The Speakers


Masud Cader

Masud Cader serves as the Lead of Country Analytics for the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. In this position, Masud is responsible for applying analytics for cross‐country initiatives such as Belt & Road, Outbound Investment, and South‐South, as well as client engagement and upstream impact. Country Analytics creates novel quantitative insights linking development strategy with private-sector client implementation. Previously Masud headed IFC’s Portfolio Intelligence function, and was responsible for a series of internal reports including IFC Equity Horizons linking megatrends with investment platforms; Sustainable Investing providing pathways from IFC’s ESG principles and client practices to financial outcomes. Masud participated in over $1 billion of committed deals and led equity research on large transactions and sponsors for over $2 billion in IFC projects.



Giulio Cimini is Associate Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and research associate at CREF. He works in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary applications on socio-economic systems, using tools from statistical physics, network theory, and machine learning. His current focus is on applying statistical mechanics and information theory to develop models of (possibly multilayer) complex networks, that find a twofold application in network reconstruction and statistical validation of network patterns. He also studies critical phenomena of percolation and diffusion on networks, with applications in the diffusion of epidemics and opinions in structured populations.



Alex Coad

Alex Coad is a Professor at Waseda Business School (Tokyo, Japan), and is interested in the areas of firm growth, firm performance, entrepreneurship, and innovation policy. Alex has published over 90 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. According to Google Scholar, Alex has over 12'000 citations and an H-index of 51. Alex is an Editor at the journals 'Research Policy' (Financial Times Top 50 list of journals for Business Schools) and 'Small Business Economics', and Associate Editor at 'Industrial and Corporate Change'. Previously Alex obtained a PhD from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Sant'Anna School, Pisa, Italy, and held academic positions at the Max Planck Institute (Jena, DE), Aalborg University (Denmark), SPRU (Univ. Sussex, UK), and CENTRUM Graduate Business School (Lima, Peru), and also being an Economic Analyst at the European Commission (IRI group, JRC-IPTS, Sevilla). In December 2016, Alex received the 2016 Nelson Prize at University of California Berkeley.



MariA DEL Rio - Chanona

Maria del Rio-Chanona has been a JSMF (James S. McDonnell Foundation) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna since June 2021 and at Harvard Growth Lab since December 2021. Maria has a PhD in mathematics from Oxford University, where she was part of the complexity economics group of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School. She has worked alongside international policy organizations, including the International Monetary Fund and the International Labour Organisation. She did her undergraduate studies in physics at UNAM, Mexico. Maria’s research draws from network science, natural language processing, as well as agent-based modeling and focuses on labor economics, the future of work, green transition, and the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic




Dario Diodato is an Economist for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Previously, between 2017 and 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University (Growth Lab, Center for International Development). Before his PhD in Economic Geography at Utrecht University (2013-2017), he worked as a researcher in urban and regional economics for the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2009-2012). His research spans across several topics, including technological change, structural transformation, migration, cities and regions, economic complexity, economic resilience, human capital and skills.



Giovanni Dosi

Giovanni Dosi is professor of economics at the Institute of Economics. He also serves as co-director of the  ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ task force at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Additionally, Professor Dosi is a continental Europe editor of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change. He is included in the ISI Highly Cited Research list, denoting those who made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology, and is a corresponding member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the first academy of sciences in Italy. A selection of his works has been published in two volumes: Innovation, Organization and Economic Dynamics. Selected Essays (2000), and Economic Organization, Industrial Dynamics and Development: Selected Essays (2012) both published by Edward Elgar. His book The Foundation of Complex Evolving Systems has been published in early 2023. This manual seeks to offer an integrated analysis of the anatomy and physiology of the capitalist engine of generation and exploitation of technological organizational and institutional innovations - from the drivers of knowledge accumulation, to the modes in which such knowledge is incorporated into business firms, all the way to the processes of innovation-driven “Schumpeterian competition” and macroeconomic growth. In that, it advances the interpretation of such patterns, in terms of economies seen as complex evolving systems.



