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HKS establishes professorship on the international financial system

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With the world’s attention focused on global financial reform and responsibility, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is establishing a professorship dedicated to addressing the challenges of the international financial system. Launched with gifts totaling $4 million, the professorship is named for international financial consultant and HKS alumnus Minos A. Zombanakis, M.P.A. ’56, A.M. ’57. The Minos A. Zombanakis Professorship of the International Financial System will inaugurate a new area of interdisciplinary study at the Kennedy School.

The Zombanakis Professorship will support a professor and visiting professors of practice whose research and teaching illuminate major policy issues and challenges of the international financial system and serve as a platform for addressing the international monetary system and financial regulation, the role of multilateral institutions including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and vehicles for international cooperation such as the G-20 (Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors) forum. The Harvard University Professorship Challenge Fund has provided a $1 million matching contribution.

“Harvard Kennedy School is deeply grateful to Mr. Zombanakis and his many friends for this endeavor,” said David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and dean of HKS. “Addressing the global financial challenges of today is a top priority for policymakers throughout the world. In establishing this timely professorship, the Kennedy School will better prepare and teach future leaders and professionals as they grapple with the complexities of global markets, regulation, and international finance.”

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