Lelio Orsini d’Aragona

Lelio Niccolò Orsini d’Aragona was born in Rome in 1981 – his father is Italian, his mother is Georgian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and currently manages his agricultural/farming company and his family’s real estate company.

With a passion for his mother’s country of origin, Lelio Orsini d’Aragona has always used his soft diplomacy skills for Georgia, both as a cultural and humanitarian level. He is the president of the Italo-Georgian association “Scudo di San Giorgio,” which was founded in 1991 and has promoted several initiatives in the cultural and charity fields. In the past, Lelio Orsini d’Aragona has been chosen by the Georgian government to be part of several official delegations to the Vatican City State and the Holy See.

In January 2014, Lelio Orsini d’Aragona was decorated with the Italian Red Cross Gold Medal by Francesco Rocca, current President of the Italian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Medal was awarded because of the role Orsini played in bringing humanitarian aid in Georgia during the 2008 conflict: “In recognition of the high spirit of humanity and solidarity.  A shining example of self-denial, in line with the tradition of his dynasty, he has always operated inspired by the fundamental principles of the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent, working even at the risk of his own safety for the respect of human rights, international humanitarian law and the state of life of the Georgian civilian population, taking actions which were extraordinarily effective and of great significance, such as to consider him a man in the spirit of the Italian Red Cross.”

Lelio Orsini d’Aragona is currently the Delegate for Rome and Latium of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, an EquestrianOrder recognized by the Italian Republic which holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN-ECOSOC) since August 2011.