Giannis Stournaras graduated from the Department of Economics of the University of Athens in 1978. He obtained a Master's and Doctorate (MPhil 1980, DPhil 1982) from the University of Oxford, where he worked from 1981 to 1985 as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at K. St. Catherine΄s and as a researcher at the Institute of Energy Studies. Today he is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. In the period 1986-1989 he worked as a special advisor to the Ministry of Economy and Finance in matters of Public Enterprises and Revenue Policy and then to the Bank of Greece (1989-1994) in matters of Monetary Policy. As Chairman of the Council of Economic Experts of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, from 1994 to July 2000, he participated in the design of macroeconomic and structural policies, representing the Ministry in the Monetary Committee of the European Union. In addition, from July 2012 to June 2014 he was Minister of Finance.