Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance
Paola Subacchi

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Paola Subacchi is the former director of international economics research at Chatham House. She is an expert on the functioning and governance of the international financial and monetary systems, and advises governments, international organizations, non-profits, and corporations.

She is a media commentator with the BBC, Project Syndicate, the Financial Times, and writes a regular column for Foreign Policy and Huffington Post Italy. She is the author of The People’s Money. How China is building a global currency (Columbia University Press, 2017).
Paola is also a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, a non-executive director of the FTSE-listed company Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Plc, a governor of St Marylebone School in London and an advisory member of Wilton Park (FCO). 
An Italian national, she studied at Università Bocconi in Milan and at the University of Oxford. In 2016 she was awarded the honour Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia.

Areas of expertise

  • International Monetary System
  • Global Financial Imbalances
  • International Capital Flows
  • International Financial Centres
  • Ageing and Pensions

Past experience

2008-17Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House 
2004-08Head, International Economics Programme, Chatham House
2001-dateConsultant, Economist Intelligence Unit
2001-04European Economist, Oxford Economic Forecasting
1999-2000Consultant, Bloomberg LP
1997-98Senior European Economist, Greenwich NatWest
1994-96Senior Fellow, Department of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan
1991-94Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan