Stefano Fossati (turin, 1957), current director of the Italian Institute of Culture of Hong Kong, stud- ied sanskrit, Pali and arabic languages at torino University, and graduated with a thesis on ancient Indian aesthetics. after graduation, he worked for two years at the Cesmeo (the International Insti- tute for advanced asian studies) where he studied Hindi language and has spent three months in India (mainly in Benares) for research.
From 1996 to 2001 he worked as an assistant language teacher (in Italian “lettore Mae)) at delhi University.
In 2001 he became cultural attache’ at the Italian Ministry for Foreign affairs and in 2003 was posted to the Italian Cultural Institute in tokyo, where his main responsibility was the organisation of the courses of Italian language and culture. He then was appointed as director of the Italian Cultural In- stitute in Melbourne (2008-2013), Osaka (2014-2019) and from 2019 he oversees the one in Hong Kong.