Romano Prodi Fast Facts

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi gestures during his year-end press conference in Rome's Villa Madama, 27 December 2007. Prodi said that the government will decide rapidly on the privatisation of Alitalia SpA. In his year-end press conference, Prodi said that the government has to choose between two potential partners for Alitalia and the best offer will be picked without taking into account vested interests. Air France-KLM is pitted against AP Holding, owner of the airline Air One, over buying a controlling stake in Alitalia from the government.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy.

Birth date:
August 9, 1939

Birth place: Scandiano, Italy

Father: Mario Prodi

Mother: Enrica Prodi

Marriage: Flavia Franzoni Prodi (1969-present)

Children: Giorgio and Antonio

    Education: Catholic University in Milan, Law, 1961; Studied at the London School of Economics

    Other Facts:
    Has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford.

    - Works at the University of Bologna.

    1974-1978 - Chairman of the publishing house Società Editrice Il Mulino.

    November 1978-March 1979 - Serves as Italy's minister of industry.

    1981 - Founds Nomisma, an economic research institute.

    November 1982-October 1989 - Serves as president of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction.

    1993-1994 - Returns to position as president of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction.

    1996-1998 - Prime minister of Italy.

    1999 - 2004 - President of the European Commission.

    2006 - Again, elected prime minister of Italy.

    January 2008 - Prodi loses a confidence vote in the Italian Senate and resigns.

    February 2009 - Is named to a five-year professor-at-large position at Brown University.

    October 9, 2012 - Is named the United Nation's special envoy for the Sahel, an area of northern Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Sudanian savanna, which includes parts of 13 countries.

    April 2013 - Prodi runs for the Italian presidency and loses.

    May 1, 2014 - The U.N. announces Prodi's assignment as special envoy for the Sahel was completed on January 31, 2014, and that Hiroute Guebre Sellassie of Ethiopia is the new special envoy.