Giuseppe Tesoriere is senior regional and urban economist in the Cities Research and Knowledge Exchange. He leads and conducts economic analyses that help address key knowledge gaps and advance the objectives of WRI Ross Center project teams working across urban issues.

Prior to joining WRI, Giuseppe was senior economist (consultant) at UN-Habitat knowledge and innovation branch, and urban economy and finance branch, leading research and analysis, providing advisory support and policy recommendations across a number of fields, including regional and urban economics, mobility, economic geography and innovation in Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. He led research within the National Spatial Strategy 2030 of Saudi Arabia, participatory budgeting and urban innovation project in Mexico, and creative cities project in China. In parallel, he supported and contributed to numerous events and official documents of UN-Habitat as expert, including Davos 2021 “Net Zero Cities”, and United Nations Secretary General Report on the implementation of the Resolution 74/30 on Culture and Sustainable Development.

Giuseppe also has several years’ experience conducting data collection, and studies focussed on agglomeration economies, inequality, public goods and resilience working with World Bank and African Development Bank urban programmes and projects in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. His area of expertise covers spatial econometrics and micro-econometrics, socioeconomic analysis of infrastructure and urban development plan, design and lead field survey at households and firms level. In academia, he granted a research fellowship financed by European Union – Interreg V Programme, focussed on regional economics, innovation and spatial inequalities. He is co-author of more than thirty quantitative and qualitative research published in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, discussion papers and United Nations reports.

Giuseppe received his PhD in Economics with a thesis on public goods in developing countries cities. He also holds a Master of Science in Economics and Management of Territory and Tourism and a Bachelor in Economics from University of Palermo (Italy). He also has completed various certification courses, prominent ones " Econometrics and Quantitative Economics” from Italian Econometric Association; “ Executive Education Programme on Leading Economic Growth” and “ Executive Education Programme on Public Finance Management in developing countries” from Harvard Kennedy School; "MIT Metro Lab Initiative" certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is a food and art lover. He lives with three extraordinary ladies, Francesca, Ginevra e Greta.