Mauro Gallegati

Prof. Mauro Gallegati obtained his Ph.D. in Economics in 1989 at the University of Ancona. He is professor of Economics at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona. He has been visiting Professor in several Universities and research institutes, including Cambridge, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Santa Fe Institute, Brookings Institution and ETH. Prof. Gallegati is on the editorial board of several economic journals, among which the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination. His research includes business fluctuations, nonlinear dynamics, models of financial fragility and heterogeneous interacting agents. Mauro Gallegati is well known from his widely cited work with Joseph E. Stiglitz, developing theory of asymmetric information and heterogeneous agents and their applications. He published papers in the top journals on economic, economic history and history of economic analysis, nonlinear mathematics, applied economics, complexity and econophysics.




Mikel Landabaso works in the European Commission since 1990.  He is Director for Fair and Sustainable Economy at the Joint Research Centre, managing the Seville site. Previously he was Director for Strategy and Corporate Communication at DG COMM under the President’s Cabinet. He has also worked as Head of Cabinet of Regional Policy Commissioner and Head of Unit in several Units, including as responsible for Smart and Sustainable Growth and the Structural Funds for Spain, as well as assistant to the Director General of DG Regio. These jobs covered both, policy design and policy implementation. Before joining the EU Commission, he worked as Head of the Research Department and Assistant to the Director General of the Basque Innovation Agency 1986-1990. He has also worked part time as lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium (2001-2007), visiting Fellow at University of North Carolina (USA) (2000), lecturer at Deusto University and the public University of the Basque Country in Spain (1987-1990). He is currently Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University. He was given the 2004 “Christiane Bom Award” for his contribution to innovation in European Regional policy by the European Regional Development Agencies Association – EURADA. Mikel Landabaso is PhD in Economics (University of the Basque Country 1994, Spain), M.A. in Development Economics (University of East Anglia 1983-84, U.K.).



Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu LIN is Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development and Honorary Dean of National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. He is the author of more than 30 books including Beating the Odd: Jump-starting Developing Countries,Going beyond Aid, the Quest for Prosperity, New Structural Economics, and Demystifying the Chinese Economy. He received PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World. He received honorary doctoral degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, Fordham University, Nottingham University, City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of British Colombia, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Open University of Hong Kong and Macao University of Science and Technology.



Vittorio Loreto

Vittorio Loreto is a physicist at Sapienza University of Rome and faculty of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. He is presently director of the SONY Computer Science Laboratories in Rome. He recently coordinated the research program dubbed KREYON, aimed at unfolding the dynamics of creativity, novelties and innovation. While theoretical modeling and data analysis are his native research tools, in the last few years he has been developing interactive tools, games, installations, to directly involve the public on the very research agenda. He created the KREYON DAYS, a new form of scientific event that tightly entangles research, learning, awareness and fun.



Alberto Marzucchi

Alberto is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute - Social Sciences Area. He joined the GSSI in February 2021. Previously, he was Senior Lecturer (2018-2020) and Lecturer (2016-2018) in Economics of Innovation at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. From 2012 to 2016 he was Postdoctoral research fellow at the Dept of International Economics, Institutions and Development, Catholic University of Milan (IT). He holds a PhD from the University of Trento (IT). Alberto's main research interests include: sustainable innovation; the relation between technological change, employment and skills; drivers, barriers and impacts of firm innovation; innovation policy; geography of innovation. His research has appeared on journals like: Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Ecological Economics, Small Business Economics, among others. Alberto has taught and convened modules (both undergraduate and postgraduate ones) in the fields of innovation economics, policy and management as well as on quantitative research methods.



Nanditha Mathew

Nanditha is researcher at UNU-MERIT. Nanditha's research interests focus broadly on the microeconomics of innovation and development, in detail, on firm capabilities, firm performance and industrial policy. Nanditha is leading the team on "Conflicting and complementary policies for development"  within the new flagship programme of UNU-MERIT on Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Development (CI4SD). Before joining UNU-MERIT, she was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and at the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy (in Florence).



