Biography

Johan Van Overtveldt (°1955) has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics (University of Antwerp) and obtained an MBA at the University of Leuven.

He started his career as a journalist for Trends in 1978 but made his transition to the private sector in 1982 where he worked for BBL, Shoeconfex and British Tyre & Rubber. In 1992 he returned to Trends to become Editor in Chief. Subsequently he became Advisor for Group VCR and General Director of VKW before finally returning to Trends a second time in 2010. From September 2011 until October 2012 he became Editor in Chief for Knack. As from 2012 he has been a part time professor in macro-economics at the University of Hasselt.

In 2013, Johan made his entry into politics and became economic advisor for N-VA. During the elections in 2014, he was the first candidate on the European List and was elected Member of the European Parliament. In October of that year he took on the mandate of Minister of Finance in the current government Michel I. Johan lives in Mechelen, Antwerp and is a father of four. In his spare time, you can find him out on his racing bike.

Education

  • Ph D in Applied Economics, University of Antwerp (UA)
  • Master of Business Administration, Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)
  • Master Applied Economics, University of Antwerp (UA)

Professional Experience

  • 2014 – …: Minister of Finance
  • 2014 - 2014: Member of European Parliament (N-VA)   -  Vice-chairman of ECON commission
  • 2013 – 2014: Advisor, N-VA
  • 2012 – heden: Professor Economics, University of Hasselt
  • 2010 - 2013: Editor in chief, Trends
  • 2012 – 2011: Editor in chief, Knack
  • 2007 – 2010: General director, VKW
  • 1993 – 2008: Advisor, Group VCR
  • 2004 – 2007: Director, VKW Metena
  • 1999 – 2004: Chief economist, Trends
  • 1992 – 1999: Editor in chief, Trends
  • 1991 – 1992: Advisor, British Tyre & Rubber
  • 1987 – 1991: General director, Shoekonfex
  • 1982 – 1987: Credit Officer, Bank Brussel Lambert
  • 1978 – 1982: Journalist, Trends  

Publications

  • Sisyphus achterna (2018), Polis
  • A Giant Reborn: Why the US will dominate the 21st Century (2015), Agate Publishing
  • Red de Vrije Markt, De Terugkeer van Milton Friedman (2012), De Bezige Bij
  • Het Einde van de Euro (2011), Uitgeverij Acco
  • Maandag geen economie meer? (2009), Uitgeverij Economedia
  • Bernanke’s test. Bert Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and the Drama of the Central Banker (2009), Agata Publishing
  • The Chicago School. How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers Who Revolutionized Economics and Business (2007), Agate Publishing
  • De Euroscheppers. Macht en Manipulatie achter de Euro (2003), Pelckmans