Mr. Carmine Soprano is an economist, academic lecturer, and independent advisor with 12+ years of experience working in the international development industry within international financial institutions (IFIs), UN agencies, CSOs and the private sector.
In his current role at the World Bank Group, Mr. Soprano leads on analytical, operational, and high-level policy dialogue work on trade facilitation, regional integration, youth/female entrepreneurship, and gender, with primary focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
He is also currently a member of a team of economic experts advising Italy’s Ministry of Finance on G20 presidency matters, where he leads international engagements related to sustainable finance, among other things.
Before joining the World Bank Group, Mr. Soprano held a variety of positions within the Inter-American Development Bank, UN agencies (UNECA, UNCTAD, UNDP), as well as international NGOs and the private sector. Cumulatively, he has worked in 30+ developing countries across Africa, South Asia and Central/Latin America throughout his career.
Mr. Soprano is also an academic lecturer at ‘’Tor Vergata’’ University of Rome, Italy, and has taught at other prestigious Italian institutions such as LUISS University and SIOI (Italian Society for International Organizations). He is a regular speaker at international conferences and symposia.
Mr. Soprano holds a Master’s Degree in Economic & Social Sciences from ‘’Tor Vergata’’ University of Rome, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from ‘’Federico II’’ University of Naples.
He also conducted studies at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, and was a visiting researcher at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. He is currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) in London, UK. Mr. Soprano speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Portuguese in addition to Italian, his mother tongue.
As freelance journalist & blogger, Mr. Soprano is a contributor to the World Bank Group’s and the World Economic Forum’s blogs, as well as to Corriere della Sera (Italy’s leading newspaper).
Additionally, he has 20+ years of experience of playing violin at semi-professional level, performing with orchestras in Europe and the Americas – he is currently the co-founder and President of ‘’Orchestra Arcus Regalis’’, a Rome-based orchestra affiliated with the city’s ‘’Santa Cecilia’’ Conservatory.