Antonio Loprieno assumed the Presidency of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, ALLEA (All European Academies), at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia on 17 May 2018. He took office for the term 2018-2021 following his election in 2017 and succeeded Professor Günter Stock (2012-2018). He became President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in May 2018. 

Loprieno was born in Bari (Italy) in 1955 and grew up in Brussels. He studied Egyptology, linguistics and Semitic studies at the University of Turin in Italy.  In the 1980s, he taught at various European universities, including the University of Göttingen in Germany and the University of Perugia in Italy. From 1989 to 2000, he was Professor of Egyptology at the University of California Los Angeles. He served first as Professor at the University of Basel from 2000–2006 and then as Rector (2006-2015). Among other positions, he was President of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) from 2008–2015, and holds the Presidency of the Austrian Science Board (Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat). He is corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and non-resident national member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino.