Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis read mathematics and economics at the Universities of Essex and Birmingham. He has been professor of economics at the Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, Sydney, Glasgow, Athens and Texas, as well as an in-house economist for a software company. He is also the author of a number of books. Varoufakis was, in his own words, ‘thrust onto the public scene by Europe’s inane handling of an inevitable crisis’. He was elected to Greece’s Parliament with the largest share of votes in January 2015 and served as Greece’s Finance Minister (January to July 2015). During his term he experienced first-hand the intricate and complex functioning of Europe’s top decision-making bodies (including the Eurogroup), the IMF, as well as the global political, economic and financial arena. He is a passionate on issues relating to the ongoing Greek calamity, the Eurozone, the future direction of Europe, the global economy (especially in the context of the 2008 crisis), economic thinking, digital money and trends in contemporary capitalism.

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What's more important: answers, or questions? Are the ‘big’ questions - life, the universe, everything - more important than ‘little’ ones? Does a good question provoke debate or laughter, lead to certain answers or create reflective pause? Can it change laws, minds or lives? Are questions the best answers?

The Interrobang – a new festival from the Wheeler Centre – is looking for the best questions in the world.

Ask your questions and vote on others, then join us on 27 – 28 November for a feast of frequently unanswered questions – as we present your most controversial, revealing, funny and insightful ideas to a 25-strong Brains Trust of the world’s most inquisitive thinkers.

So pose your burning questions. We’ll build this festival on your curiosity, so brace yourself – and wonder hard.