Yannis Stournaras

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Yannis Stournaras
Γιάννης Στουρνάρας
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Governor of the Bank of Greece
Assumed office
20 June 2014
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Alexis Tsipras
Vassiliki Thanou
Alexis Tsipras
Preceded by George Provopoulos
Minister of Finance
In office
5 July 2012 – 10 June 2014
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Preceded by George Zanias
Succeeded by Gikas Hardouvelis
Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping
In office
17 May 2012 – 21 June 2012
Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos
Preceded by Anna Diamantopoulou
Succeeded by Kostis Chatzidakis (Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks)
Personal details
Born (1956-12-10) 10 December 1956 (age 60)
Athens, Greece
Political party Independent
Alma mater University of Athens
University of Oxford

Yannis (or Giannis) Stournaras (Greek: Γιάννης Στουρνάρας; born 10 December 1956), is a Greek economist who has been the Governor of the Bank of Greece since June 2014.[1]

Previously, he had been the Greek Minister of Finance from 5 July 2012[2][3] serving until 10 June 2014.[4] As every Governor of an IMF member country, he is on the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Stournaras received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Athens in 1978. He received a Master's degree (MPhil) and doctorate (DPhil) in economic theory and policy from the University of Oxford in 1980 and 1982 respectively.[6][7]

Academic career[edit]

From 1982 to 1986, Stournaras worked as a lecturer and research fellow at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and as a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.[7] He then returned to Greece where he worked as a special advisor to the Ministry of Finance from 1986 to 1989, to the Bank of Greece from 1989 to 1994, and for the Ministry of Finance again from 1994 to 2000.[6]

Stournaras served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1994 to July 2000.[7] In this capacity he helped formulate the Greece's macroeconomic policy in the run-up to Greece's accession to the European Monetary Union (Eurozone), and represented the Ministry of Finance at the Monetary Committee (now Economic and Financial Committee) of the European Union. He was also responsible for consultations with other international and supranational organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.[6]

Stournaras has been a professor of economics at the University of Athens, which he joined in 1989. He is the director of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), a Greek think-tank.[6]


Political offices
Preceded by
George Zanias
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Gikas Hardouvelis
Government offices
Preceded by
George Provopoulos
Governor of the Bank of Greece