former italian prime minister & president of the EU commission
The future of Europe
The eurozone crisis
The 2018 Italian election
The European refugee crisis
Romano Prodi is an academic and former politician who has twice served as Italian Prime Minister (1996-1998 & 2006-2008).
From 1999 to 2004 he served as the 10th President of the European Commission, presiding over the introduction of the Euro and the expansion of membership to 25 states.
He was subsequently selected by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to be President of the African Union-UN Working Group on Peacekeeping form 2008 to 2014. He is currently UN Special Envoy to the Sahel.
Prodi has also had a distinguished academic career as an economist, with interests in the areas of the relationship between the State and the market, privatisation, economic development and European integration, to name but a few.
He has held positions at Harvard University, and Stanford University. Since 2009 he has been Professor-at-large at Brown University, and since 2010 a Professor at CEIBS in Shanghai.
A prominent European statesman who has had a stellar academic and political career, Prodi is perfectly placed to offer insights on the future of Europe, Brexit, the eurozone crisis, rise of populism and the evolving relationship between the State and the economy.