He has been Chairman of SACE since June 2016, where he was previously in the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2007. From 2001 to 2005 he served as President of the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) and held the position of Italian government’s General Commissioner for the 2010 Shanghai Universal Exposition. He is a full Professor of International Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Chairman of the Manlio Masi Foundation, National Observatory for Internationalization and Trade. He is the author or editor of 20 volumes and over 60 articles published in scientific journals on topics related to international economics, public finance, labor economics, macroeconomics and applied economics. In 2005, President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi awarded him the highest honor of Knight Grand Cross.