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 MinisterAntonis Samaras
Alexis Tsipras
Vassiliki Thanou
Alexis Tsipras
Preceded byGeorge Provopoulos
Minister of Finance
In office
5 July 2012 – 10 June 2014
Prime MinisterAntonis Samaras
Preceded byGeorge Zanias
Succeeded byGikas Hardouvelis
Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping
In office
17 May 2012 – 21 June 2012
Prime MinisterPanagiotis Pikrammenos
Preceded byAnna Diamantopoulou
Succeeded byKostis Chatzidakis (Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks)
Personal details
Born (1956-12-10) 10 December 1956 (age 61)
Athens, Greece
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Athens
St Catherine's College, 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 Organisation for Economic Co-operation 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]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ Stournaras confirmed as next Governor of the Bank of Greece 11 June 2014
  2. ^ "Greek PM Samaras names prominent economist Yiannis Stournaras as new finance minister". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 June 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Ο Γ. Στουρνάρας νέος υπουργός Οικονομικών" (in Greek). Kathimerini. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Greek PM appoints economist Hardouvelis as new finance minister". Reuters. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ "IMF Official Website - Board of Governors". I.M.F. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Yiannis Stournaras: A brief bio of the new finance chief". Kathimerini. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Yannis Stournaras". Bank of Greece. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ Appointment of the Members of the Appointment Advisory Committee European Investment Bank (EIB), press release of February 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Members International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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