László Andor is a Hungarian economist, Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and a Visiting Professor at ULB (Brussels). He was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II Commission (2010-14) and was appointed Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection from 19 April 2014 – 25 May 2014.
He holds a degree in Economic Sciences from Karl Marx (now Corvinus) University as well as an MA in Development Economics from the University of Manchester. During his studies, he spent time at George Washington University (US), the University of Oslo (Norway), King’s College London (UK), and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (NIAS).
Between 1991 and 2005, he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest, and he was editor of the social science journal Eszmélet. He was also a regular columnist for the weekly business magazine Figyelő and the daily Népszava. He has authored, edited or co-edited a dozen books in Hungary, including on economic and political history, comparative economics and globalisation. He has also taught at Rutgers (State University of New Jersey, USA) as Visiting Fulbright Professor (1997-8), and worked as an adviser for the World Bank on SAPRI (Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative). He also worked as an adviser for the Budget Committee of the Hungarian Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office. From 2005 until 2010 he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (London), representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia.
Since 1998, he has been member of the trustees of the European Studies Foundation in Budapest. After leaving the Commission, he became Policy Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn), a Senior Fellow at EPC, a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe, and member of the Board of Directors of Notre Europe (Paris). He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at Sofia University of National and World Economy in May 2014 and the Legion of Honour by the French President in August 2014.