CoESPU Director

Brigadier General Giuseppe De Magistris


Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU)

Brigadier General Giuseppe De Magistris was born in 1970. 
In 1989 he graduated from the Military High School “Nunziatella” where he completed his high school classical curriculum, and then joined the Italian Military Academy of Modena. Subsequently, BG De Magistris attended a two-year course at the Carabinieri Officers Academy in Rome from which he graduated with the rank of Second Lieutenant. Since then, BG De Magistris earned a Master degree in “Law”, a Master degree in “Security Sciences” and a Master degree in “Internal and External Security Sciences”. Moreover, he successfully completed a postgraduate degree in “Sciences of Security and Organization” and an executive master’s degree in “Strategic Leadership and Digital Transformation”.
During his 30 plus-year long career in the Carabinieri (a 114.000-strong Police Force with military status and the twofold responsibility for State Defence and Public Order and Security management), he held numerous commands across the Peninsula, attended several specialized courses and was deployed on a large number of operational assignments both in Italy and overseas, where he served in Kosovo and in Bosnia Herzegovina [in the Multinational Specialized Units (MSU) within NATO Missions], then, for three years, in the NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE), Belgium, as Officer Commanding of the SHAPE HQ International MP Coy and, double-hatted, as Allied Command Operations (ACO) Deputy Provost Marshal. 
BG De Magistris also operated in Iraq and Afghanistan, within NATO Training Missions, and in Haiti, as inspecting officer from the Carabinieri HQs to the Italian Formed Police Unit deployed within MINUSTAH. From September 2015 to September 2017, he served at the United Nations’ HQ, Police Division, in the capacity of Transnational Organized Crime Expert. In Italy, he held several operational commands throughout the Country and was also assigned to staff duties in the Carabinieri HQs. 
BG Giuseppe De Magistris served as the Director of the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence, Vicenza, Italy, from October 18, 2019, to June 28, 2023, following his two-year tenure as the Carabinieri Provincial Headquarters’ Commanding Officer in Brindisi, Italy. As of June 29, 2023, he is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU). As of January 1st, 2024, he holds the rank of Brigadier General.
He shares with his daughter Sofia the love for dogs and sport. An enthusiastic triathlete, he is a three-time IronMan finisher.

Expertise: Transnational Organised Crime, Counterterrorism, Criminal Investigations, Leadership, Strategic & Tactical Planning, Operational & Logistic Support, International Police Cooperation, Stability Policing, Info-Gathering Activities, Vetting & Auditing, Intelligence Management, Human Resources, Conduct & Discipline Management, Military Police Operations, Force Protection, Training, Teaching & Lecturing on Policing and Stability Policing-related Matters.