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Liberal Education and Leadership: a Conversation 

Friday, April 26th at 5:30 p.m.
Lohrfink Auditorium 
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Georgetown University
3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057
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Reception to follow



    Emma Marcegaglia
    Chairman & C.E.O. of Marcegaglia Holding S.p.A.
    Vice chairman & ceo of Marcegaglia steel, s.p.a.
    Chairman of eni, s.p.a.
    president luiss university in rome

Emma Marcegaglia is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marcegaglia Holding S.p.A., and Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marcegaglia Steel S.p.A. and its subsidiaries companies operating in the processing of steel. (Marcegaglia Carbon Steel S.p.A, Marcegaglia Specialties S.p.A, Marcegaglia Plates S.p.A., Marcegaglia Ravenna S.p.A, Marcegaglia Gazoldo Inox S.p.A)

She is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marcegaglia Investments Srl, the holding company of diversified activities of the group. (from July 1998 to June 2015 CEO of Marcegaglia S.p.A.)

  • Chairman of Eni since May 2014.
  • Chairman of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) since November 2014.
  • President of Confindustria from May 2008 until May 2012.  
  • President of Luiss Guido Carli University since July 2010.

Furthermore, she sits on the Board of Directors of the following companies: Bracco S.p.A. (since May 2005) and Gabetti Property Solutions S.p.A. (since April 2005). She is Member of the European Commission High Level Industrial Roundtable “Industry 2030” since February 2018. In the past, she has held the following offices: President of Businesseurope from July 2013 to July 2018; Member of the Board of Italcementi S.p.A; Chairman of Fondazione Aretè Onlus; Member of the Management Board of Banco Popolare; Member of the Board of Directors of FinecoBank S.p.A and Italcementi Spa.; Confindustria Vice President for infrastructure, energy, transport and environment from May 2004 until May 2008; Italian Representative in the High Level Group for energy, competitiveness, and environment created by the European Commission; Vice President of Confindustria for Europe from 2000 until 2002; National President of Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs from 1996 till 2000, President of YES (European Confederation of the Young Entrepreneurs) from 1997 till 2000; National Vice President of Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs from 1994 till 1996.

Born in Mantua in 1965, Emma Marcegaglia holds a Degree in Business Administration, with first class honors, at the Bocconi University in Milano. She attended the postgraduate Master in Business Administration at the University of New York. She has been awarded and named “Bocconiana dell’anno” (Best Bocconi student of the year) for the year 1996.



     Christopher S. Celenza, Ph.D., Dr.phil.
     Dean of Georgetown College
     Professor, history and Classics
     Georgetown University

Christopher S. Celenza is Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University, where he is also professor of History and Classics. Previously, he served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the Charles Homer Haskins Professorship. At Johns Hopkins he also served a Vice Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences. He served as the 21st Director of the American Academy in Rome from 2010-14.


Celenza holds two doctoral degrees, a PhD in History (Duke University, 1995) and a DrPhil in Classics and Neo-Latin Literature (University of Hamburg, 2001). He is the author or editor of ten books and over forty scholarly articles in the fields of Italian Renaissance history, post-classical Latin literature and philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship.

An Italian translation of his book, The Lost Italian Renaissance, appeared with the publisher Carocci in 2014.  His most recent books are The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance: Language, Philosophy, and the Search for Meaning (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018); Petrarch: Everywhere a Wanderer (London: Reaktion, 2017); and Machiavelli: A Portrait(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015).

He has held Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, Villa I Tatti, the American Academy in Rome, and the Fulbright Foundation.