Armando Melone is a policy officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, in the unit responsible for SME access to finance. Since 2011, he is in charge of designing policy measures and financial instruments aimed at improving SMEs’ access to alternative sources of finance.

He has an an MBA from Oxford University, UK (2009) and a university degree from LUISS University, Rome (1999). He started his career in the brand management division at Unilever for 4 years (2001-2005), then he worked on the internationalisation of Italian SMEs (2005-2008).