Diego Valiante, Ph.D. is Head of Financial Markets and Institutions at the Brussels-based EU think-tank, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He is also member of the Group of Economic Advisers (GEA) of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). He has been advising European institutions, international organisations, central banks and institutional investors. His research interests focus on financial governance, financial integration, institutional aspects of banking union and capital markets union, central banking, trading regulation and commodity market structure. Diego frequently appears on international media and contributes to newspapers and economic blogs (LaVoce, Econopolis and Economonitor). Due to his interdisciplinary academic background, Diego has published on both legal and economic peer-reviewed academic journals. On top of his two degrees in Business economics and Economic analysis of law (summa cum laude), Diego holds a Ph.D. from LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and a joint LL.M. from Bologna and Rotterdam universities in Law and Economics. In 2011, Financial News (Dow Jones) listed him among the “Top 40 Rising Stars in Trading and Technology in EMEA” under the age of 40.