Marco Frey was born in 1961. He holds a degree in Economic and Social Sciences from the Bocconi University, Milan, in 1986 and in 2000 he was awarded the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship.

He is Full Professor of Economics and Business Management, leader of the Sustainability Management Research Group (SuM) at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Study of Pisa and Research Director at IEFE (Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy - Bocconi University, Milan).

He is chairman of Global Compact Italian Foundation - which is a body of the United Nations - and National President of Cittadinanzattiva, a non-profit organization which promotes civic participation and the protection of citizens' rigths in Italy and Europe.