Marialena Athanasopoulou is currently the Special Secretary for Private Debt Management at the Ministry of Finance. She was the Deputy Head of Economic Risk Analysis at the European Stability Mechanism and previously worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund. She was also a visiting professor at the Department of Economics at the Athens University of Economic and Business. Marialena holds a PhD in Economics from University of Southern California (Los Angeles), and Masters’ degrees in Economics and Business Mathematics from University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and the Athens University of Economic and Business. She has extensive executive education in negotiations and leadership (Harvard Business School, Vlerick Business School, Wharton και OECD). Marialena’s research field is international macroeconomics, with a focus on debt sustainability analysis and sovereign debt restructuring.