Alberto D'Avenia is Head of Business Development Southern Europe and Country Head Italy, Allianz Global Investors, joining the Group in 2013. He is an experienced investment management professional with almost 20 years’ experience within the asset management industry in both the Italian market as well as Mediterranean Countries. Through his previous experience, he has built critical competences in different strategic areas. In fact, he worked with an insurance company developing the company’s relationship with a key banking client, then developed in-house recruitment program for tied agents for a major Ifa network. In the last 13 years with BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Alberto was responsible for the distribution of asset management products in various sales and management roles in the 3rd party as well as captive space. He has a successful track record in developing and maintaining core banking relationships. Since 2011 he was the Head of Distribution Sales Italy and Mediterranean Countries. Alberto holds an Economic Degree from Bocconi University, Milan.