Yanis Varoufakis


Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis served as Minister of Finance of Greece in 2015. Varoufakis has taught economics at a number of universities around the world including the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia, the University of Sydney and the University of Athens, and the University of Texas at Austin.

“Beneath the specific events that I experienced, I recognised a universal story – the story of what happens when human beings find themselves at the mercy of cruel circumstances that have been generated by an inhuman, mostly unseen network of power relations.”

– Yanis Varoufakis

Varoufakis also spent a year as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge and was the Economist-in-Residence at Valve Corporation. Varoufakis also served as economic advisor to George Papandreou, then Leader of the Opposition from 2004-06. In January 2015, Yanis Varoufakis was appointed finance minister by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Varoufakis resigned as Finance Minister on 6 July 2015.

Yanis Varoufakis studied economics in the UK, at the University of Essex and mathematical statistics at the University of Birmingham. He has a PhD in economics. Varoufakis has written several books on game theory, microeconomics and macroeconomics.