The Institute for Advanced Study has elected Spiro J. Latsis, president of the Latsis Group, to its Board of Trustees, effective October 25, 2008.
Dr. Latsis completed his secondary education at Athens College in Greece and earned a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the London School of Economics, where he later served as a Research Assistant and Instructor. He was a Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and at Boston University, where he taught courses in economics and in the methodology of social science.
The Latsis Group, one of the largest privately owned firms in Europe, is active in more than 20 countries across five continents, with holdings in shipping, banking, aviation, oil refining, construction and real estate. Dr. Latsis serves as Chairman of the Board of EFG Bank European Financial Group. He is an honorary Fellow and member of the Board of Governors of the London School of Economics, where he also sits on the Advisory Board of the Hellenic Observatory.
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