Enrico Giovannini is Italy’s Minister of Labor and Social Policies. Prior to assuming office, he was President of the Italian Statistical Institute (Istat) since 2009. From January 2001 to July 2009, he was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since 2002, he is a Professor of Economic Statistics at the Economics Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Since June 2011 he is the Chair of the Conference of European Statisticians, a body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is Chair of the Statistical Advisory Panel for the Human Development Report of the United Nations, and Chair of the Board of the World Bank International Comparison Programme for the measurement of purchasing power parities worldwide. He is a member of the Council of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and of the Partnership Group of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC).
As Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, he designed and implemented a thorough reform of the statistical system of the organization, established the World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Politics and launched the Global Project on the Measurement of Progress in Societies, which fostered the setting up of numerous worldwide initiatives on the issue “Beyond GDP”.
For his work on the measurement of societal well-being, in 2010, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy by the Pio Manzù International Center and became a member of the Club of Rome.
He is a member of important national and international committees. He is advisor to the European Commissioner for the Environment and member of the Board of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and of the UK Measuring National Wellbeing Advisory Forum. He has also been a member of the “Stiglitz Commission”, established by the French President Nikolas Sarkozy and Chair of the Global Council on the “Evaluation of Societal Progress” established by the World Economic Forum.
In 1981, he received a bachelor’s degree with honours in Economics and Commerce at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he defended a thesis on “Technologies and combinations of factors in developing countries.” He continued his post-graduate education at the Institute of Economic Policy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in the field of applied economic analysis, with a focus on the statistical/econometric analysis of the business cycle.
In 1982, he joined the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) as a researcher, focusing on national accounts and economic analysis. From 1989 to 1991, he was research director at the ISCO-National Institute for Studies on Economic Cycles, where he concentrated on financial/monetary economic analysis. In 1992 he returned to Istat, and in 1993 he was appointed Director of the Division of National Accounts and Economic Analysis. In 1997, he was appointed Director of the Department of Economic Statistics at Istat, serving in this position until he was appointed Chief Statistician at OECD.
He was a consultant of the Ministry of Treasury and of the Italian Manufacturers’ Association for the development of their econometric models. During his career, he took part in several national and international committees, including the Council of the Interuniversity Committee for Econometrics (CIDE) and the Council of the Italian Statistical Society. He was member of the high-level Committee for the introduction of the EURO in Italy established by the Ministry of Treasury.
He also organised the first three OECD World Forums on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, held in Italy (2004), Turkey (2007) and South Korea (2009). in particular, at the end of the 2007 Forum the “Istanbul Declaration” was signed by the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the World Bank and several other institutions.
He has established The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies – hosted by the OECD and run in collaboration with other international and regional partners, including the European Commission and the World Bank. This project seeks to become the world wide reference point for those who wish to measure, or assess, the progress of their societies.