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Vanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis


Yanis Varoufakis is the charismatic former Greek Minister of Finance and one of the driving forces behind the Syriza party’s anti-austerity policies. Described the the Guardian as the ‘bad-boy of anti-capitalism’, Yanis is an important figure in current debates around the European financial crisis, notably putting forward the view that bailout packages were short-term measures that would have damaging effects in the long-term on countries like Greece. Yanis resigned from his post after seven months as the Greek Minister of Finance, viewing the governments agreement to the bailout terms as a ‘surrender’.

Yanis studied mathematical economics after being advised to switch from his previous focus on mathematical physics, by economist Andres Papandreou – who would go on to become the Greek Prime minister. Yanis graduated with a PhD in economics from Essex University in 1987, and continued to work in academia, teaching in a number of esteemed universities across the globe, including Essex, East Anglia, Cambridge, Sydney and Athens. He has also worked with video-game company Valve Corporation, whose ownership of the Steam platform has made them one of the most powerful and forward-thinking entertainment companies in the world.

Yanis has published several books and is considered one of the world’s leading voices on game theory, his published works include The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy, where he traces the origins of the global economic crisis, claiming its roots go far deeper than most commentators presumptions.

Yanis is also an accomplished speaker, able to blend real economic insight with his personal story, sharing his thoughts on Marxism, the Eurozone and Greece’s current plight.


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