Announced: Vítor Constâncio

Posted on the 3rd December 2014 by Max, Summit Coordinator


We are delighted to announce a new addition to our WES 2015 lineup

Vítor Constâncio is a prominent economist, central banker and politician with decades of experience, who currently serves as Vice President of the European Central Bank.

Constâncio graduated in 1965 with a degree in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon, before going on to serve as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the same university before later pursuing further postgraduate study at the University of Bristol.

During the 1970s, Constâncio went into politics, where he served in numerous posts in the Portuguese government; including Secretary of State for Planning, Head of Research and later Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Portugal and serving as Portuguese Finance Minister. Constâncio's political career did not end there, as he later went on to serve as a Member of Parliament and Secretary General of the Socialist Party, whilst simultaneously also serving a first term as Governor of the Central Bank of Portugal.

Since that time, his career in economics continued, in both academic and banking policy, culminating in a second term as Governor of the Central Bank of Portugal, where he remained for ten years until his appointment as Vice President of the European Central Bank. During his time as the Governor in Portugal, he advocated salary stagnation or increases below inflation as his signature policy to increase economic competitiveness.

In his current posting at the ECB, Constâncio has a eight year mandate, with particular responsibility given to banking supervision. Due to this, Constâncio is an incredibly prominent figure in European politics & finance, and thus we are delighted to welcome him to WES 2015.

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