Aristomene Varoudakis is currently Economic Adviser at the Office of the World Bank Chief Economist. He has previously served as a Lead Economist and Country Manager at the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa Departments and as an Adviser at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. Prior to joining the World Bank, he served as Sr. Economist at the OECD Economics Department and the OECD Development Center. He is Professor of Economics, on leave from the University of Strasbourg, France, where he taught at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques and the Department of Economics. His research interests include macroeconomics and growth, development economics, public finance, international finance and exchange rates. His work has been published in academic journals and collective volumes. He is the author or co-author of four books.