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Prof. Leo Leiderman

Chief Economic Advisor, Bank Hapoalim

Leonardo Leiderman is the Jack and Lisa Yael Professor of Comparative Economics at the at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University. Leiderman is also the Chief Economic Advisor of Bank Hapoalim, the largest commercial bank in Israel.
Among previous senior positions held by Prof. Leiderman are: Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets Economics at Deutsche Bank, based in New York and London, from 2000 to 2002. Before that, from 1996 to 2000, Leiderman was Senior Director, de-facto Deputy Governor, and Head of the Research Department at the Bank of Israel.

Leiderman (who was born in Argentina, and is a citizen of Israel) joined Tel Aviv University in 1979, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor Robert E. Lucas, Jr.

From 1988 to 1991 Prof. Leiderman was Chairman of the Economics Department at Tel Aviv University, and from 1994 to 1996 as well as from 2008 to 2011 he headed the Pinhas Sapir Center for Development at Tel Aviv University.

Over the years, Leiderman visited various entities especially in the US, such as the University of Chicago, Boston University, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the IADB. In various years Professor Leiderman received the Best Teacher Award in Social Sciences at Tel-Aviv University.

Professor Leiderman has also advised several central banks and ministries of finance, including those of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Czech Republic, Poland, Venezuela, Georgia and Turkey.

Leonardo Leiderman’s published work includes more than 70 articles in professional journals and books, and 7 written or edited books. His research has covered an ample list of topics within the areas of macroeconomic policy, monetary theory, and international finance. Most of his recent work deals with inflation targeting, exchange-rate regimes, and capital inflows to emerging market economies. At various times, Professor Leiderman was interviewed live at CNBC, Bloomberg, the BBC, and CNN on economic matters related to emerging market economies.

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