Mario started his European Union career as a civil servant in 1997. Since then, he has held various positions coordinating bilateral and regional programmes. From 2015 to 2019, he served as Head of Cooperation and Head of Unit in the EU Delegation to Bangladesh, responsible for bilateral development in the second largest MIP in Asia Region 2014-2020, with an overall portfolio of approximately 150 projects. Educated in Italy and Poland, he has master degrees in Political Science (specialization in Macro-Economic policies) and in Economic and Juridical Studies.