Governance and Management

The bodies of the Foundation are the President, the Governing Council, the Executive Committee and the Control Body (Auditor). The Governing Council is responsible for pursuing the aims of the Magna Charta Observatory and is its public voice. It consists of 11 to 15 members, chosen among those playing a leading role in the defense of the fundamental university values and rights. The Executive Committee is composed of 5 members and it is vested with the powers of ordinary administration. Members of the Executive Committee are: Giovanni Molari, Patrick Deane, Astrid Soderbergh Widding, Giga Zedania. One seat is vacant because of the resignation of the member in charge, and the member will be soon appointed.

Prof. Giovanni Molari (President)

Prof. Giovanni Molari (President)

Rector, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Born in Bologna in 1973. Full professor in Agricultural Machinery and Mechanisation at the University of Bologna since 2016, Associate professor from 2010 to 2016 and researcher from 2000 to 2010. PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He is qualified to practice as an engineer and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna.

His research activity mainly focused on issues in designing agricultural machines and testing the reliability of agricultural tractors, in particular accelerated tests for the structural verification of such machines and their transmissions. In addition, he dealt with tillage machines, crop harvesters and machines for animal husbandry, as well as the use of biomass to produce energy.

He has coordinated national projects, acted as a scientific supervisor in numerous research agreements with companies, and authored more than 150 manuscripts, 53 of which published in journals indexed on Scopus.

He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Agricultural Engineering from 2014 to 2018, where he was managing editor for the 2006-2014 period; he oversaw its switch to English, its transition to open access and its indexing first in Scopus and then on the Web of Science.

At the University, he was Deputy Head of the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Bologna from 2015 to 2018. After a single department of agriculture was established, he was the director for three years from 2018 to 2021, and was then reconfirmed in this role for the following three-year period. From 2018 to 2021, he was a member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bologna and a member of the university’s human resources committee.

He is the President of the Magna Charta Observatory.
His mandate as Governing Council member started on November 1st, 2021 and will expire on October 31st, 2027.

Prof. Patrick Deane (President of the Governing Council)

Prof. Patrick Deane (President of the Governing Council)

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Patrick Deane became the 21st Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University on July 1, 2019. He is the former President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, a position he held for nine years. Prior to that he served as Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen's and also held a number of academic administrative appointments at Western University and the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Deane is a Professor of English Literature, with his principal research focus being the relationship between cultural production and British politics in the first half of the Twentieth Century. He read English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, before undertaking graduate studies and receiving both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Western University. Dr. Deane was the first recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature in 1988, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

He is President of the Governing Council. His mandate as President started on June 13th 2021.
His mandate as Governing Council member started on March 14th, 2019 and his first mandate will expire the 13th March, 2023.

 

Prof. Astrid Söderbergh Widding (Vice-President of the Governing Council)

Prof. Astrid Söderbergh Widding (Vice-President of the Governing Council)

President, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr Söderbergh Widding holds a Ph D in Cinema Studies from Stockholm University, 1992, where she is Professor of Cinema Studies since 2000. Since 2013, she is President of Stockholm University, where she has led the work with a Living Values pilot for the MCO in 2017-18. Dr Söderbergh Widding is a Fellow of Academia Europaea, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. She is Chair of the Board for the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (the Swedish Rectors’ conference) from 2019, and in this capacity also member of the EUA Council as well as of the EUA Research Policy working group. In addition, she is Chair of the BIBSAM consortium – responsible for the Swedish turn to open access and handling all deals with major publishing companies – since 2016 and member of the board of Aarhus University since 2018, as well as of the Stockholm Price in Criminology Foundation since 2013. Previous commissions include membership in the Swedish Government’s Research Expert Group until 2020, chairmanship for the Principals Council of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation until 2019, and an earlier chairmanship of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation until 2011, as well as memberships in several evaluation panels at the Swedish Research Council, the Academy of Finland, the Norwegian Research Council, the Danish Accreditation Institution, as well as board (or equivalent) memberships in the Supervisory Committee of the National Library of Sweden, of Letterstedska föreningen, the King Gustaf VI Adolf’s Fund for Swedish Culture, Stockholm Environment Institute, Public and Science, the Swedish Fulbright Commission and the Swedish Film Institute.

