Professor Stefano Paleari was born in Milan on 24 January 1965. Since February 2001, he has been Full Professor of Finance at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bergamo, and since March 2006, Scientific Director of the ICCSAI (International Center for Competitiveness Studies in the Aviation Industry). In 2006 he founded Universoft, a spin-off company of the University of Bergamo, dealing with the financial analysis of companies and stock markets, and the management of proprietary databases. From 2009 to 2012, he was active as an external examiner in the MSc in Air Transport Management at the Department of Air Transport at Cranfield University (UK). Between October 2009 and November 2015 he was Rector of the University of Bergamo. During his rectorship, he has been a member of the Council and General Secretary of the CRUI (the Conference of Italian University Rectors). In April 2013, he was elected as member of the Board of the European University Association.