Lorenzo Napolitano

Lorenzo is an Economic Analyst at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy). His main research interests lie in the area of innovation, with a particular focus on patent data analysis and applications to the Economic Complexity framework. Before joining the JRC, he worked as a postdoctoral reasearcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and at the Sant'anna School of Advanced Studies.



Frank Neffke

Frank Neffke has been a team leader at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna since July 2021. Before joining the Hub, Frank was the Growth Lab's Research Director. He joined the Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development as a Research Fellow in 2012. His research focuses on economic transformation and growth, from the macro-level of structural change in regional and national economies to the micro-level of firm diversification and the career paths of individuals. This research has shed light on topics ranging from structural transformation and new growth paths in regional economies, economic complexity and the role of cities, local labor markets, the importance of division of labor, human capital and teams in modern economies, the consequences of job displacement and the future of work. Before joining CID, Frank worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He holds a Ph. D. in Economic Geography from Utrecht University and Master degrees in Econometrics and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.



Aurelio Patelli

Aurelio Patelli is a researcher at CREF in the group of Economic Complexity where his interest includes research on complex network methodologies, innovation and sustainable studies and economics of science. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Università di Firenze and had a postdoctoral position in Paris at the CEA on modelling collective behaviours. Later, he moved to Rome starting his work on economic complexity topics.



Carlo Pietrobelli

Carlo Pietrobelli is a professor and policy advisor on innovation and industrial development and policy. He currently holds a UNESCO Chair on “Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America” at the United Nations University UNU-MERIT, Maastricht. He is a Professor of Economics at University Roma Tre, Italy, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He was Dean of Economics at Roma Tre, during 2019-2022. During 2009-2016 he was a Lead Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. His research interests range from development economics to innovation, trade, industry, value chains and natural resources in developing countries. He has published widely in international journals and his books were published by Harvard University Press, Edward Elgar, Palgrave and Routledge. He holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford University and has been a regular policy advisor to governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.



Luciano Pietronero

Luciano Pietronero is the President of the Enrico Fermi Research Center, formerly Full Professor at the Physics Department of La Sapienza University of Rome and at the University of Groningen. Professor Pietronero has a broad international experience in academic and industrial institutions. Author of more than 400 scientific papers, he was the coordinator of a national PNR project “Crisis Lab” funded by the Italian Government and of several international research projects. Chairman of the international conference on Statistical Physics STATPHYS 23 held in 2007 in Genoa (Italy). Expert of statistical physics, many body theories, and one of the world's leading expert of complex systems and economic complexity. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Enrico Fermi Prize, the highest award of the Italian Physical Society. He  founded and directed (2010-2016) the CNR Institute of Complex Systems (ISC). From 2016, he is Senior Advisor for the World Bank Group. 



Emanuele Pugliese

Emanuele Pugliese joined the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in 2017. After undergraduate and Master studies in Physics, he obtained a PhD in Economics from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy). His research interests include innovation and development, with a focus on the role of complexity in economic systems. He has been consultant for the World Bank Group and researcher for the Italian National Council for Research.




Fabio Saracco is a tenured researcher (Ricercatore III livello) at the “Enrico Fermi” Research Center (CREF) and Guest Scholar at the IMT School For Advanced Studies Lucca. He had worked as a researcher for the Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR) in Rome, the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca and the Institute for Applied Mathematics (IAC-CNR) in Rome. Fabio got a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Milano Bicocca. Fabio's research is devoted to developing theoretical tools for the analysis of Complex Networks. In particular, he focuses on methodologies at the border between Statistical Physics and Information Theory. Such methods are tested on real systems, such as international trade, biological systems and online social networks. 


Angelica Sbardella

Angelica Sbardella is a researcher at the Enrico Fermi Research Centre in Rome and research associate at SOAS University of London School of Finance and Management. Her research focuses on industrial competitiveness and development, labour markets, technological innovation, economic inequality, and the sustainable transition; data-driven and policy-oriented in its nature, it aims at building a bridge between economic complexity and more traditional approaches in economics. She previously was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa and research fellow at the Institute of Complex Systems-CNR; has been consultant at the European Commission, World Bank Group, ILO, and UNU-MERIT, using the economic complexity framework to address issues in regional development, skill creation and industrial innovation.



