Chiara Corazza

Managing Director

Greater Paris Investment Agency

Chiara Corazza has been the Managing Director of the Greater Paris Investment Agency (GPIA) since 2002. This association is in charge of attracting foreign investors to the Greater Paris Region and enhancing its attractiveness by mobilizing political and economic decision makers. The GPIA is the “economic Ambassador” of the Capital Region and an essential gateway between the public and private institutions. As Managing Director, Chiara Corazza elaborates investment strategy, conducts road shows abroad with large French and international companies, and organizes global forums in France and worldwide. She also conducts regular global benchmark studies that have become a reference worldwide, and organizes impactful task forces. The success of the “Grand Paris” economic development project is at the core of GPIA’s activities.

Prior to joining the GPIA, Chiara Corazza was chosen as Special Counselor for International Affairs to the President of the Greater Paris Region upon her arrival in France in 1985. In this position she created the Metropolis, the first world association of large metropolitan areas. She also planned and implemented Paris Region international policy, specializing in government affairs and urban management.

In 1992, Chiara Corazza created the Department of International Affairs and was promoted to Director for International Affairs in the Greater Paris Region. During the next 15 years, she initiated, negotiated, and successfully managed economic bilateral cooperation agreements with Beijing, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Dakar, Hanoi, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Montreal, Moscow, New Delhi, Santiago, Tokyo, and Warsaw, among others. In 1994, she created the first Greater Paris Region representative in Brussels and initiated a network uniting Europe’s capital regions.

In 1999, she was appointed Director of International Affairs of Paris 2008, in charge of promoting the Paris bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Chiara Corazza currently serves as an independent member of the Board of Directors of APRIL insurance company and of the AIWF Board of Trustees (Arab International Women’s Forum). Since 2014 she has represented the economic sector as a Board member of the RATP, the world’s fifth largest public transportation company, located in Paris.

Chiara Corazza is a British-Italian dual citizen, currently residing in Paris. She holds a degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Public law from the University of Rome. She speaks five languages fluently.

Chiara Corazza was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by Christine Lagarde (2009).