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President Romano Prodi

Former Prime Minister of Italy, President of the European Commission (1999 - 2004)

President Romano Prodi served as President of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of Italy twice, from 1996 - 1998 and 2006 - 2008. He became President of the European Commission at a time of crisis, from 1999 - 2004. In 2008, he was named by the UN as president of the African Union - UN peacekeeping panel. In 2009, he was appointed Professor-at-Large at the Watson Institute for International Studies of Brown University.

"One of Italy's most successful post-war Prime Ministers"

Romano Prodi

In detail

Romano Prodi graduated in economics at Milan's Catholic University and did postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics. He also spent a year as visiting professor at Harvard in 1974. He has received almost 20 honorary degrees from institutions in Italy, and from the rest of Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. From 1982-1989 and 1993-1994 Prodi was CEO of the powerful state-owned industrial holding company IRI. He surprised everyone by successfully getting Italy accepted as a member of the single European currency against all odds.

What he offers you

Romano Prodi, an expert economist and negotiator and prominent pro-European, provides his worldwide audiences with insights into his commitment to deliver on all issues from leading state-run industries to successful international political negotiation. His low-key style of government by consensus and compromise won over millions of Italians, achieving continued success through a carefully managed policy of government financial and fiscal discipline.

How he presents

A seasoned, thoughtful and articulate world leader, Romano Prodi is a man of concrete deeds who has an understated style, backed up by delivery and action.

Languages

He presents in Italian & English.

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Topics

  • Globalization
  • Italian Politics
  • The Future of Europe
  • Times of Change in Technology After Crisis - New Agenda for Technology Leaders and IT Decision Makers

Publications

  • 2000
    Europe as I See It
  • 1999
    Un'idea dell'Europa (Contemporanea) (Italian Edition)
  • 1995
    Il capitalismo ben temperato (Tendenze / Il Mulino) (Italian Edition)
  • 1992
    Il tempo delle scelte: Lezioni di economia (Mondo economico) (Italian Edition)

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