School of Transnational Governance
Students take part in an executive training session at the European University Institute. Photo by the European University InstituteCredit

Managing Crises: the Economics and Politics of Reform


Date: Summer 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Course Coordinator: George Papaconstantinou (School of Transnational Governance, EUI) 

  Training Programme



Participants of this executive training will gain an understanding of the methods and tools required to become 'Agents of Change' within both national and international administrations. At the same time, they will gain valuable insights through interactive exercises with a network of peers.

The training will apply a rigorous, evidence-based approach to economic reform efforts drawn from the hands-on experience of senior policy practitioners. The thematic focus will lie on the constraints and opportunities of the broader economic and geopolitical environment and the political economy aspects of designing and successfully implementing reform programmes. Moreover,  it will address the specific foundational issues in structural fiscal reforms (e.g. budget and tax) as well as the reform of social protection systems.


How you will learn during the training:

  • Interactive exchange of knowledge on key areas of structural reform and on political and administrative issues that play a role in shaping a comprehensive economic reform programme.
  • Case study presentation and discussion of successful reform efforts presented by experienced policy makers and policy analysts.
  • Simulated negotiations in the preparation of comprehensive reform packages with internal political constituencies and external funding institutions.


What you will gain from this training: 

  • Analytical skills and substantive knowledge in key areas of programme design.
  • Capacity to approach the issue of effective implementation of public structural reform policies.
  • Critical understanding of the opportunities and constraints intrinsic to such reform efforts
  • Understanding of the administrative and political preparation and prioritization, to include communication of goals and measuring progress and results.


Fees: 1,300 € 

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs. 
The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees.



Meet your trainers:

Megan Greene is Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was until recently the Global Chief Economist at Manulife/John Hancock Asset Management, responsible for forecasting global macro trends and providing analysis for investment teams around the world. Previously, she was director of European Economics at Roubini Global Economics and the euro crisis expert at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She advises governments and central banks in the US, UK, eurozone and Japan, writes a regular column on global economics in the Financial Times and contribures to Politico, Bloomberg View and Foreign Affairs. 

George Papaconstantinou Professor, Director of Executive Education, School of Transnational Governance. He served as Greece’s Finance Minister at the outset of the Eurozone crisis, playing a key role in the design, negotiation and implementation of Greece’s EU/IMF support programme with its economic and financial policies. Prior to serving in government, he was a member of the Greek parliament and the European Parliament. 

Bob Traa is a former President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and a former International Monetary Fund official. He worked for over 30 years at the IMF on macroeconomic and structural issues, such as countries' growth potential and outlook, fiscal and monetary policy, money and banking, exchange rate and balance of payments, and policy sustainability. He has extensive experience in Latin America (including Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador), the Caribbean, North America, and Europe (including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Israel).