Harris Georgiades is Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Cyprus Parliament and a former Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus (April 2013 – December 2019).
He was born in 1972 in Nicosia and holds a BA and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the University of Reading, UK. Between 1999-2011 he was managing director of a family-owned hotel business.
In 2011 he was elected to the Cyprus House of Representatives with the Democratic Rally Party (a member of the centre-right European Peoples Party).
In March 2013 he was appointed as Minister of Labour and a month later he took over as Minister of Finance, at the height of a severe financial crisis. He was successful in restoring the soundness of the Cyprus economy, placing it on a path of solid economic growth, surplus budgets, rating upgrades and banking sector restructuring.
He was a long-serving member of the Eurogroup and the ECOFIN and was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the period 2014-2015. In 2016 he was selected by POLITICO as one of 28 influential Europeans and in 2019 was Chair of the Summit of Commonwealth Finance Ministers.
He served as as Deputy Leader of the Democratic Rally Party (2020-2023) and was reelected as a Member of Parliament in 2021.
He is author of the book “Perfect Storm” (2021) dealing with the fall and rise of the Cyprus economy and was a regular columnist at Kathimerini newspaper.