George S. Tavlas has represented Greece at the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (as the Alternate to the Governor of the Bank of Greece) since 2008. He was the Director General of the Bank of Greece from 2010 to 2013, and was a Member of the General Council and the Monetary Policy Council of the Bank of Greece from 2014 to 2020. He participated in the management and resolution of the sovereign and banking crises in Greece. He was involved in the process of Greece's entry into the Eurozone as a key advisor to the Greek central bank's governors at the time. Tavlas was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hellenic Corporation for Assets and Participations (HCAP), the sovereign wealth fund of the Greek government from 2016 to 2019. In this role, he contributed to the design and implementation of the framework responsible for the privatization of state own enterprises in Greece as well as for the overall management of the large portfolio of state- owned assets in Greece.

Before joining the Bank of Greece, Tavlas was a Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund. He also worked as a senior economist at the U.S. Department of State, and as an advisor for the World Bank and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.

He has been Editor-in-Chief of Open Economies Review, (published by Springer) since 2005. He was a Visiting Professor at Leicester University, and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, the Reserve Bank of South Africa, the LeBow School of Business at Drexel University, the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, and Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy.

Tavlas is an active researcher in the areas of monetary policy, monetary doctrine, and time-series econometrics, with numerous academic publications. His book, The Monetarists: The Making of the Chicago Monetary Tradition, 1927–1960, was published by the University of Chicago Press in June 2023.

Tavlas earned his B.S. from Babson College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University.

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