Yanis Varoufakis came into public prominence when he served as Minister of Finance in Greece in 2015. Teaching economic theory at the University of Athens, he challenges mainstream notions, arguing that after the financial crash of 2008 we need a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism. He uses his knowledge and experiences to aid businesses through their own economic risks and opportunities.
Yanis Varoufakis came into public prominence when he served as Minister of Finance in Greece in 2015, and he has taught economic theory at the University of Athens since the beginning of the millennium.
After the financial crash of 2008, he began to challenge mainstream notions, arguing that we need a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism, he continues to pioneer this vein of thought to this day. One of the foremost economics speakers, he uses his knowledge and experiences to aid businesses through their own economic risks and opportunities.
Born in Greece, Yanis moved to the UK for his studies. He read mathematics at the University of Essex, did a postgraduate degree in mathematical statistics at the University of Birmingham and returned to Essex for his a PhD in economics.
Following university, he began a career in academic economics, teaching at the universities of Essex, East Anglia, Cambridge between 1982 and 1988, and at the University of Sydney until 2000.
He returned to Greece that year to teach at the University of Athens, where he led a doctoral program and was promoted to full professor in 2005.
Following this, Yanis had periods of advising George Papandreou and working as the economist-in-residence for Valve Corporation before moving to the United States to teach at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published a number of academic and more accessible texts on economics and game theory, such as The Global Minotaur.
Bringing together the worlds of economics and politics in 2015, Yanis was appointed as the Minister of Finance, and led negotiation with Greece's creditors during the Greek government-debt crisis, during this time he became adept at negotiating with Eurogroup, seeing first-hand how to deal with the institution. He resigned from this role in July of 2015. This stint came to an end as he refused to sign a loan agreement that sentenced Greece to a debt-deflationary cycle.
Yanis has since appeared in numerous debates, lectures, and interviews. In February 2016, he launched the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25).
A highly knowledgeable speaker in economic theory, finance and the European Union, he can educate a business audience on the future of monetary markets.
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