Stefano Firpo is General Director 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, holding this position also during the Monti and Letta Government. He is also member of the Group for the coordination of economic policy established by the Prime Minister.
He designed and implemented the Italian legislation on innovative startups and SMEs, the National Plan for Industry 4.0 included in Italy’s 2017 Budget Law. As contributor of the “Destinazione Italia” Report and member of the Finance for Growth group, he worked at the liberalization of corporate bonds and on recent measures to boost investments in R&D and intellectual property.
Previously he worked as economist at European Central Bank and as CEO’s Chief of Staff at Intesa Sanpaolo Group.
He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Turin, and got a post-graduate specialization in International Economics at the London School of Economics.
He has been conferred upon the honour of “Cavaliere dell’ordine al merito” of the Italian Republic.