Secretary of State for Trade at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development
Michele Geraci is Secretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, where he is responsible since last June for international trade and foreign investment. He is a former Investment Banker and Electronic Engineer, as well as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Chinese campuses of Nottingham University Business School in Ningbo and New York University in Shanghai. He also taught Finance at Zhejiang University and was Head of China at the Global Policy Institute.
Secretary Geraci is an expert on China, where he lived from 2008 to 2018. His academic work was aimed at governments, corporations and investors, offering practicable and concrete policy recommendations and investment advice. Topics of interest included monetary policy, inequality, migration, urbanisation, international trade and M&A.
He was a regular contributor to China Daily op-ed and a columnist for both Caixin Magazine and Il Sole 24 Ore / Radiocor. Professor Geraci has been voted for four consecutive years as one of the top 50 Italian experts on Chinese matters by MilanoFinanza; and has been voted as one of the top 5 University of Nottingham media experts. He has recently been awarded the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
Secretary Geraci also taught courses on China’ s economy both at LUISS University in Rome and at Copenhagen’ s Business School. He also run for several years a popular blog aimed at enhancing the knowledge about China among European and Italian policymakers, corporations and the general public.
Prior to moving to China, Secretary Geraci worked for more than a decade as an investment banker based between London and New York in investment banks such as Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, DLJ and Schroders - among other roles as co-head of European Telecom Research and Head of Latin America Telecom Research.
Before starting his career in finance, Professor Geraci worked as an electronic engineer in the Satellite Planning Division of British Telecom in London, where he took part in the design of Eutelsat satellites that are still used today to broadcast TV to Europe.
Secretary Geraci holds an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management (where he studied 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.