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Elisabetta Trenta (born 4 June 1967) is an Italian politician who serves as the Italian Minister of Defence in the government of Giuseppe Conte.[1]

Elisabetta Trenta
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Minister of Defence
Assumed office
1 June 2018
Prime MinisterGiuseppe Conte
Preceded byRoberta Pinotti
Personal details
Born (1967-06-04) 4 June 1967 (age 52)
Velletri, Italy
Political partyFive Star Movement


In 1994 Trenta graduated in political science at La Sapienza University of Rome.[2] She also had a master in International Development and a master in Intelligence and security.

She worked as an adviser for the mission "Ancient Babylon" for the Italian Ministry of Defence, and 'senior expert' in the task force in Iraq for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2009 Trenta was recalled in service as captain in the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon and in 2012 she coordinated a project in Libya for the reduction of illegal weapons. She is also deputy director of the Master in Intelligence and Security of Link Campus University, and has collaborated with the Military Center for Strategic Studies (CEMISS), focusing particularly on proxy wars.[3][4]

According to her curriculum, Trenta is engaged in social work through two associations of which she is vice-president: "Children of Nassiriya Onlus", which carries out projects in Iraq, and the Flauto Magico.[5]

Trenta ran in the 2018 general election for the Five Star Movement (M5S) without being elected.[6] However, in June 2018, she was appointed Minister of Defence in the government of Giuseppe Conte, who led a cabinet composed by members of the M5S and League.[7]


  1. ^ "Italy government: Giuseppe Conte to head populist coalition". BBC News. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  2. ^ Elisabetta Trenta, chi è il ministro della difesa?
  3. ^ "Trenta, analista Difesa con passione per il tango". (in Italian). 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  4. ^ Matteucci, Piera (26 May 2018). "Elisabetta Trenta ministro della Difesa: un'esperta di sicurezza con un'ombra di conflitto d'interessi". (in Italian). Retrieved 1 June 2018.
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  6. ^ Colelgio Plurinominale Lazio 02
  7. ^ Nasce governo M5s-Lega, Conte e i neoministri hanno giurato al Quirinale
Political offices
Preceded by
Roberta Pinotti
Minister of Defence