Chiara Zilioli has dedicated her entire career to the European integration project, with particular focus on the European monetary union. From the Legal Service of the EU Council, where she started in 1989, she moved to the European Monetary Institute in 1995, and then to the ECB in 1998, where she was initially appointed as Head of Division and subsequently as Director General of Legal Services (General Counsel) of the ECB. She holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the European University Institute. She was appointed Professor at the Law Faculty of the J-W Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main and has published three books and several articles, mainly on the position of the ECB within the EU institutional framework and the functions of the ECB. For the past few years, she has been a lecturer at the Institute for Law and Finance of the J-W Goethe Universität, Frankfurt and at the Collegio Europeo di Parma, Italy; in 2012 she gave a course at the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute. She is a member of the Italian Bar, is married and has four children.