She is Vice-President of the Governing Council (designate). Her mandate as Vice-President will start on June 13th 2021.

Her mandate as Governing Council member started on November 19th, 2020 and it will expire on November 18th, 2024.

Raffaella Campaner

Raffaella Campaner

Vice-Rector Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Raffaella Campaner graduated in Philosophy at the University of Trieste in 1996 with a dissertation in Philosophy of Science. She took a Master in Philosophy (M. Litt) at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in 1998, with a dissertation in Philosophy of Physics, and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Trieste in 2000. In 2000-2001 she was Assistant Editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (OUP). She had a post-doctoral fellowship (2000-2002) and a research grant (2002-2006) at the Dept. of Philosophy of the University of Bologna, where she has been Lecturer (2006-2014). From September 2014 to September 2021 she has been Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Dept. of Philosophy and Communication, where she is currently Full Professor. From July 2018 to November 2019 she has been Delegate to International Relations for the Dept. of Philosophy and Communication Studies, and from November 2019 to November 2021 she has been the Director of the Master Program in Philosophical Sciences. Since 2019 she is Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and since November 2021 she serves as Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Bologna.

Her research has addressed philosophical theories of scientific explanation, conceptions of causation, scientific models, with a specific focus, on the one hand, on the social sciences (history, economics, anthropology, archaeology), and, on the other hand, the biomedical sciences. Within philosophy of medicine, she has focused on topics in the philosophy of epidemiology, cancer, and psychiatry. 

She teaches courses in Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Epistemology.

She published more than sixty papers in international journals and volumes, and the following books: La spiegazione nelle scienze umane (2004; 2nd ed. 2010); Spiegazioni e cause in medicina: un'indagine epistemologica (2005); La causalità tra filosofia e scienza (2007; 2nd ed. 2012); Philosophy of Medicine. Causality, Evidence and Explanation (2012); La spiegazione scientifica (with M.C. Galavotti) (2012); Filosofia della scienza (with M.C. Galavotti, 2017, 2nd ed. 2018); Varieties of Causal Explanation in Medical Contexts (2019); Explaining Disease. Philosophical Reflections on Medical Research and Clinical Practice (forthcoming, 2022).

She took part in a number of international projects and conferences (e.g., at University of Ghent, Vienna, King's College - London, Beijing, Granada, Geneva, Konstanz, Rotterdam, Bristol, Nancy, Athens, Madrid, La Coruna, Paris, Helsinki, Düsseldorf, Pittsburgh, Oslo, Bonn, Canterbury, Bielefeld, Łódź, East Lansing, MI).

From June 2014 to June 2017 she has been a SILFS (Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science) Steering Committee member. Since June 2015 she is a BIOM Steering Committee member (Società Italiana di Storia, Filosofia e Studi Sociali della Biologia e della Medicina, http://www.sibiom.org/consiglio-direttivo/). From September 2015 to September 2019 she has been an EPSA (European Philosophy of Science Association) Steering Committee member (http://www.philsci.eu/steering-comittee), and from November 2018 to November 2021 she has been the Director of the Inter-University Research Centre in Philosophy of Health and Disease PhilHeaD, involving the Universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Firenze, Genova, Milano Bicocca, Padova, Piemonte Orientale, Roma Tre (www.philhead.org).

Her mandate as Governing Council member started on March 24th, 2022 and her first mandate will expire the 23th March, 2026.

