Alessandro Missale is Professor of Economics at the University of Milan, and has a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. He is the Director of the Ph.D. in Economics of the Universities of Milan and Pavia. His short-term and visiting positions include: Senior Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD, “Debt and Development Strategy Unit”; visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, at the University of Geneva, and at the European University Institute; Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England. His research interests are in public debt economics, development finance and monetary policy, with a special focus on debt management, and cover various topics from yield spread analysis to debt crises and debt relief. Alessandro Missale has a distinguished publication record in scientific economic journals and has written the book "Public Debt Management" for Oxford University Press. He coordinated and collaborated to research projects of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the World Bank.