Speaker profile


  • Mr Piero Attanasio
    Head of Research and Development and of International Affairs
    Associazione Italiana Editori (Italian Publishers Association)


After a degree in economics at the University of Bologna, Piero has been working in book publishing since 1986. In 1995 he joined AIE (Italian Publishers Association) where he is currently head of international affairs and R&D programmes and coordinates the activities of the academic publishing group. He is CEO of mEDRA (multilingual European DOI Registration Agency) and member of the Board of the Fondazione LIA, which provides services to enhance accessibility of ebooks for visually impaired people.

He has been the scientific director of the ARROW projects (www.arrow-net.eu), the leading European initiative to facilitate right information management in digital library programmes and is now chair of the Arrow Association, the-not-for profit organisation managing the Arrow system.

He is member of the Executive committee of the ISBN International Agency, where he served as chair since 2006 to 2012. He was also board member of Editeur and of the International DOI Foundation.

He is author of many articles and two monographs about book industry, in particular about the impact of technologies on book trade and rights management in digital environment. He is lecturer in the Master course on publishing at the University of Milan.

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