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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Chairman of the Board, Société Générale, Paris

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is chairman of Societé Générale, and Italgas. He is a visiting scholar at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and senior fellow at LUISS School of European political economy, and at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome. He is member of the Board of Tages Holding and chairs the Italian Chapter of the Alumni of the University of Chicago. From June 2005 to December 2011, he was a member of the executive board of the European Central Bank. He started his career in 1983 as an economist at the Research Department of the Banca d'Italia. In 1994, he moved to the European Monetary Institute, in Frankfurt, to head the Policy Division, to prepare for the creation of the ECB. In October 1998, he became director general for International Affairs in the Italian Treasury, acting as G7 and G20 deputy and vice president of the Economic and Financial Committee of the EU. He was also chairman of the WP3 of the OECD. He was chairman of the Board of Snam, of SACE, and member of the Boards of Finmeccanica, MTS, the European Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley International. He is the author of several books.. He is currently member of the A-List of Commentators for the Financial Times. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, a master's degree from the University of Southern California and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.