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