Sergio Balanzino

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Person.png Sergio Balanzino  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born20 June 1934
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died25 February 2018 (Age 83)
Brussels, Belgium
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin, University of Rome La Sapienza
Twice acting Secretary General of NATO.

Employment.png Acting Secretary General of NATO

In office
October 20, 1995 - December 5, 1995
Preceded byWilly Claes
Succeeded byJavier Solana
After Willy Claes resigned for corruption

Employment.png Acting Secretary General of NATO

In office
13 August 1994 - 17 October 1994
Preceded byManfred Wörner
Succeeded byWilly Claes
After Manfred Wörner died

Employment.png Italy/Ambassador/Canada

In office
May 1990 - January 1994

Sergio Silvio Balanzino was an Italian diplomat who was Deputy Secretary General of NATO, and twice acting Secretary General[1][2]. He is not suspected to be a Bilderberg member.


He studied as a Brittingham Foreign Scholar at the University of Wisconsin in Madison 1956–1957. After graduating in Law from the University of Rome La Sapienza he joined the Italian foreign service in 1958.[2]


He was Italian ambassador to Canada from May 1990 to January 1994. He then became the Deputy Secretary General of NATO before briefly becoming acting Secretary General twice. Firstly by replacing Manfred Wörner on 13 August 1994 after the latter resigned in the last stages of cancer. On 17 October 1994, he was replaced by Willy Claes, who resigned on 20 October 1995 following the discovery of his political corruption.

Balanzino, who had gone back to being Deputy, again took over the reins until he was replaced on 5 December 1995 by Javier Solana.[2]

He taught in the springtime at the Loyola University Chicago Rome Center.[3]


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