Felice Simonelli
Felice Simonelli
Since 2009 I have been working for research centers as well as acting as a consultant to public institutions, trade associations, and companies. My research and consultancy activities mainly focus on Better Regulation, Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Sustainability.

I am Head
of Policy Evaluation at CEPS, where since March 2013 I have been managing research and consultancy projects in the fields of better regulation a and nd analysis of public policies for the European Commission and the European Parliament. For instance, I am currently managing a study on aggressive tax planning and harmful tax practices for DG TAXUD and a study on the sustainability of the EU steel industry for DG RTD. In addition, I am coordinating for CEPS a number of framework contracts with DG GROW, DG ECFIN, DG TAXUD, DG TRADE, DG CNCT, DG ENV, EASME, SECGEN and the European Parliament (EPRS, ITRE). I have also conducted other assignments dealing with renewable energy, energy-intensive sectors, digital economy, policy
Felice Simonelli
benchmarking, sectoral analyses, business modeling and competitiveness. I have extensive experience in data collection and analysis across EU countries, including conducting interviews and surveys and arranging stakeholder consultations on behalf of the European Commission. Since November 2018 I have also been leading the CEPS Project Development Team, which aims to make the most of CEPS’ competences and research potential by acquiring funded research and advisory projects that are strategic and profitable. 

I am also an Associate Researcher at the Financial and Industrial
Research Group (GRIF) “Fabio Gobbo” of LUISS “Guido Carli” University (Rome), where I focus on the interplay between regulation, competition and industrial policy. At LUISS, I worked as a senior tutor and teaching assistant and served as a consultant at LUISS Business School.

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Previously, I served as a Research Fellow at the Italian Space Agency, where I conducted research on EU innovation policies and provided guidance to Italian companies to prepare convincing Horizon 2020 applications.

In 2012 I was a Visiting Ph.D. Student at The Buchmann Faculty of Law (Tel Aviv University) and in 2011 I was a Visiting Researcher at Berkeley Law (University of California). I hold a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from LUISS University, an LL.M. cum laude in Law and Economics from Erasmus University of Rotterdam and from Ghent University, a two-year M.Sc. cum laude in Law and Economics and a Bachelor cum laude in Economics and Business from LUISS. Native Italian speaker, I am fluent in English and Neapolitan.


Felice Simonelli, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Policy Evaluation & Head of Project Development at CEPS

Expert in Better Regulation

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