Federica Mogherini is the rector of the College of Europe since September 2020. She co-chaired the United Nations High Level Panel on Internal Displacement from January 2020 until September 2021. She served as the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019.
Prior to joining the EU, Ms. Mogherini was Italian minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation (2014) and a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (2008–14). In her parliamentary capacity, she was head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and vice president of its Political Committee (2013–14), member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008–13), secretary of the Defence Committee (2008–13), and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She also coordinated the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Development Cooperation.
Ms. Mogherini is a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, a fellow of the German Marshall Fund, and a member of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and the Board of Directors of the Italian Institute for Foreign Affairs. She has a degree in political science from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.”
She was born in Rome in 1973, lives in Belgium, and has two daughters.