Born in Vicenza on October 5, 1940, Alberto Bombassei is founder and President of Brembo SpA, a market leader in the design and production of high performance braking systems for cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, as well as for the world of competitions and for the auto parts market. On June 26, 2018 he was appointed President of the Italy China Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to fostering dialogue and exchanges between the two countries.
He founded and presides Kilometro Rosso, an innovation district inspired by multi-sectorality and interdisciplinarity that enhances the dialogue between academic, entrepreneurial and scientific culture.
In June 2018, he was appointed Vice President of Aspen Institute Italia. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Assonime since 2017, and of the Board of Directors of ISPI - Institute for International Political Studies since 2016.
Always engaged in the confindustrial field, in May 2018 he joined the Advisory Board of Confindustria for the period 2018-2020. Previously, he held the position of Chairman of Federmeccanica from 2001 to 2004, and as Deputy Chairman of Confindustria for Industrial Relations, Social Affairs and Social Security from 2004 to 2012.
From February 2013 to March 2018 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies and of the X Commission for Productive Activities, Commerce and Tourism.
He received several honors in his long career: in 2017, he became part of the Automotive Hall of Fame, the highest honor of the global automotive industry; in 2014, he received the Order of Commander of the Royal Order of Isabella la Cattolica for his extraordinary civil behavior; in 2004 he was named Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic, Azeglio Ciampi.
Among the numerous prizes and awards assigned to him over the years are Leonardo Award 2016, for his significant contribution to the promotion of Italy in the world; Ernst & Young Award "The Entrepreneur of the Year 2012"; "Tiepolo 2012" Award for the important contribution to the development of relations between Spain and Italy; Leonardo Quality Italy Award 2003, for bringing the Made in Italy in the world.