Francesco Profumo

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Francesco Profumo
Italian Minister of Education
In office
16 November 2011 – 28 April 2013
Prime MinisterMario Monti
Preceded byMariastella Gelmini
Succeeded byMaria Chiara Carrozza
Personal details
Born (1953-05-03) 3 May 1953 (age 70)
Political partyIndependent
Francesco Profumo
Born (1953-05-03) May 3, 1953 (age 70)
Savona, Italy
Occupation(s)engineer, academic
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)

Francesco Profumo (born 3 May 1953) is an Italian engineer and academic who was Italy's Minister of Education from 16 November 2011 to 28 April 2013. He has been President of the National Research Council (CNR) since August 2011 and had previously served as Chancellor of the Politecnico di Torino from 2005 to 2011. He is also the current Rector of the OPIT – Open Institute of Technology.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Profumo was born in Savona on 3 May 1953.[2] He studied electronic engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin and graduated in 1977.[2]


Profumo started his professional career in research and development at Ansaldo in Genova in 1978 and served there until 1984.[3] In 1985, he moved to Torino as a researcher and associate professor at the local Politecnico. In 2003, he was named dean of the 1st engineering faculty of the Politecnico, and in 2005, he became rector of the university.[3] On 13 August 2011, he succeeded Luciano Maiani as the president of the National Research Council (CNR).[4] On 16 November 2011, Prime Minister Mario Monti appointed him Minister of Education.[4]

In 2016 Profumo was appointed President of Compagnia di San Paolo. As of September 2020, he is a member of the Italian Aspen Institute.[5]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ "Francesco Profumo racconta Opit, nuova istituzione accademica all'insegna di computer science e AI – Le voci del Sole 24 Ore". Il Sole 24 Ore.
  2. ^ a b "Francesco Profumo" (PDF). ENI. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Biography" (PDF). East Forum. 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "A remedy via research?". Public Service. 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  5. ^ executive Committee,
  6. ^ Board Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

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Academic offices
Preceded by Dean of Politecnico di Torino
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of National Research Council of Italy
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Italian Minister of Education
Succeeded by