Prof. Steve H. Hanke

Steve H. Hanke is a Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Prof. Hanke is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.; a Senior Advisor at the Renmin University of China’s International Monetary Research Institute in Beijing; a Special Counselor to the Center for Financial Stability in New York; a member of the National Bank of Kuwait’s International Advisory Board (chaired by Sir John Major); a member of the Financial Advisory Council of the United Arab Emirates; and a contributing editor at Globe Asia Magazine.

In the past, Prof. Hanke taught economics at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates and professorships, in recognition of his currency reform efforts in Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Lithuania, and Montenegro.

Prof. Hanke has served as a Senior Economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers; and as a Senior Advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Prof. Hanke also served as a State Counselor to both Lithuania and Montenegro, and was an advisor to the Presidents of Bulgaria, Venezuela, and Indonesia. In 1998, he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine.

Currently, Prof. Hanke serves as Chairman of Richmond Optimus, LLC – a global macro hedge fund in Richmond, VA. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. in Amsterdam and Chairman Emeritus of the Friedberg Mercantile Group, Inc in Toronto. During the 1990s, he served as President of Toronto Trust Argentina, the world’s best-performing emerging market mutual fund in 1995.

Prof. Hanke and his wife, Liliane, reside in Baltimore and Paris.

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