Antonino Laspina was born in 1957 in Aidone, Sicily. He graduated with honors in Political Science, obtained a master’s degree in foreign trade and export management – at Corce in 1980, and then attended the SIOI school of specialization in diplomatic affairs in 1981. In the same year he joined ICE and has experienced several assignments in his career, both in the Rome headquarters and in the main foreign offices. As Director of the Trade Promotion Department, he was deeply involved in the promotion of the Italian Lifestyle in many international markets including the United States, where he carried out a major communication and promotion campaign “Live in I Style”, which ran throughout 2000-2003.
As Trade Commissioner, he was seconded mainly to Asia, including Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei. He later became director of the Beijing office and coordinator of the ITA network in China for 12 years.
In 2015, Laspina was appointed Marketing Director in the Rome office. He focused on innovating on-demand services for ITA clients’ international business development, and supported them at every stage of international trade, including market approach, access and consolidation. He has also used breakthrough innovations in ITA’s core businesses such as executive and human resources training and omnichannel business services.
Throughout his career, Laspina has collaborated with universities, including in China, training centers, and Italian and international journals on topics related to international trade and economics. He became a member of the Young Leaders Group (Italy-United States Council) in 1998. He was appointed executive director of ITA in the US market on November 9, 2019 in NYC.