Massimo Carnelos was born in Rome 1969. After obtaining a Master in Theory of Literature from the University of Rome, he worked first as a teacher and then for International Organizations (at the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and at the Press Office of the Council of the Ministers of the European Union). He worked for a brief period at the Council of the Ministers of Italy and in 2001 joined the Italian Foreign Service. As a career diplomat he served first at the Middle East Desk and then at the Office for International S&T Cooperation. He was stationed at the Italian Embassy in New Zealand, Cyprus and Iraq, always as Deputy Head of Mission. Back to Rome in December 2013, he worked for more than four years at the Policy Planning Unit of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, where he was is responsible for the Research and Publication Section. The main focuses of his researches were MENA, BRICS, Asia, Economics, Digital and new Technologies and Religions and International Affairs. Since March 2018 he is the Head of the Economic Section of the Italian Embassy in London and he also sits in the Board of the Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as Alternate Director for Italy. He has published on international affairs and poetry in literary magazines.