Enrico Letta – Keynote Speaker

Prime Minister of Italy (2013-14)

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Specialist Subjects

  • Government and Leadership
  • Economics and Finance
  • European Union
  • Transformation


  • Italian


Enrico Letta is currently the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and the founder of the Scuola di Politiche in Italy. Prior to this he served as Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014.

Before becoming Prime Minister he served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.

Between 2001 and 2015 Enrico Letta was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.

From 1993 to May 2013 Letta managed an independent think tank, Arel, founded by the late Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Enrico Letta was born in Pisa (Tuscany) and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.

Enrico Letta is the author of many books on international and economic affairs, with particular reference to EU enlargement, including: Euro sì – Morire per Maastricht (Laterza, 1997); Dialogo intorno all’Europa (with L. Caracciolo, Laterza, 2002); L’allargamento dell’Unione Europea (Il Mulino, 2003); L’Europa a Venticinque (Il Mulino, 2005); In questo momento sta nascendo un bambino (Rizzoli, 2007); Costruire una Cattedrale (Mondadori, 2009), L’Europa è finita? (with L. Caracciolo, ADD Editore 2010) and Andare insieme, andare lontano (Mondadori, 2015), Contro Venti e Maree (Il Mulino 2017), Ho imparato (Il Mulino, 2019).

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