Leonardo Costa enters the world of Italian diplomacy after passing a public exam in December 2003.
He served as Vice Director of the divisions of Latin America and Caribbean, Asia and Pacific of the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2009, he was assigned to the Commercial Office in Cairo, Egypt, with management and coordination responsibilities as well as overseeing scientific and cultural issues.
He subsequently held the position of Political Advisor to the Italian Representation at the Atlantic Council in Brussels. In 2017, he was appointed as Head of the Office III for the Legal Affairs Service, Diplomatic Law and Treaties. As such he was responsible for Italian lawsuits in International Courts and Tribunals, including the ECHR and the CJEU, in addition to the coordination with the UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, HCCH and the International Investment Arbitration.
In January 2022, he was appointed Consul General in Jeddah.
He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and further has a good knowledge of the Russian language.