Mr Petroni (1956) currently holds the chair of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Rome, where he also teaches Public Management. He held the same chair for many years at the University of Bologna, and was a professor at the Sorbonne University in Paris and at the Bocconi University in Milan.
He is the Secretary General of Aspen Institute Italia since 2007.
He is a member of the Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna, as well as Académico Correspondiente of the Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Politicas.
He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1988.
From 2001 to 2006 he was the General Director of the National School of Public Administration of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
From 1989 to 2004 he was the editor of Biblioteca della Libertà, Italy’s most important Liberal journal.
From 2003 to 2012 he was a member of the executive board of the Italian public broadcasting company, RAI.
Mr Petroni wrote extensively about the history and logic of scientific discovery in physics, the methodology of social sciences, bioethics, public management, and contemporary Liberalism.