João Ferreira do Amaral - Professor of Economics and Economic Policy at ISEG (School of Economics and Management) at the University of Lisbon (retired). He was economic adviser to the President of the Republic of Portugal (1991-2000) and a member of the Economic Policy Committee of the EEC (1986-89). He is currently a member of the Economic and Social Council of Portugal. He wrote seven books on economics, economic policy and European integration, the more recent one being Porque devemos sair do euro (Why We Should Leave the Euro), Lisbon 2013. João Ferreira do Amaral is a Portuguese national.
Alberto Bagnai - Associate professor of Economic Policy in the Department of Economics at the Gabriele d’Annunzio University in Pescara (Italy), and research associate at CREAM (Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée à la Mondialisation, University of Rouen). His research interests focus on the sustainability of public and external debt in emerging countries; he worked as a consultant for UNECA on issues related to the macroeconomic convergence in African monetary unions. In an effort to contribute to the public understanding of the economic issues, he runs since November 2011 a blog (http://goofynomics.blogspot.com), and contributes to “Il Fatto Quotidiano” as a blogger and columnist. His latest book “Il tramonto dell’euro” (“The sunset of the euro”), published in 2012, has revived the debate on the costs and benefits of the Eurozone in Italy. Alberto Bagnai is an Italian national.
Frits Bolkestein was a member of the European Commission from September 1999 until November 2004, responsible for the internal market, taxation and the customs union. He started his political career in 1978. For many years Frits Bolkestein served as a Member of Parliament for the VVD, the Dutch Liberal Party. He was Minister of Foreign Trade and Minister of Defense. He studied mathematics, philosophy, Greek and economics at the Universities of Oregon (USA), Amsterdam and London. In 1965 he received his master’s degree in law at the University of Leiden. Frits Bolkestein is a Dutch national.
Claudio Borghi Aquilini - Professor in Financial Markets at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. His work experience includes high managerial positions in the financial sector in Italy. He served as Managing Director and head of Italian Equity Product in Deutsche Bank Ag - Milan (2001-2008) and previously as the Milan Head of Equity Trading in Merrill Lynch. Currently contributes to ‘Il Giornale’ as a commentator. Claudio Borghi Aquilini is an Italian national.
Brigitte Granville - Professor of International Economics and Economic Policy in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, where she is also Director of the Centre for Globalization Research (CGR). At various times, she has been a consultant on economic issues - notably monetary policy - in a range of emerging markets and developing countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Ivory Coast. These consultancy assignments were commissioned by the respective governments or by public sector organizations such as the European Commission or the World Bank. In 1992-94, Brigitte was a member of an economic policy advisory team directed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs that worked for the Russian Ministry of Finance. In this period she played a leading role in making the case for the dismantlement of the ruble zone that comprised several former Soviet republics following the collapse of the Soviet Union itself. Her latest book ‘Remembering inflation’ was published by Princeton University Press. A French national, Brigitte Granville was appointed in 2007 Chevalier des Palmes Académiques - an honour awarded by the French government for services to education.
Mojmír Hampl - Vice-Governor of the Czech National Bank (CNB) appointed for the second six-year term in 2012. Vice-Governor of the CNB since 2008 and a member of the CNB’s Board since 2006. In 2004–2006, he served as Chief Executive Director of the Czech Consolidation Agency, a state-run bad bank. In 2002–2004, he worked as an economist at Česká Spořitelna – ERSTE Bank Group and also an external adviser to the Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic in an expert group preparing a public finance reform proposal. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration at the University of Economics, Prague in 1998. He defended his doctoral thesis at the same faculty in 2004. In 2000–2001 he studied economics at postgraduate level at the University of Surrey in the UK. Mojmir Hampl is a Czech national.
Hans-Olaf Henkel - Professor of International Management at the University of Mannheim. A former president of the Federation of German Industry – BDI (1995-2000). Worked in IBM since 1962, head of IBM Germany (1987-1992), subsequently the CEO of IBM Europe (1993-94). From 2001 to 2005 served as the President of the Leibniz-Society. Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur in 2002. Hans-Olaf Henkel is a German national.
Stefan Kawalec - CEO of Capital Strategy, a strategy consulting company in Poland. In 1989-1994 had a significant role in the preparation and the implementation of the economic stabilization and transformation program of the Polish economy as the Chief Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Leszek Balcerowicz, and subsequently as vice-minister of finance. An active member of the democratic opposition and the Solidarity movement under communist system in Poland. Co-author of the paper: S. Kawalec, E. Pytlarczyk, ‘Controlled Dismantlement of the Eurozone: A Strategy to Save the European Union and the Single European Market’, German Economic Review, February 2013. Stefan Kawalec is a Polish national.
Michael Kelpanides - Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki teaching currently at the Postgraduate Level of Studies. Considerable part of his past work was focused on the criticism of Marxism (Das Scheitern der Marxschen Theorie und der Aufstieg des westlichen Neomarxismus, 1999). His most recent publication: Politische Union ohne europaischen Demos? Die fehlende Gemeinschaft der Europaer als Hindernis der politischen Integration, November 2013. Michael Kelpanides is a Greek national.
Jens Nordvig - Managing Director, serves as Head of Fixed Income Research, Americas and Global Head of Currency Strategy at Nomura, the global investment bank. Previously, he worked as a Senior Currency Strategist at Bridgewater Associates and as a Senior Global Markets Economist at Goldman Sachs. He was ranked #1 in Currency/Foreign Exchange research in the 2012 Institutional Investor All America Fixed Income Survey. Jens Nordvig is a Danish national.
