People, Planet & Prosperity Global Policy Forum


Francesco Profumo

Lead Co-Chair T20 TF 7; President, Compagnia di San Paolo, Italy

Francesco Profumo has been Chair of FCSP since May 2016. He was Minister of Education, Universities and Research from November 2011 to April 2013 and Chair of the National Research Council (CNR) from August 2011 to January 2012. In 2003, Francesco Profumo became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, and then served as Chancellor of the same university between 2005 and 2011. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Drives and Machinery at the Polytechnic University of Turin, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna. From 1978 to 1984, Francesco Profumo worked as a Design Engineer the Ansaldo Research & Development Centre in Genoa. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Telecom, Pirelli, UniCredit Private Banca and Il Sole 24 Ore, and Chair of IREN Group until May 2016. Francesco Profumo is currently Chair of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Chair of Fondazione ESMI ESCP Europe/Turin Campus, Chair of CDI Italia, Collège des Ingénieurs Italia, a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Agnelli, and a member of the Scientific Council of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). He has won a number of awards, including the Golden Lion in Turin in 2008, the Valdo Fusi Prize in 2011 and the Guido Carli Prize, also in 2011.

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