Massimo Motta is ICREA Research Professor at UPF and Research Professor of the Barcelona GSE. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition.

Professor Motta is the Scientific Director of the Barcelona GSE Master Program in Competition and Market Regulation. From 2009-2012, Prof. Motta served as Dean of the Barcelona GSE. He was also the first Director of the Economics Program (1993-98) when he was Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been Professor and Head (2003-05) of the Economics Department at the European University Institute, Florence, as well as Professor at Università di Bologna.

Professor Motta is Fellow of the European Economic Association, Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, and of CESifo, Munich, as well as member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Competition Economists, of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy at the European Commission, and of the Expert Academic Panel of Ofcom, London.

His main areas of research are industrial organization and competition policy. He has advised companies and the European Commission in antitrust and merger cases. He has extensive experience in supervising doctoral dissertations, and his former students have obtained important positions in academia, consulting firms, and in competition and regulatory agencies. His work has been published in several leading international journals.