University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Gustavo Piga, Ph. D. in Economics at Columbia University, is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he chairs the Ph. D. in Money and Finance and the Master in Procurement Management. He is Professor at the Italian School of Government where he directs the “Culture against Corruption” Program.
He is currently: 1) a procurement consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, for a project on public procurement performance indicators, 2) a procurement consultant for the Asian Development Bank, for a project on set-asides and public procurement policies for Small and Medium Enterprises, 3) the co-organizer with Prof. Steen Treumer of the University of Copenhagen of the 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement to be held in Rome in June 2011 and 4) coordinating the Tor Vergata procurement team of experts in the response to the European Commission Green Paper public consultation “on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy Towards a more efficient European Procurement Market”.
He has been OECD-Sigma consultant for Public Procurement in several eastern European Countries. Within these missions he has elaborated: a) a position paper on an Action Plan for e-procurement for Bulgaria and b) a position paper on “Centralizing Public Procurement: Opportunities, Risks, Optimal Policies” for Macedonia.
He has been: 1) consultant for the Italian Government Office at the World Bank, co-authoring the Report on the “Participation of Italian Firms to the tenders financed by the World Bank”, 2) a member of the Expert Groups: a) Panel Session on “Innovation and Public Procurement. Review of Issues at Stake”, project commissioned by the European Commission, DG Enterprise, and b) on “Increasing the Impact of Public Procurement on Private Investment in R&D and Innovation: Concrete Policy Options”, meeting at the European Commission, DG Research, 3) a consultant for the Italian Procurement Authority, 4) a consultant for the Italian Association of Small Firms regarding the issue of participation of SMEs to public procurement tenders, 5) a member of the Consultative Committee of the Lazio Region for the examination of the tenders of the Central Purchasing Body (CPB) of the Lazio Region on health expenditure.
In 2006 he was the co-organizer at the University of Rome Tor Vergata of II IPPC Conference.
He has chaired the Italian Procurement Agency for Goods and Services, Consip Ltd., between 2002 and 2005. In this capacity he has: 1) coordinated with the Board the strategy for e-procurement national deployment and 2) ideated, co-chaired and coordinated between 2003 and 2005 the European Union Learning Lab on Public Procurement, a club of 40 EUs CPBs, meant to share best practices and exchange knowledge on public procurement strategic issues for CPBs.
His field of expertise are public procurement, macroeconomics and public debt management. He is the editor of several books, among which of the Handbook of Procurement, Cambridge University Press, with Nicola Dimitri and Giancarlo Spagnolo and of Revisiting Keynes: Economic Possibilitites for our Granchildren, MIT Press, with Lorenzo Pecchi. He is the author of Derivatives in Public Debt Management, published by the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Securities Market Association.
With Corrado Cerruti and Riccardo Pacini he has written the book “Business Process Outsourcing in Italy”, published by Il Sole 24 Ore. He is also the editor of the Rivista di Politica Economica, the scientific journal of Confindustria, Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Procurement and a columnist for several newspapers.