As Undersecretary of State, Mr. Geraci is in charge of international trade and investment at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development in the Conte Administration since June 2018. He is affiliated with Lega (League) Party. Due to his China’s expertise, he played a significant role in the first G7 Belt and Road MOU signed between Italy and China in March 2018 during President Xi’s visit to Italy. In his first year as Undersecretary of State, he has set up a “Task Force China”, a cross-ministerial forum to exchange views and develop a commercial strategy to improve trade with China and has developed a new system-based strategy to market Italian products around the world using a core-and-satellite approach. He is also playing a more active role in all international government events, such as G20, to ensure that the interest of Italy is best represented.
While in China for a decade, Mr. Geraci worked as a professor of finance and economist. He was Assistant Professor of Finance at Nottingham University Business School, China, Head of China at the Global Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor of Finance at New York University, Shanghai and at Zhejiang University. Recently, Mr. Geraci has also been awarded as Honorary Professor by School of Economics Peking University. His research work was aimed at governments, corporations and investors, offering non-academic, practical-oriented policy recommendations and investment advice. Topics of interest included monetary policy, income disparity, migration, urbanization and European crisis, international trade, M&A. As a China economist, Mr. Geraci has been voted for four years in a row one of the top 50 Italian experts on Chinese matters by MilanoFinanza; one of the top 5 University of Nottingham experts on current affairs. He also teaches courses on China’s economy in Europe at LUISS (Rome) and Copenhagen Business School. He is the producer and host of a documentary on China’s economy and had a popular blog with the goal to enhance the knowledge of China amongst European and Italian policymakers, enterprises and the general public. He lived in China from 2008 to 2018.
Prior to China, Mr. Geraci was an investment banker based in London. Over more than a decade between London and Wall Street, he worked in Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe in investment banks such as Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, DLJ, Schroders as co-head of European Telecom Research and Head of Latin America Telecom Research. Before starting his career in finance, Mr. Geraci worked as an electronic engineer in the Satellite planning manager division of British Telecom, London. He took part in the design of Eutelsat satellites that are used today to broadcast TV to Europe.
Mr. Geraci holds an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, under the guidance and friendship of Prof Modigliani and Rudy Dornbusch and an undergraduate degree in electronic engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, with one year spent at UCL as exchange student. He speaks Italian, English, Chinese as well as Spanish and some French.
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