Ms Martina Darmanin

Ms Martina Darmanin

Former President, European Students' Union (ESU), Brussels

Martina Darmanin held the office of President in the European Students Union (ESU) between 2021-2022, Vice-President in 2020 and Human Rights Coordinator between 2019 - 2020. Her portfolio at ESU focused on equitable access to education, academic freedom, student agency in education governance and international cooperation on education. She is currently the Vice-President of the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) and has represented the international youth and student constituency in the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) between 2020-2022. She has been active as an elected student leader on the local level through the Malta Health Students’ Association as well as the national level through Malta’s University Student Council prior to her European engagement. Martina’s academic background is in the field of Health Sciences and holds a Master of Science degree by research in Food Studies and Environmental Health from the University of Malta. Her M.Sc. research was conducted in partnership with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bio-economy e.V. (ATB) in Potsdam, Germany.

Her mandate as Governing Council member started on September 16th, 2022 and her first mandate will expire the 15th September, 2026.

Cristina Demaria

Cristina Demaria

Cristina Demaria is currently the Rector’s delegate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion of Alma Mater – The University of Bologna. She is a Professor of Semiotics at DAR – Department of the Arts and has worked extensively on cultural representations and practices of gender and intersectionality, genres of testimony, post-conflict representations, the construction and reconstruction of collective and cultural memories. She has authored four monographs and more than eighty articles and book’s chapters, edited and co-edited seven books and several scientific journals’ special issues; she participated in various national and international research projects, such as Diaspora and cultural transfer, an interdisciplinary research project coordinated by the Centre for the Study of Post-conflict Cultures of the University of Nottingham (UK) and funded by the British Academy for Arts; Smart cities, socio-cultural capital and cultural heritage, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (Brazil); FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES project MEMOSUR -A Lesson for Europe: Memory, Trauma and Reconciliation in Chile and Argentina, and she is currently engaged in H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 project SPEME- Questioning Traumatic Heritage: Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia. She has been a visiting professor in many universities and institutes, such as the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of London, the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Amsterdam - School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture. She is the referee for many international and Italian scientific journal in the fields of Philosophy and Theories of Languages, Semiotics and Cultural Studies, and sits in the editorial board of international scientific journals and book series. She has been the external evaluator for the award of research grants by FIAS - French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowships Programme, and by EURIAS - European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme, both supported by the European Commission. As the Rector’s delegate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, she is a member of several working groups and European networks, such as the Diversity Council of UNA Europa consortium, where she leads the action group on “best practices”; the Equality and Diversity working group of the Coimbra Group; and the Gender and Diversity working group of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

Her mandate as Governing Council member started on March 44th, 2022 and her mandate will expire on March 23th, 2026.

Prof. Marcelo Knobel

Prof. Marcelo Knobel

Former Rector University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Marcelo Knobel is a Full Professor of Physics and he was the 12th Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), in Brazil, institution to which he has been linked for more than three decades.

After obtaining both his bachelor’s and his PhD degrees in Physics from Unicamp, Knobel spent some time in Italy and Spain as a postdoctoral researcher. He joined Unicamp again upon his return to Brazil, but this time as a faculty member. Prior to becoming Rector, Knobel held several leadership roles at Unicamp. He was the first Executive Director of the Unicamp Exploratory Science Museum and served as Vice-Rector for Undergraduate Programs, just to mention a few examples. While in this last position, he was responsible for implementing an innovative interdisciplinary program, named ProFIS, which combines social inclusion with general higher education. This initiative gained him the 2013 Peter Muranyí Prize in Education.

Knobel held other important roles outside of Unicamp as well, including Vice-President of the Brazilian Physics Society and Executive Director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano) at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM). He is currently a member of the CNPEM Board of Directors.

A researcher with a strong interest in science dissemination and higher education studies, Knobel has already published more than 250 scientific papers, in addition to numerous opinion pieces in both national and international newspapers and magazines. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier), and he was editor-in-chief of Ciência & Cultura, a science and technology magazine published by the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC) during 10 years.

Knobel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009) and Lemann Fellow (2015).

His mandate as Governing Council member started on June 14th, 2021 and will expire the 13th of June 2025.

