Yannos Papantoniou – Keynote Speaker

Former Greek Minister of National Economy and Finance

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Specialist Subjects

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Europe


  • Greek


Yannos 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 PhD degree in Economics at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Papantoniou was a member of the National Parliament in Greece from 1988-2007, served as Minister of National Defence from 2001-03, Minister of National Economy and Finance from 1996-2001, Minister of National Economy 1994-96, Alternate Minister of National Economy 1993-94, Minister of Trade (1989) and Deputy Minister of National Economy fro 1985-89.

During his time as Economy and 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, Yannos Papantoniou worked at the OECD in Paris, served as Member of the European Parliament and Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on European Economic Community Affairs and Integration. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, UK in 1999.

In 2009-2010, 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.

Yannos Papantoniou is currently President of the Centre for Progressive Policy Research (KEPP), an Athens-based independent think-tank. 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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