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Elena Panaritis (2008)

Elena Panaritis (Greek: Έλενα Παναρίτη; b. 1968) is a Greek economist and former member of the Greek Parliament.

Early life and studiesEdit

Elena Panaritis was born in Athens, Greece, on 30 September 1968.[1] She studied Economics at the American College of Greece, graduating with a BA in 1989, and went on to the University of Bologna Italy, to get her Master's in International Economics, in 1990. In 1992, she received a Master's in International Economics and European Studies from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and in 2003 a Master's in Business Administration from INSEAD.[2]

World BankEdit

Panaritis started working in the World Bank, Washington, DC, in 1991, as a regional analyst. As the bank's Deputy Country Officer for Peru, she supervised the state's privatization and debt restructuring programs. She also assisted in the drafting of conditions agreed with Latin American countries, such as Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela, for structural adjustment lending, fiscal adjustments and privatization.[2]

As a Public/Private Sector Management Specialist at the World Bank, Panaritis worked, among other programs, on the property rights reforms in the Philippines, and on judicial reforms in Trinidad and Tobago, and designed the conditions for a $100 million loan to Morocco.


From 2001 onwards, Panaritis has been a visiting lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on the subject of housing rights.


The moderate socialist PASOK party nominated Panaritis in an electable position in its candidates lists for the 2009 general elections, and she was elected member of the Greek Parliament on 4 October 2009.[3] She was not a candidate in the 2012 general election, in which PASOK lost some 30 percentage points in the voting.

In May 2015, during the still ongoing Greek financial crisis, then Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis appointed Panaritis as Greece's representative to the International Monetary Fund.[4] Her appointment drew criticism from members of the government and the ruling Syriza party[5] and on 1 June 2015 she resigned from the position.[6]


She has authored numerous books[7] and articles[8] on economics.


  1. ^ Former MPs, Hellenic Parliament Archives
  2. ^ a b "Panariti, Elena". Bridging Development. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ "MPs". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Panaritis appointed Greece's IMF representative amid SYRIZA complaints". Kathimerini. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Elena Panaritis as Greece's IMF rep prompts social media war". Proto Thema. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  6. ^ Guillot, Adéa (1 June 2015). "Grèce : l'ex-députée socialiste Elena Panaritis renonce au FMI" [Greece: Ex-socialist MP Panaritis resigns from IMF position]. Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ Panaritis, Elena (2007). Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1403993465.
  8. ^ Panaritis, Elena (1 June 2014). "Bruised and confused: why Greeks voted against the gods of Europe". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2018.

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