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Honorary Members 

SUERF is proud and honoured to welcome a number of Honorary Members, who are nominated by the Council of Management in recognition of their support for SUERF and its activities. On the occasion of the celebration of SUERF’s 40th and 50th anniversaries in Paris (2003 and 2013), Honorary Membership was conferred to Jean-Paul Abraham, Baron Alexandre Lamfalussy, Robert Raymond, Mario Monti and Niels Thygesen, all of whom are well known to the Membership. SUERF would like to thank its Honorary Members for their life-long support and their important contributions, in various ways, to European integration and to European monetary and financial arrangements. 

Robert Raymond, David T. Llewellyn, 
Alexandre Lamfalussy, Jean-Paul Abraham
 Niels Thygesen, Urs W. Birchler
 Frank Lierman, Urs W Birchler, Mario Monti

Prof. Jean-Paul Abraham

Prof. Jean-Paul Abraham was born in 1930 and is Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Namur and Leuven and also at the College of Europe (Bruges), Belgium. He is a former Executive Director of Paribas Bank Belgium and a former Adviser to Artesia Bank. He was President of SUERF between 1994 and 1997, and in 2003 wrote the Association's 40th Anniversary Volume - "Monetary and Financial Thinking in Europe: Evidence from Four Decades of SUERF" - which focussed on the output of the twenty-three Colloquia held between 1969 and 2003.

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Baron Alexandre Lamfalussy †

Baron Alexandre Lamfalussy was born in Hungary and studied at the Catholic University of Leuven and Nuffield College, Oxford, where he received his doctorate in economics. He later taught at the Université catholique de Louvain and Yale. In 1963 he was among the founders of SUERF and served as the Association's first Honorary Treasurer. In honour of his contribution to European monetary and financial issues, he was made an honorary member of SUERF at the association's 40th anniversary meeting held at the Banque de France in Paris in 2003. From 1976 he was an economic adviser to the Bank for International Settlements in Basel and held the post of assistant general manager from 1981 to 1985. He was then general director of the bank, where he remained until 1993. From 1994 to 1997 he was founding president of the European Monetary Institute in Frankfurt, forerunner to the European Central Bank. From 2000 to 2001 he chaired the Committee of Wise Men on the Regulation of European Securities Markets, whose proposals were adopted by the Council of the European Union in March 2001. As chair of the committee, he oversaw the creation of the Lamfalussy process, an approach to the development of financial service industry regulation used most famously in MiFID - the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.

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Mario Monti

Mario Monti was Prime Minister of Italy from 2011 to 2013. In addition, he is Honorary President of Bruegel, a European think-tank for economic policy, and member of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe in 2020-2030, established by the European Council and presided by Felipe González. He was Member of the European Commission for a decade, first as Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Financial Integration Customs, and Taxation (1995-1999), and then for Competition (1999-2004). In addition to dealing with major antitrust cases (such as GE/Honeywell, Microsoft, and the German Landesbanken), he introduced radical reforms in EU antitrust regulation and control of excessive market concentrations. He also led, along with US authorities, the creation of the International Competition Network (ICN). He was nominated Member of the Commission pour la libération de la croissance française established by the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and presided by Jacques Attali. He has been Coordinator of the European Union for the trans-European project of electrical interlinking between France and Spain. Born in Varese in 1943, Mario Monti graduated in Economics and Business at Università Bocconi and did post-graduate studies at Yale University. Prior to joining the European Commission, he was Professor of Economics at Università Bocconi and then Rector from 1989 to 1994. He served as President of SUERF between 1982 and 1985.

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Robert Raymond

Robert Raymond was latterly the Director General of the European Monetary Institute, the precursor to the European Central Bank, between 1994 and 1998, having previously served as Director General in the Banque de France between 1982 and 1994. He was formerly a frequent editor of SUERF Colloquium Volumes, and was made an Honorary Member of SUERF at the Association’s 40th Anniversary celebration in Paris in 2003. He holds a PhD in Law and Economics from the Sorbonne.

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Niels Thygesen

Niels Thygesen is Professor Emeritus of International Economics at the University of Copenhagen. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees there and an MPA from Harvard University. After working for the Danish government, Harvard's Development Advisory Service (in Malaysia), and the OECD in Paris, he held a Chair at the University of Copenhagen for more than 30 years, serving also as Adviser to the Governor of Danmarks Nationalbank, Chair of the Danish Economic Council and member of various expert groups on European monetary and financial integration – the subject area of most of his research and publications over the last four decades – and international economics. He was an independent member of the Delors Committee which prepared the outline of Economic and Monetary Union in Europe in 1988-9, a member of the committee advising the government of Sweden on an exit from the crisis of the early 1990s, a member of the Group of Independent Experts evaluating IMF surveillance following the Asian crisis, and he chaired the Economic and Development Review Committee of the OECD which evaluates the economic performance and policies of member states 2000-8. He is a Founder Member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee since 1998 and the only Honorary Fellow of the Danish Economic Association.

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