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Team leader

Carlo Altomonte, Associate Professor of Economics of European Integration at Bocconi University in Milan. He has a Ph.D in Applied Economics within the Department of Industrial Economics at Leuven University (KUL)-Belgium. Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Studies (ISPI) in Milan; Research Fellow at FEEM-Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan; Visiting Fellow at Bruegel in Brussels, where he has coordinated all the data activities related to the EFIGE project. He has participated in more than ten research projects financed by the European Commission. His main areas of research and publication are European economic policy, industrial economics and economic geography, theory of multinational corporations and foreign direct investment.


Guntram Wolff  is the Acting Director of Bruegel. His research focuses on the euro area economy and governance, on fiscal policy, global finance and Germany. He has joined Bruegel from the European Commission, where he worked on the macroeconomics of the euro area and the reform of euro area governance. Prior to that he was an economist at the Deutsche Bundesbank, where he coordinated research on fiscal policy. He also worked as an adviser to the International Monetary Fund. He holds a PhD from the University of Bonn. He has published numerous papers in leading academic journals. His columns and policy work are published and cited in leading international media such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others.

Mario Mariniello joined Bruegel in October 2012. His work focuses on European competition policy and regulation issues. From 2007 to 2012, Mario was a member of the Chief Economist Team at DG-Competition, European Commission. In this capacity, he developed the economic analysis of a number of topical Antitrust and Merger cases such as Qualcomm, oneworld, ebooks, Newscorp/BSkyB.  He also participated to the drafting of the new European Guidelines for the application of Art.101 TFEU to Horizontal Cooperation Agreements. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Organization from the European University Institute of Fiesole, Florence and a M.Sc. in Economics from CORIPE, Turin.

Gianmarco Ottaviano, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He joined Bruegel as a Non-resident Senior Fellow in September 2006. His research is mainly focused on spatial economics, international trade, development and growth, capital movements and multinationals. At Bruegel, he coordinates the project European Firms in a Global Economy (EFIGE). After his Ph.D. in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, he held teaching positions in Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland. He is affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Geograph

Marco Antonielli is Research Assistant at Bruegel. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics from University of Florence, and a Master in International Trade, Finance and Development from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). In his previous experience, he was intern at the Netherlands Competition Authority, where he worked on collusion in media markets, and researcher at Fondazione Einaudi, where he studied the impact of offshoring on wage inequality. His research interests cover Competition Policy, International Trade and Innovation.

Michael Blanga-Gubbay is a Research Intern at Bruegel. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University in Milan, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the same university. During his studies, he spent a semester at Université Libre de Bruxelles – Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, and one month at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research interests include European Microeconomics, Competition and Economic Policy. He is fluent in English French and Italian.