Peter Kwasi Kodjie

Peter Kwasi Kodjie

Secretary General, All-Africa Students Union (AASU), Ghana

Peter Kwasi Kodjie is currently the Secretary General of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU), where he previously served as the Head of Research and Communications. He is one of the youngest persons to ever serve on the Board of the Ghana AIDS Commission, the Vice Chancellor’s Endowment Fund Committee at the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), Technical Committees at the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Peter represented the students of Africa on the Tuning Africa Project Advisory Group (TAPAG) Phase II, and currently an advisory board member of the Harmonization of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative, and the Africa Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF) - joint European Union-African Union projects on the harmonization of the Higher Education ecosystem in Africa. Peter has extensive experience in students and youth leadership, ranging from high school to the tertiary level, where he was elected as President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS). In the past, Peter has worked in several volunteer roles with leading advocacy civil society organizations like the Consumer Advocacy Centre (CAC), African Youth Network (AYN) and Transformed Youth Initiative (TYI) to initiate key talking points and advancing the conversation for an empowered youth in Africa. Together with other youth leaders, Peter is a founding Trustee on the 100 Million Campaign (founded by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi).
Peter has a strong passion for leadership, youth empowerment, and human rights.
Expertise: Defending Students’ Rights and Children’s Rights, Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions, Advocate for Student Centered Learning, Regional Integration, International Relations and Diplomacy, Women’s Rights Advocate, Youth in Governance and Leadership.

His mandate as Governing Council member started on June 14th, 2021 and will expire the 13th of June 2025.

Liviu Matei

Liviu Matei

King's College London

Liviu Matei is a professor of higher education and public policy, and head of the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London. He taught at universities in Europe and the U.S., consulted extensively in higher education policy, and conducted applied policy research projects for international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national authorities and universities from Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Central Asia and founder of the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom.

His mandate as Governing Council member started on September 16th, 2022 and his first mandate will expire the 15th September, 2026.

Prof. Marcin Palys

Prof. Marcin Palys

Former Rector, University of Warsaw, Poland

Born on December 5th, 1964, in Warsaw. Graduated in chemistry from the University of Warsaw in 1987, then earned PhD in chemistry from University of Twente (Netherlands) in 1992. followed by "habilitation" in 2005 from University of Warsaw. Since 1995 working in University of Warsaw, first as researcher, and from 2010 as professor in the Faculty of Chemistry. His scientific interest covers research on transport phenomena in electrochemical structures; modelling of chemical processes on phase boundaries; and use of AI tools in electrochemical studies. He is a member of International Society of Electrochemistry.

From 2008 till 2012 served as Vice-rector of University of Warsaw (portfolio: development and financial policy). In 2012 elected Rector of the University of Warsaw for the term 2012-2016, and then re-elected for the second term (2016-2020, finished on August 31, 2020). In that period University of Warsaw designed and implemented multi-annual development plan, co-established 4EU+ European University Alliance and was awarded Polish Excellence Initiative multiannual grant.

Marcin Pałys actively participated in the work of Polish rectors conference CRASP, serving as a chair of Standing Committee on Organization and Legislation (2014-2020), and a member of CRASP Committee on Strategic Problems of Higher Education (2016-2020). Currently, as a former rector, he chairs the CRASP Group for European Networks of Universities. He also served as vice-chair (2012-2016) of the network of Polish comprehensive universities.

For a number of years he participated in activities of European University Association, in groups devoted to funding and - later - to innovation ecosystems. In 2019 he was elected as a member of the EUA Board for the term 2019-2023.

His mandate as Governing Council member started on November 19th, 2020 and his first mandate will expire on November 18th, 2024.

