The Speaker at our first Lunchtime meeting of 2018 will be:

Surgei Guriev, Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, who will speak on ‘The political economy of reform in Europe and its Neighbourhood’

On Wednesday 17 January, 12.30 to 14.30

At the European Parliament’s London Office, Europe House, Smith Square, London SW1P3EU

Light lunch and drinks – £25 payable on the day, £10 for journalists aged under 25, free discretionary entry for students of journalism

Sergei Guriev is a high-flying economic reformer and former senior Russian economic policy adviser who since 2015 has been Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, based in London. His talk on ‘the political economy of reform’ will enable him to assess the volatile mix of pro- and anti-reform forces in eastern and south-eastern Europe. He recently unveiled the EBRD’s Transition 2017-18 report with data showing how the economic performance of many parts of the former Soviet Union has fallen behind other global emerging markets because of excessive state controls and weak corporate governance. Dr Guriev has written extensively about the rise of the oligarchs and new forms of authoritarianism in parts of Europe  and Eurasia. His outstanding record in academia and business includes spells at MIT and Princeton University in the USA and Sciences Po in Paris, and four years (2009-2013) as a board member of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank.  He wrote a regular column in Forbes Russia for many years and contributes guest columns to leading newspapers including the Financial Times and  Washington Post.

Please note:  This Lunchtime meeting follows  the AEJ UK Section’s AGM, which is for members only, in the same meeting room in Europe House on 17 January. Please arrive promptly at 12.30 for Refreshments before the formal part of the Meeting with Sergei Guriev which will start at about 1 pm.

If you wish to attend the Lunchtime meeting, please email me now,


Margaret Hughes, AEJ UK Secretary