Mattia G. Barbera

Mattia G. Barbera

Mattia is an experienced economist with a global career in International Organizations, Government Agencies, Academic Institutions and the private sector. His mains skills are related to socio-economic and environmental research, international relations, sustainable development, private sector development, public policy, investments and project management (design, monitoring and evaluation), education, international trade and business analysis.

Mattia holds a Laurea in Business and Economics at Bocconi University, Milan-Italy, specialization in International Economics and a final dissertation on Italian multinational corporations in Argentina and new forms of international investment. Master’s Degree in Environment and Human Settlements at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago-Chile with a final dissertation on the Environmental Impacts of the trade specialization of Latin America and the Caribbean. Among other several courses, he completed an Advanced Course on Development Planning and Management, Development Studies and International Relations and Organization, organized by the Italian Society for International Organization and sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mattia started his international career in 1988 at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL/ECLAC) where he performed research activities and published several works. Later he was appointed Economic Research Coordinator at the Institute for European-Latin American Relations (IRELA), Madrid-Spain, a think tank funded by the European Parliament and the European Commission to inform and implement their policies in Latin America. This was followed by a brief lecturing experience in La Paz Bolivia, before starting an almost fifteen years’ service as economist, expert in development cooperation, at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs with a broad spectrum of tasks that included representing the Ministry in some working groups at the OECD and the European Union. In 2008, Mattia moved to Auckland-New Zealand where he worked for the government as Senior Economist and Researcher at Auckland Council, having the possibility to lead several research projects and publish numerous reports. He then became Research Associate at the Institute of Public Policy of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where he collaborated in research activities and publications also at an international level and lectured for graduate and post-graduate courses.



  • Highly skilled and experienced economist with a strong focus on research, public policy and sustainable development.
  • Proven strength in socio-economic and environmental research, economic development, private sector development, public policy, investments, international relations, project management (design, monitoring and evaluation), education, international trade and business analysis.
  • Global experience at the international (United Nations, European think-tank funded by the European Parliament), national (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), local (Auckland Council) and academic (AUT) level.


  • High technical qualifications, professionalism and knowledge
  • Leadership and relationship development
  • Outstanding research and analytical capacity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in multiple languages
  • Public and Private sector broad international experience
  • Innovative attitude and continuous improvement focus


  • Consultant, Research Associate, AUT University, present
  • Senior Economic Researcher, Research Investigations and Monitoring Unit, Auckland Council, New Zealand, 2010-2012
  • Senior Economist, Economic Development Group, Auckland City Council, New Zealand, 2008-2010
  • Expert in Development Cooperation, International Delegate, Senior Economist, Development Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy, 1994-2008
  • Coordinator for Economic Research, Institute for European-Latin American Relations (IRELA), Spain, 1992-1993
  • Economist, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), United Nations, Chile, 1988-1992


  • Master’s degree (Laurea) in Economics (4 years, specialization in international economics and published final dissertation)
  • Master of Arts in Environment and Human Settlements
  • Proficient in English, Spanish and Italian; Independent user in French and Portuguese