Carlo Altomonte is Professor of Economics of European Integration at the Social and Political Sciences Department of Bocconi University, and a core faculty member of SDA Bocconi School of Management, where he teaches International Business Environment. He has received the SDA Bocconi Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and the Bocconi Teaching Innovation Award in
2016. He has been a founder, and the first Director, of the World Bachelor in Business, a unique undergraduate triple degree in Business jointly developed by Bocconi University, the University of Southern California and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
He is currently the Director of the Globalization and Industry Dynamics unit at the Baffi-Carefin centre of research of Bocconi University, a Non Resident Fellow at Bruegel, a EU think tank, and a Senior Researcher at ISPI, the Italian centre of Studies on International Politics. He has been visiting scholar at the Centre of Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and at
the Research Department of the European Central Bank. He has been a visiting professor at the Paris School of Economics (Panthèon-Sorbonne, Paris, France) and KU Leuven (Belgium), and has held short teaching courses at the Wagner School of Government (NYU, New York), Keio University (Tokyo), Fudan University and CEIBS (Shanghai) among others.
He has been regularly acting as consultant for a number of national and international institutions, including the Italian Government, the United Nations (UNCTAD), the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, analysing the role of international trade and investment and their implication for competitiveness. His main areas of research and publication are international trade and investment, the political economy of globalization and its implication on competitiveness. He has published in several leading academic journals, among which Journal of Industrial Economics, European Economic Review, Economic Policy, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of International Business Studies, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome. Since 2002 he is full professor of economic statistics at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”. He is the co-founder and director of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), a coalition established to implement in Italy the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
From April 2013 to February 2014 he was Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Italian Government. From August 2009 to April 2013 he was President of the Italian Statistical Institute (Istat). From January 2001 to July 2009 he was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where he established the World Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy” and launched the “Global Project on the Measurement of the Progress of Societies”, which fostered the setting up of numerous worldwide initiatives on the issue "Beyond GDP".
He is the Chair of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board, responsible for supervising the European Statistical System, and over the last few years he was member of the Global Commission on the future of work at the ILO, Co-Chair of the Independent Experts Advisory Board on “Data revolution for sustainable development” established by the UN Secretary General, Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, member of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress established by the OECD.
In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. He is author of more than ninety articles and five books on statistical and economic topics.
Massimo Gaudina (IT), has been the chief of the Representative office in Milan for the European Commission since September 1st 2017. For the past eight years Massimo Gaudina has been chief of the Communication unit at the European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels. In this role he has planned and coordinated the ERC’s communication strategy. Between 2007 and 2009 he has worked at the the Commission's Directorate-General for Communication, where he was responsible for the partnerships with the Member States as far as communication actions, the “European public spaces” project (public spaces in the EC buildings around the Member States where citizens can acquire more knowledge on the EU) and youth and school initiatives are concerned.
Between 2004 and 2007 he has worked at the Representative office of the European Commission in Rome and, among other things, he has organised the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaties and launched a European Public Space on the premises of the Representative office. Massimo Gaudina has begun working for the European Commission in 1994 as communications manager and before that he had worked as a journalist in Italy. He got his degree in Political Science at the University of Turin and, besides Italian, which is his mother tongue, he speaks English, French and Spanish fluently, as well as having basic knowledge of Swedish.
Sylvie Goulard has been deputy governor of the Banque de France since January 2018, 18th. She has been proposed as European Union Commissioner on August 28th, 2019. She is also a former Minister of the Armed Forces of Emmanuel Macron.
She served as member of the European Parliament (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) from 2009-2017. As MEP, she was a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (coordinator, rapporteur of several files on Finance and Governance of the euro area and banking union) ; she also chaired the parliamentary Intergroup fight against poverty – aiming at giving a voice to deprived people in the European institutions.
After her law studies, and having graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Sylvie Goulard worked as a diplomat in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mainly on European integration and Germany. She also worked at the French Conseil d'Etat.
Between 2001 and 2004, she was political advisor to Romano Prodi, during his time as President of the European Commission.
Her book L’Europe pour les Nuls (First, 2007) was awarded the European Book Prize. She published several other books, including De la démocratie en Europe (Flammarion, Rizzoli 2012), co-authored with Mario Monti and Good bye Europe (Flammarion, 2016) on Brexit.
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is
A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018). Sachs was twice named as Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, and was ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.