Chief Economist, Confindustria (General Confederation of Italian Industry); Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business and Economics Program
TopicsEconomics, Eurozone, Fiscal and structural reform, Global Business & Economics, Infrastructure
RegionsItaly, Southern Europe
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April 27, 2019
April 09, 2019
March 20, 2019Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Rome on March 21 accompanied by a 500-strong delegation. A number of economic agreements, including a widely discussed memorandum of understanding (MoU) on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), are expected to be…
May 30, 2018While the fundamentals of the Italian economy remain sound, the political uncertainty gripping the country has spooked markets. Tools created during the European debt crisis in 2009—such as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM)—are insufficient to support funding needs of the…
January 16, 2018
Montanino previously acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. As director general at the Treasury Department, he worked extensively to alleviate the impact of the great recession on the business sector, drafting and implementing a number of laws. He developed innovative partnerships with the private sector, including a public-private development bank, where he served as vice president, and a private equity fund for small and medium sized enterprises, where he first led the steering committee and later served as the treasury representative on the Board of Directors. He also was a board member in a private equity fund specializing in infrastructure projects. As a member of the cabinet and economic advisor to the Italian Minister of Finance, Montanino contributed to a comprehensive public budget reform policy effort, which was later implemented on a national scale.
He also spent four years (2001-2005) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. During those years, he worked on the reform of the EU budgetary rules and was responsible for the long-term sustainability analysis of European countries.
Montanino graduated summa cum laude in economics from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, in 1992. He holds a MSc in labor economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in economics from the University of Rome, La Sapienza.