Diego Valiante is a senior officer and team leader at the European Commission (Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) and an adjunct professor at Bologna University. He is currently engaged in the CMU Action Plan development and crowdfunding legislation. Previously, Dr. Valiante was head of financial markets and institutions at the Centre for European Policy Studies and head of research at the European Capital Markets Institute. He was also a member of the Group of Economic Advisers to the European Securities and Markets Authority. In addition, Dr. Valiante has advised several international organisations, including the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank, as well as institutional investors. He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of financial market economics and regulation, law and finance, and central banking and economic policies. Financial News listed Dr. Valiante among the “40 under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology” in 2011. He earned a BSc in business economics and an MSc in economic analysis of law from LUISS University, a joint LLM in law and economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Bologna University, and a PhD in law and economics from LUISS University.