Scientific Committee

Gian Maria GROS-PIETRO - President
He is the President of Credito Piemontese since 2009. He is also an independent advisor of listed companies Fiat, Edison, Credito Valtellinese and Caltagirone, as well as Censis and Cotec Foundations.
He is a Member of the Board of Directors and the Council of Confindustria and is President of Federtrasporto, the federation of transport companies that are associates of Confindustria. Furthermore, he is a member of the General Council of the Assonime, as well as the Board of Directors and Council of the Industrial Union of Rome. Professor of Business Economics at the LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, he heads the Department of Economic and Business Sciences. Previously he was President of Atlantia (formerly Autostrade), Eni and Iri. Member of the Board of the University of Torino in the capacity of representative of CNR for more than a decade, he has been a member of various other boards (of Finmeccanica, Teknecomp, Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Perseo, Anas and Itainvest among others).
From 1974 to 1995 he directed Ceris, the main economic body of the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR). He was involved in the management and analyses of investments and of innovation and innovation strategies of businesses. He is on the scientific Committee of the periodical publications “L’Industria” and “Mercato, Concorrenza e Regole” and heads the scientific committee of the Cotec Foundation.

Patrizio BIANCHI
Patrizio Bianchi is an Italian Economist, full professor of applied economics and politician. 
Currently he is the Regional Minister for Coordination of the European Policies for Growth, Education, Vocational training, University, Research and Employment of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government.
Prior he was the Rector of the University of Ferrara and Chair of the Foundation of the Italian Universities and formerly served as Dean of Faculty of Economics at the University of Ferrara.
In addition, he has been chair of the industrial policy think tank of Nomisma, member of the board of directors of IRI, the main Italian public holding company, president of the Italian agency Sviluppo Italia and member of the Commission for labour policies and manufacturing sectors at the National Council of Economy and Labour (CNEL). 
Internationally, he has been an Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province of China and member of several European and OECD working groups, scientific and expert councils.
Patrizio Bianchi is the author or editor of more than 30 books and more than 200 scientific paper. He is honorary professor at the South China University of Technology (China) and he has been visiting professor at UCLA (USA) and at the University of Toulouse (France).
Patrizio Bianchi was awarded by the President of Italy the recognition of knighthood ”Commander of The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic” and received the award of "Minister of Heritage and Culture and Tourism for the political and social sciences" from the distinguished Italian Accademia dei Lincei (Lincean Academy).


Paolo De Castro is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the University of Bologna.
From 2001 to 2004 he was. the President of the Institute of Economic Studies Nomisma and served for three times as Minister of Agriculture of his country from 1996 to 2000.
Professor Paolo De Castro is author of over 120 scientific publications: particularly mentioned are his scientific contributions on the issue of food security and the role of international trade in the development of modern society.
Paolo De Castro is a member of the European Parliament since July 2009. He chaired the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development from 2009 to 2014, leading the European Parliament's negotiating team during the whole reform process of the Common Agricultural Policy for the 2014/2020 period. Re-elected in July 2014, Paolo De Castro is now First Vicepresident of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. 
The scientific career of Professor Paolo De Castro has been further enriched by the participation in numerous international scientific committees, such as the Chairmanship of the Scientific Committee of the International Center for Advanced Studies on Agriculture Mediterranean (CIHEAM) in Paris, and of the European Agriculture Economics Association (EAEA) and of SIDEA. 
He is also a member of Georgofili Accademy in Florence and of Agriculture Accademy in Pesaro and Treja.


Giorgio PRODI
With a Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Bologna, he subsequently earned a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1997) and a PhD in Economics and Institutions from the University of Bologna (2002). He is a researcher in applied economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ferrara.


Alessandro PROFUMO
Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since 16 May 2017. He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security) since July 2017 and Chairman of the Fondazione Ricerca & Imprenditorialità since February 2018. Born in Genoa, Italy on 17 February 1957, he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University. From 1977 to 1987, he worked at Banco Lariano. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company where he was in charge of strategic and organisational projects for financial companies. In 1989, at Bain, Cuneo & Associati, he was in charge of developing relations with financial institutions. In 1991, he joined RAS - Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, where he was responsible, as General Manager, for the banking and parabanking sectors. In 1994, he joined Credito Italiano (today Unicredit), where he was appointed Deputy General Manager and put in charge of Planning & Group Control. A year later, he was appointed Chief General Manager and in 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position that he maintained also with Unicredit Group till September 2010. From April 2012 to August 2015, he served as Chairman of  Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank. From September 2015 to May 2017, he was a Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM. At the international level, Profumo was Chairman of the European Banking Federation in Brussels and of the International Monetary Conference in Washington, D.C. He was also on the International Advisory Board of Itaú UniBanco (Brazil) and was a member of Sberbank’s Supervisory Board (Russia). He was a member of Eni’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014, and from July 2015 to April 2017. He was also a member of Mediobanca’s Board of Directors and Executive Board, and a member of Bocconi University’s Board of Directors. Profumo was awarded the Cavaliere al Merito del Lavoro (the Italian Order of Merit for Labour) in 2004. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Together To Go (TOG) Foundation.

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