As a cultural diplomacy ambassador, Paolo Petrocelli serves in institutional roles to forge bonds through art and music in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US.

Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

Cultural & Music Diplomacy Officer

Paolo Petrocelli serves as the Cultural and Music Diplomacy Officer for the Permanent Secretariat, heading the artistic and cultural events of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

The major activity of the Permanent Secretariat is organizing the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, internationally recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and professors from around the globe since 1999. 

Paolo Petrocelli with Nobel Peace Laureates: Muhammad Yunus, Tawakkul Karman and Óscar Arias Sánchez.

Music Diplomacy

Petrocelli takes Music and explores every single aspect of it. Far from keeping it relegated to entertainment, he does not shy away from exploiting its possibilities in other, less obvious ways. Besides playing it with his instrument, he uses music as an instrument for itself: be it for the potential it holds as a vessel of economic development or as a medium to strengthen ties among different cultures in the world, he has been and still is a trailblazer, and this makes him a one-of-a-kind individual.

EMMA for Peace

Founder & President

Petrocelli founded EMMA for Peace to drive positive change in the Mediterranean region. EMMA brings together major institutions and world renowned artists under the shared passion for music and the promotion of peace (Honorary President, Riccardo Muti). As President and Director General of EMMA for Peace, he has organized and promoted more than 30 projects in 3 years (concerts, workshops, masterclasses, talks), around 15 different countries, involving more than 2000 students and young talents.

Petrocelli with African refugees who attended an EMMA project in Malta; in United Arab Emirates at American University of Sharjah and  at the Nobel Museum in Dubai.  Below, Petrocelli in Mumbai, India.


Cultural Advisor

Paolo Petrocelli is Cultural Advisor to the multi Grammy award-winning British band.

Paolo Petrocelli in London with Phil Harvey, the creative director, manager and “fifth member” of Coldplay and Davide Rossi, Grammy Award winner producer and string arranger for many of the band’s most famous hits.