Vincenzo Spadafora

Vincenzo Spadafora (born 12 March 1974 in Afragola) is an Italian politician.

Vincenzo Spadafora
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Minister for Sport and Youth Policies
Assumed office
5 September 2019
Prime MinisterGiuseppe Conte
Preceded byLuca Lotti (2018)
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
23 March 2018
Personal details
Born (1974-03-12) 12 March 1974 (age 46)
Afragola, Campania, Italy
Political partyFive Star Movement


Vincenzo Spadafora was born on 12 March 1974 in Afragola. After graduating from high school, he moved to Rome, where he began to work with UNICEF. After various humanitarian experiences in the field of Non-Governmental Organizations, in 2008 he was appointed president of UNICEF Italia, a position he held until 2011.

He began his political career in 1998 as private secretary of the President of the Campania Region Andrea Losco (UDEUR). He also worked in the Secretariat of the Greens led by Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio and in 2006 he became head of the secretariat under Francesco Rutelli at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.[1]

On 29 November 2011, he was appointed First guarantor for children and adolescents by the President of the Chamber Gianfranco Fini and the President of the Senate Renato Schifani.[2]

In 2014 he published the book La terza Italia. Manifesto di un Paese che non si tira indietro (The Third Italy. Manifesto of a country that does not hold back).

Subsequently, he joined the staff of Luigi Di Maio, of which he became responsible for institutional relations. In 2018 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the uninominal constituency of Casoria, with the 59.4% of the vote.

On 12 June he was appointed Undersecretary for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with responsibility for equal opportunities and young people in the Conte Cabinet.