Paolo Petrocelli


Paolo Petrocelli at the Athenaeum Library of Boston

Paolo Petrocelli at the Athenaeum Library of Boston



Paolo Petrocelli is a cultural entrepreneur driven by the belief that the arts and arts education are a major force for growth, development and change globally.

A passionate, innovative and dynamic manager with an extensive experience in leadership positions in a variety of organizational settings, he is an international relations and global cultural affairs expert.

In order to serve as an active citizen and support non-profit activity, he has become a leading member of some of the most prestigious international organizations, including United Nations, UNESCO, World Economic Forum. 

Petrocelli is the Co-Founder and President of the Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO and serves as Cultural and Music Diplomacy Officer for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

As a music diplomacy ambassador, he serves in institutional roles to forge bonds through music in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US. Petrocelli is the Founder and President of EMMA for Peace (Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace).

Top-level roles in the public and private sector have rounded out his cultural relations and senior arts administrator expertise, allowing collaboration with global leaders in performing arts management.

In 2014, he has been appointed as one of the youngest members ever elected to the Board of Directors of Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House). In 2015, he has been appointed as Member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena

Today, he serves on numerous Board of Directors, including Opera Lebanon (Beirut, Lebanon), Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia (Venice, Italy), Oregon Music Festival (Portland, USA).

Former Associate Director at IMG Artists, he currently serves as Assistant to the Superintendent for international development and external relations of Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di RomaHead of Development, Communication & Marketing at Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Director for Institutional Affairs and International Relations of Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli, Head of International Development and Projects at Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo.

He is a Yale University Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Researcher at MIT Media Lab, the interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Petrocelli holds an MA in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia and is a graduate in musicology of both the La Sapienza University of Rome and Middlesex University of London. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Marketing and Creativity at the IULM University in Milan.

To help shape the next generation, Petrocelli lectures at leading universities (including Yale University, MIT, New York University, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Accademia Teatro Alla Scala) about management and international cultural relations. He serves as a professor at LUISS Guido Carli University and John Cabot University in Rome.

He is  Director of the Master of Cultural Management at the Rome Business School.

Paolo Petrocelli is a TEDx Speaker.

Institutional Postions

Board of Directors

Academic Appointments

Management & Corporate Positions

International Competitions Jury Member



Service Organizations

Member District 2080

Member District 2080