Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is chairman of Societe Generale. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, during which time he acted as G–7 and G–20 deputy for the euro area and was responsible for its international relations. Dr. Bini Smaghi serves as a project associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a senior fellow at the LUISS School of European Political Economy. He has served as chairman of the board of Italgas, SNAM, and SACE S.p.A. and as a board member at Morgan Stanley International, Finmeccanica, MTS, and the European Investment Bank. Dr. Bini Smaghi was the first chairman of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. He started his career as an economist in the research department of the Banca d’Italia and later became head of the policy division of the European Monetary Institute and director general for international affairs at the Italian Treasury. Dr. Bini Smaghi is the author of several articles and books on international and European monetary and financial issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Université catholique de Louvain, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.