Mario Monti Will Address Meeting at IESE

Ex-Italian PM to speak on Europe's future


Mario Monti

On October 7 Mario Monti, the former Italian prime minister and European Commissioner will be among the guest speakers on the Barcelona campus at a session titled "The Future of Europe and its Influence in a Global World", organized by the Alumni Association. He will be accompanied by Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO of Zegna Group and member of IESE's International Advisory Board (IAB), and Prof. Jordi Canals, Dean of IESE.

In 2011 Monti, who is currently president of the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, was invited by the Italian president to form a new government in the wake of Silvio Berlusconi’s resignation. Italy was then engulfed in the sovereign debt crisis. His government promptly introduced a series of austerity measures and labor market reforms.

After the 2013 election, in which his party came in fourth, he stayed on as prime minister until a new government was formed in April by Enrico Letta. Monti headed various European commissions between 1995 and 2004, including that of competition commissioner, a post he held for five years.

Passionately pro-European, Monti is a member of the Friends of Europe and also the exclusive Bilderberg group. Given his experience in top positions in both government and European institutions, he is in an ideal position to look ahead at what the future holds for Europe.

Photo by World Economic Forum.