Dr. Christopher A. Hartwell is President of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Warsaw, an Associate Professor at Kozminski University, and a leading scholar on the evolution of institutions. Dr. Hartwell’s research concerns transition dynamics, the economics of institutions, and financial sector development. He has published in prestigious political science and economics journals such as the Journal for Common Market Studies, Open Economies Review, and Business Horizons, and regularly appears in print and other media commenting on economic issues of the day. In addition to his academic work, he has advised governments and the private sector on economic policy issues in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Poland, Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, among others.
In his last position with the Moscow School of Management – SKOLKOVO, he led the Institute for Emerging Market Studies’ (IEMS) work in finance and institutional research, and has worked for the World Bank Group in Tonga as the IFC’s in-country representative and for the US Department of the Treasury. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard. He is the author of Institutional Barriers in the Transition to Market: Examining Performance and Divergence in Transition Economies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and the author of the forthcoming book, Two Roads Diverge: The Transition Experience of Poland and Ukraine (Cambridge University Press, anticipated spring 2016).