Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is currently Visiting Scholar at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is Chairman of the Boards of SnamReteGas and of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. He also 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 as an Economist at the Research Department of the Banca d'Italia (in 1983) and became Head of the Policy Division of the European Monetary Institute (in 1994) and then Director General for International Affairs in the Italian Treasury (in 1998).
He has been the Chairman of the Board of SACE Spa, and member of the Boards of Finmeccanica, MTS, the European Investment Bank. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), a Master's degree from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D from the University of Chicago.
He is author of several articles and books on international and European monetary and financial issues. He is married and has two children.