Dr Martine Rahier

Dr Martine Rahier

Former Rector University of Neuchatel

Originally from Belgium, and mother of one, Martine Rahier holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from the Free University of Brussels (1977). She continued her studies in the USA at the Universities of Cornell and Berkeley, and obtained a PhD in Science from the University of Basel in 1983, and “Habilitation” in Ecology from the University of Zurich in 1993.
Granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 1988, she became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. In 2001, she founded the “Plant Survival” National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), a network comprising more than 200 people.
In 2008, she was elected rector of the University of Neuchâtel ending in August 2016.
Martine Rahier has been a member of several national and international university committees, from appointment commissions to committees designing study programs in various universities; she has also been president and member of committees assessing research programs and projects, as well as of scientific associations. Author of numerous publications, she has also supervised a large number of doctoral theses.
Martine Rahier was a member of the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities (2008-2016) and president (2013-2015) of the “swissuniversities”.She is member of the German accreditation council since 2013, vice-president of European University Association since 2015, member of the council of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria since 2017, and board member of WWF Switzerland since 2017.

Her mandate as Governing Council member started on October 18th ,2019 and her first mandate will expire on October 17th, 2023.

 

Prof. Catharine R. Stimpson

Prof. Catharine R. Stimpson

Professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, USA

Catharine R. Stimpson, one of the pioneers in the study of women and gender, a founder of feminist criticism, is also known for her role as a public intellectual and her public service, which includes her wide-ranging writing on the humanities, liberal arts, and the university. She is University Professor at New York University and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science there. She is located as a senior research fellow in the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, and is an affiliated faculty member of the NYU Law School Faculty, of New York University Abu Dhabi, and of the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, Steinhardt School, New York University.   From January, 1994, to October, 1997, she served as Director of the Fellows Program at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. Simultaneously, she was on leave from her position as University Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, where, from 1986-1992, she was also Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Before going to Rutgers, she taught at Barnard College, where she was also the first director of its Women’s Center. Once the editor of a book series for the University of Chicago Press, she was also the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 1974-80. The author of a novel, Class Notes (1979, 1980), the editor of eight books, she has also published over 150 monographs, essays, stories, and reviews in such places as Transatlantic Review, Nation, New York Times Book Review, Critical Inquiry, and boundary 2. A selection of essays on literature, culture, and education, Where The Meanings Are, appeared in 1988, and was re-issued in 2014. She served as co-editor of the two-volume Library of America edition of the works of Gertrude Stein. Professor Stimpson has lectured at approximately 400 institutions and events in the United States and abroad. Her public service has included the chairpersonships of the New York State Council for the Humanities, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Ms.Magazine Board of Scholars. In 1990, she was the President of the Modern Language Association. She is now a member of the board of directors of several educational, philanthropic, and cultural organizations, including Scholars at Risk, whose board she chairs. She is a former member of the board of PBS. From September 2000 through September 2001, she served as the president of the Association of Graduate Schools. She was chair of the board of Creative Capital, the innovative arts organization. As a member of the Editorial Group of Change magazine from 1992 to 1994, she wrote a regular column about education and culture. Born in Bellingham, Washington, she was educated at Bryn Mawr College, Cambridge University, and Columbia University. She holds honorary degrees from Upsala College, Monmouth College, Bates College, Florida International University, the State University of New York at Albany, Hamilton College, the University of Arizona, Wheaton College, Hood College, Union College, Holy Cross College, Santa Clara University, Rutgers University, Emory University, Simmons College (now University), Western Washington University, and the University of Ottawa. She has also won Fulbright and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships. She was awarded the 2011 Francis A. March Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession from the Modern Language Association. Stimpson’s most recent book, Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, co-edited with Gilbert Herdt, was published by the University of Chicago Press in Summer 2014, and was named one of the most significant academic titles of 2015 by CHOICE, a magazine of the American Research Library Association.

Her mandate as Governing Council member started on March 14th,2019 and it will expire on March 13th, 2023.

Prof. Giga Zedania

Prof. Giga Zedania

Rector, Ilia State University, Georgia

Giga Zedania is the Rector of Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) since 2014. Before this appointment he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Head of the Quality Assurance Service at Ilia State University, where he has been teaching first as associate and then as full professor since 2006. He studied philosophy, sociology and cultural studies in Georgia, USA, Hungary and Germany, obtaining his PhD from Ruhr University Bochum. His publications range from European intellectual history to the socio-political transformation of the South Caucasus. He served as the President of Black Sea University Network (2016-2018).

