Prof. Giovanni Ferri

Born at Siena in 1957, married and father of two daughters. Undergraduate degree in economics at University of Siena and Ph.D. in Economics (New York University), from November 2012 is full professor of economics at the Department of Economics, Political Sciences and Modern Languages at the Maria Assunta Free University (LUMSA) where he has chaired the Master Degree in Economics, management and business administration and, from 2014 to 2018, was Deputy Rector for teaching and students' rights, chairs the Quality Assurance Committee and the Library Committee.

From 1999 at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, he chaired the Department of Economics & Mathematics (2005–12), was deputy Rector for international relations (2009–12), introduced and chaired the first two editions of the Master in International Business and Economic Cooperation (2005-07).

Among the other professional experiences, he was at the World Bank (as Principal Financial Economist; 1998-99) and at the Research Department of the Banca d'Italia (up to deputy director; 1984-1998). He was visiting at: Hong Kong Monetary Authority (2007), Tokyo University (2004), Asian Development Bank Institute (Tokyo, 2002-03), Princeton University (1995-96), NBER (1990). He was Economic Policy Consultant at Italy’s Treasury (1999-2002) and Economic Consultant of the Italian Association among Popular Banks (2001-09). He is a founding member of the Think Tank at the European Association of Cooperative Banks (from 2008). From 2011 to 2013 he was member of the Banking Stakeholder Group at the European Banking Authority. He is chief editor of: Economic Notes and of the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity ( ). He is a founding member of the Board of Administrators and of the Scientific Committee of the International Research Center on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF; at HEC Montreal; 2015 – ). He is a member of the Board of Administrators of ASSONEBB (Associazione Nazionale Enciclopedia della Banca e della Borsa – National Association Bank and Stock Exchange Encyclopedia; 2017 – ), of the Board of Administrators of ANSPC (Associazione Nazionale per lo Studio dei Problemi del Credito – National Association to Study Problems of the Credit Sector; 2017 – ), of the Scientific Committee at the International Rome Money, Banking and Finance Conference (2013 – ), of the Scientific Committee at the Publisher Studium, Rome (2015 – ), of the Scientific Committee of the Centro Arcelli per gli Studi Monetari e Finanziari, Rome (2008 – ), of the Scientific Committee of the Centro Europa Ricerche (CER), Rome (2015 – ). He leads the Scientific Committee and Teacher in the Banking and Financial Diploma, a Master level course organized by ABIFormazione (the educational branch of the Italian Banking Association, ABI) devoted to yearly cohorts of some 500 high-level professionals selected by the respective banking institutions they work for (2011 – ). Previously, he was a member of the Scientific Committee for Economics at the Publisher Il Mulino, Bologna (2009-2015), of the Scientific Committee of the Donato Menichella Scholarship for Law and Economics, Bank of Italy, Rome (2011-2014), and of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Rosselli Report Series on the Financial System, Rome (2009-2016). He was consultant for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament, Strasbourg / Brussels on Banking Resolution as member of the Consortium founded for the purpose by LUMSA’s CERBE and Queen Mary University of London (2015 – 2019).

He led (or consulted for) research or policy action projects in various countries: Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand (World Bank ASEM: 1998-99); China (2002-03 & 2004-05); European Union (2014-2017); Serbia (2004-05); Turkey (EU project: 2005); Albania (Programme Italy-Albania: 2007-08); China, Vietnam (Asia-Invest Programme: 2008-09); Asia-Europe Meeting (2009).

His research interests include: financial market imperfections and the transmission of the monetary/financial shocks (especially analysis of the credit crunch), banking structure, rating agencies, corporate governance, finance-growth links, migration, company internationalization, family business, the Chinese economy, sustainability.

He envisaged and contributed building the School of Saint Nicholas for Intercultural Dialogue (SNS), a laic non-profit institution aiming at empowering society with education, knowledge and problem solving towards sustainability, interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue.

At LUMSA he has co-founded and chairs the CeRBE (Center for Relationship Banking and Economics; Established in 2013, the CeRBE aims to developing avenues of research and training in order to better understand the importance of relational goods as a means to overcome a simple Laissex-faire approach. In particular, the Center conducts academic research, from both the empirical and theoretical points of view, on two main fields: Relationship Banking and Relationship Economics.