Major-General Paolo Serra
On 28 January 2012, Major-General Paolo Serra (Italy) assumed command as Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Having had an extensive and distinguished military career, Major-General Serra was Chief of Logistics and Land Transformation of the Italian Army before his appointment to UNIFIL.
Prior to that assignment, he held important command appointments up to the level of Commander of Italy’s “Julia” Alpine Brigade, as well as Commander of the Regional Command West of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) deployed in Afghanistan. In 2009, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Army Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.
Major-General Serra also has extensive experience in multinational peace operations. As Commander of ISAF’s Regional Command West, he worked closely with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He previously served as Commander of the Ninth Alpine Regiment deployed in Kosovo under NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR) in 1999.
Born in 1956, Major-General Serra has attended Italy’s Military Academy and the University of Turin. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.