Prof. Steve Hanke is an American economist and professor specialising in international economics, with a particular focus on monetary policy and foreign-exchange markets.
He 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. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington and a columnist for Forbes magazine.
Hanke is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Advanced Metallurgical Group and a known foreign exchange and commodity trader. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Friedberg Mercantile Group in Toronto, and was the President of Toronto Trust Argentina in Buenos Aires, when it was the world’s best performing mutual fund (+79.25%). He presently teaches a well-recognised course in equity valuations at the Johns Hopkins University.
In the past, Hanke served as Senior Economist on President Ronald Reagan's council of economic advisers from 1981-82, where he was in charge of the administration's privatisation and infrastructure portfolio. He was an Adviser to the President of Bulgaria from 1997-2002, the President of Venezuela from 1995-96 and the President of Indonesia in 1998. Hanke played an important role in establishing new currency regimes in Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Lithuania and Montenegro.
In 1998, Hanke was named among the 25 most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine. His most recent books include Zimbabwe: Hyperinflation to Growth (2008), A Blueprint for a Safe, Sound Georgian Lari (2010), Juntas Monetarias para Paises en Desarollo (2015), and Currency Boards for Developing Countries: A Handbook (2015).