Alessandro Merli is an associate fellow of the Johns Hopkins University at SAIS Europe, where he is currently in charge of the European Current Events Seminars. He is adjunct professor of International Economics at the Bologna Business School. He is a member of the research and policy network on central bank communication, created by the Centre for Economic Policy Research with the cooperation of the European Central Bank. He is an independent director of Credem, an Italian bank. He previously worked at the financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, where he was, over a period of thirty years, Frankfurt correspondent/ECB watcher, columnist, financial editor, and UK correspondent. Mr. Merli received the following recognition for his journalism: a special award of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the IV Italy-Latin America Conference, the Citigroup Award for Journalistic Excellence, as winner of the 1st Italian edition, and the Order of the Southern Cross from the President of Brazil. In 2014 he was voted by the students’ best teacher in the Global MBA program at the Bologna Business School. He is a graduate in Law of the Università di Modena and received an MA in Economics from the University of Illinois. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.