| INTRODUCTION || CONFERENCE PROGRAMME || SPEAKERS || INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION |
- Ph.D Peter Backé
Economist and lawyer by profession. In 1982, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna. In 1989, he received M.A. in International Affairs at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University, Italy. Employed with the Oesterreichische Nationalbank since 1990. In 2003-2004, worked at the European Central Bank where he supervised research on the preparation of the new EU Member States to join the euro area. The research led to the publication by the ECB of The Acceding Countries' Strategies Towards ERM II and the Adoption of the Euro: An Analytical Review. Has been Deputy Director of the Foreign Research Division of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank since 2007. Prepares referee reports for the "Economic Systems" journal and "Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review".
- Professor Willem Buiter
A world-famous economist. He is Professor of European Political Economy at the London School of Economics. Formerly lectured at the University of Cambridge, Yale University and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Distinguished expert in monetary and fiscal policy and banking issues. In 1979, he was a consultant to the International Monetary Fund. In 1997-2000, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. In 2000-2005, Mr. Buiter was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has published widely for most prestigious journals, including "Journal of International Economics", and authored textbooks and books on monetary and fiscal policy issues.
- Professor Barry Eichengreen
A world-famous economist. Currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. His research topics include capital flows, integration processes in Europe and Asia, as well as the international monetary system. Closely cooperates with the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and also with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). Books on the history of economics (the period of the Great Depression in the 1930s, in particular), and of the gold standard and gold bullion standard feature prominently in the scholarly achievements of Prof. Eichengreen. In the 1990s, Mr. Eichengreen was a Senior Policy Advisor for the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of many books and academic articles (i.a. on the pages of "International Journal of Finance and Economics" and "Oxford Review of Economic Policy"). He often writes for "Financial Times" and "Handelsblatt".
- Professor Jeffrey Frankel
A world-famous economist. He is Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Former lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan and Yale University. His past appointment includes the Federal Reserve Board. Appointed by President Bill Clinton to his Council of Economic Advisers. Author of many books and articles in most respected journals ("CATO Journal" or "Economic Policy"). Cooperates with the European Central Bank. He is the author (with Menzie Chinn) of a well-known article on the international role of the euro. They claim that the euro may surpass the dollar as leading international currency over the next 15 years.
- Professor Paul de Grauwe
A world-famous economist is permanently employed by Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven and London's Centre for Economic Policy Research. His past appointments included the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the central bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve Board. Lectured at established universities (the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan). Author of many books and publications (e.g. on the pages of "International Journal of Finance and Economics", "Review of International Economics" or "International Finance"). His most famous book is the textbook ("Economics of Monetary Union") which is very popular among students of economics worldwide. He writes for "Financial Times".
- Professor Jakob de Haan
Professor of Political Economy at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In his research he concentrates on monetary policy, exchange rate issues and on communication channels applied by major central banks.
- Professor Ronald McKinnon
A world-famous economist whose area of interest is the world economy. Lectures at Stanford University. One of the three, Robert Mundell and Peter Kenen, authors of a theory of the optimum currency area. An expert in international monetary system issues. He has spent much time on researching the foreign exchange rates of the American dollar, Japanese yen and European currencies. He is currently researching the exchange policy policies of China. An expert in currency convertibility. Author of many publications, regarded as a must for the economist. He regularly contributes to "The Economist" and "Financial Times".
- Professor Andrew Rose
A world-famous economist. Teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. Had also held positions at Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. The author of the concept of the endogeneity of the optimum currency areas. A recognized expert in international trade theory. He has cooperated with many central banks from, among others, England, Japan, Israel and the United States, and also with the European Central Bank. The author of numerous textbooks and publications in most prestigious journals. In his research he primarily focuses on the impact of the functioning of a monetary union on trade. His articles and papers have been printed on the pages of "American Economic Review" and "Journal of International Money and Finance".
- Ph.D Christoph Rosenberg
An IMF expert focusing on emerging economies. Head of the IMF's regional office for Central Europe and the Baltics since February 2005. Joined the IMF in 1993. For the first three years he worked in the department for Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Then, he was Resident Representative in Uzbekistan. Had been a lecturer at the University of Regensburg, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. The author of many publications on the emerging economies for IMF papers and other prestigious journals ("European Economic Review", "Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics").
- Susan Schadler
She is a freelance consultant. In the past, she headed the IMF mission in Poland. In 2005 the IMF published Adopting the Euro in Central and Eastern Europe. Challenges of the Next Step in European Integration, with Schadler being one of the editors of this occasional paper. The publication reverberated both in the world of science and of economic policy decision-makers in that part of Europe.
- Professor Anne Sibert
Professor and Head of the School of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also Research Fellow at Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. A consultant of the European Parliament in the field of economic and monetary policy. In her research work she has written extensively on central banking, public finances and first of all on a monetary union. She has published widely for such prestigious journals as "European Economic Review", "Journal of International Economics" or "Journal of Money, Credit and Banking".