Marco Fortis, economist, 54, was born in Verbania and is married, with one daughter. His main research topics are international trade, natural resources and the Italian economy. He is one of the top experts on industrial specializations with the Made in Italy label and the Italian industrial clusters.
In the business sector, he has had a long career as manager of economic studies in the Ferruzzi group, later Montedison, then Edison, which he has held since 1986. He still holds this position in Edison. Since 1999 he has been Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Edison Foundation.
Within the Montedison group he has been on the Boards of Directors of Edison, Edison Gas, Eridania Béghin-Say, Provimi, Ausimont and Antibioticos. He has also been on the Boards of the Carlo Erba Foundation and Donegani Foundation.
In 2006-2007 he was a member of the Board and Vice Chairman of the Banca Popolare di Intra during the stages of that institution's reorganization.
He is a member of the Committee for the Strategic Interests of Italy Abroad, at the Foreign Ministry, and was recently appointed to preside over the Committee for Economic Compatibility for the Rome Olympics in 2020.