Professor Erik Berglöf became the inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) on 1 February 2015. Previously he was the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining the EBRD in 2006, Professor Berglöf held the position of Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He has also been Assistant Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and held visiting positions at Harvard, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In 2017-2018 he served on the Secretariat of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance and on the Governing Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York. Currently, Professor Berglöf is a member of the EU High-Level Group of Wise Persons on the European development finance architecture, Treasurer of the International Economic Association, Board Member and Research Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute in Brussels, and Executive Board Member of the New Economic School in Moscow. He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He was the founder and President of the Centre for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR), now part of the New Economic School in Moscow. In 2013 he was awarded the Leontief Medal for his contributions to economic reforms.
He is a widely published and internationally respected specialist in the field of transition economics, as well as financial contracting, corporate governance, financial development and EU reform. As expert on policy-related issues in transition economies, he has regularly provided advice to national governments and international institutions including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and OECD.