Giuseppe Ruocco worked at the Italian Ministry of Health from 1984 to April 2021, where he covered several positions. Between November 2017 and April 2021, he was Secretary General – Chief Medical Officer at the Italian Ministry of Health. Before, he was Director General for European and International Relations and for Food Hygiene, Food Safety and Nutrition (until October 2017) and, within the DG for Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, he was Head of Office (until 2008) and then Director General (until 2010) and then served as Director General for European and International Relations (2010-12) and for Prevention (2012-14). In 2013 and 2014 he also covered the function of Italian Chief Medical Officer. In 2015 he was responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of the Ministry of Health's initiatives at the EXPO 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.
Giuseppe Ruocco is a medical doctor, with specialisation in internal medicine. He carried out researches in the field of immunology of viral hepatitis. Lecturer in numerous courses, he is the author of several articles published in national and international journals.