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#40 Once you’ve gone through such an experience, you will not go back to the old way of working – Emanuele Baldacci

Dr. Emanuele Baldacci is director of digital services.
This covers innovation in new technologies, data services, development of reusable solutions, and also the agnostic solutions for public administrations in Europe.
Before that he was director of methodology, IT and corporate statistical services at Eurostat. From October 2011 to April 2015 he was the head of the integration, quality and research department in the Italian statistical office. Before that, he was a deputy division chief in the International Monetary Fund, a senior economist in the World Bank and also served as chief economist at SACE: the largest Italian trade finance group. He has a PhD in Demography from the Universities of Rome, Florence and Padua; he is the author of several scientific publications of fiscal sustainability, macroeconomic risk in advanced and emerging economies, population ageing and social protection and official statistics modernisation.

Insights:

• What does the Digital services department do?
• Responsibilities of Digital services department
• The use of blocks
• What initiatives does Digital services support?
• What organizational structure does the Digital services department apply?
• How Does Digital services deal with cultural changes?
• What would a young person need to do to become a director in the EU?
• What would Emanuel say to his 18 years old?

Key Discussion Points:

[00:48] What does the Digital services department do?

[04:40] Responsibilities of the Digital services department

[09:49] How many member states are using blocks or are planning to use blocks?

[11:13] Does Digital services publish code?

[13:07] Which initiatives does Digital services support?

[16:16] What organizational structure does the department apply?

[19:46] Dealing with cultural change

[27:58] What would need a young person to do to become a director in the European Union?

[31:52] Emanuele’s favorite books

[33:48] What would Emanuele say to his younger self?

Interesting Quotes:

“Don’t lock yourself early on into something. Explore the world.”

“We are a people organization; people to people skills are increasingly important.”

“..if you are brave enough to apply these new methodologies in areas that are not, let’s say low risk, but are really the main business or where the organization is losing face you’re failing, I think that you are proving that you are serious about transforming the way.”

“…once you’ve gone through such an experience, you will not go back to the old way of working, or at least you will be in a position to challenge it.”

“The ambition is to transition very faster into an organization that is prevailing. Based on methods of collaboration and cooperation, knowledge sharing, and by design.”

“We want to be able to reuse and learn from each other.”

Book Recommendations:

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon