Gikas A. Hardouvelis is Professor of Finance and Economics in the Department of Banking and Financial Management of the University of Piraeus in Greece. From June 2014 to January 2015 he served as the Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic.
Hardouvelis is Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, member of the Board of the Multinational Finance Society, member of the Academic Council of the Cyprus International Institute of Management, President of the Scholarship Committee of the Hellenic Harvard Foundation, and a Trustee of Anatolia College.
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics (1985) from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.Sc. & B.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics (1978) from Harvard University. He was Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University from 1983 to 1989, and Associate Professor and subsequently Full Professor of Finance in the School of Business of Rutgers University (1989-1993).
He served as Research Adviser & Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1987-1993) and as Adviser to the Bank of Greece for the next two years (1994-1995), where he also acted as Second Alternate to the Governor at the European Monetary Institute (precursor to the ECB).
Between 1996 and 2000 he held the post of Chief Economist at the National Bank of Greece, where he restructured the Economic Analysis Division, created the Risk Management Division, the Assets-Liabilities Management Department, and the Investors Relations Department. Later from 2005 to 2014 he became the Chief Economist, Head of Economic Research and Member of the Executive Committee of the EUROBANK Group. He has also been member and President of the Academic Council of the Hellenic Banks Association and its EBF-EMAC representative.
Hardouvelis was a member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for the Economic & Industrial Research from 2010 to 2012, played a critical role in the establishment of the Athens Derivatives Exchange as an original member of its Board of Directors (1997-2000), and was a member of Board of Directors of National Securities, S.A. from 1995 to 2000. As a member of the Governing Council of the newly established University of Peloponnese (2000-2004), he was responsible for setting up its Economics Department.
Prior to serving as Minister of Finance, he had served as Director of the Economic Office of the Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos from November 2011 to May 2012, and of Prime Minister Costas Simitis from May 2000 to March 2004.
His academic work extends in the fields of Finance and Macroeconomics and is published in many internationally renowned journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Business, and others. He was included in the Hall of Fame of the top-50 individual publishers worldwide in applied econometrics over the period 1989 to 1995. (See p. 432, in Badi H. Baltagi, “Applied Econometrics Rankings: 1989-1995”, Journal of Applied Econometrics 1999, Vol. 14, pp. 423-441).