Torquato Cardilli, (born November 24, 1942) in L'Aquila province of Italy. Cardilli graduated with a degree in oriental culture and languages and in political sciences from the Istituto Universitario Orientale of Naples. He was first appointed at the Italian Foreign Ministry’s political office in 1967. He served as Ambassador of Italy to Albania (1991), Tanzania (1993), Saudi Arabia (2000) and Angola (2005). He retired in 2009 at the end of his mission as Ambassador to Luanda.
- Howard Schneider, An Italian Envoy to Saudi Arabia, and to Islam, The Washington Post, December 17, 2001.
- Douglas Jehl, Riyadh Journal; An Ambassador's Journey From Rome to Mecca, The New York Times, December 4, 2001.