Faisal bin Sattam bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Italy, Malta and San Marino, is the new face of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: desire for change, openness, important steps on the long road to human rights and a lot of love for Italy.
He was born in Taif, a city in Mecca Province and summer capital of the Kingdom. He is married and has four children. He studied in the USA at Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Masters of Law (LL.M) and at King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bachelor of Science in Law.
He has a lot of experience in matters related to international and corporate law. He has actively participated in the development and support of privatization through Public Private Partnership ventures through partnership with global companies and financial institutions addressing complex legal and financial structures, business model design and risk management. He speaks Arabic and English. About his work experience: Ambassador designate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Italy, Malta and San Marino. Entrepreneurial and business experiences in the private sector in Saudi Arabia. Internship program at World Trade Organization, Geneva. Experience in Private Law firms. In addition to the important roles he played and continues to play, the Prince is also known and appreciated for being a lover of history, travelling, art, of all cultures of the world and he is also a great skier.
Nominated ambassador by a decree issued by King Salman last year, Prince Faysal bin Sattam presented his credentials to the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, in June. Prince Faysal bin Sattam bin Abdel Aziz represents the new generation of Riyadh diplomacy. He is the fourth son of Prince Sattam, one of the thirty sons of King Abdel Aziz, who was emir of Riyadh and died in 2013. His brother, Prince Abdel Aziz, was one of the advisers in the Royal House. Faysal bin Sattam is also the son-in-law of Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, who was ambassador to Italy in the 1990s. According to the Saudi newspaper “Okaz”, “a young prince was chosen for Italy because it is considered that in the future the country will play an increasingly important role within the European Union.”
In fact, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Italy maintain deep and long-standing relationships. Italy was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Saudi State in 1932. The ever-growing links between the two countries have recently witnessed the considerable progress in terms of high-level visits and a growing cooperation in multiple sectors (commercial, political, security and cultural); progress made at the 11th session of the Mixed Commission Saudi Arabia-Italy held in Rome in December 2017. Italy is among the top 10 countries in the world for imports into the Kingdom and more than 70 Italian companies operate in primary infrastructure sectors, making Italy a strategic commercial partner of the Kingdom in the current socio-economic development process of the country, promoted by the ambitious projects of the Saudi Vision 2030. The two countries also share a spirit of partnership and deep friendship based on common values and enjoy a very similar status in the Mediterranean and Gulf regions, as well as in the Western-Christian and Islamic-Middle Eastern world. In addition, Saudi Arabia occupies the sixth place in the world by the number of visas issued by Italy to foreign citizens, which indicates that Italy is a privileged destination for Saudi tourism that stands out due to the beauty of its landscapes, its cultural heritage, fashion and art, as well as due to its delicious food. It is an honor to have this illustrious guest in our beautiful country.