Pasquale Scaramozzino

Pasquale Scaramozzino is a Professor of Economics at Università di Roma Tor Vergata and at SOAS University of London. He previously taught at the University of Bristol and at University College London. He received a Laurea in Scienze Statistiche ed Economiche from Università di Roma La Sapienza, and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. His main research interests include economic growth, comparative economic systems, financial economics, and applied econometrics.



Luc Soete

Luc Soete is a Professor at the UNU-MERIT, and Professor and Dean of the Brussels School of Governance. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Sussex Business School and of the Advisory Board of the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium. He is a former Rector Magnificus and professor of International Economic Relations at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, and former director of UNU-MERIT, a joint research institute of the United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University. Luc Soete is a member of the Dutch scientific advisory body (AWTI) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 2010.[1] He serves on the Board of Supervisors of the Delft University of Technology. Professor Dr Soete is a member of the Economic and Social Impact of Research expert group for the EC’s Directorate-General Research and Innovation, and of the Scientific Committee for the EC’s Joint Research Centre.


Andrea Tacchella

Andrea Tacchella is Senior Reseacher at CREF, where he works at the intersection of Economic Complexity, machine learning and innovation studies. Previously he was post-doc researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems at CNR, where he contributed to the birth and development of the Economic Complexity framework, laying out its empirical and theorethical foundations. In the same years he has been a consultant for numeorus firms and international organizations (Azimut Capital Management, Royal Dutch Shell,, and he has collaborated with the World Bank in the implementation of the EFC framework for policy. Between 2019 and 2022, Andrea has worked at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Seville, to promote the use of EFC methods among the economic analysis tools of the Commission. 



Maria Enrica Virgillito

Maria Enrica Virgillito is Associate Professor in Economics at the Institute of Economics, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies where she teaches advanced courses on Classical Development, Risks in Economics, Technical change, Income distribution and Macroeconomic Dynamics and coordinates the Seasonal School on "Agent-based models in Economics: theory, toolkit and policy laboratories". She is Global Labour Organization Fellow,  serves as Editor for the Macro and Development yearly issue of Industrial and Corporate Change, as Associate Editor for Structural Change and Economic Dynamics and for Review of Evolutionary Political Economy. She is also member of the Editorial Board of SINAPPSI. She has been part of several H2020 projects and currently unit coordinator of a PRIN project. Her publications have been hosted in a number of international scientific peer-reviewed journals on complexity economics, institutional labour economics, evolutionary economics. Actively engaged in media and social dissemination activities and action research.



Fabiana Visentin

Fabiana Visentin is Assistant Professor at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, and her research interests focus on the microeconomics of innovation and the economics of science area. In these topics, her contributions have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Science and Public Policy, and PlosOne. Before moving to the Netherlands, Fabiana worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland, and at the Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, USA.



Bartel Van de Walle

Bartel Van de Walle is a Professor of Policy Analysis. Before joining UNU-MERIT he was Head of the Department of Multi-Actor Systems in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. He has also held faculty positions at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA and was a researcher at the Nuclear Research Centre SCK·CEN, Belgium. He was previously a senior fellow with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA and has worked extensively with humanitarian organisations, most notably the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).



Andrea Zaccaria

Andrea Zaccaria is a researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems-CNR in Rome. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at the "Sapienza" University of Rome, where he applied concepts and methods borrowed from statistical physics and the physics of complex systems to the study of financial markets. As a member of the research and development group of SoSE Spa, one of the main Italian fiscal agencies, he developed a machine learning algorithm to classify taxpayers and detect tax evasion. In his current role with ISC, Andrea is exploring the use of complex networks methodologies, algorithmic tools, and machine learning in the field of economics. This activity led Andrea to the appointment as a consultant at public and private organizations, including the International Finance Corporation-World Bank Group.