Biagio Bossone is chairman of the Group of Lecce (www.thegroupoflecce.org), and member of the supervisory council of the Center for Local Economic Development Financing (www.cefdel.org). He is Head of the Evaluation Unit of Public Investments, at Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM), where he coordinates the Doing Business Sub-National in Italy 2012 initiative on the competitiveness of Italy’s South, under the partnership between the PCM and the World Bank Group (WBG). He is advisor to the Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF, and to the Private and Financial Sector Development Vice Presidency of the WGB. He has been Executive Director of the WGB, and member of the IMF Executive Board, and. He has been consultant to national governments and private corporations on financial sector development projects and project financing operations. He was member of the team of experts of the High Commission for World Bank reform, chaired by former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo. He has (co-)authored various academic and policy studies on money and banking, international and development finance, and international financial relations.