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Mario Nava (born in Milan, 1966) holds a first degree in Economics from Bocconi University (1989), an MA from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1992) and a PhD in Public Finance from the London School of Economics (1996). From 1st November 2009 he is the Head of the “Banking and Financial conglomerates” Unit in the Internal Markets and Services DG of the European Commission. This Unit is responsible for ensuring an integrated market for banks and financial conglomerates in the area of financial services.
Previously, he was, from May 2004 to October 2009, the Head of the “Financial markets infrastructure” Unit. This Unit is responsible for ensuring a proper conception and implementation of the regulatory environment for the post-trading area of the EU Financial Markets. From 1st December 2007 to 31st May 2008, he was also Acting Director for the whole Financial Services Policy and Financial Markets Directorate. Before this appointment he has been a member of the Group of Policy Advisers of the EU Commission President, Prof. Romano Prodi (2001-2004). Within the Group he was responsible for economic matters in general and in particular the EU budget and economic policy coordination between the Member States.
Prior to joining the Group of Policy Advisers, he worked first for the Commission’s Taxation Department (1994-1996), then for the Budget Department (1996-2000), and then in the Cabinet of the Competition Commissioner, Prof. Mario Monti (2000-2001). Alongside his work at the European Commission he is active in research and teaching. Since 1998 he has been visiting professor at Milan’s Bocconi University and a member of the Economic Faculty of ISPI, Milan (Diplomatic School of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) as well as an occasional lecturer in many universities across Europe. From 1995 to 1999 he was visiting professor at the Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires) and the Universidad de Cuyo (Mendoza). From 1993 to 1994 he was junior professor at the London School of Economics and visiting professor at the State University of Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia).