Ardo Hansson

Governor Ardo Hansson is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank and thus participates in formulating monetary policy for the euro area. He is responsible for the overall governance of the bank, and for revising and supervising the bank’s management system. He is also responsible for guiding public and international relations, framing the legal environment, managing human resources and leading the organisation, and for internal administrative services.

Curriculum Vitae

Date and place of birth: 15 July 1958, Chicago

Marital status: married, two sons


  • 1982-1987 Harvard University (USA), MA, PhD in Economics
  • 1976-1980 University of British Columbia (Canada), BA in Economics (First Class Honours)
  • Semiahmoo Senior Secondary School (Canada)

Professional experience:

  • Since 06/2012 Eesti Pank, Governor
  • 2008-2012 World Bank, Chief of Economic Policy Unit in China
  • 2003-2008 World Bank, Lead Economist for the Western Balkans
  • 2002-2003 World Bank, Lead Economist for Serbia and Montenegro
  • 2000-2002 World Bank, Senior Economist for Yugoslavia
  • 1999-2000 World Bank, Senior Economist for Lithuania
  • 1998-1999 World Bank, Economist for Poland and the Baltic States
  • 1993-1998 Member of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Pank
  • 1997 Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia
  • 1992-1996 Stockholm School of Economics, Research Fellow
  • 1992-1994 Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia
  • 1992 Member of the Monetary Reform Committee of the Republic of Estonia
  • 1990-1992 United Nations University, WIDER Institute / Jeffrey D. Sachs and Associates, Research Fellow
  • 1987-1990 University of British Columbia, Department of Economics, Assistant Professor
  • 1984-1987 Harvard University, Research Assistant
  • 1980-1982 University of British Columbia, Research Assistant

Other positions:

  • 1997 Member of the Board of Estonian Railways
  • 1990-1996 short-term economic adviser to the governments and central banks of Poland, Slovenia, Mongolia and Ukraine
  • 1993-1994 Council of the Baltic Sea States, Head of the Working Group on Economic Cooperation
  • 1991-1992 Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia


  • Grand Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania (2013)
  • 3rd class Order of the White Star (1998)
  • Luup magazine Person of the Year (1997)

Languages: Estonian and English, some French and Swedish