I am a researcher at Bocconi, where I teach Macroeconomics and Economic Prospects. I am Head of the Latin America Program at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). My research interests focus on the economics of Latin America, and the economic relations between the EU and Latin America. I collaborate with public and business institutions in Italy. In 2011 I received an official award for having favored the strengthening of Italian-Latin American relations from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I hold a Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze Economiche (Italian Ph.D equivalent in Economics) from the Catholic University of Milan, and a MSc in Economics of Latin America from the University of London, UK.