George Tavlas

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

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 and has also been a Member of the General Council and the Monetary Policy Council of the Bank of Greece since 2014. In this capacity, he has 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. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hellenic Corporation for Assets and Participations (HCAP), the sovereign wealth fund of the Greek government. In this role, he has been contributing 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 is the Editor-in-Chief of Open Economies Review, (published by Springer) and a Visiting Professor at Leicester University. He has been 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, the Hoover Institution, and Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy.

Tavlas is also an active researcher in the areas of monetary policy, monetary doctrine, and time-series econometrics, with numerous academic publications.

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

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