(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, 25-Feb-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — The EBRD names Beata Javorcik to succeed Sergei Guriev as Chief Economist. She will join the Bank on 1 September 2019.
Beata Javorcik is the first woman to hold a Statutory Professorship in Economics at the University of Oxford. She is a managing editor of the academic quarterly Economic Policy and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. A Royal Economic Society’s Executive Committee member and a Director of the International Trade Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. Ms Javorcik is a Polish national and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale.
“I know that Beata Javorcik will make a huge contribution to the Bank’s work. As Chief Economist she will help to drive the positive impact that the EBRD makes in the countries where it invests in improving lives.” — EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti
“I am very excited to take up this fascinating position at the EBRD. It will provide me with the unique opportunity to participate in the work of this important institution. My research explores how transition economies and developing countries can harness globalisation to stimulate economic growth. As EBRD Chief Economist I look forward to making a concrete contribution for the benefit of the Bank’s countries of operations.” — Beata Javorcik
At the World Bank Ms Javorcik focused on research, lending operations and policy advice, before taking up her position at Oxford University. Ms Javorcik is familiar with the EBRD as she has participated in the Bank’s Annual Meetings and launches of EBRD’s flagship publication on economics, Transition Report. She was also involved in the 2016 review of the EBRD’s transition concept, which guides its operations.
The current Chief Economist Sergei Guriev has been in the position at EBRD since January 2016 and will return as Professor of Economics at Sciences Po in Paris.