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Alberto Alemanno

Alberto is the Jean Monnet Professor of Law & Public Policy at HEC Paris, and permanent visiting professor at Tokyo University School of Public Policy and the College of Europe, Bruges. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he is the founder of The Good Lobby, the leading advocacy movement democratizing lobbying as a legitimate, healthy practice of democratic life capable of equalizing access to power.

Alberto is Schwab Foundation Social Innovators of the Year (2022), Ashoka Fellow (2019), WEF Young Global Leader (2015), European Young Leader (2014) and BMW Responsible Leader (2018).

He regularly provides advice to governments across the world, leading and emerging philanthropies, nonprofits, progressive companies, as well as grassroots movements as well as international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Health Organization.

Alberto is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Le Monde, Le Grand Continent and a frequent commentator on Euronews, France24, Al-Jazeera, and TV5Monde.

He has been involved in dozens of campaigns, ranging from the first European Citizen Initiative putting an end to international roaming to the drafting of the EU whistleblower directive, mandatory plain-packaging for tobacco products, and designed the Ukraine Corporate Index aimed at tracking businesses' responses to Russian invasion so as to make them re-assess their engagement with the Russian market.

Originally from Italy, Alemanno is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the College of Europe. He holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University. Prior to entering academia fully time, he clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union, worked as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges and qualified as an attorney at law in New York.

Among his latest books, 'Citizen Participation in Democratic Europe' (2021), 'Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society' (Iconbooks, 2017), 'Nudge and the Law' (Hart Publishing, 2016) and 'Regulating Lifestyle Risks - Europe, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets' (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Alberto's MOOC Understanding Europe is available on Coursera. Launched in 2014, it gathered more than 300k participants from all over the world in its first edition.

Alberto lives in Bilbao, with his family, teaches in Paris and advocates from Brussels all across the EU and beyond.

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The Good Lobby

The Good Lobby is a nonprofit committed to enhancing the advocacy capacity of civil society organisations, philanthropies, and progressive companies, while also shaping the corporate lobbying environment to be more ethical, sustainable and transparent. Through an unconventional mix of research and tailored advocacy advice and training designed for social innovators, philanthropies and their grantees, be they citizen movements, NGO advocates, or social entrepreneurs, The Good Lobby kickstarted a movement for ethical, responsible and sustainable lobbying, that has been embraced by a wide variety of communities, such as that of social entrepreneurs (Ashoka, B Corps, BMW Responsible Leaders, the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the philanthropic sector (OSF, Porticus, Adessium, Philea), and is now influencing lobbying and integrity regulations across countries as well as the revision of the relevant OECD Guidelines. The Good Lobby methodology has already generated more than 3 million Euros in advocacy advice and is rapidly scaling up being present all across Europe, with offices in Brussels, Milan, Bilbao and Paris, as well as Brazil and Japan.

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