Knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship: the ingredients of economic development.

Our contribution: careful analysis, global perspective, feasible projects

Cristina Castelli

Italian Trade Agency

She graduated at Rome La Sapienza University in Political Sciences and has been working as an officer of the Italian trade promotion agency (ICE) since 1987. First, she was assigned in Rome to the Unit for Economic Studies (contributing to the annual Report on Foreign Trade and conducting, among other activities, a field research on Italy’s competitive export factors and the role of official subsidies); later, she served as Project leader for ICE's annual Trade Promotion Program and for the evaluation of activities supported by public funds. In 2006 she started her collaboration with CSIL, where she has been involved in research activities dealing with internationalisation policies (benchmarking the Italian with other European systems) and internationalisation processes taking place in relevant sectors (automotive, furniture). Since 2012, Cristina is also member of CSIL Scientific Committee.? Over her professional career, Cristina has gained expertise and a sound knowledge of the factors influencing the internationalisation processes, including the role of investments in R&S, the role of multi-level governance (especially in France), the role of innovation and ICT, etc. Also, she has been studying the impacts of structural changes on firms competitiveness (especially in the automotive sector) and she has several publications on this issue. Finally, Cristina has gained experience with market analysis by carrying out market studies on furniture production in India, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.