His mandate as Governing Council member started on November 19th, 2020 and his mandate will expire on November 18th, 2024.

Prof. Fabio Roversi-Monaco (Honorary President)

Prof. Fabio Roversi-Monaco (Honorary President)

Former Rector Università di Bologna, Italy

Fabio Roversi Monaco was born in Addis Ababa on 18 December 1938, and graduated in Law at the University of Bologna on 28 February 1962.

From 1972 to 2012, first he was Full Professor of Public Law (until 1975) and then Full Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Bologna.

He served as a member of the Board of Administration of Bologna University from 1972 to 1979. He was elected Rector of the University of Bologna on 1 November 1985 and remained in office for 15 years, until October 2000, having been elected four times.

From 1978 until 2006, he was the Director of the Advanced School for Public Administration, Bologna, where he set up and directed the first Masters programme in Italy in Business Law.

He is the author of numerous publications, including five monographs and many articles dedicated mainly to the theme of public intervention in the economy, State holdings, administrative decentralization, regional and municipal administration, and health law.

He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of many scientific journals and Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journals Diritto Sportivo and Sanità Pubblica e Privata.

During his term of office as Rector of the University of Bologna, Prof. Roversi Monaco conceived and implemented the Magna Charta Universitatum, signed by 430 Rectors, gathered together in Bologna on 18 September 1988, and subsequently by a further 400 Rectors. All the leading European universities signed the Magna Charta, with a particularly strong presence of English, French, Polish and Spanish Rectors.

The Magna Charta, the only written document on the basic principles of higher education adopted by the Universities in a spirit of autonomy, is considered the main reference point of Universities all over the world.

In order to safeguard the principles of the Magna Charta, a Magna Charta Observatory was founded by Prof. Roversi Monaco in 2000. Its members are 2 representatives of the European University Association (EUA), the University of Bologna and other international organizations. The Observatory was chaired for seven years by Prof. Roversi Monaco, who is now Honorary President.

Prof. Roversi Monaco served as President of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna from 2001 until May 2013.

He is currently President of Banca IMI.

He is President and CEO of the Museum of the City of Bologna s.r.l., set up by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna to manage and coordinate the Genus Bononiae museums and artistic heritage.

He has been President of the Inter-University Association Almalaurea, the main European organization analysing student careers and post-graduate employment.

Other current and past duties include: President of the Imola Piano Academy, and President of the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna, of which Claudio Abbado was Artistic Director.

He is President of the European Secretariat for Scientific Publications (SEPS), a non-governmental organization with an advisory role to the Council of Europe, and of Bononia University Press.

Honorary Degrees: Dickinson College, Carlyle (USA); Brown University, Providence (USA); University Complutense, Madrid (Spain); University Panthéon 1 Sorbonne, Paris (France); Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA); Soka University, Tokyo (Japan); Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia); University of St Petersburg (Russia); University of Barcelona (Spain); University of Cordoba; Pontificia Universidad Cattolica, Belo Horizonte (Brazil); University of Salta (Argentina); Université de Montréal (Canada); Denver University (USA); Victoria University, Melbourne (Australia); Catholic University, (Uruguay); National University of La Plata (Argentina); University of Trieste (Italy); University of Maribor (Slovenia); State University of Samarkand (Uzbekistan); G. D’Annunzio University of Chieti and Pescara (Italy); Palacky University, Olomouc (Czech Republic).

List of Honours: Knight of the Gran Croce of the Italian Republic; Chevalier Légion d’Honneur awarded by the President of the French Republic; Knight of the Ordine Civile di Savoia; Knight of the Ordem de Sant’Iago de Espada, Portugal; Croce di Grand’Ufficiale dell’Ordine al merito, Malta; Great Cross of Alfonso X the Wise, conferred by the King of Spain; Commander of the Order of Saint Louis of Polish Republic; Award for Merit Re Abdulaziz conferred by the Saudi Arabia Government; Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by Rotary International.