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Yanis Varoufakis (Greek: Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης, born 24 March 1961) is a Greek-Australian economist who heads the Department of Economic Policy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Varoufakis received his doctorate in 1987 at the University of Essex. From 1990 until 2002 he taught as Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Sydney. Since 2000 he is Associate Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens and Director of The University of Athens Doctoral Program in Economics (UADPhilEcon). From 2004 to 2007 Varoufakis served as economic adviser to George Papandreou. Author of several books on game theory, Varoufakis is also a recognized speaker and often appears as guest analyst for news media like the BBC, Sky News, Russia Today and Bloomberg TV among others. In November 2010 he and Stuart Holland, a former Labour Party MP and economics professor at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), published A Modest Proposal, a set of economic policies aimed at overcoming the Euro crisis. Since September 2011, Truman Factor features select articles by Varoufakis in English and in Spanish. Varoufakis compares the role of the US economy since the 1970s in relation to the rest of the world with the minotaur. In 2010 he founded the project Vital Space together with the artist Danae Stratou. (via DBpedia)