Alessandro got his Master’s Degree in Economics (summa cum laude) at Bocconi University in April 1998. At the beginning of 2000, after a short experience as organization analyst in the Organization and Information Technology department of Deutsche Bank (Italian branch), he joined Assogestioni - the Italian fund manager association. There, he followed a distinctive career path and had the opportunity to get extensive knowledge of the complex regulatory and economic features of the asset management industry. At Assogestioni, he was at first employed in the statistics department where he promoted a material improvement of the data management capabilities, thus putting the basis of the market intelligence platform that is still currently in use. After this achievement, he became the responsible within the association for advisory services on the economic and financial impact of the UCITS and the MiFID rules on portfolio and fund management activities. Advice given encompassed the compliance with applicable investment restrictions and limits, use of derivatives, portfolio pricing, risk management and disclosure, fees structures. He was also in charge of developing and promoting the Italian industry best practices from an international perspective on topics such as fund classification, performance presentation and Straight-Through-Processing (STP). His acquired competences lead him to be appointed as the head of the newly created Economic Research department within Assogestioni, whose aim is to provide industry analysis, market insight and regulatory advice with a distinctive economic approach and sensitivity. Alessandro is, among other things, the Italian representative in the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) Council and in the European Fund Classification Forum (EFCF). He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on asset management-related topics.