Felice Simonelli is a Senior Research Fellow at CEPS and he heads the Policy Evaluation Programme and the Project Development Team.
Since 2009 Felice Simonelli has been working for research centres and acting as a freelance consultant to public institutions, trade associations, and companies. His research and consultancy activities focus on better regulation, digital economy, industrial policy, competition policy, business strategy & competitiveness and energy-intensive industries.
Felice has managed research projects on better regulation and analysis of public policies for the European Commission and the European Parliament, including impact assessments and ex post evaluation of EU legislation. He has also carried out assignments dealing with policy benchmarking; sectoral analyses; digital economy; air transport; competitiveness; and internationalisation strategies. He has an extensive experience in data collection and analysis across EU countries, including in conducting interviews and surveys and arranging stakeholder consultations on behalf of the European Commission.
Felice is also an Associate Researcher at the Financial and Industrial Research Group (GRIF) ‘Fabio Gobbo’ of LUISS ‘Guido Carli’ University (Rome), where he focuses on the interplay between regulation, competition and industrial policy. At LUISS, he worked as a senior tutor, teaching assistant and consultant at LUISS Business School. Previously, he served as a Research Fellow at the Italian Space Agency, where he conducted research on EU innovation policies and guided Italian companies on how to prepare convincing Horizon 2020 applications.
In 2012 he was a visiting Ph.D. student at The Buchmann Faculty of Law (Tel Aviv University) and in 2011 he was a visiting researcher at Berkeley Law (University of California). He holds 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. He has published several papers on peer reviewed journals. He is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English.