Mr Francesco Rocca has had a long and distinguished career with the Italian Red Cross, first as its Head of Emergency Operations in 2008 and its Extraordinary Commissioner (2009-2013) before being appointed National President (2013-2017) and later National President of the Italian Red Cross Association in 2017. His service with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been equally distinguished. He has served as Vice-President (Europe) from 2013 to 2017 and was the Italian Red Cross representative on the IFRC Governing Board from 2009-2013. He also organised the successful 9th European Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Florence, Italy in 2014, and the High-Level Movement Cooperation Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in the Mediterranean in Rome in 2011. A lawyer by profession, Mr Rocca spent the 1990s fighting organised crime in Italy before moving into the health sector in 2003 as General Director of Sant ’Andrea Hospital in Rome. He holds a degree in Law from La Sapienza University and a professional qualification in Health Management from Italy’s Public Administration Superior School.