Exclusive: FAO axes former EU investment guru Ridolfi after nepotism probe
ROME -- The FAO former ADG Roberto Ridolfi evidently has had his contract terminated and left the UN agency amid concern over alleged conflicts of interests the former EU senior official was embroiled in while working on secondment from Brussels, FAO sources said Monday.
Signor Ridolfi came under scrutiny from EU anti-corruption sleuths looking into the self-described “father” of the European Union’s External Investment Plan, while he was on secondment last year to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and allegedly drummed up business for his sons at an EXCO cooperation fair organised by the Fiera di Roma, EU sources say.
Ridolfi left his post as a director at the European Commission’s development arm at the end of 2017, moving to a two year advisory role at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 2019 he worked as an apri pista using his extensive contacts in Italian business to conjure up sponsorship for the EXCO cooperation fair in which a company managed by one of Ridolfi's sons, Sustainaway, claimed commissions for the business brought in by his father, as disclosed by the Italian Insider last year.