Lorenzo Bini Smaghi is Chairman of Societe Generale.

He is also Honorary Professor at University College London, Policy Lab. He is Chairman of Centro Pecci per l’Arte Contemporanea in Prato and Honorary Chairman of 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 in 1983 as an Economist at the Research Department of the Banca d’Italia. In 1994 he moved to the European Monetary Institute, in Frankfurt, to head the Policy Division, to prepare for the creation of the ECB.  In October 1998 he became Director General for International Affairs in the Italian Treasury, acting as G7 and G20 Deputy and Vice President of the Economic and Financial Committee of the EU. He was also Chairman of the WP3 of the OECD.

He has been the Chairman of the Board of Snam, of SACE Spa, and member of the Boards of Finmeccanica, MTS, the European Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley International.

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 was the founding Chairman of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi  in Florence (2006-16).

He is author of several articles and books on international and European monetary and financial issues (available in He has recently published “Austerity: European Democracies against the Wall” (CEPS, July 2013), “33 false verità sull’Europa” (Il Mulino, April 2014), and “La tentazione di andarsene” (Il Mulino, May 2017). He contributes regularly to the Financial Times and the Corriere della Sera.