Atanas Pekanov is an economist from the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO) and a lecturer at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. He is currently a PhD student at the Vienna University of Economics. His research is focused on topics in the field of macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy. He has twice been elected a scholarship holder of the Bulgarian National Bank (2015, 2019). In 2018 he was also selected as a scholarship holder of the Austrian Economic Association. He is a member of the Strategic Council under the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. He worked at the European Central Bank. In 2019, he visited Harvard University as a guest PhD student under the program Fulbrgiht.