Rita Laura D’Ecclesia is Professor of Quantitative Methods at Sapienza University of Rome, Chair of the Euro Working Group for Commodities and Financial Modelling, Director of the PhD program in Economics and Finance at Sapienza, and Chair of the International Summer School on Risk Measurement and Control. She currently teaches Financial Math, Asset Pricing, and Risk Management at undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. She was visiting Professor at Birkbeck University of London from 2008 to 2015 where she taught for the MSc in Financial Engineering and Commodities. She has been teaching advanced training courses for several international companies in UK, Sweden, Netherlands and France.
She has a broad expertise and deep understanding of financial markets, price modelling, optimization techniques and energy markets dynamics. She served as member of the hiring committee to select quantitative method experts for the Bank of Italy, Consob and Department of Education. She has been serving as independent expert in the Board of major Italian Banks since 2016. At the moment she is in the Board of Directors of Banco Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest bank. Her research topics spread from portfolio optimization to pricing financial securities and commodities.