Leo Abruzzese

Global Director of Public Policy, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Leo Abruzzese is Global Director of Public Policy for The Economist Intelligence Unit, overseeing analysis, research and modeling for governments, corporations, NGOs and foundations around the world. He has led projects for international institutions in such fields as infrastructure development, economic and financial benchmarking, sustainable investing, gender equality, access to finance, disaster risk mitigation, and food security. Leo also serves as Executive Editor for the EIU, with responsibility for editorial integrity, quality, branding and major client relationships.

In his role as an economic and policy analyst, Leo has presented and defended the Economist Intelligence Unit’s views before corporations and governments throughout the US, Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has spoken before boards of directors and at high-level gatherings of such companies as General Electric, IBM, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Philips, Kraft Foods, Deloitte, Oracle, Boeing, KPMG, Embraer, Citigroup, Pepsico, Zenith Optimedia, BNY Mellon, Sun Life Financial, Grupo Bimbo, Red Bull, Bechtel and Petrobras, and before the World Bank, the US State Department, the Federal Reserve, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Leo has directed strategic research initiatives for many organizations, with a focus on policy analysis. Working with the Inter-American Development Bank, he was the co-creator of both the Global Microscope on Financial Inclusion, and the Infrascope, a benchmarking tool that assesses the enabling environment for infrastructure investment. He is currently leading a project on sustainable investing for a major global investment bank.

Leo has also served for the last six years as Deputy Editor of The Economist magazine’s annual “World in…” forecasting publication.


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