Colombo, Umberto - from Italy
Country of meeting: in the year 1975
Was a Jewish-Italian chemical engineer, academic and the minister of universities, science and technology of Italy. Colombo trained as a chemical engineer and worked as a professor at the University of Milan in the 1970s. He served as the president of the Italian energy firm ENI for a short period from November 1982 to January 1983 before being appointed as the head of the Italian nuclear energy unit.
From 1993 to 1994 Colombo served as the minister of universities, science and technology in the Ciampi cabinet. Following this he became a member of the Italian national council of economy and labour. He was one of the shareholders of Energy Conversion Devices and became a member of its board of directors in July 1995 before retiring in November 2004.
Other posts that Colombo held included the chairman of ENEA (Italian national agency for new technology, energy and the environment, 1983-1993), president of the European science foundation (1991-1993), chairman of the Italian hydrocarbons trust, director general of Montedision's R&D and strategic planning, director of Montecatini's G. Donegani research centre, governor of the international development research centre (IDRC, 1985-1990) in Canada, chairman of the United Nations's advisory committee on science and technology for development (1984-1986), chairman of LEAD-Europe, and president of the European institute research management association. He was also a member of the Club of Rome's executive committee that had been founded by Aurelio Peccei
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