmCham Italy) XVII Transatlantic Awards Gala Dinner on December 4th, in Milan, Italy, an event celebrating the strong economic relations between the United States and Italy.
[The Carabinieri Band performing at the Transatlantic Award Gala Dinner on December 4, 2023, in Milan, Italy.]
The Gala brought together more than 700 key figures from the business, political, and cultural spheres in Italy and the U.S. The evening honored the Ambassador of Italy to the United States of America Mariangela Zappia and the Ambassador of the United States of America to Italy and San Marino Jack Markell for their work strengthening the alliance between the two nations. Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani was also recognized for his efforts to advance transatlantic relations as were a number of American companies operating in Italy.
[NIAF President Robert Allegrini with the Ambassador of the United States of America to Italy and San Marino Jack Markell.]
“It was an honor to represent NIAF at this impactful event highlighting the vibrant bonds between Italy and America,” said NIAF President Robert Allegrini. “NIAF and AmCham Italy share a commitment to foster a closer rapport between our two great nations. In this noble cause NIAF considers AmCham Italy to be a highly valued and esteemed partner.”
[NIAF President Robert Allegrini with the Ambassador of Italy to the United States of America Mariangela Zappia.]
Among the American companies operating in Italy additionally honored at the Transatlantic Awards Gala were Athonet, BAT Italia, Bain Capital Private Equity, BDT & MSD Partners, CISCO Italia, F.I.S. – Fabbrica Italiana Sintetici S.p.A., Generali Group, Google Cloud Italia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Italia, IMA Group, Kyndryl Italia, Marchesi Antinori and Phillip Morris Italia.
Similarly to the companies celebrated, the evening also saw the recognition of three Italian universities, Politecnico di Milano, Università Bocconi and LUISS Guido Carli who completed the accreditation process in the American market this year and were presented with the Transatlantic Academic Award.
As part of its charity initiatives, this year AmCham Italy chose AUS Niguarda as its charity partner, a non-profit organization that supports the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of the Niguarda Hospital in Milan. By partnering with AUS Niguarda, AmCham Italy will help raise awareness and funds for this volunteer organization and the important rehabilitation services they provide to the community.
The event was sponsored by AbbVie, Assicurazioni Generali, Banca Mediolanum, BAT Italia, Boeing, Centromarca, Coca-Cola Italia, Deloitte Italy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo, Kyndryl, Losito Guarini, Mapei, MBE Worldwide, McDonald’s Italy, Oliver Wyman, Philip Morris Italia and WBA.
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes the Italian culture and heritage. Founded in 1975, NIAF has been a leading advocate for Italian Americans, preserving their legacy and promoting their contributions to the United States.
About the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy
The American Chamber of Commerce in Italy (AmCham Italy Italy) is a non-profit organization that works to develop economic and cultural relations between Italy and the United States. Founded in 1915, AmCham Italy Italy connects American and Italian companies, with the goal of creating new business opportunities and attracting investment. With offices in Milan and Rome, AmCham Italy Italy represents over 500 companies that seek to build bridges across the Atlantic.