Peter Oppenheimer, after beginning his career at the Bank for International Settlements, Basle, in the early 1960s, mainly taught economics at Christ Church, Oxford where he is now an "Emeritus Student", ie retired Fellow. In the mid-1980s he was seconded as Chief Economist at Royal-Dutch Shell. He has experience as a non-executive director in a variety of business enterprises, including electrical retailing, publishing, journalism, finance, and commodity trading. During the 1990s he was extensively involved in consultancy work in the former Soviet Union, chiefly the Russian Federation. He also takes an interest in the education sector, including governorship of secondary schools, and the wasteful and low-grade standards of administration currently afflicting Oxford University. Peter Oppenheimer is a British national.
Ernest Pytlarczyk – Chief Economist of BRE Bank S.A. (Commerzbank’s subsidiary and the fourth biggest commercial bank in Poland) where he directs the company's research. He started his career as a financial markets analyst with BRE Bank in 2002 he was a research assistant at the University of Hamburg (Institute for Business Cycles) and researcher at the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt am Main. Co-author of the paper: S. Kawalec, E. Pytlarczyk, ‘Controlled Dismantlement of the Eurozone: A Strategy to Save the European Union and the Single European Market’, German Economic Review, February 2013. Ernest Pytlarczyk is a Polish national.
Antonio Maria Rinaldi - Professor of Corporate Finance at the Gabriele d'Annunzio University in Pescara (Italy) and of Corporate & Investment Banking at the Link Campus University in Rome (Italy). He served as officer at the CONSOB (Italian Securities and Exchange Commission) and General Director (1986-1993) of the SOFID (ENI's Head Financial Group). Author of "Il Fallimento dell'Euro?" (2011), "Euro's Failure?" and "Europa Kaputt" (2013). Antonio Maria Rinaldi is an Italian national.
Jean-Jacques Rosa - Professor of Economics and Finance (Emeritus). University Professor, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1978-2009. Director and founder, Ph.D. program in economics, Sciences Po Paris, 1978-2004. Editor of the economic section "Cheminement du Futur", Le Figaro, 1987-2001. Awarded by the title of the " Economist of the Year" 1995 by Le Nouvel Economiste. Jean-Jacques Rosa is a French national.
Jacques Sapir - Professor of economics at the EHESS-Paris and visiting professor at MSE-MGU (Moscow). He was jointly trained in political sciences and economics at IEP-Paris and wrote his "short" PhD on Labour Management in inter-wars Soviet Union, and his "long" PhD on Investment Cycles in post-war Soviet Union. He worked at Nanterre University before joining the EHESS where he became head of the CEMI-EHESS in 1997. He was one of the very few economists to predict the Russian Krach of 1998. Since then he specialised both on the Russian economic model and on macro-economic consequences of the EMU. He runs a quite active blog RussEurope(http://russeurope.hypotheses.org/ ). His latest books: Faut-il Sortir de l'euro, Paris, Le Seuil, 2012, translated in Italian. La Transition Vingt Ans Après (with MM. Ivanter, Kuvalin and Nekipelov), Paris-Genève, Les Syrtes, 2012 (in process of translation to Russian). Jacques Sapir is a French national.
Juan Francisco Martín Seco – Academic lecturer in Introduction to Economics, Theory of Population and Public Finance. He belongs to the Corps of Comptrollers and Auditors (Spanish Ministry of Finance) and the Inspection of Credit Unions (Banco de España). He performed the duties of the Comptroller General of the General State Administration and the Secretary General of Finance. Columnist in various newspapers and magazines: “El País”, “Cinco Días”, “Gaceta de los negocios”, “Diario 16”. He belonged to the editorial board of "El Mundo" and “Público”. Currently a columnist for the newspaper “República”. Author of numerous books, including the latest: “La trastienda de la crisis” (2010), “¿Para qué servimos los economistas? (2010), “Economía. Mentiras y trampas” (2012), “Contra el euro” (2013). Juan Francisco Martín Seco is a Spanish national.
Antoni Soy - Professor of Applied Economy at the University of Barcelona. His research is focused on industrial policy and clusters mainly in European countries and regions, and the current worldwide crisis and in particular the Eurozone crisis. He holds Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA) from ESADE (2004-05) and a PhD in Economic and Business Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona (1994). He served as the Deputy Minister of Industry and Enterprise in the Government of Catalunya from December 2006 to January 2011. He has been consultant for various Directorates of the European Commission among other international institutions. Antoni Soy is from Catalonia in Spain.
Alfred Steinherr – Professor in the School of Economics and Management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Founding Rector of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (1998-2003): Chief Economist and Director General, Economics and Information Directorate, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg (1995-2001). He served also in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington and as Economic Advisor to the Commission of the European Union. Alfred Steinherr is a German national.
Jean-Pierre Vesperini – professor of the Faculty of Law and Economic Science of the Universtiy of Rouen and former member of the Prime Minister’s Council of Economic Analysis, previously also professor at Sciences Po Paris and HEC. He has published many books on political economy, macro-economic theory and international economy. His latest book is titled “L’euro” (Dalloz, 2013). Jean-Pierre Vesperini is a French national.