Mario Monti stoneware toby jug produced by Peter Meanley of Bangor, Ireland, in 2013. Mario Monti (1943- ) is an Italian economist and academic who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 2011 to 2013, leading a technocratic government in the wake of the Italian debt crisis. Monti served as a European Commissioner from 1995 to 2004, with responsibility for the Internal Market, Services, Customs and Taxation from 1995 to 1999 and for Competition from 1999 to 2004. Monti has also been rector and president of Bocconi University in Milan for many years. Intended to be one of eight toby jugs in the 2013 G8 Leaders Series that Meanley created to present to the eight leaders during their summit in Northern Ireland, Monti was replaced by Enrico Letta as the Prime Minister of Italy shortly before the G8 Summit. Photo courtesy of Bob Moores.