Professor Gikas A. Hardouvelis was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank's Board of Directors in July 2021.
Professor Hardouvelis is an economist with a domestic and international career in academia, central banking, banking, and government. He served as Research Adviser & Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1987-1993) and as Adviser to the Bank of Greece (1994-1995), where he also acted as Alternate to the Governor at the European Monetary Institute (precursor to the ECB). Between 1996 and 2004 he held the post of Director of Strategic Planning & Research & Group Chief Economist of the National Bank of Greece, where he helped the bank transformation into a competitive institution and its expansion abroad. Later from 2005 to 2014 he became the Group Chief Economist, Head of Economic Research and Member of the Executive Committee of Eurobank. In the past he has also been a member of the Academic Council of the Hellenic Banks Association (HBA), its President and the HBA EBF-EMAC representative. He has also a long-standing academic career and has served in senior government positions, such as Director of the Economic Office of the Prime Minister (2000-2004, 2011-2012), and Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic (June 2014 - January 2015).
His academic work extends in the fields of Finance and Macroeconomics with a focus on the yield curve, margin requirements, bank credibility, the EMU and monetary policy. It has been published in the AER, QJE, J. Finance, RFS and other prestigious top-ranking academic journals.
He is currently Professor of Finance and Economics in the Department of Banking and Financial Management of the University of Piraeus in Greece, First Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation of Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Member of the Board of Trustees of Anatolia College, Member of the Academic Council of Cyprus International Institute of Management, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.
Professor Hardouvelis holds a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) and a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University (1978), as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (1985).