Journalist and writer, councilor of the Court of Auditors, since January 2018 he is the secretary-general of the National Council for Economics and Labor (CNEL). From 1999 to 2006 he was Councilor for the Press and Information of the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In November 2011 he was appointed State Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office of the Monti Government with delegations to information and communication, publishing and Expo2015. Since 2005 he has been the vice president of the Dante Alighieri Society.
He was the coordinator of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In the course of this experience he has supported the restoration of over 120 "Places of Memory" and developed numerous initiatives, events and projects for the promotion and valorization of national history.
Born in Savona in 1963, he is married and has three daughters. Recipient of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic since May 2006.
After completing his classical studies at the Liceo Gabriello Chiabrera in Savona, he passed the 1982 public competition to become a pupil of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa where, in 1986, he obtained his degree, as well as the professional license diploma in History of Philosophy. In 1988 he was hired by the newspaper Il Messaggero of Rome. Professional journalist since 1990, he was ordinary editor until 1994, when he is promoted to deputy editor by the director Giulio Anselmi. In the period in which he is part of the economic editorial staff, he covers the international financial summits (G7, G8, European Councils, International Monetary Fund) and more specifically the activity of the Bank of Italy. In April 1993, he is appointed Head of the Press Office of the Prime Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In May 1996 he is appointed director of communications at the Treasury, then headed by the Minister Ciampi, managing, among other things, the communication activities during Italy's accession to the Euro.
In December 1998, the President of the Republic, upon proposal of the Government, appointed him as general manager of the Treasury. In May 1999, he became Councilor for the Press and Information of the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, a post he held until the end of the seven-year term. In this capacity he dedicates himself, also in terms of research, to the revival of the national identity, of the civil rituals of the Republic and of the preservation of historical memory. He has been Director of the Court of Auditors since March 2006, serving as managing director in Tuscany and as a magistrate communication manager.
In 1993 he edited with Guido Carli the volume of memories “Fifty years of Italian life”. He has written many books, including "Adventures of an economist" (Laterza 1997) which collects the personal and theoretical memories of the Nobel Prize winner Franco Modigliani, "Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. The man and the president" (Milan, Rizzoli, 2007), the essay “The rediscovery of the homeland” (Milan, Rizzoli, 2008 and 2012), and “The Italian alphabet. Facts and people of a history in the present”, (Egea, Bocconi University Editor, 2011) with Giuliano Amato. For the Società Dante Alighieri he conceived and edited with its director Lamberto Lambertini the book "Traveling with Dante", an integral film edition of the Divine Comedy in 100 short films of 12 minutes each, for a total of 21 hours of film.