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Francesco Bongiovanni    

Author, "The Decline and Fall of Europe"

Dr. Francesco Bongiovanni is President and founder of Compagnie dInvestissements Monaco-Asie S.A.M. (Codima), bsed in Monaco and Singapore. The groups activities have included merchant banking-type services assisting elite family and business groups from Europe in their diversification and direct investment endeavours across the Far East and vice versa, as well as cross-border M&A and advisory work, launching investment funds in private equity and natural resources and the structuring of direct investments in emerging markets. He is a co-founder of the Monaco Venture Capital Association (MVCA).

Bongiovanni is president and founder of The Monaco-Asia Society (MAS), a non-profit organization chaired by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and dedicated to humanitarian, environmental and cultural projects between the Principality of Monaco and the Far East. Projects have included the successful multimillion dollar relocating and rebuilding of Sirombu (Island of Nias, Sumatra), an Indonesian village destroyed by the 2005 tsunami. In 2007, MAS launched the Blue Auction the worlds first auction (carried out by Christies of London) of the names of various species of marine life newly discovered by world famous Conservation International in Asian waters, raising several million dollars for the protection of ocean biodiversity in the Raja Ampat area. Other projects undertaken by MAS include enhancing microfinance capabilities of East Timorese institution Moris Rasik in cooperation with French institution Credit Agricole. MAS achievements have been praised by personalities such as Jim Wolfensohn, previous head of the World Bank, and featured in the international press including The Washington Post.

Bongiovanni spent a few years with American investment banking institution Dillon, Read & Co. in Wall Street and London, where he was involved in corporate finance, M&A and syndications of new securities issues, and during which he became a Registered Representative of the New York Stock Exchange. Bongiovanni moved then to the Far East where he was based for 15 years. His entrepreneurial career spanned various countries and sectors, and included the pioneering of some industries in China in the 80s, as well as ventures in food processing, packaging, architectural services and information technology.

Bongiovanni holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Harvard University), where he was awarded the Morgan Guaranty Fellowship. He also holds an Engineering Doctorate from the University of Genoa, Italy, awarded with the highest honors, and a French baccalaureate.

An Italian citizen, Bongiovanni currently resides in Monaco. He was born from Italian parents in Casablanca (Morocco) where he lived 18 years and went to French school. He lived in Europe, USA, North Africa and the Arab world, and in Asia where he spent 15 years. He is fluent in several languages. His personal interests include international affairs and geopolitics, sports (among which competitive beach volley) and playing/composing music.

Bongiovanni is the author of The Decline and Fall of Europe published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2012 and praised by The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and other prominent commentators. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, has been a speaker in international forums in Asia and Europe in relation to venture capital and private equity, and has been featured on TV in Europe and the far East.

Bongiovanni was made as a Knight of the Order of St. Charles by the hand of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2008 for his humanitarian and biodiversity protection endeavours.


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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 whats 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 Europeand the rest of the worldmust to do correct the European imbalances that threaten to wreak havoc across the globe.

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