Professor of International Economics and Pictet Chair in Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is also Director of the Center for International and Monetary Studies and Vice President of the Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR).
Before joining the Graduate Institute, he was the Chief of the Debt and Finance Analysis Unit at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and a Senior Economist in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He also worked at the World Bank and taught at the American University of Beirut and at the University of Torino.
His research interests include international finance, sovereign debt, the role of the state in finance, and the link between financial depth and economic growth. He holds a laurea from the University of Torino and a PhD in economics from The Johns Hopkins University.