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Francesco Bongiovanni

Expert on the future of Europe
Country: Monaco

Keynote speaker Francesco Bongiovanni has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and the Arab world, America and Europe, as an international advisory and entrepreneur. His experiences are what led him to write and speak about the failures of the European system, where Europe is going and on controversial topics related to the decline of Europe and the West in general. Francesco reveals the hidden cracks that threaten to tear Europe apart – as a speaker and the author of two insightful books.

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Francesco Bongiovanni is a former investment banker in Wall Street and London. For decades he has lived and done business in Europe, America, Asia and the Arab world and has been active in private equity, international advisory and as an entrepreneur.

Having personally witnessed the vitality of America and the Far East, Francesco Bongiovanni returned to find a decaying Europe. This led him to start speaking on the decline and fall of Europe where he paints a unique, multi-dimensional portrait of Europe that leads to the conclusion that increasing impoverishment, instability and fragmentation are inescapable.

Francesco has written The Decline and Fall of Europe—which has been labeled “a wake-up call for the twenty-first century” by The Guardian and praised by The Wall Street Journal as the best account to date of the European crises. In his book he takes a hard look at the structural elements, many of which have been in place since World War II, that have collided to produce a Eurozone that is in crisis and having direct implications on the global economic recovery. He has also written a sequel, titled Europe and the End of the Age of Innocence, which delves deeper into the current situation.

Dr. Francesco’s educational background consists of an MBA from Harvard and an engineering doctorate from Italy. In 2008 he was made Knight of the Order of St. Charles for his humanitarian and biodiversity protection endeavors. His research is currently centered around distributed algorithms (routing, group communications, pub/sub…) for structured P2P overlay networks and Cloud infrastructures.

    Speaker Francesco Bongiovanni Keynote Topics

    The Decline and Fall of Europe – What the Future of the Eurozone Means for the Rest of the World

    • What if the Eurozone crisis was just the beginning of what’s in store for Europe? The currency and debt crisis may be the one grabbing the headlines these days but Europe is facing additional challenges that are just as destructive in political, social, demographic, strategic areas and in clinging to an outdated model that delivered the goods for a while but failed to adapt to a changing world. Is Europe doomed? What if it fell apart? Do Greece, Italy and others stand a chance? Will the Euro survive? Will the continent sink back into the instability and rivalries it has known for centuries? What does it all mean to America, China and others? Understanding these multi-dimensional challenges is key to understanding not only the current crisis but also where Europe is going and where it could take the rest of the world in the years ahead.
    • In his keynote presentations, Francesco M. Bongiovanni offers a unique, panoramic view of the intractable challenges faced by the continent today and which threaten to blow the entire edifice into pieces. Whether discussing the future of the EU, the debt crisis, demographics, immigration, the influence of welfare states, the geopolitics of the region and what the news of the day means for the future of Europe, Bongiovanni provides a candid and thoughtful view on what Europe—and the rest of the world—must to do correct the European imbalances that threaten to wreak havoc across the globe.
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