Editorial Board

Juergen Braunstein
Professor Ann Florini
Dr Ian Goldin
Thomas Hale
Parag Khanna
Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
Charles A. Kupchan
Marion Laboure
Kate Macdonald
Professor Anthony McGrew
Dr Eva-Maria Nag
Danny Quah
Professor Dani Rodrik
Antonio Savoia
Anmol Saxena
Dr Hackan Seckinelgin
Dr Jill Stuart
Andy Sumner
Professor Laurence Tubiana

Advisory Board

Professor Tim Besley
Professor Jagdish Bhagwati
Professor John Braithwaite
Professor Mick Cox
Professor Geoffrey Garrett
Professor Takatoshi Ito
Professor Mary Kaldor
Professor Inge Kaul
Professor Robert Keohane
Professor Sir David King
Andreas Klasen
Professor Julian Le Grand
Professor Sebastiano Maffettone
Professor John Ruggie
Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern
Professor Joseph Stiglitz
Vinod Tare
Professor Shang-Jin Wei
Professor Ngaire Woods
Professor Tianbiao Zhu

Practitioners' Board

Sanmit Ahuja
Mr Lakhdar Brahimi
Richard Burge
Augustin Carstens Carstens
Howard Davies
Mr Kemal Dervis
Bill Emmott
Pascal Lamy
Chris Miller
Alastair Newton
James Orbinski
Mr Romano Prodi
Mr Jean-Michel Severino
Javier Solana
Theo Sommer
George Soros
Mr Peter Sutherland
Professor Muhammad Yunus

Romano Prodi

Mr Romano Prodi
Professor of CEIBS-China Europe International Business School in Shanghai and UN Special Envoy for the Sahel.
Professor of CEIBS-China Europe International Business School in Shanghai


Romano Prodi served as President of the Council of Ministers (prime minister) of Italy twice, from 17 May 1996 to 21 October 1998 and from 17 May 2006 to 8 May 2008. He was also President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. Prodi was born on 9 August 1939 in Scandiano, Italy. He has a degree in Law from the Catholic University of Milan, and has done postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics. Most of Prodi's academic career was with the University of Bologna, where he served as Assistant in Political Economics from 1963 to 1971, and then as Professor of Industrial Organisation and Industrial Policy until 1999. Meanwhile he was also a Researcher at the Lombard Institute of Economic and Social Studies (ILSES) from 1963 to 1964, and at Stanford Research Institute in 1968. In 1973-74 he also taught Economics and Industrial Politics at the Free University of Trento, and was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 1974.

Prodi entered politics in 1978, when he was appointed Minister of Industry, an office he left six months later in 1979. He served twice as Chairman of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (IRI) -- in 1982-89, and in 1993-94. In 1996 he ran as The Olive Tree candidate, winning the general election and serving as Prime Minister of Italy until 1998. Following the victory of his coalition The Union (L'Unione) over the House of Freedoms (Casa delle Libertà) led by Silvio Berlusconi in the April 2006 Italian elections Prodi was in power again. On 24 January 2008, he lost a vote of confidence in the Senate house, and consequently tendered his resignation as prime minister to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, but was in office for almost four months for the routine business, until early elections were held and a new government was formed.