Global Director of Public Policy
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Leo Abruzzese directs the Economist Intelligence Unit's global forecasting service, shaping a coherent world view of the economy each month from the work of more than 100 staff analysts. Based in New York, he is also the principal analyst for the United States and presents the company's outlook on the U.S. and the global economic environment to companies, governments, and universities around the world. Before assuming these duties in 2010, Mr. Abruzzese was the Economist Intelligence Unit's Editorial Director in the Americas, overseeing a team of analysts and directing the company's research operations in that part of the world.
Mr. Abruzzese has more than 30 years of experience covering economic, political, and business environments around the world. First as a journalist, then as an analyst, he has written about every major economic event of the last generation, from the oil shocks of the late 1970s to the financial-market shocks during the last recession. He has produced analysis on European economic integration, the rise of China, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Mexican and Asian financial crises, the Uruguay Round of global trade talks, and the U.S. and global asset bubbles of the last decade. He lived and worked in Washington for 20 years and covered economic and business issues in Congress, at the White House and before many U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury.
Mr. Abruzzese received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. Joseph's University, and has participated in European research programs sponsored by New York University and the German Marshall Fund. He has written for Aspen Institute publications and been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CBS, and Al-Jazeera. He regularly chairs events for Economist Conferences, focusing on such topics as emerging markets, global finance, private equity, legal issues, and outsourcing.