Minister of Labour and Social Policies
Starting from April 2013 he is the Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies. From August 2009 to April 2013 he was President of Italian Statistical Institute (Istat). He was President of the Statistical Advisory Board for the Human Development Report of the United Nations, Member of the Partnership Group of the European Statistical Committee and Chairman of the Board of the World Bank International Project for the measurement of purchasing power parity.
From January 2001 to July 2009, he was Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he designed and implemented a thorough reform of the statistical system, organised the "World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Politics" and launched the Global Project on the "Measurement of Progress in Society".
He has authored numerous publications and has been a member of important national and international committees, such as the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Committee, established by the French President Nikolas Sarkozy. He also was President of the Global Council of the World Economic Forum on the "Evaluation of Societal Progress".
For his work on the measurement of social welfare, in 2010, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic by the Pio Manzù International Centre and became a member of the Club of Rome. He is full professor of statistical economics at University of Rome "Tor Vergata".