Alessandro Leipold returns to the Lisbon Council as chief economist, a role he occupied from 2010 to 2017. Prior to joining the Lisbon Council, he served as deputy director of the European department at the International Monetary Fund (1982-2008) and more recently as executive director for Albania, Italy, Greece, Malta, Portugal and San Marino. A graduate of Bocconi University and a native Italian, Mr Leipold played a principal role in the founding of the European Monetary System and the euro and has also held leadership roles at the IMF and inside the European Union institutions. He writes a weekly column for Il Sole 24 Ore and leads the Economic Intelligence policy brief series as the Lisbon Council.
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