Adolfo Laurenti is the Principal European Economist at VISA in London.
Previously, he worked as the Global Economist for a private bank in Zurich Switzerland, and as Chief International Economist and Managing Director for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. At Mesirow he co-managed an innovative and internationally-recognized economic research group, contributing to the company’s business development through an extensive network of professional and business contacts. He designed the company’s global economic model, and provided comprehensive macroeconomic and interest rates forecasts for major economies worldwide.
During the financial crisis of 2007-2008, he offered crucial analysis of international financial linkages and the systemic importance of the commercial paper market. He later developed critical calls about the survival of the euro, and of the Eurozone’s integrity.
He is a recognized leader in the economic profession, a former director at the National Association for Business Economics and a co-chair of the NABE International Initiative. He is sought-after speaker both domestically and internationally, and a regular guest at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy Business Cycle conferences in Germany. He regularly contributes to national and international media, including CNBC Asia, Bloomberg, BBC International, Wall Street Journal, American Public Radio, CBS Radio.
Adolfo was a Ph.D. (A.B.D.) student at George Mason University, where he received his M.A. Previously, he received his Laurea in Economia Politica from Bocconi University in Milan (Italy), and specialized in industrial organization at the Center for Industrial Economics in Copenhagen (Denmark) and in financial economics at the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary.)
He is dual citizen of the United States and the European Union (Italy), and he lives in London with his wife Juliet and his son Amedeo.