Giuseppe Conte

Giuseppe Conte
Shinzō Abe and Giuseppe Conte (portrait).jpg
58th Prime Minister of Italy
Assumed office
1 June 2018
PresidentSergio Mattarella
DeputyLuigi Di Maio
Matteo Salvini
Preceded byPaolo Gentiloni
Personal details
Born (1964-08-08) 8 August 1964 (age 54)
Volturara Appula, Italy
Political partyIndependent[1]
Spouse(s)Valentina Fico (div.)[2]
Domestic partnerOlivia Paladino[3]
ResidencePalazzo Chigi
Alma materSapienza University
SignatureOfficial website

Giuseppe Conte (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈkonte]; born 8 August 1964) is an Italian jurist and politician serving as the 58th and current Prime Minister of Italy since 1 June 2018.[4]

A professor of private law, Conte was first proposed on 21 May 2018 for the role of Prime Minister as the head of a coalition government between the Five Star Movement and the League,[5] but he relinquished his role when Paolo Savona, who was picked for Minister of Economy and Finance, was vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella.[6] On 31 May, the two parties reached an agreement, proposing Giovanni Tria as Minister of Economy and Finances, and Conte was called to take the oath of office on the following day.[7]

Conte's cabinet, which includes Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and the League leader Matteo Salvini, is considered by many newspapers such as The New York Times and la Repubblica as the first populist government in modern Western Europe.[8][9][10] Moreover, he was the first person to assume the premiership without prior government or administrative service since Silvio Berlusconi in 1994 and the first Prime Minister from Southern Italy since the Christian Democrat Ciriaco De Mita in 1989.[11][12]

Early life and career

Conte was born on 8 August 1964 into a middle class family at Volturara Appula, near Foggia.[13][14] His father Nicola was a public employee in the local municipality while his mother Lillina Roberti was an elementary school teacher.[15][16]

After his family moved to San Giovanni Rotondo, Conte attended the Classical Lyceum "Pietro Giannone" in nearby San Marco in Lamis and then studied Law at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he graduated in 1988 with distinction.[17][18][19] For short terms, Conte studied abroad. In 1992, he moved to the United States to study at Yale Law School and Duquesne University and at the International Culture Institute in Vienna in 1993. He later researched or lectured at Sorbonne University in 2000, Girton College, Cambridge in 2001 and New York University in 2008.[20][21]

He started his academic career during the 1990s, when he taught at Roma Tre University, at LUMSA University of Rome, at the University of Malta and at the University of Sassari.[18] Conte is currently professor of private law at the University of Florence and at LUISS of Rome.[22][23] He sits on the board of trustees of John Cabot University in Rome.[24]

On 18 September 2013, he was elected by the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the Bureau of Administrative Justice, the self-governing body of administrative magistrates.[25]