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Athanasios Orphanides

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Former Governor Central Bank of Cyprus,
Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management


Athanasios Orphanides is Co-Chair of Asia School of Business and Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also an Honorary Advisor to the Bank of Japan’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability.

His research interests are on central banking, finance, and political economy and he has published extensively on these topics. Before joining MIT Sloan, he held positions at central banks in the United States and in Europe. From May 2007 to May 2012, he served a five-year term as Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus and was a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. Following the creation of the European Systemic Risk Board in 2010, he was elected a member of its first Steering Committee. Earlier, he served as Senior Advisor at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where he had started his professional career as an economist.

Athanasios Orphanides obtained undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics as well as a PhD in economics from MIT.