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Yanis Varoufakis

Former Finance Minister of Greece

Yanis Varoufakis is an economist who served as Minister of Finance of Greece in 2015. He had a short but remarkable career at the top of European politics, storming from relative obscurity to headline news before resigning, all within six months. He stepped down as Greek Finance Minister, after the country's bailout referendum delivered the decisive "no" he had campaigned for. He is Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens and a private consultant for Valve Corporation.

"The voice and face of the Greek economic situation"

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In detail

Varoufakis was inspired to study economics after he met Andreas Papandreou, Greece's first socialist Prime Minister. After training in mathematics and statistics, he received his PhD in economics in 1987 at the University of Essex. In 2015, the International University College of Turin awarded to Varoufakis a Honorary Professorship in Comparative Law Economics and Finance for his extraordinary theoretical contribution to the understanding of the global economic crisis. From January 2004 to December 2006 he was an advisor to Papandreou's government.

What he offers you

The anti-austerity economics Professor, Yanis Varoufakis explains the global economic challenges that countries are facing including the Greek debt crisis. A remarkable economist and change maker he led the negotiations between his country and the European Union for financial assistance.

How he presents

Yanis combines authority and deep knowledge with an ability to explain complex economic issues in an easy to understand way. He is a world-class public speaker.


He presents in Greek and English.

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  • Rethinking Economics and Politics
  • New Ways in a Modern Europe
  • Global Financial Crisis
  • Dealing with Change


  • 2015
    The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy
  • 2013
    Economic Indeterminacy
  • 2011
    The Global Minotaur
  • Modern Political Economics
  • 2007
    The Globalising Wall

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