After receiving his license in Economics at the University of Freiburg, Mr. Soncini has been a researcher for the Office of Economic Research of the Canton of Ticino and financial journalist for the daily Corriere del Ticino (where he held the position of head of economic and financial pages) and for Television of Italian-speaking Switzerland. He started his banking career in 1987 at Banca del Gottardo, where he became member of the Executive Board, responsible for the Private Banking activities at a Group level. Since 2007 for almost 10 years he was at the PKB Privatbank Group, member of the Executive Board, responsible for finances (CFO). Today he has a board seat at Banca dello Stato, the italian speaking Canton State Bank. He has been a member of the National Commission of the Organization of the main Swiss banks, the Executive Committee of the Banking Association in Ticino, the Foundation Board the Swiss Institute of Rome, the Board of Directors of Banca del Gottardo Italy SpA, Bergamo and the Banca Intermobiliare SpA, Turin. He has taught at the Centre for Banking Studies Vezia and the University of Lugano, where he holds the course "Banking Strategies" for students of the Master in Banking & Finance. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Finance Institute.