Laura PIOVESAN works at the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s long-term financing institution headquartered in Luxembourg. Since joining the Bank in 2000, her prime role has been to carry out techno-economic assessments of projects requesting EIB funding. She is currently heading the team within the EIB that is responsible for the due diligences of investments in R&D- manufacturing and services sectors, including industrial equipment, automotive and high-tech industries. Laura is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy. Prior to joining the EIB she worked for eight years for an Italian engineering company, first as Research Scientist and then as Industrial Economist.