Paolo Gentiloni has been European Commissioner for Economy since December 2019.
He served as Prime Minister of Italy (2016-2018), Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (2014-2016), Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies (2013-2014) and Minister of Communications (2006-2008).
Previously he was Spokesperson for the Margherita Party (2002-2007), Chairman of the Broadcasting Services Watchdog Committee (2005-2006), Spokesperson for the Mayor of Rome and Commissioner in the City of Rome (1993-2000). Previously he worked as a professional journalist.
Born in 1954, Gentiloni graduated in Political Sciences from La Sapienza, Rome.
His last book was “La sfida impopulista” (the (Un)populist challenge), published in 2018.
Previously, Mr Gueye has been Director of Social Statistics of Eurostat for the period 2014-2019.
He joined Eurostat in 1995 to deal with national accounts methodology and own resource statistics for the EU Budget. He then worked on monetary, financial and balance of payments statistics. As Head of unit, as from 2006, he has been responsible for national accounts and the principal European economic indicators. In particular, he has been responsible for the development of the new European System of Accounts (ESA 2010).
Mr Kroese is Chief Statistician, Data Officer, and Director of the Statistics Department at the IMF.
Before joining the Fund, he worked for 25 years at Statistics Netherlands. He served in various expert, management, and (senior) director roles in the fields of methodology and economic statistics. From 2013 until 2022, he acted as Deputy Director-General and CIO with special focus on and responsibility for IT and Innovation. In 2014 and 2020 (at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic), he was acting Director-General for a short stint.
Nationally and internationally, he has been especially active in the fields of innovation and environmental-economic statistics. He has chaired the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) for seven years. He has also been co-chair of the Executive Board of the High-Level Group for Modernization of Official Statistics (UNECE). In the context of the European Statistical System, he has been co-chair and deputy chair of a number of innovation related taskforces. In the Netherlands he was member of the strategy team of the Dutch National Artificial Intelligence Coalition and treasurer of ICTU, a large IT service supplier in Dutch government.
Mr Kroese holds a PhD (honors) in mathematical statistics from the University of Groningen.