Nicola Dimitri is Professor of Economics at the University of Siena, Life Member of Clare Hall in Cambridge and Research Associate at the Center for Blockchain Technologies at University College London. He was formerly Deputy Rector of the University of Siena and Chair of its Economics Department, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca and Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement at the Maastricht School of Management. He has been a Fulbright Student, a Chevening Scholar, and a NATO-CNR and Fernand Braudel Fellow. He built up numerous years of academic and professional experience in Innovation Procurement, in which he was initially involved because of his background in Microeconomics and Game Theory, notably as economic advisor of Consip (the Italian Procurement Central Purchasing entity). In addition, he possesses academic and professional experience in the economics of innovation, having served as economic advisor in an Innovation Park for Life Sciences in Siena where he focused on incubating start-ups. He is the co-editor, with Gustavo Piga and Giancarlo Spagnolo, of The Handbook of Procurement (Cambridge University Press, 2006).