External speakers

Hans Peter Lankes

Vice President of Economics and Private Sector Development, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Hans Peter Lankes has been the EBRD’s Acting Chief Economist since January 2015 and Managing Director, Corporate Strategy and member of the Bank’s Executive Committee since May 2011. In these functions he has supervised preparation of the Bank’s research programme, economic forecasts and the 2015/16 Transition Report, and is responsible for the design of the Bank’s general strategy and headline initiatives.

In 2012 and 2013 he served as Acting Vice President (Policy) with the task of reorganizing the Vice Presidency into the Bank’s hub for the in-country delivery of policy and reforms and for partnerships.

Mr Lankes held several earlier roles since joining the EBRD in 2007. Prior to that, Mr Lankes worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., where he was Chief of the Trade Division and Adviser in the Policy Development and Review Department.

Mr Lankes's earlier career saw him at the Central American Business School, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Economy and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce before a first period of employment at the EBRD between 1993 and 2000.

Mr Lankes is a German National. He holds economics degrees from Université de Grenoble and Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and an MPA and PhD from Harvard University.