Mario Monti (born 19 March 1943) received a degree in economics at Bocconi University and pursued his studies at Yale University. He served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 2011 to 2013, leading a government of technocrats in the wake of the Italian debt crisis.
From 1978 to 1994, he contributed regularly to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”. Monti served as Rector of Milan’s Bocconi University from 1989 to 1994. In 1994, he was appointed President. After serving as professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Economics in Bocconi, he lectured at the Universities of Trento and Turin before returning to his alma mater. As a Member of the European Commission from 1999-2004, Monti was in charge of the Single Market, Financial Services and Tax Policy from 1995 until 1999. During the following legislature, he was the European Commissioner in charge of Competition. With his recent report for the Commission on the Single Market, Monti continues to contribute to the European project, and the cornerstone of the European integration, the Single Market.