Speakers at Athens Investment Summit

Dr. Jens Bastian

Independent Economic Policy Analyst

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Dr. Jens Bastian is an experienced economic consultant and financial sector analyst for Southeast Europe.  He was Chief Economist for the European Agency for Reconstruction and a member of the EU Task Force for Greece, working on bank recapitalisation, foreign investments and access to finance for SMEs.

Between 2005 and 2008, Dr. Bastian was Chief Economist for the European Agency for Reconstruction in the Western Balkans, managing and evaluating projects regarding European Union integration perspectives for Kosovo, Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro.

From 2011 – 2013, Dr. Bastian was a member of the European Commission Task Force for Greece. Based in Athens, he worked closely with Greek ministries, regulatory authorities and public institutions. His responsibilities included facilitating, monitoring and evaluating technical assistance in the areas of bank recapitalisation, finance access for SMEs, foreign direct investment, financial engineering instruments and asset privatisation with the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF).

Since 2013, Dr. Bastian has been working as an independent economic advisor and financial analyst. His vast network of clients includes Eurozone country Ministries as well as private consulting companies such as Oxford Analytica, GLG, Cognolink, G3 and Camber Corp.

He is a regular contributor to Macropolis, a leading news analysis portal on key developments in Greece and Wirschaftswunder, a German portal on global economic market developments. 

Dr. Bastian’s analytical reporting and outreach communications directly addressed ministerial and regulatory authorities in Greece, the European Commission in Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB), European Investment Fund (EIF), European Central Bank (ECB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as well as ministry representatives of individual EU Member States, international institutional investors and chambers of commerce.

Dr. Bastian has also worked as Senior Regional Economist for South East Europe at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and as Senior Investment Analyst for South East Europe at Alpha Bank. He has held various positions at Nuffield College and St Antony’s College in Oxford as well as The London School of Economics.

At the Athens Investment Summit, Dr. Bastian will review the Greek structural adjustment programme, including the latest Memorandum and the commitments undertaken by the Tsipras government to implement structural reforms in Greece.