Francesco Profumo

Francesco Profumo
Italian Minister of Education
In office
16 November 2011  28 April 2013
Prime Minister Mario Monti
Preceded by Mariastella Gelmini
Succeeded by Maria Chiara Carrozza
Personal details
Born (1953-05-03) 3 May 1953
Political party Independent

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.

Early life and education

Profumo was born in Savona on 3 May 1953.[1] He studied electrical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin and graduated in 1977.[1]


Profumo started his professional career in research and development at Ansaldo in Genova in 1978 and served there until 1984.[2] 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.[2] On 13 August 2011, he succeeded Luciano Maiani as the president of the National Research Council (CNR).[3] On 16 November 2011, Prime Minister Mario Monti appointed him Minister of Education.[3]

In 2016 he was appointed President of Compagnia di San Paolo.


  1. 1 2 "Francesco Profumo" (PDF). ENI. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Biography" (PDF). East Forum. 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. 1 2 "A remedy via research?". Public Service. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Giovanni Del Tin
Dean of Politecnico di Torino
Succeeded by
Marco Gilli
Preceded by
Luciano Maiani
President of National Research Council of Italy
Succeeded by
Luigi Nicolais
Political offices
Preceded by
Mariastella Gelmini
Italian Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Maria Chiara Carrozza
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