General Director for Industrial policy, competitiveness and small and medium enterprises, Italian Ministry of Economic Development

Stefano Firpo (43) is Director-General for Industrial policy, Competitiveness and Small and Medium Enterprises at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. He was Chief of the Italian Minister of Economic Development’s Technical Secretariat during the Monti and Letta Cabinets. He is also member of the Prime Minister’s task force on Economy Policy.

His main field of activity concerns the design and implementation of Italy’s policies on innovative startups and SMEs as well as the newly-launched “Industria 4.0” Plan, introduced by Budget Law 2017. He contributed to the “Destination Italy” Report on attracting foreign investment as well as to several of Italy’s recent major economic reforms under the Finance for Growth group, including the liberalization of regulations on corporate bonds and other measures to spur private equity investment and incentivize finance on R&D and Intellectual Property.

Before joining the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, he worked as an Economist at the European Central Bank and as Head of the CEO’s Staff office at Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group.

He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Turin, and achieved a post-graduate Master’s in International Economics at the London School of Economics. He is Knight of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.