Riccardo Petrella

Riccardo Petrella

Initiator and former president of the Lisbon Group

Biography

Riccardo Petrella is the Initiator and former president of the Lisbon Group,  is an Italian political analyst and economist. Currently a regular teacher at the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve and at the Europa College Bruges, he has taught in many universities around the world. Mr. Petrella worked for the European Commission as supervisor of the FAST-programme (Forecasting and Assessment in Science and Technology). Before that he was secretary-general of the Italian committee for the development of social sciences and director of the European Center for Research in Social Sciences of UNESCO in Vienna. In the 90s he published a trilogy, the last book being Water Manifesto, that defends the universal rights to access water sources.