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Yannos Papantoniou    

Former Greek Minister of Economy & Finance; President of Centre for Progressive Policy Research

Yannos Papantoniou is a former Greek Minister of Economy and Finance. He currently serves as president of the Centre for Progressive Policy Research.

Papantoniou studied Economics at the Universities of Athens (Greece) and Wisconsin (Madison, USA), History at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes -Sorbonne (Paris, France) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Economics at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Papantoniou was a member of the National Parliament in Greece (1988-2007), served as Minister of National Defence (2001-2003), Minister of National Economy and Finance (1996-2001), Minister of National Economy (1994-1996), Alternate Minister of National Economy (1993-1994), Minister of Trade (1989) and Deputy Minister of National Economy (1985-1989). During his time as Economy & Finance Minister, he worked closely with his European ECOFIN partners to prepare for the launch of the euro in Greece. He was ‘Highly Commended’ by EUROMONEY magazine in September 1998 for “making his country a viable candidate for membership of the EU’s single-currency system”.

Prior to this, Mr. Papantoniou worked at the OECD (1978-1981) in Paris, served as Member of the European Parliament (1981-1984) and Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on European Economic Community Affairs and Integration (1984-1985). He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London in 1999.

In 2009 and 2010, he was Visiting Senior Fellow in the Hellenic Observatory within the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2013, he was Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, USA.

Since 2007, he is President of the Centre for Progressive Policy Research, an independent Athens-based think-tank conducting research and organizing seminars and open discussions on public policy issues. He has published numerous articles and books on topics related to economic and political developments in Greece, Europe, and the wider world scene.

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