Gianluca Galletto is the founder and President of DG Advisors, providing strategic advice to businesses, governments and non-profit organizations on global growth strategies. He has a deep background in global finance, business and policy, and he is an expert in international strategies to support economic development, innovation sectors and startup ecosystems.
He is currently advising New York City’s Mayor’s Office on enhancing the city’s FDI attraction strategy and increasing their impact on the innovation economy, equity and SDGs. He is also a Principal at Global Futures Group (GFG), which advises the public sector on smart cities and innovation strategies and businesses on scaling in the US in smart cities industries.
GFG co-founded Smart Cities NY, the leading conference and trade show on Smart City technologies in the U.S, gathering mayors, minsters, businesses and thought leaders from around the world. A previous client was the Partnership for NYC, leading an initiative to expand FDI in NYC and a study on the city’s global competitiveness. Gianluca is the former Director of International Business at the New York City Economic Development Corporation(NYCEDC), which he joined in July 2014.
His office’s mandate was to attract FDI, help NYC businesses expand globally and establish partnerships with cities around the world – with a focus on innovation sectors. During his tenure, he built a global network of relationships with investors, business and government leaders, often at the highest levels.
He expanded the World2NYC program to lure tech companies to New York City, engaging with more than five hundred domestic and international companies, launched the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC), the first and largest citywide program in the US to provide uncapped H1B visas to foreign entrepreneurs. He also started the NYCEDC Global Business Exchange, a series of partnerships between New York and other cities providing a bilateral soft-landing platform for innovative companies expanding into each partner city.
Gianluca has 21 years of prior experience in the private sector with a background in economics and finance that complements his business development and strategic leadership skills. Using those skills, Gianluca advised clients, primarily start-ups, on growth strategies and raising capital for 4 years prior to joining NYCEDC. He is also a start-up mentor and investor. From 1998 to 2009, he worked at Muzinich & Co., a world-class high yield asset manager, where he led the business development division, being responsible for new assets under management in excess of $1.5B.
Prior to moving to the United States in 1996, he spent four years in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked as a consultant for the EU Commission, providing technical assistance for economic development programs. Over his entire life, Gianluca has been politically active, both in the US and in Europe, volunteering with fundraising efforts for Democratic campaigns, founding and leading the US Chapter of Former EU President Prodi’s Olive Tree Coalition, advising former Italian prime and finance ministers, liaising between European and US top government officials. He ran for Italy’s Lower House in the North American District in 2013.
He speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish and holds an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a BA/MA in Economics, Business and Law from Bocconi University in Milan. Gianluca is a former Fulbright scholar and a dual US/Italian citizen residing in New York City.