Emmanuele Forlani was born in Rimini where he obtained the high school diploma in classical studies. He graduated in Economics from the University of Bologna, where he held the position of President of the Student Council and Board Member for the duration of his studies.
He has been Director of the Meeting Foundation since January 2019.
From 2014 to 2018 he carries out his professional activity as a consultant in institutional relations and public affairs mainly for companies in the transport and infrastructure sector.
After a period of administrative coordination at a university research institution (CRISP), he held the position of General Secretary of the Foundation for Subsidiarity, from its establishment (2002) until 2008, when he held institutional roles at the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies then at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
From 2002 to 2013 he was coordinator of the secretariat of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Subsidiarity.
He was president of the Portofranco Milano Onlus Association from 2015 to 2018 and member of the Board of Directors of the Rimini Meeting Foundation from 2017 to 2018. He is a founding member of the Enzo Piccinini Foundation.