Monica Barni was appointed Vice-President of Regione Toscana in the area of Culture, University and Research in 2013. Previously she served as Professor of Educational Linguistics at the Department DADR of the University for Foreigners of Siena until 2013. She also was director of the CILS Center, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture, and a member of the Academic Council of Directors. She was referent for the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). Barni was responsible for Bilingualism Counts – Nuovi Cittadini, a subsidiary of Bilingualism Matters of the University of Edinburgh.