Marco Simoni is a political economist with academic and governmental experience. He holds a degree in Political Science from La Sapienza University in Rome and a PhD in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He is currently the President of Fondazione Human Technopole, the new Italian research Institute for Life Sciences located in the heart of MIND – Milan INnovation District, a broad project he has been following from the Prime Minister’s office since its outset, concerning the redevelopment of the area where Expo Milano took place in 2015. Marco Simoni is also Adjunct Professor at Luiss University in Rome, where he teaches European and International Political Economic. From 2007 to 2016, he taught and carried out research at the London School of Economics, up to the title of Associate Professor. He then suspended his academic career to serve, from 2014 to 2018, as Advisor to the Prime Minister – first Matteo Renzi and then Paolo Gentiloni - on issues of International Economic Relations and Industrial Policy. In this role he has contributed to the economic agenda of the Prime Minister by managing national and international economic relations, leading political and legislative dossiers and coordinating the relevant ministries and public agencies. Simoni is the author of numerous scientific publications on comparative capitalism and wrote a book on the crisis of Italian capitalism published in 2012 by Marsilio. In September 2020, the magazine il Mulino published his essay “La questione romana” (The Roman Question) on the importance of the revival of Rome for the rebirth of Italy. He also carries out a constant publishing activity, has a column on Il Post.it and is currently columnist of the newspaper Il Messaggero.