George Papaconstantinou is Chair at the School of Transnational Governance and Director of the School's executive education programme.
He is an economist who holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has served government at the highest level, as cabinet minister, Member of Parliament and Member of European Parliament (MEP). As Greece’s Finance Minister and subsequently Minister of Environment and Energy, he guided implementation of an ambitious and wide-ranging governance reform programme relating to budget and revenue processes, market liberalisation, publicly owned corporations and the divestment of state assets, as well as for the transition to clean energy and a green economy.
In the earlier part of his career, he was a senior economist at the OECD, subsequently served in a policy advisory capacity for the Greek government, was a Board member of the largest telecoms company in Greece, taught at the Athens University of Economics and Business and consulted for the European Commission and international think-tanks. Since leaving public office, his work has focused on economic and financial policy-related analysis and governance issues. He has recently published 'Whatever It Takes - The Battle for Post-Crisis Europe'.
At the STG, and in collaboration with the EUI Robert Schuman Centre, Professor Papaconstantinou is leading the Transformation of Global Governance project, a major research and policy analysis endeavour. Its aim is to decipher the transformation of global governance underway in a series of fields and to assess the effectiveness of the emerging global governance arrangements.