Stefano Giovannelli
Managing Director of Toscana, Italy


Stefano Giovannelli holds a degree cum laude in Electronics obtained from the University of Florence in April 1978, with a focus on Systems Theory and Computer Science.

After a few years within the Italian industrial and banking private sector, he joined the Industrial Studies Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in January 1983

In January 1994 he was appointed Director of the Organization’s Investment and Technology Promotion Service, a position he kept till April 2004. In such a capacity he developed and managed the investment promotion network of UNIDO in the Mediterranean, establishing offices in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

From the year 2000 till 2003 he was also appointed Special Representative of the UNIDO’s Director General before the European Commission in Brussels and he conducted the negotiations on UNIDO’s strategic partnership with the Commission.

From 2005 he assisted the Director General of UNIDO in developing cooperation programmes with International Financing Institutions and mobilizing funds for the Organization’s programmes.

In 2009 he left the United Nations to assume the position of Managing Director of the Specialised Economic Promotion Agency of the Regional Government of Tuscany, which has the mandate to promote the exports of Tuscany abroad, as well as that of attracting foreign investment.

Under his guidance, the Agency developed new cooperation programmes with selected target countries, such as China and Vietnam, and launched promotional campaigns for traditional productive sectors such as wine and textiles, as well as for innovative sectors such as ship building, health and life sciences, new technologies.

In 1999 he held the course “Managing globalization” at the Johns Hopkins University Center in Bologna and from 2001 till 2008 was contract professor with the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ferrara where he taught the course ‘International Organizations’.

Between year 2002 and 2004 he also collaborated with the School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland to test new mechanisms to stimulate institutional changes, enhancing the impact of technical assistance programmes, on the basis of a set of incentives and private-public feedbacks.

In 2006, together with Prof. Di Tommaso, he published for Franco Angeli the book “Nazioni Unite e Sviluppo Industriale” on the role and impact of United Nations with respect to industrial development.

He has worked in many countries in Asia, in the Mediterranean and in Africa and has been a speaker in many international conferences.

He is an expert on investment promotion, industrial cooperation and development of SME systems, his experience encompassing enterprise level assistance, business development and financial analysis as well as institutional building.

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