Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy
Born in Sondrio (April 3rd, 1962). High School Diploma (1981). Degree in Economics at “Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi” (Milan, 1988). Researcher at IEFE Bocconi (Institute for economics of energy sources, 1987-1990). Researcher at IRER (Lombardy’s Research Institute, 1990-1996). Assistant professor for Economics and Agricultural Policies at Università Cattolica (Milan 1990 – 1995).
Counsellor at CNEL (Economy and Labour National Council, 2005-2006), as expert appointed by the Government.
Contributor at “Il Sole 24 Ore” (a major economic national newspaper, 2001-2004) and “Corriere della Sera” (2005-2006). Host of “Catallassi”, a program on economic issues on Radio Radicale, and other radio programs.
National Secretary (1994-1997) and Treasurer (1994-1996) of the movement “Club Pannella – Reformers”. Member of the Directorate of the Lista Pannella (1997-1999). Since 1992 he has been member of the Transnational Radical Party.
Member of European Parliament (1999-2004). Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and the Industry, Research and Energy Committee. Member of the Delegation for relations with countries of South Asia and SAARC.
Member of Italian Chamber of Deputies (2006 to 2013, for PDL and then FLI) and then member of Italian Senate. Since 2013 he is the National Spokesperson of Scelta Civica (party founded by Mario Monti).
Since February 2014 he is Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Renzi Government).