Dr. Katseli is the former Greek Minister of the Economy, Shipping and Competitiveness (2009-10). She was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Athens and Director of the OECD Development Centre. She received her Doctorate in Development and International Economics from Princeton University in 1978 and has spent most of her academic career at Yale University (1977 -1985), and the University of Athens (since 1988), where she was chair of the Economics Department from 1997 to 2001. She also has been associated with the Center for Economic Policy Research in London as a Research Fellow since 1984. Her many publications have focused on issues such as the linkages between foreign investment and trade in developing countries, the economics of migration, public policy effectiveness and institution-building in developing countries, and exchange rate policy in emerging markets. Louka T. Katseli was an IZA Research Fellow from October 1999 until April 2010.
Dr. Katseli also has worked extensively with international organisations and her national government. She is a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, where she has served as Rapporteur and Vice-Chair, and served as Greece’s representative to the international conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey in 2002. She has represented Greece at the European Union in a range of capacities, including as a member of the EU Monetary and Economic Policy Committees and on the “Comité des Sages” for the EU Social Charter. She has also worked as a consultant for the European Commission, United Nations and UNCTAD.
From 1982 to 1986, Dr. Katseli served as the Director General of the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), a Greek development think-tank that provides economic development policy advice to the Greek government. She served as economic advisor to the Greek Prime Minister from 1993 to 1996, and as advisor to the Greek Minister of Education from 1996 to 1998.