Weathering the Pandemic: the emerging financial landscape in South East Europe

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory and LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

Online public event


Dr Anthony Bartzokas

Dr Anthony Bartzokas

Fokion Karavias

Fokion Karavias

Francis Malige

Francis Malige

Dr Debora Revoltella

Dr Debora Revoltella

Professor Boris Vujcic

Professor Boris Vujcic


Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

What are the forces reshaping finance in South East Europe? What are the lessons learned from the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the prospects for banks during the recovery phase? How technology and nonfinancial corporations are transforming the banking sector?

A panel of experts from the region will discuss key challenges from the build-up of vulnerabilities, proposals by various institutions for future action and the role that banks and investors could play towards building back better after the pandemic.

Meet our speakers and chair

Anthony Bartzokas in an economist by training with extensive experience in academia and policy relevant research. He has worked for 27 years on financial systems, corporate investment, and innovation dynamics with financial support from international institutions and continuous interaction with Multilateral Development Banks, the EU and UN agencies. Professor Bartzokas is Associate Professor at the University of Athens and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the Hellenic Observatory at LSE.

Fokion Karavias is Chief Executive Officer at Eurobank and a Member of the Board of Directors. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Eurobank Ergasias Services & Holdings S.A., member of the BoD of Eurobank Private Bank Luxembourg S.A. and of the Hellenic Bank Association. He started his career in banking in 1991, at JP Morgan, in New York, in the market risk management division. In 1994, he joined Citibank. In 1997, he joined Eurobank, as head of fixed income and derivatives trading. In 2000, he became Treasurer at Telesis Investment Bank. 

Francis Malige (@FrancisMalige) is the Managing Director, Financial Institutions for the EBRD since 2018. He leads the Bank’s investments in the financial sector, including banks as well as insurance companies, non-bank financial institutions and capital market infrastructure companies, across three continents. A French national, Mr Malige joined the EBRD in February 2010 as a Director in the Financial Institutions team. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Managing Director, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

Debora Revoltella (@DeboraRevoltel1) is Director of the Economics Department of the EIB since 2011, serving as Chief Economist. She led the work for flagship publications like the EIB Investment Report and launched the idea for the design of the EIB Investment Survey, a unique asset to understand investment dynamics in Europe.

Boris Vujčić is the Governor of the Croatian National Bank since July 2012. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zagreb. Mr Vujčić has been a Deputy Chief Negotiator in Republic of Croatia’s negotiations with the European Union 2005-2012. He was also a member of the Global Development Network (GDN) Board in the same period, and a member of the Steering Committee of the ESRB in the period between 2016-2019. 

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis is Associate Professor in Political Economy and Director of LSEE: Research on South Eastern Europe.

More about this event

The Hellenic Observatory (@HO_LSE) is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.

LSEE (@LSEE_LSE) was officially launched at the start of the 2009-10 academic year as a research unit established within LSE's European Institute. Over the last several years LSEE has developed the School's expertise on South East Europe, drawing on the strength of existing and new academic expertise at the LSE.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series imagining what the world could look like after the crisis, and how we get there. The series will lead up to the LSE Festival 2022, which this year is taking place from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 June 2022.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEPostCOVID

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