Georgios P. Kouretas is currently Professor of Banking and Finance at the Department of Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on European Economic Policy. He is Director of the Master of Business Administration-MBA (Sep. 2012-present). He has been Director of the Ph.D. Programme of the Department of Business Administration (Oct. 2008-Jan. 2014). He obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of Piraeus (1981), M.A in Economics from the University of Notre Dame (1983), M.A. in Economics from Wayne State University (1985), and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Birmingham (1988). He has been a member of staff at the Department of Economics, University of Crete (1991-2007) and he has also been Visiting Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business, Technical University of Crete, University of Cyprus and Technical and Educational Institute of Crete. Furthermore, he has been Research Fellow at Michigan State University (Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and NATO Post-Doctoral Research Fellow; 1994-1995) and the European University Institute, Florence (2000). He has served as Director of the Centre of European Studies and Research at the University of Crete (November 2004-February 2006). He has over 70 publications in refereed international journals and collective volumes, numerous contributions in international conferences, he has acted as referee for international journals in economics and finance and he has been co-organizer of several international conferences, workshops and summer schools. He is co-organizer of the internationally recognized for their high quality Annual Conference on Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance and Advanced Summer School in Economics and Econometrics. Invited speaker to a number of a large number of leading universities such as: University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, London School of Economics, London Business School, Warwick Business School, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, European University Institute, University of Bern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Luxemburg, Free University of Amsterdam as well as Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Central Bank of Cyprus. Furthermore, He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Asymmetries and Panoeconomicus and he has acted as guest editor for high quality international journals in economics and finance, Journal of Financial Stability, Economic Modelling, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Banking and Finance, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Review of International Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Journal of Finance and Economics, Open Economies Review and Journal of Common Market Studies. He has been the coordinator of the Human Capital Improvement Marie Curie Development Host Programme at the Department of Economics of the University of Crete (2000-2007) and he participates in a large number of European and Greek funded research projects. His main research interests are: Banking, International finance, European financial markets and monetary issues, international money and capital markets, open economy macroeconomics, portfolio management, financial management, applied econometrics and quantitative economic history.