Claudio Pastor is the Executive Director of the Societa' Dante Alighieri of Miami, with headquarters in Rome, Italy and founded in 1889. It is the
oldest and most prestigious institution for the tutelage and promotion of the Italian language and culture. Since 2009 he has been the Executive Vice President of ODLI (Organizzazione per la difussione della lingua italiana). Mr. Pastor spent his formative years in both, Italy and the United States. He studied International Relations and History at the University of Miami and Philosophy and Languages at the Univeristiy of L'Aquila, Italy. In 2009 Mr. Pastor received the title of Cavaliere (Knight), the highest honour bestowed by the President of the Republic of Italy.