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     Date Submitted:12-11-2013
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Business Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsmathematical economist. Recently I have worked on the development of the space economy with particular focus on off world mining
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    International economist, specializing in:

    • International finance
    • International monetary policy
    • Oil markets

    He holds an MBA from the Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, and has followed PhD courses at the Leuven University in Leuven, Belgium.

    He has held the following academic positions:

    • Finance Professor at CEMI (China Europe Management Institute, Beijing) (1990).
    • Associate Professor of International Finance at the SDA-Bocconi, Milan Italy (1988-1989)
    • Associate professor of monetary theory and policy at the Catholic University, Milan Italy (1986-1988)
    • Lecturer at the Graduate Business School, New York University, New York, USA (1985).

    ·        Associate professor of political economy at the LUISS University, Rome, Italy (1983-1984)

    Recently, he has participated to the works of the Commission 3 of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) on the use of space mineral resources. He has developed a model for the feasibility analysis of off world mining. In this capacity he has participated to an IAA seminar in Turin (Italy) and to the international conference held by the IAA in Beijing (China) in preparation of the meeting of the heads of he space agencies to be held in Washington D.C. (USA) in January 2014.

    He has written extensively for major economic journals and is the author of three books, one on the monetary history of Germany since the unification; a second on the development of the European Currency Unit and its implications for international financial markets; and a third on interstellar travelling and its financing.

    In the past, he has worked as an:

    • Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC (1973-1983).
    • Economic Advisor of the Minister of the Budget, Rome, Italy (1983-1984).
    • Financial advisor of the Chairman of the Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino (1984-1985).
    • Chief Economist Montedison, Milan, Italy (1986-1988).
    • Senior Financial Advisor European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1991-1994).

    ·        Senior Consultant to NatWest Capital Markets, London UK (1994-1998)

    ·        Team Leader of the GHG (Greenhouse gas) group within the Sino-Italian Cooperation Program for Environmental Protection (SICP) (1999-2003). SICP program is aimed at promoting joint projects in environmental protection, sustainable mobility, sustainable agriculture and development of renewable and clean energy in China under the framework of International Environmental Agreements.

    ·        From 204 to 2013, he was a private consultant offering in China to Italian and Foreign enterprises, consortiums, and associations professional advice and operating assistance in the relations with institutions and with the territory and in the processes of internationalization.


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    Academic experinces

    Associate professor of political economy at the LUISS University, Rome, Italy (1983-1984)

    Responsible for a course of political economy for master degree students. Responsible for tutoring doctoral students. Presented several research papers to international seminars, including one (Inflation and currency depreciation in Germany 1920-1923) to the annual seminar in Paris organised by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Maison de Science de l’Home. The above-mentioned research papers formed the core of the book on monetary history of Germany since its unification, published by McMillan in 1986.

    Associate professor of monetary theory and policy at the CatholicUniversity, Milan Italy (1986-1988)

    Responsible for a course of monetary theory and policy for master degree students. Responsible for tutoring doctoral students. Participated to the “Osservatorio Monetario”, a research group on monetary development and policy analysis. Organised, together with Prof. Levich, a conference on the prospective uses of the European Currency Unit in international financial markets at the Graduate Business School, New York University. Lexington Editor subsequently published the proceedings of this conference in 1987.

    Associate Professor of International Finance at the SDA-Bocconi, MilanItaly (1989-1991)

    Responsible for a course of international finance for master degree students. Organised a research project funded by the EEC on the European Currency Unit and its potential uses in Latin American countries. Organised a research project on transitional economies in Eastern Europe. This research project was presented in Leningrad to a seminar jointly organised by the SDA-Bocconi and the University of Leningrad. Participated with a paper to a conference on “Reform Prospect in the Republic of Mongolia” organised by the UNDP in Ulan Baatur. This paper was developed during a stay at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.

    Finance Professor at CEMI (China Europe Management Institute, Beijing) (1990).

    Responsible for a course of international finance for master degree students. Responsible for a research project on the development of small and medium size industries in China during the reform period.

     Professional experience

    Economist – International Monetary Fund, Washington DC (1973-1983)

    I have participated in several Art. IV missions in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, and Island. I have contributed to the research activities of the European Department through several working papers, including the estimation of an econometric model of the Swedish economy. The econometric model used continuous time econometric estimation technique developed by Clifford Wymer first at the London School of Economics and subsequently at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.

    Economic Advisor of the Minister of the Budget, Rome, Italy(1983-1984).

    I have been responsible for the briefing to the Minister on monetary policy. I was also responsible, together with Prof. Tullio, for the elaboration of the “Relazione Previsionale e Programmatica”, the main economic policy paper of the Italian government. During my tenure at the Ministry, I have contributed to the estimation of an econometric model of the Italian economy, which is used by the Ministry for the analysis of the main economic policy options. The econometric model used continuous time econometric estimation technique developed by Clifford Wymer first at the London School of Economics and subsequently at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.

    Financial advisor of the Chairman of the Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino(1984-1985).

    I was responsible for the briefing to the Chairman on main developments in international financial markets and products. In this respect, I opened the representative office of the bank in Washington DC. I was responsible of the relationships with international organizations, such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, with the view of developing operational relationships of the bank with these institutions. In particular, I developed relationships with these organizations in the area of co financing of their projects. Moreover, I developed the relationships with the Finance Department of the World Bank leading to the participation of the San Paolo Bank in the bond issues of the World Bank.

    Chief Economist Montedison, Milan, Italy(1986-1988).

    I was responsible for the elaboration of the strategic scenarios of the group, reporting directly to the Chairman and the Board of Directors of the Group. The strategic scenarios were a direct input to the annual economic and financial planning of the company. As Chief Economist, I represented the Group in the Italian Association of Chemical Industries and the International Association of Chemical Industries. During my tenure as Chief Economist, I have carried out research works on the structure and development of the oil markets in collaboration with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Cambridge, Massachusset.

    Senior Financial Advisor European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1991-1994).

    I was responsible to the Vice-President of the Bank for the analysis of financial development of countries in transition in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland, and for policy option suggestions. In that capacity, I have coordinated a working group of experts on banks’ portfolio restructuring in Poland. I have also elaborated a proposal for the introduction of a bank deposit insurance scheme in Poland. As Senior Financial Expert, I have also contributed regularly to the financial and economic forecast exercise that the Bank carried out in the countries of operation. I have also contributed regularly to the Bank Review with articles on financial development in the countries of operations.

    Senior Consultant to NatWest Capital Markets (1994-1998)

    I was responsible for carrying out analysis of the development of financial and equity markets in a number of Eastern European countries, including Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. These analyses have been regularly published in the Bank Reports for external circulation. During this period, I have also participated to the country risk analysis for Italy. I have also organized for the Bank a series of conferences and debates in London on economic and policy developments in Italy.


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