Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University (since 1994, on leave when in public office) and Italian Senator for life (since 2011). In August 2020 he has been appointed Chairman of the “Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development: Rethinking Policy Priorities in the light of Pandemics”, convened by WHO/Europe.
He was Prime Minister of Italy (2011-2013) and Minister of Economy and Finance (2011-2012), leading a government of national unity, which overcame the financial crisis, initiated structural reforms, and obtained vital improvements in Euro-area governance.
As European Commissioner for the Single Market (1995–1999) and Competition (1999–2004), Professor Monti fostered market integration whilst promoting tax coordination, and sanctioned high-profile cases of abuses of dominance, anticompetitive mergers, and illegal state aids.
Born in Varese, Italy, in 1943, he graduated from Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University. He was professor of Economics at the University of Trento, at the University of Torino, and then at Bocconi, where he was Rector between 1989 and 1994.